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Old 10-01-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Best replacement for OEM shocks & struts?

Looking for best oem replacement, ride quality, comfort. Not coil overs.
I have Bilstein Sport with H&R springs. Love the handling, hate the bumps. Want to go back to oem feel.

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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I'm replacing my shocks and struts with Sachs, per the Sachs part catalog. I believe at one point were or currently are the original shock/strut supplier to BMW. They should give you what you need, at a lower price than the Original BMW branded parts.

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:16 AM   #3
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Bilstein HDs with stock springs. pretty much stock feel/ride height
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:32 AM   #4
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No question about it.... I've used pretty much every suspension setup that is available for the E46 and you hands-down want to get the Koni FSD struts and just use your H&R Springs with them.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:11 PM   #5
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Hmm, I've always heard bad about Koni.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:18 PM   #6
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Koni Yellows.
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:25 PM   #7
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Koni's are a good bang for the buck shock that will be close to factory feel. If you get Koni adjustable (top adjust) you can play with the damping to get a little more personalization/customization out of the driving experience.
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:35 PM   #8
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How do the compare top hotchkis springs
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:22 PM   #9
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Just put on the Koni FSDs with stock sport springs. Feels like stock only with slightly better control when cornering hard. Highly recommended.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:58 AM   #10
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FSD is not the same as other Konis. Read up and trust the guy who has had 4x E46s and has used every piece of suspension. /thread
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:36 PM   #11
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Would you also recommend these for a 330i ZHP? I have 120K Miles on what I think are the original shocks/springs so it's definately time to replace.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:29 PM   #12
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I just installed Monroe OESpectrum front and rear. Feels softer than stock and doesn't control the rebound as well as stock. Probably a good choice for someone who doesn't know any better, seeing as they were affordable and readily available, but I would stick with koni str.t or FSD if you have the money.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:47 PM   #13
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I too am looking for OEM replacement for struts and shocks. I came across the Meyle brand struts and shocks and they are much lower in cost. Has anyone tried them? Seems like a good deal since Meyle is an OEM supplier.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:23 PM   #14
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Since when Meyle is an OEM supplier?

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Old 11-21-2012, 05:43 PM   #15
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Since when Meyle is an OEM supplier?

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Oppps. I think I am incorrect. OE? manufacturer? right?
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:31 PM   #16
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Meyle is an aftermarket supplier for BMW. Sachs is the OE brand for shocks.

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Old 11-21-2012, 08:43 PM   #17
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OK I understand now. But still want to know if anyone has used them.

Meyle shocks are around $40 from BMA parts
http://www.bmaparts.com/item.wws?sku...MEYLE&weight=4

The struts are about $75 each also from BMA parts
http://www.bmaparts.com/ShopByVehicl...sembly&mode=PA

I might also have a deal for Bilstein HD shocks and struts for $500. Should I get them or should I just go for stock sports suspension? I use my e46 as a daily.
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