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Old 08-29-2011, 02:19 AM   #1
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Question about Koni shocks.

Alright guys. I just purchased an '02 325ci and it is very low. I love how it looks and rides, but it's just not practical. I want to keep the firmness, but I'd like to have it higher. The car has these shocks: Click Here. I suppose the springs came with the shocks?

I do not know much about suspension, so excuse me if I sound uneducated. The question is: How can I raise my car but keep the firmness?

I can go take a picture in the morning if need be.
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:18 AM   #2
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If you have those Koni shocks and lowering springs, you should be able to go back up to to stock sports suspension springs and ride height with no problem. At least that is my plan in reverse, to use Koni sport shocks and struts with my stock (sports suspension) springs then later go to lower springs. If you are stock ride height on stock springs and want to go higher, might not work too well with the Koni sport shocks. It would help if you found out what kind of springs you have on now.

I'm about to open my own thread asking which Koni sport rear shocks I should use, as there are two models for the E46.
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:09 AM   #3
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I'll find out the spring info this afternoon. I don't really want stock ride height. I'd like it to be slightly lower than stock, but maintain the firmness I have now (very firm).
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:43 PM   #4
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Alright. The springs I have are the Dinan Performance Springs. I just have a problem going over the ridiculously high speed bumps at my school. And by "problem" I mean that I cannot go over them at all. lol Also, this shock/spring combo created nonadjustable camber and wore down the inside wall of the old tires rather quickly (just incase anybody was considering Koni Yellows with these springs).
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:01 PM   #5
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Nobody wants to help me out? I needed an answer relatively quickly. I either have to buy knew shocks AND springs or just springs if I don't figure this out. Should I just grab some OEM springs?
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:02 PM   #6
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Shocks have nothing to do with your car height. Get new springs. I think H&R Sport springs give a bit of a drop but still close to stock feel.
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