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Old 02-12-2009, 09:36 AM   #1
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Any luck with BAV AUTO springs???

Has anyone on here ever used the lowering springs from BAVARIAN AUTOSPORT? Are they comfortable, do they ride good, how much did they lower your car? All that suff. Also any difference in the Bilstein shocks VS the Koni? Thinking about just knocking it all out at once.
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Old 02-12-2009, 02:38 PM   #2
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koni FSD with Eibach spring combo. See my review "SACHS $400"
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Old 02-12-2009, 04:56 PM   #3
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What are you looking to get out of your suspension modification?

Better ride?
Lower ride?
Better handling?

The FSD shocks are nice, but you cannot go low with them and the best spring setup with them would be Pro-Kit
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:22 PM   #4
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I'm mostly concerned about comfort and ride height, I'm getting 18's in the spring and I want the wheel well filled up. Don't care about handling as I will never track the car.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:10 PM   #5
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Reading posts a while back about the Bavarian Auto springs - the complaint that came up was that there was uneven gap for some of the wheels, esp between front and back. Take a look at the Eibachs on the Tire Rack website. Eibachs have the more coils, so the gaps are more consistent - the ride comfort is optimal and they still drop the car the same 1.2 inches. OEM shocks can be used, per the Eibach website.
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:57 PM   #6
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My ideal non coilover setup would be just H&R Cupkit.

If you don't want to go that route,

I would suggest H&R Sport springs + Koni yellow shocks/struts. If you want more aggressive drop than that, H&R race springs.
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Old 02-12-2009, 11:17 PM   #7
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I have the Bav Autos. If your looking for comfort, these are probably not the spring for you. they are a little stiffer than I had anticipated. If I had it to do over again, I would probably go with the eibach or h&r. I do however love the drop it gave me, Its dam near 2 inches and the handling is pretty good too. hope this helps.
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:01 AM   #8
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Too much drop will damage your front drive shafts. Problem is what is too much?
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Old 02-13-2009, 01:51 PM   #9
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I'm running them with stock sport shocks. They ride great! Just a hair, and I mean HAIR stiffer then stock. I love the drop they gave me. I have both of my rear spring pads in and 235/45/17's with no rubbing at all. Bottoming out isn't really an issue either unless I go too fast or the speed bump/incline is just ungodly. I got mine used for $100 and they are worth every penny! Even my Dad whose a big critic of lowered cars agrees they ride great, and he thought the Tein SS coilovers on my old Honda rode rough as hell.

pic for reference, this is with my old 225/45 tires though that rode like ****
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Old 02-13-2009, 02:20 PM   #10
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Very nice lookin ride man! I'm still concerned where I'm hearing people say the Bav Auto springs provide an uneven wheel gap from front to back, weird....
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