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Old 10-20-2010, 12:42 AM   #1
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E30 325ic suspension suggestion

Looking to drop my 325ic, currently the car is sitting on H&R lowering springs and bilstein sports shocks. Not too happy with the drop and cornering but very happy with the ride comfort.

I had J-stock coilovers on my other E30 that just sold, Car rode like its on rails, amazing feeling on turns however its a definite 0/10 when it comes to comfort.

Looking for something in between with a nice drop on a vert.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:19 AM   #2
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How much are you looking to spend?
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:46 AM   #3
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:31 AM   #4
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I have cosmo 600 lb rear & 400lb front on bilsteins, very harsh ride but handling is ok & I like the ride height. My 325ic is a cruiser for now so it does the job. I'll post a pic when I get a chance.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:09 PM   #5
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Ground Control sleeves with Koni dampers. Great middle ground, and you can actually get the rear to sit properly (cabrio).
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:33 PM   #6
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Ground Control sleeves with Koni dampers. Great middle ground, and you can actually get the rear to sit properly (cabrio).
any suggestions on where i can find a set of GC.. ebay got none.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:59 PM   #7
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any suggestions on where i can find a set of GC.. ebay got none.
Full Kit
http://www.ground-control-store.com/.../II=754/CA=242

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http://www.ground-control-store.com/.../II=121/CA=241
and as far as I know the Konis from GC are both shortened and custom valved so the best place to get them is from GC as well. They don't list them on their site, but I'm sure if you call them they'll give you a price.
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Even off the shelf non-GC Konis work fine with street rates (375/475 typical, 450/600 max).
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:04 PM   #9
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Even off the shelf non-GC Konis work fine with street rates (375/475 typical, 450/600 max).
Right, but depending on how much drop the OP wants, he may want to shorten the strut housing which means shorter stuts, in which case he should probably go with Corrado G60 Konis for an off the shelf part.
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:36 PM   #10
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I certainly like the idea of the sleeve. Just because I can use them on my actual bilstein shocks. I do have a slight concern with fitting the rear adjustable springs, Ive read over few sites while doing some reading on them that the rear springs tend to dislocate, and would require to strengthen the frame to be safe.

Some pics and feedback from users would be greatly appreciated.
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I certainly like the idea of the sleeve. Just because I can use them on my actual bilstein shocks. I do have a slight concern with fitting the rear adjustable springs, Ive read over few sites while doing some reading on them that the rear springs tend to dislocate, and would require to strengthen the frame to be safe.

Some pics and feedback from users would be greatly appreciated.
What do you mean by dislocate? The springs come off the upper perch or the sleeve? I'm not sure how strengthening the frame would fix that...

One reinforcement that people typically do is to the sway bar mounting tab on the rear trailing arms.

I installed my GC kit this year and put around 15-20 thousand km on it. I've had no problems except for smashing an oil pan when going to quickly over some train tracks that I though I knew.... damn you GC for lowering my car
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/\ Aloush do you mean the oem rubber rear strut mounts? Because those blow through when you slam it, but there is no reinforcing that, you just buy the GC ones :p
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:25 PM   #13
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/\ Aloush do you mean the oem rubber rear strut mounts? Because those blow through when you slam it, but there is no reinforcing that, you just buy the GC ones :p
yes but not the actual mounts failing, it would be the frame where the mounts bolt to.

Im debating whether to get just the sleeves or spend another 1k for the entire set up. like i said all i want is a nice drop not some crazy track set-up.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:32 PM   #14
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Just buy the sleeves then. Cheap way to get low. Not low enough? Always shorter springs available for very reasonable prices, then sell the current ones that come in the kit.
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