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85eta
04-04-2004, 06:16 PM
Hey Guys, when I get back to Ontario in 2 weeks, I'd like to refresh my front suspension/bushings, as its feeling a little old. I'm going to do front shocks, and bushings. Just wondering if you guys recommend doing anything else? And what bushings should I do? My car has 298,000km on it, and I bought it with 188,000 and have done none of this stuff since then. Not sure whats original. Any advice would be great!*th-up*

BimmerKris
04-04-2004, 08:54 PM
go with the urithane bushings way nicer

NickP
04-04-2004, 09:05 PM
control arms maybe tie rods

85eta
04-04-2004, 10:18 PM
anyone else have experience with urethane bushings? how much stiffer are they? worth the extra money?

johnoz
04-04-2004, 10:24 PM
Nice post! Since I am also considering a suspension upgrade and researching info. I thought this might help

http://bimmer.roadfly.org/bmw/forums/e30/search.php?st=urethane+bushings+&ps=20&m=natural&o=default


Originally posted by 85eta
anyone else have experience with urethane bushings? how much stiffer are they? worth the extra money?

85eta
04-04-2004, 10:41 PM
thanks johnoz*th-up*

BMW_M52_M20
04-04-2004, 10:58 PM
I uprgraded to a 20mm sway bar from the original 18mm. I put new C-Links and sway bar bushing holders with poly urethane bushings.
I did the shocks and springs and it rides a lot better, I had my tie rods done about 10000kms ago so they were okay. At least do the sway bar bushings......
Jay

85eta
04-04-2004, 11:11 PM
Originally posted by BMW_M52_M20
I uprgraded to a 20mm sway bar from the original 18mm. I put new C-Links and sway bar bushing holders with poly urethane bushings.
I did the shocks and springs and it rides a lot better, I had my tie rods done about 10000kms ago so they were okay. At least do the sway bar bushings......
Jay

thanks Jay, ya I have a 20mm bar as well.

johnoz
04-04-2004, 11:17 PM
Hi Jay,

What shocks and springs did you get? How is your ride(what was your goal, city, track?)

How much it cost in total.

TIA

Originally posted by BMW_M52_M20
I uprgraded to a 20mm sway bar from the original 18mm. I put new C-Links and sway bar bushing holders with poly urethane bushings.
I did the shocks and springs and it rides a lot better, I had my tie rods done about 10000kms ago so they were okay. At least do the sway bar bushings......
Jay

MorningCruiser
04-05-2004, 12:49 AM
I will use my Fiero as a basis for comparison...

With factory rubbers with 140,000KM on them, it felt like a goey car on rails... With fresh poly bushings, it felt like a rollercoaster...

IMO Poly is the way to go no matter what, rubber wears out way too fast (some companies say they "Wear in to beyond spec" after 30,000km and no longer ride anywhere near how it did from the factory), and honestly unless you want a pillowy ride, rubber is a waste of money...

BMW_M52_M20
04-05-2004, 01:40 AM
Originally posted by johnoz
Hi Jay,

What shocks and springs did you get? How is your ride(what was your goal, city, track?)

How much it cost in total.

TIA

I used Intrax springs and bilstein shocks. I was looking for an enhanced ride and apperance, but nothing for track or anything. It is a perfect setup right now for city and spirited country road driving. The suspension is not harsh but firm enough that you can put it into a corner with confidence. I would like to get a sparco front upper strut brace as well as a rear strut brace which would finish it off.
I bought my stuff off ebay and paid 100$US for the springs (Great deal), and $279US for the shocks brand new. So all and all probably about 550-600$ cdn after the duties.

It has truly transformed the way the car drives and handles. It is a lot more fun to drive.
Jay