Originally Posted by e30blue
from what i've read...you can change your springs and keep the shocks but you're shortening the life span of the springs.
you shorten the life span of the shocks dramatically, as in they will blow in a matter of days (depending on how old they are). Fronts are a must, rears will last awhile.
If you care about how your car rides, atleast get some decent front shocks. (Koni / Bilstein)