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Old 02-11-2010, 05:14 PM   #21
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I just have the sport package suspension, and with the driveways/entrances and holes around here, I doubt I'll ever go any lower.
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Old 02-11-2010, 05:45 PM   #22
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where would be the best place to get some oem sport springs... i was thinking like a totaled car or junkyard mayeb?
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:34 PM   #23
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Most people are selling their OEM Sport springs in the For Sale section for about $75-100 shipped. I think that's a fair price.
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:18 AM   #24
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It would be really nice if someone could post a similar comparison with non-sport, sport and ZHP springs side by side.

i can once i recieve my zhp springs.. in a few days
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:27 AM   #25
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What's the ride like in a sport package equipped E46? Mine is standard suspension and I find that it is a perfect balance of taughtness and loftiness. I've driven a 128i w/o and w/ a sport suspension and I didnt like the sport suspensions because the ride was overly jarring.
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:02 AM   #26
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:03 PM   #27
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Will the sport suspension fit 99 323i? thanks
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Old 10-14-2011, 03:43 PM   #28
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i have a 04 330ci with the sports package, is there any spring out there that will get me just a bit lower? lower then the ZHP?
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:33 PM   #29
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i have a 04 330ci with the sports package, is there any spring out there that will get me just a bit lower? lower then the ZHP?
H&R Sport springs
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:06 PM   #30
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what are the difference's in the drop between the sports package & H&R Sport springs?
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:37 PM   #31
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^ this q i am curious to know, another thing would be zhp springs vs h&r sport springs difference.
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:52 PM   #32
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what are the difference's in the drop between the sports package & H&R Sport springs?
a drop about .25" rear and .75" front
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^ this q i am curious to know, another thing would be zhp springs vs h&r sport springs difference.
zhp use the Sport package springs
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:00 PM   #33
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a drop about .25" rear and .75" front
Will this pretty minor drop make a noticeable difference (in both - look and handling, compared to ZHP/sport springs)?
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:05 PM   #34
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Will this pretty minor drop make a noticeable difference (in both - look and handling, compared to ZHP/sport springs)?
the H&R have a firmer spring rate too

depends on the person about "noticeable difference"

H&R also adds a little "rake" to the stance
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:06 PM   #35
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Would it be OK to install the sport springs only on the front of the car? I'd like to get rid of that wider gap at the front but would like to keep the rear (non-sport) as it is.
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:09 PM   #36
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the H&R have a firmer spring rate too

depends on the person about "noticeable difference"
True, true.... I am just debating to leave my sport springs or replace them to H&R Sport ones (to use with brand new ZHP shocks & struts). I have 150K on my springs, does it matter? Do they become softer/weaker with time/mileage?

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H&R also adds a little "rake" to the stance
Uhm... Pardon me?...
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:31 PM   #37
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Just curious: I'm about to make the swap from OEM STOCK to OEM SPORT, is there anything special that I need for this swap?

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Old 10-15-2011, 02:04 PM   #38
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True, true.... I am just debating to leave my sport springs or replace them to H&R Sport ones (to use with brand new ZHP shocks & struts). I have 150K on my springs, does it matter? Do they become softer/weaker with time/mileage?

Uhm... Pardon me?...
Cheap springs have been known to "sag". I haven't heard that being an issue on oem springs. but they have been known to break a coil on the rear spring.
for me, it was worth the change to H&R for a little more of a drop and the added spring rate. this was after years of running oem sport springs with my konis. it's always cheaper to do it when installing new shocks for labor and then the insuing alignment.

"rake" in this case refers to the car's level. the front being a little lower than the rear. some can make the springs equal amount of drop, some a little less. H&R has a bit more front drop
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:36 PM   #39
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got it, thank you, Alex, for explanations! Started to look for H&R Sport spring, model #29484.
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