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Old 02-23-2011, 12:29 PM   #1
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Stock Sport Suspension Question?

I have an 03 330i with the sport package on it and I assume that means it's has the factory sport suspension. I am looking at some H&R lowering springs and 1) I am debating between sport or race springs but am wondering about the difference in how they will feel, 2) Since I have the factory sport suspension will I need new shocks/struts? Any insight on the difference in spring feel and whether I will need new shocks/struts is much appreciated.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:11 PM   #2
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From what I've read, if you get the H&R sport springs, new shocks and struts are recommended but not required. With the race springs they're pretty much required if you don't want them to blow out really fast. I just ordered the H&R Touring cup kit, so I should be able to tell you in a few weeks how different it feels from the factory sport suspension. For some reason the Touring cup kit uses sport springs and the Sport cup kit uses the race springs...
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:15 PM   #3
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Shocks and springs MUST match the compression rates. Otherwise, you'll blow the shocks early.

BTW, whats wrong with factory sport suspension? You need a harsher ride?
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:27 AM   #4
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Nothing is wrong with the factory sport suspension I just got new wheels and tires and there is a small gap that I am looking to close with drop springs.
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