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Old 02-22-2011, 10:22 AM   #1
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which lowering springs have best ride?

I'm putting some VMR 19's on my 330ci coupe and would like to lower it just a bit. I dont want a harsh ride like a H and R race spring. i only drive the car to work and want it to ride as comfortable as possible with a lowering spring. cornering or track racing is not a priority at all.

what lowering springs would you reccomend for a somewhat tolerable ride in an every day driver? H and R sport springs? eibach sportlines?
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:25 AM   #2
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Coilovers.

If you put on new springs, you will blow out your stock shocks. Reason being, the lower springs will put excessive pressure and stress on your factory shocks which are designed for a higher ride height (should make sense). This will also lead to a rather crummy ride (though you said you don't care about the car's handling so whatever).

Now, that said, if you throw on lowering springs with shocks that are designed to handle them, you will get a decent ride but, inherent in going lower, is a stiffer ride. The more you drop your car, the more the springs are going to stiffen as they want to keep your car's nose off the pavement.

Only with coilovers (and the more expensive adjustable versions) will you have the ability to simultaneously lower your car and still select the comfort setting. This is if you want to slam it.

If you just want a verrrry moderate drop, go with zhp springs... but that will lower it so subtly you likely won't even notice a difference.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:18 PM   #3
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I can't really recommend coilovers if you are looking for the best ride. I do agree that you need to do a spring and shock replacement as aftermarket springs will wear out the OE shocks a lot sooner than the OE springs. I'd suggest going with the Eibach Pro Kit/Koni FSD Combo which is one of the more comfortable spring and shock combos on the market. This pairs the Eibach Pro Kit, a conservative spring set, with the FSD shocks which are dual valved so they automatically stiffen under cornering.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:42 AM   #5
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I like BC's. Their coilovers are 30 click dampening and rebound adjustable, simultaneously. Got mine from Tim at Formula Engineering. Great price too. www.formulaengineering.com.
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i am trying to decide aswell between a shock and spring combo or pss10 coilovers (might be overkill for daily driver and non track car)
problem is the eibach/fsd combo dosent seem to go low enough for me.

a comfy combo seems to be koni yellow/eibach sportlines ( would like some feedback about them if anyone has had this setup?
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do the h & r races really have a reputation of being harsh? i would hardly describe them as harsh, they are easily as 'comfortable' as the stock sport package springs.
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R1celand coilovers.

Sorry my fault, I meant to say Raceland coilovers.
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do the h & r races really have a reputation of being harsh? i would hardly describe them as harsh, they are easily as 'comfortable' as the stock sport package springs.
My cupkit sport has em and they ride fine. Over sharp bumps and expansion joints, stuff like that it's a bit rough. But otherwise they're fine. And mine were paired with century old shocks and struts.

When I swapped the rear to tien s tech, and Bilstein sports the rear end rode softer.
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i love my vogtlands. they are pretty firm. but not much of a change over stock.
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do the h & r races really have a reputation of being harsh? i would hardly describe them as harsh, they are easily as 'comfortable' as the stock sport package springs.
I have factory sport springs and want something similar but lower. sounds like H and R's are what i'm ordering. the sport ones with the slight drop should ride fine from what i've been hearing.
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I have factory sport springs and want something similar but lower. sounds like H and R's are what i'm ordering. the sport ones with the slight drop should ride fine from what i've been hearing.
Yeah. Sport ones drop you about 1.5" max. Race ones drop you around 2" or so.
Go to their site. They will tell u what each one drops each application.
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