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Old 05-11-2012, 11:50 AM   #201
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i prefer the ride of the tiens. way more comfy withthe billys than the H&R race.
I want to say i think the tiens are only lower in the back tho, i think the front drops the same as the H&R race springs, i think.
Gotcha. Then I may just go with the Teins then. I think in the long run I will prolly like it more since they do offer a softer ride.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:26 AM   #202
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Im a bit more confused about what to buy now. Im trying to spend about 6 to 8 hundred and DIY myself. I was going to buy the hr sport cupkit but since i read on here they go bad after like 10,000 miles im not sure, is that true? My stock suspension is gone and the rear sags a bit so anything will be an improvement i guess at this point.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:27 AM   #203
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Im a bit more confused about what to buy now. Im trying to spend about 6 to 8 hundred and DIY myself. I was going to buy the hr sport cupkit but since i read on here they go bad after like 10,000 miles im not sure, is that true? My stock suspension is gone and the rear sags a bit so anything will be an improvement i guess at this point.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:33 AM   #204
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If you don't really care about improving handling and just want a soft ride, the cupkit dampers do the job. Otherwise I'd recommend Bilstein HD/Sport or Koni FSD/Sport and some H&R lowering springs.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:48 AM   #205
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Im a bit more confused about what to buy now. Im trying to spend about 6 to 8 hundred and DIY myself. I was going to buy the hr sport cupkit but since i read on here they go bad after like 10,000 miles im not sure, is that true? My stock suspension is gone and the rear sags a bit so anything will be an improvement i guess at this point.
I sold my car with almost 150k, and the cup kit probably had 120k on it. Never went bad. No issues whatsoever.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:29 PM   #206
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:31 AM   #207
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QUOTE=LivesNearCostco;14206464]I used jackstands a few times on a sloped driveway. It's not the safest idea in the world, but if you do it be sure to raise only front or rear and not both at the same time and chock both wheels of the other end. For example to do the front struts, park facing uphill, chock both rear wheels, set parking brake, then jack up front end to do struts. Then turn car around so it's pointing downhill, chock both front wheels, put transmission in park or 1st (if you have FWD or AWD) and raise rear to replace rear springs and shocks.

The more sloped your driveway, and the softer the driveway material (concrete is harder than cold asphalt, which is harder than hot asphalt, which is harder than dirt), the greater the risk of the car falling off the jackstands and landing on you. Be sure to chock BOTH wheels of the end you aren't lifting and use jack stands on the raised end. Or take some beer to your friend's house and use his/her garage.[/QUOTE]
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:35 PM   #208
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Ive read this thread through, along with many other threads on the topic and just would like some advice. Is there a balance between feeling every bump and floating all over the place?

My driving situation is 90% highway based, which is in okay shape. I spend most of the time between 65-80 MPH, I want a comfortable highway ride. Lowering for looks is not important but I loved the control I had when the car was newer.
The control arms + bushings are shot and sitting in my garage on the bench next to new tie rods, I believe those will solve the steering play.

Most recommended setup i've collected are Koni Yellows + oem springs or eibach pro.
The oem springs aren't visibly broken; are they worn enough (123k) and should be replaced with new oem springs?

I appreciate it.
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:23 PM   #209
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Most recommended setup i've collected are Koni Yellows + oem springs or eibach pro.
The oem springs aren't visibly broken; are they worn enough (123k) and should be replaced with new oem springs?

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Springs don't wear, they break. (Some will argue this, but as long as steel isn't stressed to the point that it's strained, it will return to its original position.) After a certain number of cycles (several hundred thousand), they break.

As far as shocks/struts, any will do for highway driving. You'll only notice the difference on the on/off ramps.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:53 PM   #210
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I'm a high school student and I drive a 2000 323ci. I want to lower it and put a sport suspension on it. Any suggestion on what brand and how much I should lower it?
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:37 AM   #211
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