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Old 04-08-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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Advise on H&R Suspension Kits Sports vs Touring

I just got new ZHP wheels and Hancook tires and need to upgrade my suspension to sport suspension. I found these online, anyone have experience with this coilover system or brand? Any advise would be appreciated..

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Old 04-08-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
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I really can't say much. ECS usually carries high quality parts, but don't quote me on that. I, personally, wouldn't install 450$ coilovers on my car. I would rather suggest for you to get some decent lowering springs, maybe TEIN or H&R, and then some good struts.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:12 PM   #3
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thanks, I was thinking the same thing about separate
dampers and springs. But this set looks good plus the brand I heard was solid.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:12 PM   #4
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I see them as the 'I dont drive fast but want the image' suspension. Not really good quality or performance

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Old 04-08-2013, 10:33 PM   #5
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:11 PM   #6
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Zell? these are better? these looks the same... $60 difference..

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Old 04-09-2013, 05:52 PM   #7
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They're the same thing, lol.

I'd pony up for a decent damper/spring combo or get STs or something relatively affordable. $500 is not sufficient to get a quality coilover.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:10 PM   #8
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I've used them on my old e36 and they are a decent choice. It performs as well as any other mid range coilover, yes they are made by FK but they are no where near the performance and build quality as their Silverline series. I have also used ST's and can say that there is absolutely no difference in feel up front but the ST rears feel better. I have an e46 on street edge coilovers right now and it is also comparable to these but the customer service from them are by far superior.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:13 PM   #9
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Guys, thoughts on these two suspension kits by H&R. I want a stiffer ride and to lower the car to lesson the wheel gap with the 18inch ZHP wheels but I do not want to give up a lot of ride comfort. The reviews say your ride comfort will be greatly reduced on the sports cup suspension kit. I'm leaning with the Touring H&R kit, anyone have any experience or info on these two suspension kits.


H&R's Sport Cup Suspension Kit $679 (Premium, Performance Street)


http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/s...oModClar=&cat=


H&R's Touring Cup Suspension Kit $599 (Premium)

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A better option would be H&R springs with a Bilstein or Koni damper. The ones that come with the H&R kits are mediocre at best.
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thanks, I will consider all options.
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I just installed the touring kit on my 330ci with sport suspension. The ride is night and day from the tired original suspension. However I find that the new set up is a little bouncy. I didn't go with the sport cup as I didn't want to really lower the car too much. I do not think the touring kit lowered the car at all. I also changed The fcabs with power flex and new control arms. Car does feel brand new. I wonder if the sport cup kit would have been better for my expectations/closer to the stock sport and not drop the car as low as the claims. The struts just seem like they "under damp". I did also install new Pirelli pzero nero tires as well. They are definitely different than the yoko advan I had prior. Anyone else feel the same as me with the touring kit?
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I just installed the touring kit on my 330ci with sport suspension. The ride is night and day from the tired original suspension. However I find that the new set up is a little bouncy. I didn't go with the sport cup as I didn't want to really lower the car too much. I do not think the touring kit lowered the car at all. I also changed The fcabs with power flex and new control arms. Car does feel brand new. I wonder if the sport cup kit would have been better for my expectations/closer to the stock sport and not drop the car as low as the claims. The struts just seem like they "under damp". I did also install new Pirelli pzero nero tires as well. They are definitely different than the yoko advan I had prior. Anyone else feel the same as me with the touring kit?
A little bouncy, interesting. In regards to the drop, I think with sports suspension the drop is minimal. For me the Non Sports suspension to H & R Touring cup kit will have a nice drop but not the slammed drop which is not what I want. Also I live in Northern NJ so you know how the roads are on the East Coast so I am looking for that compromise, not too harsh, not too low of a drop not too too stiff as this is my daily Drive car so I value ride comfort. You have pics? Where did you buy the touring kit from and how much $
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Yeah it is a comfortable ride and it is really smooth especially with the crap roads we have around here.. I did not want it too low either as I would scrape entering driveways and have scraped underneath going over speed bumps..
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Forgot to mention I got the kit at tire rack. 600 plus shipping. I got the "install kit" from ECS.
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I'm running The H&R sport springs on a set of Koni FSD shocks and the ride is great. I'm on 19's so depending on tire profile your wheel gap should be minimized tremendously. IT'll run you more than the coil over set you found, but trust me. Of all the places you shouldn't cheap out on, suspension is probably number one.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:32 PM   #17
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Forgot to mention I got the kit at tire rack. 600 plus shipping. I got the "install kit" from ECS.
Damn, the price went up. I saw it at tirerack for $499 a month ago unless I am mistaken.
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