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Old 05-22-2015, 10:17 AM   #1
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New Koni's front and rears(M3 E36)

Finally pulled the trigger and purchased the Koni yellows while they are on sale!!!
Ordered Tuesday, they arrived this morning.

I purchased them using the instant coupon from Tunersports. Justin gave me a bundle price(similar to other member on here that recently purchased from them). He responded quickly to my emails and had them shipped right away.

I have read numerous threads and have brain overload. What exactly will I need to get these installed? I have read different threads which say different things are required.

What "must" I replace and/or what can I re-use?
2001 330Ci


Thanks again Rob, I know you are out there!!!

Oh and recommended initial settings front/rears?
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:12 AM   #2
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I installed my SAs from Tunersports a few weeks ago. Leave the things alone at first to see how the car handles. The rears suck to adjust in car but it can be done.

If I were you I'd replace the front strut mounts, rear strut mounts, and all four bumpstops while you're in there. Rear is easy - top and bottom bolt on the old damper, new bump stop on the SA, top hardware in ) (mount) ( (nut) configuration. Done. Don't have to take the wheels off the car.

Front - support the knuckle with a jack, unbolt the sway bar rod, remove the bolt that tightens the knuckle around the strut tube, unbolt the strut mount from the strut tower, lower the knuckle enough to get the whole assembly out, and remove. Impact on the top strut nut will allow you to disassemble the old one in 30 seconds. Move everything across (new bumpstops), use spring compressors in order to get the new nut on top of the strut, tighten the top nut to spec (most people tell you to not use an impact on assembly since it can damage the strut rod), reassemble.

You may want to grind off the nubs on the front strut mounts to get some more camber out of the front. My car was able to go to -1.6* evenly with them removed.
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:53 PM   #3
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Finally pulled the trigger and purchased the Koni yellows while they are on sale!!!
Ordered Tuesday, they arrived this morning.

I purchased them using the instant coupon from Tunersports. Justin gave me a bundle price(similar to other member on here that recently purchased from them). He responded quickly to my emails and had them shipped right away.

I have read numerous threads and have brain overload. What exactly will I need to get these installed? I have read different threads which say different things are required.

What "must" I replace and/or what can I re-use?
2001 330Ci


Thanks again Rob, I know you are out there!!!

Oh and recommended initial settings front/rears?

Your welcome.


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