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Old 10-27-2008, 07:13 AM   #1
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M3 suspension on a 330ci

has anyone done it , put m3 shocks and springs on a normal e46, will they fit whats it drive like
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:29 AM   #2
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Yes, they'll work. I have them installed on my car with M3 Tein S-techs.

You'll need to buy M3 strut hats and make sure the arrows are pointed towards the car.

The ride is firmer and there is less body roll...I'm using stock M3 shocks so the ride can be choppy on uneven surfaces but real smooth on an even pavement.

The shocks I'm using only has 6000 miles on it...eventually, I'll upgrade to Bilsteins then the ride should be much improved without the choppiness.

The overall look is incredible with the Teins...nice drop, almost slammed.
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:26 AM   #3
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The parts will bolt on but it's not typically recommended. You have much better options available in aftermarket products designed specifically for your 330 which weighs a good bit less than an M3.
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:30 AM   #4
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The parts will bolt on but it's not typically recommended. You have much better options available in aftermarket products designed specifically for your 330 which weighs a good bit less than an M3.
+1, unless you can get them used for $50-100
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:18 PM   #5
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+1, unless you can get them used for $50-100
Honestly, I wouldn't even do it if someone gave me free parts and installation.
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Old 10-27-2008, 12:20 PM   #6
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why not buy aftermarket suspension designed for your car?
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Old 10-27-2008, 04:36 PM   #7
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+1, unless you can get them used for $50-100
And people don't understand weight distribution.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:22 PM   #8
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Honestly, I wouldn't even do it if someone gave me free parts and installation.
Haha...stockers FTL!

I paid $60 for a complete M3 suspension with less than 50 miles on it...$160 shipped for Tein S-techs. I DIYed the whole install...definitely a rewarding experience considering how much a shop charges.

I spent $220 for a setup that is far superior to the stock suspension that comes on our cars, which by the way, could easily cost $500+ to replace.

OP, I commute 70-100 miles each day and I can attest that this will be one of the best bang for the buck mods that you'll perform on your ride. I don't track my car but I do enjoy the occasional spirited drive down a nice, winding road. This setup will more than deliver the kind of performance that you can appreciate in day-to-day driving.

It all depends on your situation...if you're on a tight budget, like I was, this is a viable option for you despite what some on the board will say.
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:23 PM   #9
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Haha...stockers FTL!

I paid $60 for a complete M3 suspension with less than 50 miles on it...$160 shipped for Tein S-techs. I DIYed the whole install...definitely a rewarding experience considering how much a shop charges.

I spent $220 for a setup that is far superior to the stock suspension that comes on our cars, which by the way, could easily cost $500+ to replace.
Well, let's see here. You didn't swap in a completely stock M3 suspension. You used the M3 dampers with aftermarket M3 lowering springs. Not exactly what the OP was asking about. This does, however, solve the main issue of using the stock M3 springs on a lighter non-M car. It's also proof that you agree with me on some level since you turned to the aftermarket for "better" springs. Just curious, why did you spend another $160 for aftermarket springs when you already had the stock M3 springs?

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I'm using stock M3 shocks so the ride can be choppy on uneven surfaces but real smooth on an even pavement.

The shocks I'm using only has 6000 miles on it...eventually, I'll upgrade to Bilsteins then the ride should be much improved without the choppiness.
Gee, doesn't sound so superior to me... but hey at least it was cheap.
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Well, let's see here. You didn't swap in a completely stock M3 suspension. You used the M3 dampers with aftermarket M3 lowering springs. Not exactly what the OP was asking about. This does, however, solve the main issue of using the stock M3 springs on a lighter non-M car. It's also proof that you agree with me on some level since you turned to the aftermarket for "better" springs.
I answered his question as much as I could from my experience. I never said anything about my setup being completely oem...but all the parts are for m3 applications.

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Just curious, why did you spend another $160 for aftermarket springs when you already had the stock M3 springs?
I chose aftermarket springs for what they were made for...better than stock handling and a lower than stock stance.


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Gee, doesn't sound so superior to me... but hey at least it was cheap.
I don't care how it sounds to you...I am simply offering my opinion to the OP that from my experience, riding with my setup, that it is superior to non-m stock. Yes, it is inexpensive and it works for me.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:38 PM   #11
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I'm using stock M3 shocks so the ride can be choppy on uneven surfaces but real smooth on an even pavement.
Hmmm.... So the ride is bumpy when it is bumpy and smooth when it is smooth?

Not exactly what I'd call a well tuned or impressive performance.
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Hmmm.... So the ride is bumpy when it is bumpy and smooth when it is smooth?

Not exactly what I'd call a well tuned or impressive performance.
It's definitely not a perfect setup...but, IMO, it is better than my stock sports suspension.

OP: if you're still interested in the OEM suspension setup, you can direct you questions and concerns to one of our local dealer reps, Joseph, from Momentum BMW Southwest in Houston.

Here is a link to our local forum in which they performed the m3 suspension conversion on an e46 sedan.

http://forum.bavarianspeed.com/showt...=m3+suspension

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It's definitely not a perfect setup
Ok then, you've proven my point which was:

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The parts will bolt on but it's not typically recommended. You have much better options available in aftermarket products designed specifically for your 330 which weighs a good bit less than an M3.
Notice I never said it couldn't be done, only that there are better options.
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what i don't get is, why on earth would you adjust a suspension which has been perfectly set for your car and replace it with something designed for an entirely different car? It just makes no sense at all

Unless you can afford a better setup than your oem (ie an aftearmerkt high quality peice designed for a non-m) leave it as is.
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:18 AM   #16
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ok guys thanks for your inputs , i saw a few cheap sets on ebay thats all, just wondered if it was worth a try or a waste of money
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