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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?

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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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Old 08-04-2014, 11:03 AM   #212
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eleven pages, and no pics of an E46 on Bilstien and H&R (sports OR race!)

Anyone? I am looking for ride height pics, I am looking for a DD-friendly setup on my '01 330i sport.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:37 PM   #213
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I've got bilstein on my 320d and I'm really happy with it. I strongly recommend it.



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Old 09-16-2014, 05:24 PM   #214
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anyone got pics of 19s on an h&r sport cup kit?
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Old 09-27-2014, 09:32 AM   #215
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Read through most of this, I'm looking to lower my car on some coilovers, (probably gonna get put on a cross for this but) I street drift my car and was looking at coilovers on eBay. Looking for some quality coilovers, under $1000 bucks for my 03 bmw 325ci? And recommendations


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Old 12-16-2014, 06:50 AM   #216
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Suspension review:
Fortune Auto 500 Series coilovers

Adjustability:
30 dampening settings, include camber plates at top of struts. Spring rates: 9K front, 12K rear.

Other Components on Car:
K&N Typhoon intake, Rogue Engineering Racing pulleys, 19" wheels, cross-drilled rotors, PSS rubber

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lowered front and rear stance (front - @1", back - @1" with nice wheel tuck)
; -4.0 neg camber front, -3.8 neg camber rear.

The Ride Style You Prefer:
Firm, but not harsh with no bounce. Little-to-no body roll in hard cornering with pronounced sharp turn-in.

price paid, including installation: $1200

based on a 1-10 rating scale:
Ride Comfort: 9
Handling: 10

Was at first skeptical about installing a lesser known name brand coilover, but after researching FA I found them to be of equal quality and had great customer service. They built my coilovers custom for my car. I also liked that their shop is close - 2 hours away - and liked having support nearby if needed. Ride is firm but not harsh. Was surprised how close to factory the new set up rides. I did the upgrade for autocrossing, but drive it on the street occasionally and love that I didn't give up much (if any) ride quality.

But - I will caveat this by saying that having a trusted performance shop do the install and post-install set up (aggressive four corner alignment) is the key to getting everything out of your new suspension. I get the DIYs are great for saving $$ but when it comes to suspension and ride quality, I chose to put it in the hands of guys that have extensive race experience with suspension set ups.

These have only been on my car now for a month and I have yet to AX with them, but ride and quality in the street is much better than expected.

Will give an update once AX season kicks off.
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Old 04-27-2015, 01:53 AM   #217
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~Year and body style: 2001 330i
~Setup being rated: Bilstein PSS10
~Adjustments: Ride Height 1.0" and 1.75" from the original stock, 10 Clicks of Rebound/Compression
~Additional aftermarket components: Powerflex Cabs/Rtabs, Ground Control Rear Shock Mounts, Eiback Front Sway
~Additional info: Car has 180,xxx miles, Suspension has about 45,000 miles(removed shocks and inspected).
~Preferred ride style: I'm a huge fan of firm rides. This suspension is great but soon will upgrade to linear springs and get shocks revalved. My old E30 had 900lbs rear springs with valved Bilstein shocks so you know how firm i like my rides and i loved every minute of it.
~Would you recommend this setup? Yes, Huge Bilstein Fan Here.
price paid, including installation (if applicable): Got a deal thru my work. Installed by myself at work.
~Ride comfort: 7
~Handling: 8

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Old 05-26-2015, 06:35 PM   #218
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Street Edge review - great quality and cost

~ Year and body style: 2001 330i ZSP 5spd (bought July 2014)
~ Setup being rated: Street Edge coilovers (bought Sept. 2014)
~ Adjustments: Lowered ride height is about 1.4" F / 1.2" R from original sport suspension height
~ Additional aftermarket components: ECS carbon fiber front strut bar, front suspension refresh kit incl. bolts, nuts, dust boots (still need to do control arms)
~ Additional info: Car has 169k miles, installed these 2 months ago so they have about 500 miles on them
~ Preferred ride style: Spirited driving. Not a fan of bouncy rides or setups that are too stiff.
~ Would you recommend this setup? Yes, most definitely. Corners like it's on rails, no rubbing or scraping anywhere.
~ Price paid, including installation (if applicable): For the cost ($450 shipped) and installation (about $600), best setup that you can easily raise and lower
~ Ride comfort: 8
~ Handling: 9



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Old 06-17-2015, 07:08 AM   #219
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My Ride: BMW 330i, 2002 & E30
Year and body style: 2001 330i
Setup being rated: Bilstein B8s, Eibach Prokit and Eibach sway bars
Additional info: new Meyle HD LCAs, Sachs strut tops, reinforcement plates,
Preferred ride style: I prefer a comfortable ride without sacrificing handling , stiffish and connected to the road without rattling my fillings out.
Would you recommend this setup? Yes. On the first drive it feels like a nice compliant sports setup with reasonably matched shock and springs.
Ride comfort: 8
Handling: 7

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Old 06-19-2015, 11:29 AM   #220
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Year and body style: 2000 323ci 5sp, sport susp
~ Setup being rated: H&R Race Springs
~ Adjustments: 1.5"F, 1.1"R drop-stock shocks
~ Additional aftermarket components: Turner strut brace F, Turner 7.5mm spacers F, H&R 12mm spacers R, gutted interior, M3 rear lip spoiler, OZ 17" race wheels, OMP race seat, 4 pt harness
~ Additional info: Bought as a track day/semi-commuter with 145,000 mi. Continuing to modify with roll cage, shocks, tires, engine mods, etc.
~ Preferred ride style: Firm. Useable at a track, won't kill me on a commute.
~ Would you recommend this setup? Yes.
~ Price paid, including installation: Springs $250, spacers $160, DIY
~ Ride comfort: 8
~Handling: 9

The stock shocks help with the ride comfort, but will need to be upgraded soon to take the extra firmness of the springs. On a budget....
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