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Old 09-03-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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Can I get your non-biased advise?

I've got a 99 323i sedan and I just hit 100,000 miles. My cheap rims are bent and my suspension is about worn out, so I'm replacing it all. I have decided on Velocity Motoring V710's staggered with 19x8.5 in the front and 19x9.5 in the back with BF-Goodrich G-Force 235/35/19 on the front and 245/30/19 in the rear.

Here is where I need advise; I don't track my car, I simply drive fast on the road. So, I've done some research and it looks like Bilstein PSS suspension kit is very popular as is the H&R coil over kit. I like that I can adjust the hight so coil over is where I want to go. There is only a few hundred dollars seperating the two kits and they come with the same stuff. What else in the suspension should I replace when getting the coilovers installed?

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Old 09-03-2008, 02:19 PM   #2
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Def. replace the rear shock mounts. I went with M3 Vert RSM's and Z3 Reinforcement plates when I put the PSS in, and have had no issues. All OEM.

Also consider taking a look at your Control Arms and Bushings up front, if you haven't done that lately. Since you are doing all that work, its probably a good time to get them swapped out if they are worn/bent.
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Old 09-03-2008, 02:20 PM   #3
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replace all the suspension bushings. can't give you a full list, but somebody will probably chime in
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Old 09-03-2008, 02:30 PM   #4
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RSM, and cupkit. do a few rear end bushings, RTAB, RCAB and crap like that. have the front checked and inspected too.
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Old 09-03-2008, 05:07 PM   #5
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Stay away from the cupkit, and check all your bushings As B said, definitely get new shock mounts.
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no cupkit, he already stated he wants height adjustability.

o, and don't forget a nice alignment afterwards
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Why must u guys dog the cupkit so bad. Damn.
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Why must u guys dog the cupkit so bad. Damn.
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The cupkit sucks. Having dyno'd the cupkit shocks, I can tell you they are probably the very last thing I'd choose.
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RSM, and cupkit. do a few rear end bushings, RTAB, RCAB and crap like that. have the front checked and inspected too.
What are RTAB and RCAB? Thanks
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sorry to thread jack...do u have a side view of your car with that spoiler and back view?
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sorry to thread jack...do u have a side view of your car with that spoiler and back view?
Click on the link to my website in my signature and go to my cars album. There you will find several pics of my car from different views.
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you will be okay with 245/35/19, if you want 255's get 30. i have 245/35/19 on my sedan.
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Either one of those coilovers are good. I might go with the H&R because it goes lower. Definitely get some Rogue RSMs because they're mounted from the underside and are much better quality than other brands. Might also want to think about getting some new Meyle HD control arms and bushings while you're at it.
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RTAB- rear trailin arm bushing
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Great, hey thanks everyone for your advise. I'll be sure and do some before and after shots and post them up when I get everything.
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The cupkit sucks. Having dyno'd the cupkit shocks, I can tell you they are probably the very last thing I'd choose.
Hmm, well I already have em, and I've been thinking about changing the shocks, do you think some Koni yellows will do the trick, and still ride well and match the springs?
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I really consider how often you'd change the height. I got the PSSs for the adjustability and the only time the height adjustment has been touched is when the car was corner balanced. The PSSs at the highest setting will be about 3/4 lower front and rear than the sport suspension. If you want slammed, I think the Koni's would be better from what I've read.

The drop wasn't the most important thing to me. I bought the Bilsteins knowing that other brands can go a little lower. But I love the PSSs so far. I'm glad I didn't go with the PSS9s.

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Have you considered the ST coilovers? They are a little more affordable than the PSS and they are just as good. Plus we offer free shipping to the lower 48 states. But, if you choose to go with the Bilstiens, we have you covered too. Let me know if you would like a quote.
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