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Old 11-24-2013, 05:02 AM   #1
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Best OEM shocks for 325ci

Hey guys im after recommendations on which OEM shocks i should buy? Im after comfort and keeping the car as stock as possible any input would be very much appreciated, cheers guys
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:10 AM   #2
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.....Probably OEM then?
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:42 AM   #3
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Clickable automotive sell Bilstein B4's for $345 for a pair of fronts, and $105 each for rears, they are rated as a OEM replacement.
Excellent value imo
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:25 AM   #4
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Can you installed lowered springs on the B4 shocks?
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:28 AM   #5
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:11 PM   #6
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Old 11-24-2013, 05:56 PM   #7
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Can you installed lowered springs on the B4 shocks?
Yes, lowering springs can be used, however, these shocks are a OEM equivalent, so if you're planning to slam your car, these will not be ideal as they are simply not designed with lowering in mind, Bilstein produce a shock specifically designed to be used with lowering springs. Regarding the B4's though, mild lowering will be fine as it won't compromise the shocks range of travel too badly.
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:06 PM   #8
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:28 PM   #9
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Why move this out of Aus forums? Availability of some brands in Aus would be very relevant to OP's question.
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:37 PM   #10
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:49 PM   #11
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Just changed mine to Eibach Pro Kit springs / Koni FSD shocks and they've been brilliant, the ride quality and smoothness is amazing, if comfort is what you're after its well worth a look.
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:39 AM   #12
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I rang Brisbane BMW for a quote on OEM rear shocks and old mate said that they used a number of manufacturers at the time. He said for the price the dealer charges, he wouldn't bother... just use a good quality shock.
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:27 AM   #13
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:23 PM   #14
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Remember that when replacing the shocks it's a good idea to change other associated hardware... if you're changing shocks the other components have probably expired as well. Some stuff that comes to mind:
- front strut mounts
- sway bar links and bushings
- rear shock mounts

When you add it all up it may be more worthwhile to go for a basic coilover kit that includes the mounts etc. Just a thought....
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:46 AM   #15
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Just changed mine to Eibach Pro Kit springs / Koni FSD shocks and they've been brilliant, the ride quality and smoothness is amazing, if comfort is what you're after its well worth a look.
That's the combo I had and it was a revelation. Comfort and control when pushed.
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:47 AM   #16
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I rang Brisbane BMW for a quote on OEM rear shocks and old mate said that they used a number of manufacturers at the time. He said for the price the dealer charges, he wouldn't bother... just use a good quality shock.
The OEM shocks are junk. Look elsewhere.
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:52 AM   #17
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That's the combo I had and it was a revelation. Comfort and control when pushed.
Exactly, those steel checkerplate speedbumps that used to crunch the undercarriage, the potholes it used to crash into and even my crap driveway entrance are smooth as, but then you change lanes rapidly at high speed or take a corner near the limit and its nice and stiff, wish I'd done it years ago.
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:38 PM   #18
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Wheres the best place to buy the Eibach Pro Kit springs / Koni FSD shocks combo? From the states?
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Wheres the best place to buy the Eibach Pro Kit springs / Koni FSD shocks combo? From the states?
I got mine from a local shop, Koni/Eibach is fairly widely sold here so they're not too hard to find, its probably better to buy local for warranty reasons too.

Its also a heavy thing to ship and above the $1k threshold as a set so you're going to have less hassle locally.
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Got mine locally. Warranty will be tough if ordered overseas.
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