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Old 07-27-2006, 08:08 AM
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shocks and struts

im looking for suspension upgrade for my 325is and i was wondering whats the best bang for the buck. i want 2 spend around 900(most) and was looking at koni sports kit and eibach kit at tirerack. any also looking for only one mille miglia evo 18x8 wheel if anybody has one or can get1 btw im new 2 the forums
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Old 07-28-2006, 06:58 PM
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Some Suggestions

I think your choice of components is good if you know what the results will be.
The good part is the car will handle much better and chrisper too as well as having a lower center of gravity.
I have Bilstein, Spax, Boge (OEM) experience and I know Koni is very good as well.

Now some things you need to know if you go 17 or18" wheels with that suspension. Handling as I said will be very good. However you will have a car that will need to be driven carefully over speed bumps, curbs, road trash. You will smack things that normally you would clear so keep that in mind.
You will be running negative camber that will wear the inside of your tires out too. Without camber correction plates front and rear expect to wear these tires out in say 10K miles
Ride will be much mich stiffer and might be harsh. I have owned a couple 325's and a 328 as well as still owning one 325 and an M3 and I can tell you that you should find a friend on this forum that has done what you are planning and get a ride. My one 325 I owned that has sport suspension was ruined by Bilstein shock and stuts. It was much harsher then my M3.
My vert however due to more weight is stiff but not harsh so check this out becuase you might regret how stiff the ride can be. Bouncing over expansion strips is no way to live your life.

I would also strongly look at 17th as the difference between 16-to 18's is not that huge compared to the tires you put on them.
Hope this helps some................................
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Old 07-30-2006, 07:54 PM
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For $900 you can get a non-rebound adjustable coilover system such as the Bilstein PSS. You can also save some money and just get an H&R or Eibach cupkit which are full shock and spring replacements that are not height or dampening adjustable but provide a nice streetable sporty upgrade. With that said, if you wish to tune your ride height to your exact specifications, I recommend going with a coilover kit which Bilstein, H&R and Eibach all provide within your price range.

We are an authorized Bilstein, Eibach and H&R retailer if you are interested in any of their suspension products. Unfortunately we do not have their items loaded on to our site just yet but we plan to have them up soon. In the meantime, you can just call in (1.888.JLEVISW) or email us, for a full quote.
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Old 08-01-2006, 11:03 AM
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thanx...any experience with tokico hp kit. i was looking around and found them on ebay for less than 500 with the same drop as eibach
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