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Old 09-07-2012, 12:13 PM   #1
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At 187,000 kilometers, the car is starting to feel a little "loose" going over bumps etc. By no means am I bouncing around the road, but I want it to feel like it did the day it left the lot. So, where do I start? What parts do I need to change to make her feel new again?

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Old 09-07-2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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Hey guys,

At 187,000 kilometers, the car is starting to feel a little "loose" going over bumps etc. By no means am I bouncing around the road, but I want it to feel like it did the day it left the lot. So, where do I start? What parts do I need to change to make her feel new again?

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Old 09-07-2012, 02:34 PM   #3
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Hey guys,

At 187,000 kilometers, the car is starting to feel a little "loose" going over bumps etc. By no means am I bouncing around the road, but I want it to feel like it did the day it left the lot. So, where do I start? What parts do I need to change to make her feel new again?

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You need to get in there and inspect CAB's, tie rods, ball joints, strut mounts, shocks, and steering rack to be complete. Replace whatever is questionable in the slightest.
Do that rather than a complete expensive replacement of everything. Unless you know the car has not been refreshed for a long time. Then replace all but the steering rack.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:59 PM   #4
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Thank you mango...as always. I would like to avoid buying springs and shocks from BMW to prevent over spending. The car rides on sport suspension, do you know what brand would be similar to OEM?

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:00 PM   #5
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You need to get in there and inspect CAB's, tie rods, ball joints, strut mounts, shocks, and steering rack to be complete. Replace whatever is questionable in the slightest.
Do that rather than a complete expensive replacement of everything. Unless you know the car has not been refreshed for a long time. Then replace all but the steering rack.
I don't think a damn thing in regards to the suspension has been changed.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:15 PM   #6
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At about 117K miles (for US reference), some of your stuff is cooked!
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:31 PM   #7
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http://www.ebay.ca/itm/BMW-E46-325i-...#ht_1970wt_771

Would a kit like that be acceptable? Please keep in mind that my car is a DD that never gets tracked.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:05 PM   #8
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Would it oh be so easy!
Unfortunately no.
This is obviously chinese made off brand parts and experience has taught that the quality is poor, installation sometimes difficult or impossible and failure rate very high. You don't track, but you can die on the road too.
Will take work; look up indivdual part numbers on www.realoem.com and plug them into www.furiousmethod.com to check the prices at each of these online vendors.

You will find that ones like rmeuropean, bmaparts, and oembimmerparts offer great prices consistantly. But watch out for off brand parts even on some of these sites.
Put together an order if you like and post back here for review if you want.

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Old 09-10-2012, 06:58 AM   #9
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Having done my suspension, I recommend the following if in need for replacement:

Control Arms/Bushings - Meyle HD
Endlinks - OEM (Lemfoeder)
Inner/Outer Tie Rod - OEM (Lemfoeder) + OEM boot repair kit
Steering wheel u-joint - OEM
Struts/shocks - OEM or Bilstein Sport
Shocks - Eibach pro-kit, OEM
Strut mounts - OEM
Shock mounts - OEM or TMS aluminum/rubber
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:34 AM   #10
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Thanks guys for all the responses.

I guess Bilstein is the way to go for shocks. Can anyone tell me the aftermarket springs that are equivalent to the sport springs on the e46 for comfort and ride height? I don't want to go any lower, prefer to remain the exact same so if there is nothing aftermarket, then OEM is my best bet?

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/H-R-LOWERING-...item4d0200232c

^ will those drop me a further 1" from where the sport suspension is now? Anybody know?

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Old 09-11-2012, 11:18 AM   #11
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I never found aftermarket springs that will not drop your car at least an inch from the factory springs (regular or sport suspension).
I do not want my car any lower than stock as I have enough scraping going on now.
Therefore I put on FSD's with my stock sport springs to keep the higher ride.

With the H&R sways, the car handles and rides well.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:46 PM   #12
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No need to replace the springs if you're not changing ride height and the current ones aren't cracked or broken.

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