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Old 04-16-2013, 05:12 PM   #1
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Question Sport vs. Non-sport & a few other questions

I've searched forums and googled, and I'm just not finding the info I'm looking for. I'm fairly new to the E46 platform, so please bear with me...

I have a 99 323 Sport sedan. What exactly is the difference between the sport & non models, as far as suspension? I've heard thicker sway bars, different shocks/struts/springs, ride height, etc...

What is the ride height of the sport sedan verses the regular model?

Also, here is my next question: I have ordered new shocks/struts & springs. Tokico HP's with Eibach Pro Kit springs. I was told this will lower my vehicle 1.4", but is that from the sport or non-sport height?

I'm looking at wheels, but would like to have an idea of how my car is going to be sitting after I put the new suspension on. The front struts were on backorder, so I'm not installing anything until I can do it all at once.

Anybody else out there running the Eibach springs or Tokico's? Pics? What size wheels will I be able to fit on there?
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:09 AM   #2
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Damn, everyone don't talk at once now...
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:16 AM   #3
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I think the reason you have not received any replies is that this topic has been covered to a great extent in other threads. Just do a search.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:21 PM   #4
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I think the reason you have not received any replies is that this topic has been covered to a great extent in other threads. Just do a search.
Bro I've done a lot of search on here and on google and I haven't found solid answers. "The sport sway bar is a few mm thicker" and "the sport suspension ids a little lower" doesn't help. So if you can point me to links with actual specs, or if you can answer any of my questions, it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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I just talked to my vendor, and they said the Tokico's are totally out of stoc and they're being bought out, so he doesn't know if they will be available. He said if I want he will send me the Koni yellow front struts instead. They seem to be pretty popular around here so I think I'll go with them.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:09 PM   #6
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The difference in height isn't much between sport and non-sport suspension, maybe 1/2". I love the way the sport suspension is set up, the ride is firm, but not jarring, the car is low, but doesn't scrape and there is minimal body roll. If that's what you want, I'm sure some fanatics who upgraded have stock springs, or swaybars lying around.
I measured the swaybars, the front is 25mm and the rear is 18.5mm.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:11 PM   #7
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Thanks for that reply homie.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:25 PM   #8
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Regular front sway bar: 21.5mm
Sport front sway bar: 25.5mm

Regular rear sway bar: 15mm
Wagon & sport rear sway bar: 18mm
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:19 PM   #9
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That is a significant difference in swaybar size.
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