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Old 02-14-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
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My Ride: '01 E46 330i sport
Need info on shocks that are...

closest to OE.

2001 330i with sport package with 154,500 miles with original suspension parts. I need to look at replacing suspension parts but have no need to further lower the car - it is plenty low and I need some clearance as this is my DD. I think the springs are fine so I do not plan on replacing them. I do plan on replacing the front control arms with ZHP ones with solid bushings and will also replace the rear trailing arm bushings as well.

I know I need shocks - BMW shocks seem to be very expensive and somewhat elusive.

What aftermarket shock is closest to the original sport suspension shocks?

I will likely ask a local dealer the price they have for shocks just to see but from what I saw at RealOEM - $250 seems to be the going price - when I can find them online. Seems that the vast majority of the websites wants to only sell total kits - coilovers and springs\shocks to lower the car.

Doing some searching - these are some of my choices:
1) Koni - http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/s...1&autoModClar=

FSD Damper set.

2) Bilstein HD - http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/s...1&autoModClar=

3) Sachs-Boge from Bimmerspecialists.com - Part# : 33 52 2 282 461 - $191.34 per for the rear and Part# : 31 31 2 282 459 front - $184 per.

4) http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-31...05-non-xi.aspx

#4 looks to be nice - don't think I need the sway bar though and would still need to add in the RCAB and FCAB.

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Old 02-16-2011, 01:06 PM   #2
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FSD looks to be a good shock from what I've read, but Bilsteins are proven over an over to be a solid replacement. I would say go with either of those two.

However, for including control arms and all the other things, the zhp suspension package on Turner, for the price, looks to have the quite the bang for your buck @ only $524
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:19 PM   #3
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Agreed, closest to stock with be the ZHP package, it's a hell of a deal.

Bilstein will likely last longer, and FSD may be comfier.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:08 PM   #4
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Koni & Bilstein

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Agreed, closest to stock with be the ZHP package, it's a hell of a deal.

Bilstein will likely last longer, and FSD may be comfier.
Both Koni and Bilstein offer lifetime warranty against failure. Must not be a result of damage or modification and applies to original purchaser with proof of purchase. I can testify that Koni will honor their warranty and I am sure Bilstein does the same. I returned Koni yellows after more than 3 years of use. Had the replacement in 5 days.

Both Koni and Bilstein have worked superbly for me. I am thinking about a set of FSD Konis for my 330Ci as I write this. Probably order them next week and install them at the end of March.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:26 PM   #5
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I forgot to add that the best price I found for the Koni FSD set was $588.30 delivered. This was at
If anyone finds it cheaper, please post
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:35 PM   #6
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Installed the FSDs, money well spent. If you think that handling has to involve teeth rattling, you may not like them. Very comfortable, they adjust imperceptibly and handle very well. Because of the initial ride comfort, you could probably do a lot to stiffen the suspension with bars and bushings and still have a car with stock feel.
If you put them on, your first impression is that they are too soft and handling is not that good. DRIVE them, brake late into a tight corner or stay into the throttle slightly on an exit ramp (carefully), the handling will impress you.
Bear in mind that handling is more than just shocks.
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