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Old 09-07-2015, 01:14 AM   #21
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What about considering this?

Brand new suspension (OE) all the way around is most likely over a grand, considering you need all 4 shocks, 4 new springs (OE's or Koni/H&R combo) then strut tower mounts, spring pads, bump stops, etc etc etc there are a ton of other parts that integrate with the struts that need to be replaced as well. I found that this can easily exceed $1000 even when done yourself.

Brand new BC Racing Coilovers for the E46 are around a grand. From what I understand, they come with basically everything you'd need to do the entire swap. No need for strut tower mounts, spring pads, etc etc etc. And then you have suspension that can be adjustable, which is handy here in the northeast if you want to lower your car in summer and raise it up a bit in winter due to the snow.

OE/Koni/H&R setup, that ride height is your ride height and you're stuck with it like that unless you swap springs which will only cost more.

So I think the rule I'd play by here is, if there are some components that need to be replaced, or you just want to lower the car on springs, this can be relatively cheap compared to a full blown replacement. But if the entire thing needs to be done, you should definitely consider the cost of a coilover kit and the benefits of raising and lowering the car because that may be cheaper than replacing everything else with OE.
I'm thinking of lowering my M3 too and want to do it right. Like you I won't be tracking, only street driving (and spirited mountain roads of course).

I was highly considering the BC BR coilovers also. Great package for $1000. Whats great about these is they're height adjustable independent of the spring preload. With lowering springs only, to adjust height you're changing the preload which will make for a harsh ride as you turn the collar.

Also, factor in installation time. With the coil overs, its ready to just install. With lowering springs,you have to take it to a shop (I don't trust those DIY spring compressors) to change the springs and reuse the top hat. That adds to the cost and time.

So, what did you end up doing?
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