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Old 07-25-2014, 02:20 PM   #1
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Replacing Shocks

Im in need of new rear shocks for my 01 325ci and was wondering which shocks is recommended?

Keep in mind i live in NY
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:35 PM   #2
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Koni yellows

I need rear shocks also, planning on goin with Koni yellows and Rogue RSMs. Has anyone done Koni yellows on the rear only, or do I really need to do fronts also at the same time to be worth it?
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:26 AM   #3
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I put Koni FSD shocks on my wife's 330CI and we really like them. I'd recommend doing all 4 shocks to keep good balance and handling. www.shox.com
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:10 PM   #4
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Do the springs as well. The stock sport springs are pricey but well worth it.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:21 AM   #5
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I just had the shocks replaced on my vert with Bilstein Tourings. A local BMW shop recommended to stay away from harsher shocks on the convertibles. They were getting complaints that the ride was too harsh and the car was too jiggly with the stiffer shocks. The Tourings are supposed to be a bit firmer than the stock sport package shocks. I like 'em.
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Im considering these as a cheap replacement, any reviews? http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-NEW-BMW-E4...p2054897.l4275
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:29 PM   #7
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Im considering these as a cheap replacement, any reviews? http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-NEW-BMW-E4...p2054897.l4275
They will work ok. Change the springs as well. I can't stress that enough.
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:40 PM   #8
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When you say springs your referring to the front shocks? or do both front and rear have springs?
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:25 PM   #9
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When you say springs your referring to the front shocks? or do both front and rear have springs?
The rear springs.
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Old 02-01-2015, 04:53 PM   #10
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convertible upper shock mount

Anyone replacing rear shocks for the first time should be aware to disregard any instructions to remove interior panels from the trunk to access the upper mounts. The upper mounts on the convertible are underneath the toneau cover. Raise the cover and find to vinyl caps or covers on each side. Pop them out and you will find the upper mount nuts.
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They will work ok. Change the springs as well. I can't stress that enough.
Why?
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Anyone replacing rear shocks for the first time should be aware to disregard any instructions to remove interior panels from the trunk to access the upper mounts. The upper mounts on the convertible are underneath the toneau cover. Raise the cover and find to vinyl caps or covers on each side. Pop them out and you will find the upper mount nuts.
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They will work ok. Change the springs as well. I can't stress that enough.
Umm, no. No to those ebay struts (that are the wrong design and require modification) and no to changing your springs, that's completely unnecessary. You clearly don't have a clue what you're talking about.
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Umm, no. No to those ebay struts (that are the wrong design and require modification) and no to changing your springs, that's completely unnecessary. You clearly don't have a clue what you're talking about.
So enlighten us why changing the rear springs in unnecessary oh wise suspension guru.
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Why?
Why? Because you have a 12 year old car, regardless of miles they do wear out. I put new sport springs in my car in addition to all the other suspension work and it was worth it. The car handles and rides great!

If you are just doing shocks and what to be done with it than so be it. For me not to change the springs while I was doing mostly everything else on the car seemed foolish because they would have to be changed at some point.
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Umm, no. No to those ebay struts (that are the wrong design and require modification) and no to changing your springs, that's completely unnecessary. You clearly don't have a clue what you're talking about.

What the Hell are you talking about ? They are NOT the wrong design in any way.

They might be low quality, some might call them cheap; But they will fit just fine.

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I have personal experience with these exact struts. There is a tab welded to the strut where the little alignment pins are supposed to be. The welds won't fit past the opening and need to be ground away. The tab is also in the wrong spot and blocks the hole for the bolt. Then there is the problem of the extremely thin gauge metal these are made of. Running over rumble strips caused the strut to deform.
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Why? Because you have a 12 year old car, regardless of miles they do wear out.
No. Springs don't wear out.
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That's what's left of that little tab in order to get it to fit. And you can see the deformation on the right side. These struts are garbage. But go ahead and buy them, it's your money, but don't say you haven't been warned.
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I'm sorry you're so offended Rob43 but that's not my problem either. I've done my research. Have you?
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