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Old 10-21-2010, 10:26 PM   #1
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H&R cup kit or H&R race springs/Bilstein sport shocks

hey guys, looking for reviews, and pro's and con's of the two set ups. any feedback of either would be appreciated.

i've been set on the bilstein/h&r for a while now but recently found the h&r cup kit at a good price significantly cheaper.

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Old 10-21-2010, 10:48 PM   #2
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I have the Bilstein Sports coupled with H&R sports for me (they would be race for you most likely, unless you have sport suspension stock), I also installed H&R adjustable sway bars powerflex fcabs and BMW Performance Carbon Fiber Strut Brace. Also when I replaced these I changed out my Tie Rod Ends (Left & Right) Strut mounts, sway bar endlinks (front and rear), and shock mounts. I can tell you that for the forst 500 miles or so it was more harsh than my M3, although once it got broke in then it is very comparable to an e46 M3 as far as ride quality goes. Handles better than a stock M3, and as for the drop it was about 1.25" in the front and 1" in the rear.

P.S. The bilsteins also come with a lifetime warranty so no more buying shocks/struts!!! I also can't tell you for sure how much of my handling improvement was due to the springs/shocks and how much was due to the other suspension parts, I just know that altogether I would step out on a limb to say that this is the absolute best non adjustable set up you can get!!!
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:44 AM   #3
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I think the Cup Kit is a better value and you get a matched spring and shock set that is designed to work together. You can't go wrong with Bilstein shocks but I think the Cup Kit is a better choice.
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