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Old 04-20-2012, 07:00 AM   #1
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Shocks and struts

A few years back I lowered my 2000 328i an inch and a quarter. Now the shocks and struts need replaced. Any recommendations? Its my DD so not sure what you guys recommend replacing them with?

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Old 04-20-2012, 07:11 AM   #2
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Can't go wrong with bilstein sports as posted above, but also give some thought to what Koni has to offer, adjustable sport yellows, FSDs, etc.
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Can't go wrong with bilstein sports as posted above, but also give some thought to what Koni has to offer, adjustable sport yellows, FSDs, etc.


I'm going with the Bilsteins along with the TMS reinforcement kit here soon. Need to take care of the RTABs and rear tires, first...
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:46 AM   #5
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Monroes. Quality replacements at Rockauto.com $30 for shocks, $70 for struts. (each) Bilsteins will punish your back and your wallet.
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I'm going with the Bilsteins along with the TMS reinforcement kit here soon. Need to take care of the RTABs and rear tires, first...
Yeah I'm also refreshing my suspension later this summer...after I get a couple thousand other things done on my list first...
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:30 AM   #7
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Good to know about Monroe struts.....Meyle front struts are priced fairly close at Bmaparts for ~$70...any comment on either Monroe or Meyle for front struts?
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Monroes will be about OE in feel and ride. How's your subframe?
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Either Meyle or Monroe should be fine.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:47 AM   #10
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I've got Koni Adjustables on my car. They are okay, I suppose. I have not figured out the best setting yet, they are on the default setting -- the softest. I suggest you want something like Koni or Bilstein. Now that I have adjustable shocks that I have not adjusted, I shoulda bought Bilsteins.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:17 AM   #11
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If you really really want a performance suspension system go for it. But overly hard expensive sporty suspensions will hurt your ride, your wallet and your resale value. So unless you want them dont use them as a replacement just because you can.
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Another option is kyb. They're similar to Monroe.
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Since I lowered it, is it best to get adjustables?
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:14 PM   #14
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Monroe? Seriously? Not on my BMWs.
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That's what I was thinking. Granted it is a DD, but......I found Bilstein Shocks and Struts on partsgeek.com for $385. These aren't the high end Bilsteins, but may suit for the DD purpose with a little incentive!
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hello guys, just a questions here.. I have a 2002 330i SPORT package 97,000miles with the original strut and shocks on it. I am sure they need replacing.. it is my daily driver and I am just looking for some quality replacement to have the car ride like new again.. It's my daily driver and I live in the city with rough roads. I would like to keep the sporty feel to it, but nothing too rough where it's uncomfortable.. any brand/name suggestions? and any recommendations on where I can get a good price? thanks guys!
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The roads are no better this side of the state. Want Bilsteins, found them at www.partsgeek.com between $400- and $600, depending on which ones you buy. I didn't want to get KYB's, but they have them between $300 to $375, about the same price at Advance if you order them online with a 15% discount.
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How about the Lowtec struts & shocks, they are priced slightly above Meyle? I really don't wanna compromise in comfort but I also don't want to spent more than $175,- per set. The BMW OE go for about the same price per peace! Who makes those?

Is there anyway of telling the struts and shocks are due? I had to replaced a barrel spring on the rear shocks, it broke, but the ride is still pretty comfortable (even when the broken spring was still on) and I got no issues with steep speed bumps and sorts.
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I don't get why people knock Monroe. Monroe is an OEM supplier to some auto manufacturers. The parts are of extremely high quality and are obviously valved to meet OE-specs. They just dont take one-size-fits-all shocks and shape them to fit the E46. They're nothing fancy or extra sporty, they're just OE-equivalents at a lower price.
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How about the Lowtec struts & shocks, they are priced slightly above Meyle? I really don't wanna compromise in comfort but I also don't want to spent more than $175,- per set. The BMW OE go for about the same price per peace! Who makes those?

Is there anyway of telling the struts and shocks are due? I had to replaced a barrel spring on the rear shocks, it broke, but the ride is still pretty comfortable (even when the broken spring was still on) and I got no issues with steep speed bumps and sorts.
They're done. The way to check is you ask yourself a simple question: How many miles do the stock struts/shocks have on them? If your answer is 50,000 or more, replace them.
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