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Old 06-12-2012, 05:15 PM   #10041
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Today I washed my car. I think we can all agree we spend about 30 minutes just on the front rims.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:12 PM   #10042
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Today I washed my car. I think we can all agree we spend about 30 minutes just on the front rims.
Hey someone drove a nice BMW onto your lawn! . Car looks nice, and you got that right about the rims.

I clean my rims more often than I change my sheets I think. Ha
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:28 PM   #10043
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Replaced old suspension.

Bought a 2002 325i sedan which originally had stock struts and H&R racing springs. Today I installed the H&R Touring Cup Kit and am surprisingly impressed with it's improved ride comfort. I was a bit apprehensive when I noted that the color of the springs were blue (the H&R red springs made the car look slammed), but the TireRack technical specialist emphasized that the color really did not make a difference. I am not absolutely convinced that he is correct because the car only sits about 1/2 an inch higher. Either way, I am happy with the ride and the maintained aggressive look.
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:40 PM   #10044
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Color really doesn't make a difference. Nor sure where you heard that from. Never has. It might make you feel cooler but will not make you "slammed" because you can't be slammed on just springs.

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Old 06-12-2012, 07:20 PM   #10045
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Thanks for clarifying. H&R's website depicts their product line of springs in varying colors (sport in black, race in red, and super sport in blue). I suppose I should just rely on the product number and their claim that ride height varies with different models.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:43 PM   #10046
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changed my fuel filter in my 04 325i.....After i came down from my gasoline high I took it for a drive and man what a difference. Acceleration felt super smooth.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:59 PM   #10047
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Right. Height is different with each model, which is represented with different colors.

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Old 06-12-2012, 10:07 PM   #10048
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Today I washed my car. I think we can all agree we spend about 30 minutes just on the front rims.
Use Sonax! Cuts that time in half.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:10 PM   #10049
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Speaking of, my 325xi is stock height and the front is a little high, I'd like to lightly rake the front end down a bit, are new springs the best way to do it?
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:23 PM   #10050
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As I've learned today, a manufacture's spring height will vary (independent of strut/shock) depending on the model selected. I opted to purchase a combo shock/spring setup (H&R Touring Cup Kit) that, according to manufacturer's claims, lowers my stock sport suspension approximately 0.75 in. at the front and 0.25 in. at the rear. I have about a <1 finger fender clearance at the front and a whole finger fender clearance at the rear giving an ever so slightly rake profile. I'm currently running on 235/40/18 all around on my '02 325i sedan.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:23 AM   #10051
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As I've learned today, a manufacture's spring height will vary (independent of strut/shock) depending on the model selected. I opted to purchase a combo shock/spring setup (H&R Touring Cup Kit) that, according to manufacturer's claims, lowers my stock sport suspension approximately 0.75 in. at the front and 0.25 in. at the rear. I have about a <1 finger fender clearance at the front and a whole finger fender clearance at the rear giving an ever so slightly rake profile. I'm currently running on 235/40/18 all around on my '02 325i sedan.
You are buying the same product.
The website just takes into consideration whether or not you have sport suspension to determine the amount of drop that certain product will give.

Assume you are describing tirerack.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:44 AM   #10052
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:51 AM   #10053
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Thanks for clarifying. H&R's website depicts their product line of springs in varying colors (sport in black, race in red, and super sport in blue). I suppose I should just rely on the product number and their claim that ride height varies with different models.
Wait, what?

I installed a sport cup kit which is supposed to have race springs, but mine are black, not red...

Ima be REALLY pissed if I got a touring cup kit...

Wait, their website shows black springs on both the touring and sport cup kits, maybe I got the right kit. I still wish she were 1/2" lower in the front...
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:14 AM   #10054
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Not sure if I like these.. Rather have chrome I think.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:30 AM   #10055
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@ac_2007: I suspected the product was the same, however, according to what is advertised on H&R's website, this is the contrary. Please review the following link for your edification:

http://www.hrsprings.com/scripts/app...BMW%20|%20325i

You will note that the Part Numbers are different for the Sport Springs listed (29485 vs 29484), and therefore, are not the same for the sport suspension or non-sport suspension. Even further, if you click on the corresponding Photo link, you should also note that there are two different color springs, black for the non-sport and blue for sport.

To matters more confusing, if you click on this link:

http://www.hrsprings.com/products/springs/

you will then note how the various spring applications are, essentially, color-coded.

So... back to my previous statement, H&R determines the springs placed in their KITS for your specific model car, yet you can independently select the appropriate SPRING color independent of shock/strut.

@Imola.ZHP: I have a set of H&R Race Springs (RED) for sell, if you want them. They have about 15,000 miles on them. I've got a picture somewhere in my profile sporting those Race Springs.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:55 AM   #10056
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Not sure if I like these.. Rather have chrome I think.
They look good. You grabbed them before I could.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:12 PM   #10057
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Finally removed this ***** after 12 years.

HHAHA, need to do this ASAP... Does it feel different to you now?
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:20 PM   #10058
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They look good. You grabbed them before I could.
They do look good, I'm just not used to the blacked out look yet. Lol.

I'm not one for blacking out everything shiny like everyone else. Lol
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:29 PM   #10059
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^ plasti-dip every 6-months works great too, lots cheaper...

@Breyton-BMW, replacing the CDV with a hollowed out one (because I was still under warranty) was my first "mod" over 6 years ago when I purchased my ZHP. I'm still on the factory clutch at nearly 113,000 miles...
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:29 PM   #10060
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They do look good, I'm just not used to the blacked out look yet. Lol.

I'm not one for blacking out everything shiny like everyone else. Lol
Looks good in your car. Probably I should buy the ones from ECS anyway. Just don't know whether they will fit because it says for 328i.

I don't like blacking out everything as well, but my exhaust tips are greyed out because of years of grime and no polish. I want the exhaust tips to look clean, doesn't matter if its blacked out or chromed.

I am still living in a fishbowl and haven't decromed my window trim yet. So, no blacking out. Only thing that I blackened is the grill. Getting the windows tinted soon. And no black wheels for me, ever.
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