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Old 07-06-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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Shocks and struts [updated w/ pics]

So with my car at 108k miles, I'm certain that my shocks, struts and all related mounts need to be replaced. I've been looking through several of the vendor's websites but always I am left confused. Usually I can find the needed parts easily, but these parts are a bit tougher for me.

2000 323 Ci ZSP (sport) 5spd edit: now that this thread was moved I need to point out that my car is a convertible. smh

Looking for either part #s or maybe a direct link to the correct shocks/struts so I can compare the differences as to what I have found. I'd like to go with Sachs over the OE parts but I may possibly even consider Meyle.

I'd love to be able to buy from oembimmerparts.com since they are out of San Antonio and shipping would be quick.

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Old 07-08-2013, 05:44 PM   #2
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My cabrio/sport '01 needs front and back too. I started window shopping (for stock sports replacement) at Autohaus but have not bought anything yet. I'm sure I'm going stock sport since I got 130k miles from my first set. Any suggestions on good online stores/packages?
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:56 PM   #3
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Re: Shocks and struts... blah

The only advice I've got so far is for Blistein Tourings. Not expensive by any means. I bought front end links today but I'm going to keep digging before I pick up the shocks/struts. I want a much smoother ride without sacrificing too much rigidness or handling. Every once in a while I like to have fun with it. 90% of the time I just want a smooth ride.

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Old 07-08-2013, 07:15 PM   #4
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The only advice I've got so far is for Blistein Tourings. Not expensive by any means. I bought front end links today but I'm going to keep digging before I pick up the shocks/struts. I want a much smoother ride without sacrificing too much rigidness or handling. Every once in a while I like to have fun with it. 90% of the time I just want a smooth ride.

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OK, that was what I was waiting for, based on that answer....

Koni FSD with / or without Eibach Pro kit springs.

Shocks/Struts
http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/s...0&autoModClar=

With springs / Drop of 1.4" F&R
http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/s...0&autoModClar=


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Old 11-03-2013, 08:45 AM   #5
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Re: Shocks and struts... blah

After considering a lot of options, I decided to change it up completely. Originally I did not want to drop my car because I was considering selling it not too long after the replacement but I changed my mind.

I ended up purchasing all of my parts from ECSTuning, as usual. Parts purchased:

Koni Yellow dampening adjustable shock/strut kit. I scoured Google and could not find a bad review. A solid product with a limited lifetime warranty was a no brainer. $599.99.

H&R Race springs. $221.40.

ECS complete coilover/cupkit install kit with spring pads. $237.95.

Once the springs arrive on Monday I will update with pictures of all the parts.

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Old 11-04-2013, 09:08 PM   #6
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:27 PM   #7
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I just installed koni yellows recently. They are fantastic, i'm sure you will like them too. I went with the pro kit though because i thought the race was pretty drastic for San Francisco Hills.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:28 AM   #8
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I just installed koni yellows recently. They are fantastic, i'm sure you will like them too. I went with the pro kit though because i thought the race was pretty drastic for San Francisco Hills.
I agree with that. Tell me a few things you like/dislike about your Konis. Also what was the condition of your shocks/struts before you upgraded?
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Here it all is.







Everything should be installed by this month or next. Not in a big rush. Need to get spacers next. No idea what size. Currently I have the style M68 staggered wheels with 225/45/17 (square) tires.

Thank you to ECSTuning for offering their products so much less than the competitors!

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Old 11-05-2013, 07:45 PM   #10
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I agree with that. Tell me a few things you like/dislike about your Konis. Also what was the condition of your shocks/struts before you upgraded?
The only dislike I have is that the rears can't be adjusted without removing them completely...and to remove them you need to remove the trunk liner (I don't feel like cutting holes in my trunk liner). You can spend a few hundred extra and get the adjustable rears from ground control, but that's just money I don't have. Besides, I have mine set at 1/2 turn back, full soft front, and just turn the front up to 1.5 turns if I want to have some fun or go to the track.

My car had 92k miles at the swap. My rear struts were 100% non functional with no rebound. I could push them in and they would stay down and never come up. The front struts were ok, just a bit soft.
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Good feedback. How does the car feel on them?
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:21 PM   #12
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Bimmernate,

You might want to look into getting the Rogue Engineering rear shock mounts. You only have to go in through the trunk once to install then you can remove and replace your shocks from below. They're about $100 or less and are a good, strong mount.

I used them when I replaced my shocks last month and got them because of the good reviews only, the trunk thing is not a problem for me because I have a vert so trunk liner does not have to be removed and I don't have adjustable shocks. I went with Koni FSD.
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Bimmernate,

You might want to look into getting the Rogue Engineering rear shock mounts. You only have to go in through the trunk once to install then you can remove and replace your shocks from below. They're about $100 or less and are a good, strong mount.

I used them when I replaced my shocks last month and got them because of the good reviews only, the trunk thing is not a problem for me because I have a vert so trunk liner does not have to be removed and I don't have adjustable shocks. I went with Koni FSD.
I was thinking about doing that, but figured I still would rarely remove the shock even if it could unbolt it without taking off the trunk liner. So I bought new OEM shock mounts (which I had no problems with over the 92k miles that they were installed and after removing them I realized they were still in excellent condition) and strut reinforcements for around $40 versus $100 for the Rogue ones.
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Nate -

I dug up your thread on modding the bump stops. How much did you end up trimming??
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Nate -

I dug up your thread on modding the bump stops. How much did you end up trimming??
I never got a solid answer for that. I left them alone and did not modify them. I figured I can always cut them afterwards. Although, with the minimal drop I got, I don't think they need to be cut. The car rides really nice
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I never got a solid answer for that. I left them alone and did not modify them. I figured I can always cut them afterwards. Although, with the minimal drop I got, I don't think they need to be cut. The car rides really nice
Okay. I'll probably do the same
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Re: Shocks and struts... blah

I got around to installing everything last week. Stopped off the freeway to get a pic so hopefully I can get some more soon. Please post opinions!
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I got around to installing everything last week. Stopped off the freeway to get a pic so hopefully I can get some more soon. Please post opinions!
I personally feel that its too low, I like the top of the tire to line up perfectly with the fender. (I'm not a fan of the tucked in look, especially on stock wheels). But as long as YOU like it that's all that matters.
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I personally feel that its too low, I like the top of the tire to line up perfectly with the fender. (I'm not a fan of the tucked in look, especially on stock wheels). But as long as YOU like it that's all that matters.
I agree. It's definitely a work in progress. The ride is great though!

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