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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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 06-27-2012, 06:28 PM
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Raceland Coilovers

Hey everyone! I drive a 1993 BMW 325is and after some searching it seems Raceland Coilover package is the best value to lower my car. My question is what is the difference between the two E36 kits? I realize that the Ultimo kit will let you lower the car up to 4 inches but other then that is there any other advantages? Also well I have the wheels off is there anything else I should consider replacing?
regular E36 coilover kit
http://www.racelandus.com/coilovers/...lover-kit.html
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the ultimo coilover kit
http://www.racelandus.com/coilovers/...lover-kit.html

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Old 06-27-2012, 06:35 PM
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If you're interested in just being low, Racelands are fine. A few people on here have them and like them.
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Only difference is stiffer springs. For what they are, just buy the cheaper ones.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:09 AM
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If you're interested in just being low, Racelands are fine. A few people on here have them and like them.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:00 AM
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Thanks for the feedback but this hasn't really answered most of my questions.
I would like to hear from some of the other members who are using racelands or if anyone is using a different coilover kit they would like to recommend.
and is there anything else (suspension related) I should consider replacing since my car is pretty stock.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:12 AM
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Thanks for the feedback but this hasn't really answered most of my questions.
I would like to hear from some of the other members who are using racelands or if anyone is using a different coilover kit they would like to recommend.
and is there anything else (suspension related) I should consider replacing since my car is pretty stock.
I hate linking to another forum, but I found this helpful.
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1589423
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:29 AM
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Thanks for the feedback but this hasn't really answered most of my questions.
I would like to hear from some of the other members who are using racelands or if anyone is using a different coilover kit they would like to recommend.
and is there anything else (suspension related) I should consider replacing since my car is pretty stock.
I'm using Rokkors and they're nice. the front coils are WAY stiffer than the rear. the rear is a little too bouncy compared to the spring rate up front. but some say they're still firmer than racelands. I havent had any issues with the hardware in over a year and 30k miles. I would suggest getting the Rouge Engineering E36 rear shock mounts... the harder springs and shorter shock give the oem style and HD style RSMs a proper ass whooping.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:09 AM
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:18 AM
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Thanks for the feedback but this hasn't really answered most of my questions.
I would like to hear from some of the other members who are using racelands or if anyone is using a different coilover kit they would like to recommend.
and is there anything else (suspension related) I should consider replacing since my car is pretty stock.
If you want better feedback, then we will need more info on what you're looking for. You wanna have a low car cause it looks cool, or you want better handling performance? Or both?

The difference between those two Raceland setups will be minimal. I would just get the cheaper ones.
As mentioned before, Racelands are fine if you wanna just go low, but they won't compare in performance to a setup such as Bilstein, H&R, etc.

As somebody who has used Bilstein coils and Raceland coils on the same car, the Bilsteins are definitely better performance-wise, but I was happy with the Racelands, too. Definitely better than the stock suspension.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:34 AM
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Thanks for all the responses so far! I didn't expect so much feedback.

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If you want better feedback, then we will need more info on what you're looking for. You wanna have a low car cause it looks cool, or you want better handling performance? Or both?
Currently I am using my car for a daily driver and do not have plans to track it. I really like the look of a lowered E36 but would like to get some increase in handling and performance out of the racelands. Is there anything I should also look into replacing other then the rear shock mounts?

Here is a picture of my car right now.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:53 AM
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Front and rear shock mounts are all that you really need to worry about while doing coilovers. Car looks nice, good wheels too. A drop would do a ton for the appearance.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:55 AM
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Front and rear shock mounts are all that you really need to worry about while doing coilovers. Car looks nice, good wheels too. A drop would do a ton for the appearance.
Looks just like Karls... Kosie's or however they're spelled
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:56 AM
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:10 PM
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i have racelands, have not driven the car much sence they went on but can say they are Far better then worn out stock ones, In my opinion they ride good and am happy to have ordered them.
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:35 PM
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Your car looks good! I have the k1s and will be lowering soon. My gap looks more apparent though because I'm hellrot
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:00 PM
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I would suggest getting the Rouge Engineering E36 rear shock mounts... the harder springs and shorter shock give the oem style and HD style RSMs a proper ass whooping.
Thanks for the suggestion! after a few searches I think ive decided on going with the Rogue Engineering RSMs. Any suggestions for the front mounts? I didn't see any on the rogue engineering website.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:24 AM
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I <3 my racelands. Tons of hard miles on them and still going strong. (I have normal Red's) Also I have OEM RSM's with a curved washer that I got from ECS Tuning if i recall. That Washer stopped my Failed RSM issues.

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