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Old 11-04-2010, 06:36 PM   #1
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lowering spring/shock combo for DD

ok so i didnt wanna thread jack someone elses thread about lowering springs so i thought id make my own and explain what I would like, and to listen to what u all have to say.

My 91 318i feels like a tank, im tired of the chatter from blown struts! Now this car is my DD/Winter car, and im not looking to blow the bank on this so what I am looking for is sumthing near 500 mark for springs and shocks.

im looking for sumthing a little firmer cuz my suspension feels like im riding a majic carpet right now! id like that small "go kart" like feel. if that makes sense. i understand that n e thing at this point will feel better than blown suspension but id just like sum info and if anyone could give me more info as to where to buy this stuff would be greatly appreciated!

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H&R sport
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intrax (if i can find sum)

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now im lost cuz this could break the bank

thanx everyone!
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:17 PM   #2
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Good shocks will break the bank. However since it is strictly a winter/DD car, you might get away with those lower end shocks like KYBs or Tokicos. I'd just stick with stock Boge shocks to be honest. A mild drop wouldn't be terrible for them, but I wouldn't try to go super low otherwise it will ruin them quickly from bottoming out.
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:40 PM   #3
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thats what i was considering, since it is my winter/DD maybe sum tokicos and votgland springs, i juss need sum more info as to what people have or had and how they are.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:30 PM   #4
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i've got KW coils, 2.5" drop up front, 2" back, with Tokico's. It's not uncomfortably stiff, pretty comofortable for a DD and looks and handles quite nice. I went from completely shot suspension too, the new set-up felt greeeeat. with my softer winter tires it's still pretty soft hittin bumps. i'm really happy with the set-up anyways.
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Old 11-05-2010, 02:35 PM   #5
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KW has great suspension! didnt kno they have coils for the e30. i have KW v2 on my e46 M3 and i absolutly love em!
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:37 PM   #6
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KW also makes regular drop springs for E30s... although I'm not sure if they are still available.

Intrax springs can be found through Essex Distributors West in Richmond B.C., if you're that interested in them. That's where I got mine from.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:08 PM   #7
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KW also makes regular drop springs for E30s... although I'm not sure if they are still available.

Intrax springs can be found through Essex Distributors West in Richmond B.C., if you're that interested in them. That's where I got mine from.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:30 PM   #8
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sent essex an email n turns out they dont deal with intrax anymore they just deal with H&R
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H&R Sports? I think those might be, nice. I'm considering those or the Race. I'm confused as to whether I HAVE to change my shocks when I do the springs.
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^ You should. Beats the labour cost doing everything twice (for the front).
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My shocks are getting old anyways, now, you had mentioned KYB or Tokico as brands for shocks. They're about $40 from what I've found... That's a little cheap, don't you think?

If $500 is my budget as well, or maybe as high as $700, and I want some drop, what are we talking about looking at?
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:53 AM   #12
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I bought a parts car 2 years ago and was fortunate enough to find (relatively) new eibach springs and Bilstien shocks - I switched everything over to my 318is, which is my dedicated winter car. Photo shows the stance, ride is firm and handles great.

Is labour included in the $500? If so, you're budget is low for what you're trying to do. For parts only, the shocks mentioned in other posts are your best bet. Your $700 figure is pobably closer to reality. You may want to look for used stuff as well. Good luck.

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Old 11-07-2010, 11:07 AM   #13
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labour costs are not included i kno that will be an extra, im shottin around 500 mark i dont mind a little extra, its finding the parts in canada that seems to be the trickest cuz sometimes i hate dealing with customs/brokerage they juss skin u alive!
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labour costs are not included i kno that will be an extra, im shottin around 500 mark i dont mind a little extra, its finding the parts in canada that seems to be the trickest cuz sometimes i hate dealing with customs/brokerage they juss skin u alive!
Ya, I feel you bro. I'm interested to know what suspension you're thinking of doing. I can't decide if I should go highend, save up some cash, or just cheapo it, since this is my winter/only car.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:15 PM   #15
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well i figure if ur gonna go lower then ull need a better shock, if its a mild drop then maybe sum tokico's or KYB's, now i wonder which shock is more firmer? im not looking to spend for the highend stuff, as much as i would like to this is simply my DD/Winter car and all of my founds are in my M.
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