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Old 06-11-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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Which struts should i go with....

Looking to replace my koni oranges after a year. They are to stiff for me, i just don't like the feel at times. they are servicable, but again i would like to change them out. I have them out right now with style 44 rims.

Question is which struts do i go with? Only thing i want is ride comfort. I hear that sach struts are a direct oem replacement. They have two which are sach advantage, and sach super touring, both priced similarily. My biggest thing is before i go out and buy these is it really going to make a difference in the way i want it to? just looking for opinions.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:15 PM   #2
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Re: Which struts should i go with....

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Old 06-11-2013, 08:17 PM   #3
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What has made BMW famous are their suspensions which are very sporty yet comfortable! Stock sport or ZHP is the best in my opinion unless you are truly racing. You can pick up stock OE units from BOGE or Sachs that will last a long time, handle great and still be comfortable. That's my opinion.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:19 PM   #4
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Bilstein touring. Comfortable and cheap too. Or Sachs.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:06 AM   #5
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Re: Which struts should i go with....

Thinkin about swapping out my koni fsd/ebiach combo cause its a little too soft for my taste. It rides silky smooth but was hoping for a little more firmness in the corners. Its a great kit if comfort is your goal. If your interested let me know and what your time frame is looking like.

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Old 06-18-2013, 11:01 AM   #6
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Looking to replace my koni oranges after a year. They are to stiff for me, i just don't like the feel at times. they are servicable, but again i would like to change them out. I have them out right now with style 44 rims.

Question is which struts do i go with? Only thing i want is ride comfort. I hear that sach struts are a direct oem replacement. They have two which are sach advantage, and sach super touring, both priced similarily. My biggest thing is before i go out and buy these is it really going to make a difference in the way i want it to? just looking for opinions.
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Thinkin about swapping out my koni fsd/ebiach combo cause its a little too soft for my taste. It rides silky smooth but was hoping for a little more firmness in the corners. Its a great kit if comfort is your goal. If your interested let me know and what your time frame is looking like.

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Old 06-18-2013, 12:27 PM   #7
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Sachs or Bilstein Touring Class would be a good OEM replacement. http://swiftmotorworks.com/products/rear-shock-absorber
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:08 PM   #8
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Sachs or Bilstein Touring Class would be a good OEM replacement. http://swiftmotorworks.com/products/rear-shock-absorber
When i got the koni oranges they told me they would be a stock replacement. For a while i was fine with it, but it still seems a little bit to firm.

I was going to go sach, but i hear they go bad after a shorter time. Would going from koni orange to sach oem make that much of a difference? Billstein sound very similar to koni oranges.

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Old 06-19-2013, 09:30 AM   #9
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I have had Koni FSD shocks for ~ 5yrs now, and haven't broken them (I used to go through the other konis like M&Ms). I don't think they ride much, or any worse, and they also are a step up from stock for handling, although not in the Bili/Koni sport league.

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Old 06-19-2013, 02:43 PM   #10
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When i got the koni oranges they told me they would be a stock replacement. For a while i was fine with it, but it still seems a little bit to firm.

I was going to go sach, but i hear they go bad after a shorter time. Would going from koni orange to sach oem make that much of a difference? Billstein sound very similar to koni oranges.
I don't have first hand experience with the Koni's, but I would say the Bilstein Touring Class would be equivalent to those. The TCs are valved about 10% firmer than stock.

I'm not sure about a short lifetime on the Sachs. They are the OEM shocks/struts, so I would think the lifetime would be equivalent to OE shocks and struts. My customer who has been running the Sachs the longest has been running them about a year and a half and has 20-30k miles on them. No complaints so far.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:43 AM   #11
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I don't have first hand experience with the Koni's, but I would say the Bilstein Touring Class would be equivalent to those. The TCs are valved about 10% firmer than stock.

I'm not sure about a short lifetime on the Sachs. They are the OEM shocks/struts, so I would think the lifetime would be equivalent to OE shocks and struts. My customer who has been running the Sachs the longest has been running them about a year and a half and has 20-30k miles on them. No complaints so far.

I want to go to sach's, my rear shocks are oem as well. Had them replaced about 10k ago then went with koni oranges on the front at a seperate time. (didn't realize the fronts needed to be done until putting on the rims, made a big difference).

I just dont want to waste money, im hoping that the sach's are an upgrade from the oranges.
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:49 PM   #12
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.....................im hoping that the sach's are an upgrade from the oranges.

They are not.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:25 PM   #13
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They are not.
So any suggestions on struts. I was think sach oem..... i hear koni fsd, but i only need them for the front. I can't find fsd just for the fronts.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:03 PM   #14
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Looking to replace my koni oranges after a year. They are to stiff for me, i just don't like the feel at times. they are servicable, but again i would like to change them out. I have them out right now with style 44 rims.

Question is which struts do i go with? Only thing i want is ride comfort. I hear that sach struts are a direct oem replacement. They have two which are sach advantage, and sach super touring, both priced similarily. My biggest thing is before i go out and buy these is it really going to make a difference in the way i want it to? just looking for opinions.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:26 AM   #15
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Koni FSD/Eibach Pro all day long - comfort on the straights yet tight in the corners. Highly recommended.

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Old 07-03-2013, 12:52 AM   #16
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I installed the suspension and man is it comfortable. The stance is perfect and no scrape. It absorbs all the bumps and handles like no other. Im happy.


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