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Old 06-14-2002, 03:57 PM   #1
drkcyd
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Unhappy Suspension mistakes ????

Have anyone installed a 328is sports suspension on a 318is....I know they fit..but what was the ride like...was it too hard...or was it too soft...really need some feedback...When I first asked the question everyone (Mechanics) has been telling me that they will fit no problem...but I am now getting additional feedback that the suspension will cause nothing but problems....here is a quote from a guy in germany (i guess)

" A 2.8ltr i6 is much heavier than the 1.8ltr 4cyl.

So installing the srings and dampers of a 328 in a 318 will cause a very
siff suspension, and sure, then the front will be higher than the back.

It will a poor ride, very firm, uncomfortable, a higher front means a
unprecise steering at higher speeds. A higher nose will destroy aerodynamics
(in general the nose shoukd be deeper than the back), all in all a stupid
idea...

Jürgen "

Ouch !!!!

In retrospect, Jurgen is proberbly right, and I just wasted a few hundred bucks (chuck is in the midst of putting them on now) but
I wanted to get some feedback from you guys who may have tried this..and what happened ?
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Old 06-14-2002, 04:11 PM   #2
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If I remember correctly m50-m52 is only about 40-50kg more than m42-m44, so it's NOT much more.

I definitely don't think the ride will be uncomfortable, a bit stiffer perhaps but in no way uncomfortable. Also sport suspension is about what ~0.5inch lower than normal one? So in the worst case your ride height should stay about where it is now.

just my $3.19..


Let us know how it turns out.

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Old 06-14-2002, 04:49 PM   #3
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Re suspension

I proberbly fell asleep when they went over this in shop class...but why would the ride is harder if the weight on the springs is lower...is it because of the spring rate..?
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