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Old 05-05-2004, 02:09 PM   #1
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Lowr'n My E46 ... <<<

wat up people .... im looking into lowering my 2002 320i. I'v heard from alot of people that i could buy performace springs and leave my orig. shox on, and that would be ok ... would this noticably hurt my shox or my ride? and what is the best way to lower?
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Old 05-05-2004, 02:12 PM   #2
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You'll blow the shocks much quicker. E46's seem to be better than other generations with regards to taking the abuse of lowering springs on stock dampers, but I'd seriously suggest getting new, better shocks at the same time.

Look at the H&R Cup Kit, FK Kit, etc. Those are matched setups that work great.
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Old 05-05-2004, 09:23 PM   #3
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is that all? or am i gonna see more bouncing and hard bumps than other ways of lowering??
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Old 05-06-2004, 01:35 AM   #4
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Oh yeah, definitely a lot worse ride quality. You'd be bottoming out the shocks on large potholes, and trust me, it's not a good feeling.
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Old 05-07-2004, 05:19 AM   #5
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There are a lot of options out there, depending on what you are looking for, you can find the right set up for you and the car. But, do a complete system, of struts/shocks and springs or coilovers and you will be much happier.
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Old 05-07-2004, 06:41 PM   #6
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honestly, do the whole thing at once: ie. get cupkit or coilover or shock + spring at the same time. Your ride will feel fine in the beginning on stock shocks but pretty soon you'll regret cause your ride will be harsh.
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Old 05-27-2004, 09:47 PM   #7
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Go For the EIBACH lowering kit U May pay a little extra, but I hear good things about their equipment.
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Old 05-31-2004, 05:21 PM   #8
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EIBACH's are probably the best springs I dealt with. I had them on my old prelude with Tokico blue shocks. I believe the Eibach's are german made with a lifetime warranty. (That was 3 years ago when I bought my prokit)
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Old 06-02-2004, 01:49 PM   #9
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thanks alot for all the responses everyone.
i think im going for Eibach springs, i got a deal for $350 all four. and one more question:
i wanna go as low as possible with springs on stock shox, and Eibach has got three types of srings (street 20-30cm, racing 40-50, and pure racing). I know im not going for pure racing, but what do u think if i go with "racing" (40-50cm), would that ruin my shox too fast? or maybe cause other problems ???
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Old 06-02-2004, 02:05 PM   #10
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I'm running Eibach Pro Kit springs on stock performance pkg shocks for about 6 months now and so far so good. If it gives in then I'll just get new shocks and replace them. The main reason I did this is because I keep hearing I shouldn't. I wanted to find out for myself if the theory is crap or not.

The labour cost of having to get new shocks installed is not an issue for me because my brother has a shop. Anyway, just sharing my experience... I'm happy to report that the stock performance pkg shocks are still performing quite well.

Regarding your question as to which Eibach springs, I suggest you go with the street version unless you don't mind the harsh ride you'll get from the racing ones.

Good luck!!!
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Old 06-02-2004, 08:25 PM   #11
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ok, im getting a 1.8" drop springs from Eibach all around. do the performance springs im gona buy in the back need to be lower that the ones in the front since its a BMW ?
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Old 06-21-2004, 11:27 PM   #12
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i have H&R sport with stock sport shocks. work just fine.
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