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Old 07-30-2012, 05:40 PM
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Z3 Question about shocks

I am needing to replace the shocks on my 1996 Z3, front and back. Was wondering if anyone has any good suggestions for what brand i should use or what brand i should avoid. I am kinda on a budget, so i am not looking for the best out, a good medium. any responds will be appreciated.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:16 PM
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My friend had no problem with KYB GR2's from rockauto.com. They are on his '96 Z3 1.9
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:07 PM
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I think the Bilsteins are considered the best economy-grade shocks. They're a little better than OEM, but not performance-grade. I put them on my car and they are certainly better than the worn-out shocks that were on it. The fronts are something like VE3-4401 and the rears are BE3-2386. You will also want to replace the rear shock mounts. Rogue Engineering and Ireland Engineering both make excellent RSMs.

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Old 07-31-2012, 02:35 AM
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Koni and Bilstein are the higher end. Boge are OEM replacement.

It depends on what you are looking for in the areas of ride and handling.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:18 AM
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Check out EACeuroparts they carrie Bilsteins ans Sachs-Boge and the prices are really good.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:23 AM
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Those other brands are nice, sure, but the KYB's are half the price @ approx 120 ea vs/ approx 246 ea for the others. The quality has been great and offers an OEM ride quality.
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:05 AM
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Where are you buying shocks?

Tire Rack has front Koni Sports for $234 and rears for $115, Bilstein Sport fronts for $203 and rears for $88, Bilstein Touring fronts for $113 and rears for $83, KYB G2-2 fronts for $132 and rears for $36(!). http://www.tirerack.com/suspension/S...6&autoModClar=

Not having any experience with KYB, I would recommend the Koni Sports. If that is over budget, the Bilstein Touring would be my next choice. The Touring should give you stock performance.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:09 AM
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OK, again I'll state, the KYB's are perfect OEM replacements. They hold up well over time too.
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:28 AM
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KYB are not bad. But Bilstein have a very long warranty and Koni are adjustable to make up for wear.

There are more than one choice, for different reasons.

I have Konis (double adjustables) or Bilsteins on all our vehicles, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:50 AM
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I just replaced mine with the Bilstien touring, front and rear, non adjustable, for my daily driver and love tbe ride. Not to harsh and not to soft. Good luck with your choice.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:19 PM
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I have purchased KYBs for our 98, 2.8. Have not installed as yet, but have the units for the 4 corners, front strut boots/cushions and Lemforder strut mounts. Pleased with KYBs on two current Nissans, not expecting anything unusual on the Z3. The KYB shocks/struts do include a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:56 PM
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I have purchased KYBs for our 98, 2.8.
Where by chance did you purchase and price if you don't mind (ballpark is fine)
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:09 PM
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/part-finder...ode=2286889011

From Amazon - both shocks and struts and the SB110 (per KYB catalog, this is the correct one for the 98 Z3, I hope so). Lemforder strut mounts from Amazon, actually delivered today. The two KYB struts and boots are German, the rear shocks are from Japan, the Lemforder's from Germany. Also have the Rogue RSMs that I need to install. Waiting to get coil spring pads and other misc. parts to complete the items.

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Old 08-02-2012, 04:49 AM
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I have purchased KYBs for our 98, 2.8. Have not installed as yet, but have the units for the 4 corners, front strut boots/cushions and Lemforder strut mounts. Pleased with KYBs on two current Nissans, not expecting anything unusual on the Z3. The KYB shocks/struts do include a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Cross checking the parts they are the same on 97 and 98. let me know how it goes, Looking to do refreshing of front end and handling. Rear same time too.
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:46 AM
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:32 PM
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I am in the same situation where as I was shopping for struts for my 98 z3 and Bilstien kept coming up in the recommendations I received in this forum. I was able to get their touring struts for $107.00 each. Now I just have to get them installed. Really looking forward to a better ride...

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Old 08-21-2013, 06:48 PM
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That's a good price, and Touring will be more comfortable than the expensive Sports. But you need to replace the shocks at the same time. I used Sensens and new rear shock mounts as a precaution, and am very pleased with the ride.
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/more...752&cc=1013331
http://apxautoparts.com
http://www.uucmotorwerks.com/MEYLE_HD/
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:57 AM
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Unless you plan to track the car, I'd go with Touring rather than Sport Bilsteins. I put the Sports on my MZ3 and the ride is HARD or the street.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:30 AM
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I just installed Sachs OEM shocks in my 98 Z3 2.8L (45K miles) along with the Meyle RSM and UUC reinforcement plates. Total from BAV Auto was $200 and change. The hardest part of the job was removing and reinstalling the interior trim. Don't forget to have an 18mm 6 point socket 1/2 drive ready to remove the lower shock mounting bolts.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:30 AM
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Z3 Question about shocks

Hello, I'm about to have my struts replaced by a friend but in your post you mention interior trim removal and re installation, can you elaborate?


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Old 09-05-2013, 08:53 AM
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You are referring to the rear shocks, correct? If so, there is carpet trim in the top compartment behind the seats. The carpet trim is held in with four plastic push clips and once the clips are removed, the carpet can be pulled out from the lip and pushed towards the seats. This exposes the two rubber RSM covers. One additional tip. Jack up the rear to the point where the tires are just touching the ground. This will keep the suspension from fully extending yet give you plenty of room to remove the lower mounting bolts.

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Old 10-05-2013, 11:53 PM
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Yes, Bilstein touring. Is it necessary to replace the strut mounts when I have these struts swapped out?
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:53 AM
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If they are bad, you would want to replace them. When I changed my struts last winter at 34,000 miles, the bearings turned OK, smooth and quiet. If bad, they would have felt gritty and notchy. But there was very little old grease visible in the bearings, and it had hardened. So I used a grease gun with a nozzle to inject more grease into the races, and packed it down with my fingers.
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:20 AM
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Unless you plan to track the car, I'd go with Touring rather than Sport Bilsteins. I put the Sports on my MZ3 and the ride is HARD or the street.
Others have noted that the Bilsteins are hard-riding.

"The general consensus on bilstiens is that they are too stiff for the e36 chasis."
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...49&postcount=4

"Yes, I agree. It really is not an enjoyable ride. I've been in both an e36 328i and an e36 m3 with bilsteins, and it is too harsh for a daily driver. I can see why you would want that kind of stiffness on the track, but for the bumpy pavement of my city it's very unpleasant."
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...60&postcount=5

"I just want a cushier ride, and that is definitely NOT what you get from a pair of Bilsteins."
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...26&postcount=7

and at:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...1&postcount=23
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...9&postcount=24

For a better ride and less money, some are pleased with OEM-spec parts, like Sachs, KYB, Monroe, and Sensen. I am very pleased with the feel of my KYB struts and Sensen shocks.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...9&postcount=24
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...2#post26269472
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