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The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 10-21-2011, 01:14 PM
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Hi everybody a virgin post for me, only owned my E36 for a few weeks, but have started a few minor works...Long story short I recently replaced the front shocks, and am now considering lowering. Maybe I should have thought about it before buying standard shocks?? I dunno! Anyway, would I be able to use the standard height shocks with lowering springs? Thanks
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No, if you are going to use lowering springs, you must use struts & shocks designed to be used with lowering springs.
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thanks ze german...could you recommend any parts/manufacturers? I appreciate the swift reply!
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Bilstein shocks H&R springs
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Bilstein Sport shocks/struts and H&R Sport springs.

Koni Yellows witih H&R Sports would be a nice setup, too.

It's also highly recommended that you replace the rear shocks if you replaced the front struts. Having fresh dampers up front and old ones out back will cause goofy handling.
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thanks both. Good to see a resounding answer! love the community on here, sure you'll be helping me much in the future!
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Also, if you upgrade to stiffer stocks & springs, be sure to reinforce your front & rear strut/shock towers. It costs about $12 to do both fronts, and $30 to do the rears. Cheap insurance.
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thanks again ze german! replacing tie rods today..hopefully get to the suspension next week end!
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Some have found the Bilstein Sports with the H&R springs a pretty harsh ride. The Koni yellows have a bit more lowering spring friendly damping, and the Koni STR.T model (have them on my E36) will give you a noticeable handling improvement too with a bit less stiffness.
Rokkor coilovers are also an option if you'd like to have adjustable height at an inexpensive price. $319 for a kit for all four corners. I know there have been some forum members here that are running Rokkors and they seem to be happy with them. You might need a spacer set on the front so think about that in your cost analysis.
If you do a search on Rokkor in this forum you'll get lots of info.
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Thanks DC..for the welcome and the info! Will check it out, do like the sound of all corners for $319!
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Bilstein Sport shocks/struts and H&R Sport springs.

Koni Yellows witih H&R Sports would be a nice setup, too.

It's also highly recommended that you replace the rear shocks if you replaced the front struts. Having fresh dampers up front and old ones out back will cause goofy handling.
For what it is worth, I have H&R Sport springs and Bilstein Sports all around, and although the ride is certainly harsher, it results in great handling and response. Although, as Ze mentioned earlier, it is crucial that you reinforce everything, as I have been the victim of cracked shock towers and a solid, oe quality fix will run around $1000 (ask me how I know.)

It is all good that you are replacing suspension, but I would tackle all your bushings front and rear soon after, since degraded bushings in the subframes, control arms, etc. etc. are a complete killjoy (see what I did there?) for the overall ride and handling experience.
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thanks Killjoy...A lot of work/money then eh? I guess I'll have a re think, prob just get some bigger rims now..stilll on 15's at the mo!
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For what it is worth, I have H&R Sport springs and Bilstein Sports all around, and although the ride is certainly harsher, it results in great handling and response. Although, as Ze mentioned earlier, it is crucial that you reinforce everything, as I have been the victim of cracked shock towers and a solid, oe quality fix will run around $1000 (ask me how I know.)

It is all good that you are replacing suspension, but I would tackle all your bushings front and rear soon after, since degraded bushings in the subframes, control arms, etc. etc. are a complete killjoy (see what I did there?) for the overall ride and handling experience.
Hmmm, I have this, too. Where do I get such reinforcements?
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agreed, I changed almost everything at the front now, feels like a different ride! wish I had just 'done the rear' (no ****) while I was there!
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Hmmm, I have this, too. Where do I get such reinforcements?
You can get them from many of the major vendors. Turner, BimmerWorld, ECS, etc.
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