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Old 04-19-2014, 12:02 AM   #1
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Lowering springs advice

I have a 2003 320i and i am looking to lower my car just enough to reduce the wheel gap. I dont want to have to spend a grand in doing so, so i was looking into either H&R sport or racing springs. Which would be the best for just daily driving and without having to replace my stock shocks or struts? Click image for larger version

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Old 04-19-2014, 12:17 AM   #2
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Everything is a compromise, the Race springs go lower but will quickly kill your stock strut/shocks. The Sports go lowish, and your stock struts/shocks will last longer but will still die prematurely. Look for a used set of H&R in the suspension for-sale sub forum, but start saving up for a decent set of strut/shocks like Koni or Bilstein.


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Old 04-19-2014, 12:43 AM   #3
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Everything is a compromise, the Race springs go lower but will quickly kill your stock strut/shocks. The Sports go lowish, and your stock struts/shocks will last longer but will still die prematurely. Look for a used set of H&R in the suspension for-sale sub forum, but start saving up for a decent set of strut/shocks like Koni or Bilstein.





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Old 04-19-2014, 12:45 AM   #4
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Okay thanks for the heads up, so if i decided to go with H&R sport springs what would be the best set up and affordable, H&R sport springs/koni shocks or H&R sport springs/bilstein shocks


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Old 04-19-2014, 12:47 AM   #5
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Consider these, "Street Edge Coilovers" I'm fairly certain they'll fit your Bimmer,....but check to make sure.


You can buy them new for about $500 from: http://www.thesuspensionsource.com/
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Okay thanks for the heads up, so if i decided to go with H&R sport springs what would be the best set up and affordable, H&R sport springs/koni shocks or H&R sport springs/bilstein shocks?


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Alright man thanks for the help sorry about these posts phones acting up lol


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Don't buy anything on impulse, take a little time to read through a few threads like this one. Maybe send the OP, a PM & ask him if he still would recommend them. H&R Race or Sports matched up with Bilstein Sports or Koni Sports are the better choice, but they will cost you about double the money. So for about $500, these may be a good choice for you. Like I said, everything is a compromise.

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Oh im not its something i really wanna do to give my car that much better of a look but im goin to do my research but it helps alot being told to come on here and use this would never of heard of these coil overs kinda helps me rethink what i might wanna do since there affordable thanks alot i appreciate it.


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As Rob said, you may have to make some sacrifice if you want JUST springs. Why don't you buy a cup kit such as the H&R cup kit. Since you aren't looking for performance/track oriented and just looking for a drop to eliminate wheel gap and presumably a good ride, this is your best option. For you, the cup kit would be the best of both worlds type deal. Granted it is $700 shipped and I don't know what your budget is besides being less than $1,000, but you get what you pay for my friend. IMO don't cheap out on what holds your car up, its the difference between life or death so think about your decisions before really buying suspension parts. Not to scare/intimidate you, just being real lol

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As Rob said, you may have to make some sacrifice if you want JUST springs. Why don't you buy a cup kit such as the H&R cup kit. Since you aren't looking for performance/track oriented and just looking for a drop to eliminate wheel gap and presumably a good ride, this is your best option. For you, the cup kit would be the best of both worlds type deal. Granted it is $700 shipped and I don't know what your budget is besides being less than $1,000, but you get what you pay for my friend. IMO don't cheap out on what holds your car up, its the difference between life or death so think about your decisions before really buying suspension parts. Not to scare/intimidate you, just being real lol

http://www.modbargains.com/h-r-cup-k...6-3-series.htm
Well put, although suspension upgrades can be rather expensive its always better to buy nice than risk it with a poor quality part.H&R's cup kit is perfect for eliminating the wheel gap while still providing a comfortable ride and it won't break the bank either.
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:20 AM   #12
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Ya thanks alot guys did alot of research with all ur suggestions and i came to the conclusion H&R touring cup kit will be my best and smartest choice


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Ya thanks alot guys did alot of research with all ur suggestions and i came to the conclusion H&R touring cup kit will be my best and smartest choice


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