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Old 03-19-2011, 04:46 PM   #1
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Just finished the H&R spring install a few mins ago...

I bought H & R sport springs for my 330ci w/ sport pkg. I didn't want to spend the money for coil overs so I got a set of these for $200. My first impression driving it for 5 mins is that it rides nice in the neighborhood and corners better. But on some rough roads near my house at 45mph its bouncy. I expected that from the race springs but not the sports. might have to do with my 89,000 mile stock shocks. the car has no wheel gap, looks great, handles better. but for ride quality I guess I should have went with a coil over.

My 19's should be here in a few weeks, I assume that will make the ride even worse. lol.

Here's a picture after a 5 min drive. I assume it will settle more after a few days. Right now you can put 1 finger between the tire and the fender.


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Old 03-19-2011, 04:51 PM   #2
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almost 90k on the shocks and you put sport springs in? Of course its gonna feel bouncy. Change out those shocks asap.
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:52 PM   #3
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ya, i'm looking into it. not sure how long i'm keeping the car. looking for a 335i for next summer.
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:32 PM   #4
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any opinions on koni shocks? they seem reasonably priced. would that match well with my H&R sport springs?
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:49 PM   #5
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^ yes they will be perfect. though some people might consider it a little stiffer
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:29 PM   #6
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how does 'handles better' and bouncy go together? what do you mean by bouncy?
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:39 PM   #7
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it corners better, no body roll. rides fine on smooth roads. I just have some really crappy roads near my house and if you hit multiple bumps the front end bounces up and down. the shocks are pretty wore out i'd assume.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:10 AM   #8
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Shocks that are that worn out will put stress on other suspension parts and will cause unusual tire wear. The job of shocks is to keep tires in contact with the road and worn shocks can't do that. Some of the bounciness can come from the tire movement.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:57 AM   #9
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after driving the car alot lately, it seems that i can hardly notice the difference from stock to the H & R's. it was definetly the roads by my house that had gotten alot worse from snow plows. It was a bad section to test the car on right after doing the springs. driving across town wasnt bad at all. after a 2 hour drive yesterday the car drove great. the only differnce is when you do hit a rough road its alot more harsh than before.
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I have H&R race springs with koni str shocks. No complaints here. Check out my garage
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:40 PM   #11
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I have H&R race springs with koni str shocks. No complaints here. Check out my garage
same setup. great combo. rides soft, but not bouncy. corners fantastically, i just took it autoX this past weekend. very low body roll.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:26 PM   #12
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Get new shocks, or stop spending money entirely if you are going to get a new car soon.
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:40 PM   #13
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You might as well have cut your springs if you were going to put lower, stiffer springs on completely dead (I guarantee they're dead) shocks. If you don't replace your struts/shocks, you have wasted your money. Period.
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