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Old 02-04-2013, 07:04 AM   #1
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Why H&R?

I got a friend who is selling me his spring Tein brand for 100$ are new! I see a good deal on it! But i have another friend saying that best for my car and only one i should pit because i got sport suspension is H&R! Why? I can not pick another brand? Like Eibach, Megan Racing, Tein! I eill leave my stock shocks! Comment advises everything is welcome
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:10 AM   #2
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Here is my ride! I want to put some xxr 521 on 18x8 front and 18x9 rear
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:17 AM   #3
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Lowering springs with stock shocks/struts is never a good idea....they go bad and start feathering your tires...other anomolies too...no reason to believe that one set of springs is better than the other unless you are going for a specific look that one offers that the other does not...
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:22 AM   #4
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Thanks for it so i already know any spring is same they will work same right! I thought ride quality will be different with different springs! So what kind of shock should i use? New ones? Or other brand?
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:46 AM   #5
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If you are lowering your car get some Bilstein Sport struts and shocks. Those will pair nicely with some lowering springs.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:21 AM   #6
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Some brands shock is what i need!? I will just lower it 1.5"
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Some brands shock is what i need!? I will just lower it 1.5"
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:16 AM   #8
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Ideally, you want the dampers to be matched to the spring rates, so a matched spring/shock setup like an an H&R touring cup kit or an Eibach pro-system will probably be ideal if you want lowering.

OP, what are your goals for modifying the suspension? Do you want handling or stance?
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:19 PM   #9
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I wish to keep my ride quality because I'm in love with my car quality but i want to see it a little more drop because i want to put some rims and want it to look nice as well!
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I wish to keep my ride quality because I'm in love with my car quality but i want to see it a little more drop because i want to put some rims and want it to look nice as well!
Depending on your budget, I'd go with a matched spring/damper kit as mentioned above, or if you have a little more dough, a mild strreet coils vet package. Springs alone will compromise your ride quality AND handling
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If you are lowering your car get some Bilstein Sport struts and shocks. Those will pair nicely with some lowering springs.
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:27 PM   #12
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So how do i know which set is going to be good and no to much expensive not planing to spend 600$ on a drop! I just see this springs from my friend in 100$ and i thought i just can put then on and thats were all! But i see i thought bad
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So how do i know which set is going to be good and no to much expensive not planing to spend 600$ on a drop! I just see this springs from my friend in 100$ and i thought i just can put then on and thats were all! But i see i thought bad
I was very tempted by the proposition when I was looking for suspension mods too, sounds super cheap for a significant mod. But I think it comes down to this- sport springs need sport dampers to work at their best. Any of the setups recommend here oughta suit you
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:49 PM   #14
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Will make it works! Sport shocks sport springs! Also i will put everything in the shock new and strut mounts new too because one of mines went bad
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:54 PM   #15
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Sadly not all lowering springs are the same. Many differences between the brands. The wire used makes a difference, how thick it is, the alloy makup, it all plays a factor. Another thing is that some companies just wind the wire so it fits the perches and is lower then the stock but have the same wind all the way down. Others have a progressive wind so that it keeps its ride quality with regular bumps and driving conditions but then stiffen if they're pushed harder. That's why the huge difference in cost between the brands.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:05 PM   #16
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Thats a good info, i always thought there was some difference because no everybody like to pay more just for a brand name, and then i hear here they all were almost same! I will try not to put ebay spring, will get those Teins and some bilstein sport shocks
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So how do i know which set is going to be good and no to much expensive not planing to spend 600$ on a drop! I just see this springs from my friend in 100$ and i thought i just can put then on and thats were all! But i see i thought bad
600 on a drop would be a deal. Tein's are good springs and the price is right if you want to go the cheap route. I had Tein on my 350 and loved them, but that was my 350, not BMW. Look into how much strut/shock's cost and you might rethink your decision. My pops always taught me, if your going to do something, don't do it half a$$ed, do it right. Think this applies here.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:32 PM   #18
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Yes it apply i bought already the spring my buddy let me have then for 80$ but now i will buy some sport shocks and all the thing inside of it like that little orange piece that goes inside and its covers for all of then, also new strut mount back are making a funny noise and one in the front! Will take a little on this but will post picture when done. Planing to do it right +600$ but n more worries about this
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