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Old 11-01-2016, 10:48 PM   #1
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Bilstein vs. Koni

I need to replace my front struts, and I was wondering what everybody thinks of Bilstein vs Koni struts. Most people I've seen on the forum recommend Bilstein, but is that because it's just the best for the money, or because it's the best period? Konis are sometimes twice as expensive (the ones from Dinan are $240 compared to oembimmerparts Bilsteins for $100). What's the difference? Is Koni worth the money?
Also, anything I should know before I replace my struts? I'm doing the work myself but I'm not very experienced working with bimmers or e46s. Thanks
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Old 11-01-2016, 11:46 PM   #2
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You are planning on replacing the rear shocks at the same time, Right ?



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Old 11-02-2016, 12:41 AM   #3
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No, just the front.
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Old 11-04-2016, 05:29 PM   #4
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No, just the front.

That would be a mistake...



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Old 11-06-2016, 02:20 AM   #7
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I wouldn't say it would necessarily be a mistake to replace only the fronts. I mean it's safe to assume that if the fronts are bad then the rears are probably shot too but I replaced my rears first actually and didn't do the fronts for another month or maybe even longer. It really didn't seem like that big of an issue. Correct me if I'm wrong of course.
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I wouldn't say it would necessarily be a mistake to replace only the fronts. I mean it's safe to assume that if the fronts are bad then the rears are probably shot too but I replaced my rears first actually and didn't do the fronts for another month or maybe even longer. It really didn't seem like that big of an issue. Correct me if I'm wrong of course.

Why give out bad safety information to someone? Give all the options you want on how you think some one else should do something, except when it's a clear safety issue.
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I wouldn't say it would necessarily be a mistake to replace only the fronts. I mean it's safe to assume that if the fronts are bad then the rears are probably shot too but I replaced my rears first actually and didn't do the fronts for another month or maybe even longer. It really didn't seem like that big of an issue. Correct me if I'm wrong of course.
Its not good for a couple of reasons these being the top 2
- increased stopping distance ( this happens because the weight of the car is not controlled as it should be)
-Dampers help keep the tires in contact with the road surface. Not having contact with the road after hitting even a small bump our pot hole can have dire consequences.

OP damper choose really depends on what you want to do with the car. I don't like to cheap out but my budget is very different from others.

- Koni Yellows(Adjustable) if you plan on lowering the car
- Koni Orange if you need to be cheap and lower the car or want to stay stock right height. Don't go lower then an inch or with race springs on these. You would want to keep it moderate on the drop/spring rate.
- Bilsteins B4's if you want to stay 100% stock
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