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Suspension & Braking
Have some questions about suspension or brake setups for your E46 BMW? Get all your answers here!

View Poll Results: Suspension choices
Koni FSD & Eibach Pro Kit Combo 7 33.33%
H&R Sport Cup Kit (uses race springs) 5 23.81%
H&R Touring Cup Kit (uses sport springs) 3 14.29%
Your other suggestion listed below 6 28.57%
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:59 PM   #1
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Aftermarket Suspension Opinions Needed

EDIT: Now I have less than a week to order!!! I think that the FSD's are too soft for my track use so I am now looking into KONI Adjustables or Bilstein Sports. The obvious advantage of the Koni's are that they are adjustable. I am going to pair whichever dampner I choose with H&R race springs. It doesn't seem many people run the Bilstein dampners but I have read a few threads where people recommend the Koni. Lets hear some input about the Sport vs. the Adjustable!


Well over the past few months I have been doing massive amount of research trying to find the right suspension for ME. Well it is two weeks before my birthday and I need to order within the next few days. The following is a description of my habits/needs out of the car.

1. My mother still uses the car
2. It can be low but not so low that it is an extremely large hassle to drive through a parking lot
3. I autocross on a regular basis
4. My driving style is spirited
5. I am in VA so the roads/winters are not terrible
6. Stiff is nice but it can't beat the crap out of my mother
7. My car is a '00 323ci sport package with the stock 17x7.5s

My worries with each setup:

H&R Sport Cup Kit: too low and too stiff, perfect for auto-x
H&R Touring Cup Kit: not low enough and too stiff
Koni FSD & Eiback Pro Kit Combo: Good ride height, not stiff enough for me or the auto-x course, but great for the mother

In a nutshell:

My current suspension is weak at 85k miles and I need something is stiff but not to the point my mother can't use the car, and it can't be so low that my mother can't avoid speedbumps by simply taking them slow and at an angle.

I have included a poll please vote with which one you think will suit me best

Thanks a ton and happy voting
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:17 PM   #2
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Bilstein PSS10s... damping adjustable so the stiffness can be adjusted, and height adjustable so thats no problem either... thread over
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:08 PM   #3
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you could even go with some tein coilovers joined with an EDFC unit which controls the ride stiffness from inside the car. just a press of a button when your mom want to drive and a press of a button when you go autocrossing. but thats of course a little bit more money. i am not a big fan of the cup kits, i had the sport cupkit and they were stiff but yet felt a little to bouncy for some reason. now i have eibach coilovers, LOVE they way whey ride. stiff but not to much, might even want to put those in consideration. gl bro.
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Old 11-04-2008, 05:33 AM   #4
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BUMP for those great answers ^ and looking for more input
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Old 11-04-2008, 05:51 AM   #5
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i'd probably go with those teins. or go GC with some adjustable shocks
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Old 11-04-2008, 08:37 AM   #6
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I have the H&R Touring Cupkit and it is still very driveable in everyday situations, it has never once scrapped going over a speed bump and I can still ride 3 adults in the back seat with no rubbing. It doesn't give you that slammed look but I don't think you are going to find one that does and doesn't beat the crap out of you. When you first install them your gonna think man this is stiff but after a few weeks and some serious twistys you'll forget all about that marshmallow suspension you used to have.
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Old 11-04-2008, 09:33 AM   #7
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Coils are alittle too expensive but after alittle more research I think the real contenders are the sport cup kit and the FSD Eibach combo. I just think that the FSD's will be way too soft for auto-x and the cup kit might be too stiff for the street...Someone tell me otherwise Im leaning towards the sport cup kit someone tell me this isnt too stiff because ill order that since it is soo much cheaper and i trust H&R. Or someone tell me they auto-x their car with FSD lol thanks guys ^
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Old 11-04-2008, 12:39 PM   #8
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well i've been in a car with hnr sport cupkit before. it's stiff, but for everyday driving it's not so bad really. ride wise anyways. it's a little on the low side, but if your mom can handle that, then it should be fine.
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Old 11-04-2008, 01:34 PM   #9
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I think the issue here is finding the balance between your needs and your mom's needs. What you consider just right might be too stiff for her. If comfort is the main thing I would highly recommend the Koni FSD & Eibach combo. You could also try the Bilstein PSS B14 as I think that will suit all your needs quite well.
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Kenny, do you think the FSD's are too soft for the autox course and those PSS B14's are interesting what is their stiffness comparable too?
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:13 PM   #12
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You should look into the ST coilovers that are made by KW. They're pretty affordable and rides just like stock. PM me for a quote anytime
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:33 PM   #13
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Don't forget about the eibach prokit and adjustable koni sports.
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Old 11-08-2008, 03:57 PM   #15
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KSD and Pro-Kit below...Mom cant tell the difference... Anyways, I would go with Adj...Cant go wrong with those...
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:50 AM   #18
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I'm a very indecisive dude lol I like the drop of the race springs but now I can't decide on dampners. The FSD's will not do well on the autox course so they are out and now I am between Bilstein Sports or Koni Adjustables.
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