Click to go to Forum Home Click to go to maXbimmer Home

Go Back   maXbimmer Forums > maXimum Tech > 3 Series > E46 (1998 - 2005)
User Name
Password


Welcome to Maxbimmer.com!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-02-2011, 02:48 AM   #1
Randy
2nd Gear Member
 
Randy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: At home.
Posts: 237
suspension

i want to change all 4 shocks and springs.

does anyone know a reasonable quality/price brand I can look for?

I've looked up Eibach kit - $1000.

But im not into racing or anything. I just need to replace my crap because one of my shocks has failed.

Suggestions? I drive a 99 E46 323i

Dont want to lower things because It'll throw my alignment off.
But I wouldn't mind a little firmer ride

I will be doing the install myself.
__________________
For Sale:
2004 e46 stuff for sale. please contact.
roof rack (OEM)
16" alloys (OEM)
e46 roof lip/spoiler (black)
Randy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2011, 09:27 AM   #2
mclovin
3rd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Richmond Hill
Posts: 302
How about H&R cup kit? Comes with shocks and springs to match. Lowers by about 1.5 F and 0.7 rear for touring kit and something like 2.2 front and 1.5 r for race. Can be picked up for around 800
__________________
mclovin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2011, 01:59 PM   #3
B6T
2nd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Waterwoo
Posts: 171
My 330ci on stock sport suspension ride about the same as my old A4 on H&Rs/Bilsteins. So I would imagine the 330 sport suspension would be a good upgrade for you.

If you don't want to lower your car, I'd keep an eye on the classifieds for ZSP, ZHP, or maybe even M3 suspension parts.
__________________
BMW 330Ci
B6T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2011, 02:45 PM   #4
BimmerGuys
2nd Gear Member
 
BimmerGuys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 209
We have Bilsteins, if interested please pm or call.
__________________
Sell My Car Fast
BimmerGuys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2011, 03:14 PM   #5
Randy
2nd Gear Member
 
Randy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: At home.
Posts: 237
Thanks! All good info. I wouldn't mind a used set either ... given that is hasnt been ridden on for like 80K.

Will the 330/M3 suspension parts fit on my car?
__________________
For Sale:
2004 e46 stuff for sale. please contact.
roof rack (OEM)
16" alloys (OEM)
e46 roof lip/spoiler (black)
Randy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2011, 11:12 PM   #6
King Luis
The King.
 
King Luis's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Milton
Posts: 7,380
Send a message via MSN to King Luis
I have my stock e46 m3 suspension in my closet still. About 60k on them and they have been in there for about 2 years. Don't know if they'd work but if they do then give me a shout. Rear springs have had the tips snapped as it is a common issue.
__________________
Current:2013 Candy White VW Golf TDI
Mods: TBD.

Sold:2004 Silver Gray M3
Mods: Dice Unit, EAS Angel Eyes, Painted Reflectors, CSL Diffuser, Smoked Corners, PSS10s, 15mm Front and 10mm Rear Spacers.

Gone:1990 Brilliantrot 325is
Mods: Alpine speakers and HU, Euro Projectors, Magnaflow Muffler, Euro Smoked Tails and GC Coilovers.
King Luis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2011, 01:48 AM   #7
Renboy
3rd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Guelph, Ont.
Posts: 321
M3 suspension won't work, if you want to drop a little and stay stock you have to get a suspension from a non-m coupe/vert, or sedan that came with the sport suspension.
Renboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2011, 02:47 AM   #8
Randy
2nd Gear Member
 
Randy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: At home.
Posts: 237
Im not opposed to after-market... just after-market prices.

I found a seller who has sport front shocks and a set of 4 ZHP springs for sale. how can i tell if the shocks and springs are in good condition? and in fact sport/zhp I don't want to buy someones shot shocks and bouncy springs.

What is a reasonable price to pay for two used front sport struts and 4 zhp springs?
__________________
For Sale:
2004 e46 stuff for sale. please contact.
roof rack (OEM)
16" alloys (OEM)
e46 roof lip/spoiler (black)
Randy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2011, 12:36 PM   #9
DaveM3_09
2nd Gear Member
 
DaveM3_09's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mississauga
Posts: 228
check out the for sale forum.. i got stock front struts/shocks from e46 m3, 18k on them, selling for $200
__________________
DaveM3_09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2011, 01:56 PM   #10
blakneto
3rd Gear Member
 
blakneto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Hamilton/Brampton/Toronto
Posts: 320
If what another poster said was right...then you can't use M3 suspension.
only 320, 323, 325, 330... sedan or 2-door, or convertible...
Does it matter between i and xi and facelift and pre-facelift?
blakneto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2011, 02:00 PM   #11
arsevader
4th Gear Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 697
Quote:
Originally Posted by blakneto View Post
If what another poster said was right...then you can't use M3 suspension.
only 320, 323, 325, 330... sedan or 2-door, or convertible...
Does it matter between i and xi and facelift and pre-facelift?
M3 suspension will fit but will ride higher.
__________________
'85 325e
'90 325i
'02 325it
'03 320i
'96 Volvo 850R
arsevader is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2011, 12:12 AM   #12
Randy
2nd Gear Member
 
Randy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: At home.
Posts: 237
is vogtland any good? Im looking at some vogtland springs with OEM sport shocks. can they be mated this way?

will there be an improvement over OEM (non sport suspension)?

I dont care at all for a drop in ride hight - its all about road-feel for me.
__________________
For Sale:
2004 e46 stuff for sale. please contact.
roof rack (OEM)
16" alloys (OEM)
e46 roof lip/spoiler (black)
Randy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2011, 09:11 PM   #13
oakville46
2nd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Oakville
Posts: 155
If all you want is a slight drop then grab a set of sport springs from a 3 series bmw (330ci is the best). Springs should cost you anywhere from $100-$200 for the set. Check online at turner motorsports website and get the BMW Sport Suspension kit for $500. comes with sport struts/shocks and suspension components. Nice easy swap with new parts. Other option is the H&R Cup Kit ... great package for the money. Regardless of what you do, you'll need an alignment anyways ... which is only $90.
oakville46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2011, 10:30 PM   #14
bmwmck
3rd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Munich
Posts: 597
can't go wrong with bilstein, h&r, eibach, koni.
bmwmck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2011, 11:02 PM   #15
dcramer
5th Gear Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Orangeville
Posts: 1,130
you can get OEM height springs from wunderkar in toronto if you don't want to lower the car
dcramer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:25 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Maxbimmer Copyright 2001 - 2014