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BMW_M52_M20
01-16-2004, 01:30 AM
Well since no one wants this e30 of mine, I decided I needed to replace the shocks because they were so worn, it almost felt dangerous driving with so much lean and roll.

Picked up 4 Intrax springs (used 1 month) and two rear Toicko Gas shocks, (need to buy two front now, anybody know where I can get some or will other performance shocks work for the front as well.)

Total price: 300.00$cdn
I am happy, can't wait to install them, lowers the car 2"
Jay

Mystikal
01-16-2004, 02:48 AM
Tokico blues? Ouch. Seriously, you'll be lucky if they last 20k. *sad*

The car will look nice with the springs though. *th-up*

BMW_M52_M20
01-16-2004, 03:45 AM
good to know, what shocks should I use Jay?
Thanks

Miguel
01-16-2004, 04:33 AM
Originally posted by BMW_M52_M20
good to know, what shocks should I use Jay?
Thanks

Bilstein or Koni if at all possible.

Mystikal
01-16-2004, 06:21 AM
Originally posted by Miguel
Bilstein or Koni if at all possible.

He's got it. Just make sure they are the Bilstein SPORT or Koni SPORT (aka YELLOW). The other damper models will not match with the springs.

Try to find them used. The cheapest I've seen new Bilsteins is $379US.

M50E30
01-16-2004, 02:48 PM
Jay,

Return those Tokico blue shocks. I blew 2 within 6 months! Go Billstien Sports (I might be selling my rears come spring).

Dave

BMW BMXer
01-16-2004, 02:49 PM
Funniest thing with my car is I only have blistiens upfront. I do not even know whats out back and they have not blown yet. :confused:

_dk_
01-16-2004, 09:48 PM
i've only used tokico blues once- on my current VW- but they've been there with eibach springs for almost 3 years and are still stiff enough to keep that car cornering flat without a front anti-roll bar... and this includes a couple of rally-style 50-60mph excursions on unpaved roads.

not trying to argue with anyone, but the one time i blew $700 on koni adjustables they were soft after a few weeks w/ H&R race springs, and kept going soft again after re-adjusting them.

at half the price and longevity expressed in "years" rather than "months", i'm a tokico fan now...

*shrug* mebbe our bimmers dun like the blues, i dunno, but i'm going with GCs and illuminas when i can afford it- probably gonna run the $300 spax spring/shock setup till then. those supposedly have their reliability issues as well, but i've seen people buy them and keep them... i say you might as well pick up matching blues for the front, they're cheap and you've paid less than the cost of a set of new springs so far...

snd84318i
01-17-2004, 03:07 AM
how about spax nopi has a set for 310 . drops the front 2.5 in and rear 1.5 . for the price i was thinkinf of this setup . are they any good ?

Albertae30
01-17-2004, 05:59 AM
has any one ever dealt with nopi cause they don't have a cust care # that works

BMW_M52_M20
01-17-2004, 06:31 PM
Alright, looks like it is going to be Bilstein then!
Jay

snd84318i
01-17-2004, 10:36 PM
ive bought from nopi before , fuel pump k&N and wires . good price and got through . when you place an order they email you and give you a customer service name and # to call if you have any ? not to much stuff for the e30 but good prices imo for what they have . afm for $103 compared to three hundred every where else . thats why i was looking at spax . the complete set for 310 is not bad but i dont know anything about them anyone has any insite into this setup. are they good or bad ?

Mystikal
01-17-2004, 10:52 PM
Originally posted by _dk_
i've only used tokico blues once- on my current VW- but they've been there with eibach springs for almost 3 years and are still stiff enough to keep that car cornering flat without a front anti-roll bar... and this includes a couple of rally-style 50-60mph excursions on unpaved roads.

not trying to argue with anyone, but the one time i blew $700 on koni adjustables they were soft after a few weeks w/ H&R race springs, and kept going soft again after re-adjusting them.

Don't make the mistake of comparing the same shock model between cars, it's pointless. There are so many variables to the point of telling you nothing really.

What car did you blow Koni SA's on?! I've heard of them run on the TRACK, on E30 club racers. They lasted season after season.

Mystikal
01-17-2004, 10:53 PM
Originally posted by snd84318i
how about spax nopi has a set for 310 . drops the front 2.5 in and rear 1.5 . for the price i was thinkinf of this setup . are they any good ?

Soft and low. If that appeals to you then it's all good. It's mostly for looks, I'll tell you that.

BMW_M52_M20
01-17-2004, 11:13 PM
I don't need a serious set up, but I think the bilsteins will be a perfect match for the car. I will let you guys know when I install them.
Jay

Mystikal
01-17-2004, 11:34 PM
Originally posted by BMW_M52_M20
I don't need a serious set up, but I think the bilsteins will be a perfect match for the car. I will let you guys know when I install them.
Jay

Oh yeah, Koni's would be a little on the stiff side for your springs. Make sure you post pics! *th-up*

_dk_
01-18-2004, 12:16 AM
Originally posted by Mystikal
What car did you blow Koni SA's on?! I've heard of them run on the TRACK, on E30 club racers. They lasted season after season.

a '98 GTI-VR6. they didn't handle 400f/300r very well on that car. but like you said, different platform...

snd84318i
01-18-2004, 01:51 PM
when you say soft you mean the shocks , springs or both . if i have two people in the back will it drop and bang hard on the floor . they also have ajustible setups for more . iyo should just stay away from them .

Mystikal
01-18-2004, 05:46 PM
Originally posted by _dk_
a '98 GTI-VR6. they didn't handle 400f/300r very well on that car. but like you said, different platform...

Yeah, I've seen 500+ rates on the rear of E30's. *th-up*

Mystikal
01-18-2004, 05:48 PM
Originally posted by snd84318i
when you say soft you mean the shocks , springs or both . if i have two people in the back will it drop and bang hard on the floor . they also have ajustible setups for more . iyo should just stay away from them .

Both are relatively soft, especially for the height they sit at. The shorter the springs are, the stiffer they need to be for obvious reasons.

Just stay away from Spax. If you want a low look, get the H&R Cup Kit.