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Old 01-28-2008, 02:03 AM   #61
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year and body style: 2005 330Ci Cabrio
setup being rated: stock ZHP setup
adjustments: N/A
additional aftermarket components: ACS Racing front struct brace,
additional info: car has about 22,000km, factory Bridgestone RE040 tires on BMW M 18" Type 135M
preferred ride style: prefer a ride that feels connected to the road without rattling
would you recommend this setup? yes, especially compared to a stock, and sports setup. it is a great comprimise, ride height is pleasing with 18"
price paid, including installation (if applicable): included in purchase price
ride comfort: 5
handling: 8

i used to drive a E36 Coupe and E30 iX Sedan, both with Koni adjustable and RD / Eibach springs so this is comparatively very comfortable over potholes, but the E46 with ZHP is still surprisingly handles / cornering well
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Old 02-05-2008, 05:29 PM   #62
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My Ride: 99 328i, 07 z4 3.0
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Setup: bilstein sport shocks w/ stock sport springs.
Adjustments: None.

Feels GREAT in the corners. Ride can get rough on a crappy highway or potholed backroad. Compared to the old stock suspension AMAZINGLY better handling and INCREDIBLY rougher ride ( but I think worth it) Car rides pretty high. Would like to lower car w/o increasing stiffness too much or losing an performance.

I hear things about H&R springs w/ bilstein sports can anyone chime in on this setup?
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:56 PM   #63
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Yr and Body: 1999 328i
Setup: bilstein sport shocks w/ stock sport springs.
Adjustments: None.

Feels GREAT in the corners. Ride can get rough on a crappy highway or potholed backroad. Compared to the old stock suspension AMAZINGLY better handling and INCREDIBLY rougher ride ( but I think worth it) Car rides pretty high. Would like to lower car w/o increasing stiffness too much or losing an performance.

I hear things about H&R springs w/ bilstein sports can anyone chime in on this setup?
I'm about to install some bilstein sports on my H&R race springs on my 330i ZHP...hit me up in a few days and I'll give ya some feedback. The H&R race springs are nice on my stock ZHP suspension for now...I bet it'll be 10X better though with the bilsteins
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:21 PM   #64
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people with bilstein pss9's please do a write up, i would love to hear about them!
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Old 02-28-2008, 08:24 PM   #65
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hey guys, i'm so glad this post has generated interest and continued during my lengthy absence! keep em coming, there are still some great kits out there that could help someone out if they were rated properly.
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:14 PM   #66
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year and body style: 2003 330Ci, 5-speed
setup being rated: Turner Motorsport H&R adjustable sport springs, Koni struts/shocks, H&R adjustable sway bars (27f/21r), Turner Motorsports adjustable sway bar end links (both front and rear), BMW Performance front control arms, Meyle HD FCABs, Vorshlag V2 adjustable camber plates, RE RSMs
adjustments: fine tuning of ride height (it's NOT slammed), zero preload on sway bars.
additional aftermarket components: BMW Performance cross-drilled rotors (floating fronts), Axxis Ultimates, Borla cat-back exhaust, 19x8.5 SSR Comp-H (20.7 pounds each), 235/35 Pilot Sports, RE transmission mounts.
additional info: special ordered with no sunroof, never driven in rain
preferred ride style: firm, but not harsh. neutral handling.
would you recommend this setup? yes, but for gearheads only. may be too much for some.
price paid: suspension about $2500. total for all upgrades is about $6000. all DIY.
ride comfort: 6 on coarse road surfaces because of road noise. 9 smooth road surfaces.
handling: 9. Pilot Sports give up too soon. still wish for slightly better transient response.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:03 PM   #67
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Old 03-26-2008, 07:38 PM   #68
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:36 AM   #69
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:52 AM   #70
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next week I will post up... got a H&R Touring Cupkit going on my wagon early next week...
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Old 04-12-2008, 12:54 PM   #71
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year and body style: 2003 325iT wagon
setup being rated: H&R Touring Cupkit
adjustments: N/A
additional aftermarket components: Turner Motorsport RSM. OEM 15mm rear spring pads. OEM front strut reinforcement plates. OEM rear shock reinforcement plates. 60mm OEM M3 FCAB with 60mm CAB holder.
additional info: car has about 65k+ miles
preferred ride style: Little body roll in turns, yet still compliant over bumps
would you recommend this setup? Yes
price paid, including installation (if applicable): Sorry not sharing got the suspension on closeout from TireRack for $406, but I had it installed with a few other items so total install cost more than the actual Cupkit cost.
ride comfort: If stock non sport is 10 -- 9 -- slightly harder than my stock non sport on some bumps, on others it rides better
handling: lets say my stock non sport was a 4 this is a -- 7 -- controlled body roll well, feels more confident in turns, but I am still planning on doing aftermarket sways in the near future.

This is a fantastic setup I highly recommend to anyone. My car was on stock non-sport suspension with 65K miles. The cupkit feels only slightly harder on certain bumps in my daily route, yet on other bumps it rides better than stock. As you can see in the pics below the drop is good. H&R lists the drop at 1.3" front and 1.2" rear. My actual measured drop is near 1.75" front 1" rear (with 15mm spring pads vs stock 5mm). The wheel gap all around is right about 1 finger, so visually it is an even drop which I wanted. My front lip spoiler occasionally bottomed out on the stock suspension so with the added drop I am having to really be careful on bump and driveways.

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Old 04-13-2008, 06:47 AM   #72
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Great info on the touring setup!!! I am also in the process of selecting suspension for my touring and this was great help.

Just one question, what about the camber? Do you exepct any additional camber wear with the Cup kit? Did you have to do an allignment after the install?
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Old 05-11-2008, 08:01 PM   #73
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:51 PM   #74
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:19 PM   #75
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Great info on the touring setup!!! I am also in the process of selecting suspension for my touring and this was great help.

Just one question, what about the camber? Do you exepct any additional camber wear with the Cup kit? Did you have to do an allignment after the install?
You should always do an alignment when doing suspension work so yes do an alignment if springs and shocks are swapped out. Camber... I haven't noticed it visually being more than stock... I can really see it on my lowered e30, but it isnt visually noticeable with the cupkit, so I would say it is close to stock as far as camber.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:26 PM   #76
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Anyone tried the Sachs setup (springs and shocks)?
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:36 PM   #77
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year and body style: 2001 330ci.
setup being rated: TEIN SS coilover suspension
adjustments: Ride Height & damping
additional aftermarket components: Dinan Strut tower brace, Dinan Stage 2 software, Dinan CAI & Dinan Cat back exhaust
additional info: car has about 120,000 miles on it and the Coilovers were installed at 55k
preferred ride style: I prefer a controlled stiff ride with some suspension travel
would you recommend this setup? Only if you're not going to track alot
price paid, including installation (if applicable): 900 for the coilovers 100 for the install
ride comfort: 9
handling: 9

Tein SS were specifically designed for everyday road use and occasional track use hence the dual tube shock design. There are other Tein coilovers that are designed for heavy track use but Tein SS are not. And since I never track my car it's not an issue for me. Tein SS can go VERY LOW in ride height and the comfort for the road is great. They DO handle very well on the road and corners do feel flat.

I do not have the EDFC controller because to me it's gimmicky.

Monotube shocks are ones designed for heavy duty track use.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:40 AM   #78
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year and body style: 2001 330i
setup being rated: Koni Coil Over, UUC Gen2 sways
adjustments: Ride height: 13" center wheel to wheel well front and rear. Shock Settings: Front full dampning, Rear: turn from lowest. Sway stiffness (stiff front, soft rear)
additional aftermarket components: Turner RSM, ZHP wheels, p2 tires.
additional info: used for 3.5k
preferred ride style: Stiff without being harsh. I want flat cornering, a neutral feel and good feedback.
would you recommend this setup? Absolutely. The ride is firm and fluid. Not at all harsh. Installed sways first. Took away roll and gave a surprisingly tightened feel even in straight line driving. Addition of coil overs gives a much more positive feel in cornering and overall feedback. Am on top of tolerance numbers (10.5 inches from center of mount bolt to surface of strut spring perch. Max is 11.2". Rear perch is under the 40mm max extension from where perch mounts to control arm to spring surface of perch. My wheel gap is a tight finger front and rear. This kit will slam a car. I was able to get alignment within BMW spec by punching locators on strut caps. Rear had enough adjustment to be at -2 degree's. Adjustment is very easy. Front, just jack up each side to take load off. I use a spanner wrench from a spare motorcycle tool kit so that I can hold the adjustment and lock ring. Do not try to use the apparent adjuster for the rear perch. You will destroy it. I found taking load off and then turning the spring the best method. I plan to put in 15mm rear top spring pads so I do not have to extend the perch so much. This car rails! My spouse no longer enjoys driving the car, she says it is "too touchy". I just took a trip with three of us and ~ 150 lbs of luggage. Handled great and no bottoming of susp or rubbing with 255 rears.

price paid, including installation (if applicable): $450 sways, 1200 coils, install was DIY
ride comfort: 7.5
handling: 9

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