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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 08-08-2016, 11:10 AM
galvinston galvinston is offline
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Mein Auto: 02, 330ci
Help choosing suspension

Hi All,

I know this has been asked a thousand times but I have to ask what people recommend for my situation:

Coil Overs or Spring/shocks and where to get them?

Goals/driving style:
  1. I'd like the car to sit lower, specifically in the front where there is excessive wheel gap. I have stock 17" wheels
  2. the car is not a daily driver and I like to drive slightly spirited... within reason on public roads.
  3. Comfort, It's not a track car so nothing too stiff. It's also not a daily driver so not too soft either.
  4. Adjustable damping, so if I get a stiffer setup i can soften the compression and such.
  5. Around $1000 +/- including some of the typical things that will need to be replaced.

I'm currently leaning towards a more street friendly coil-over set up

Thoughts?

If you have suggestion could you please include where I can purchase the product.

Thanks in advance
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Old 08-08-2016, 12:44 PM
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If you want good handling while still retaining comfort, I'd probably lean towards springs & adjustable dampers.



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Old 08-09-2016, 11:53 AM
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Get Koni Yellow shocks for adjustability and H&R Touring springs for a minor drop. If you want a bit more of a drop, H&R Sport springs.

Realistically, you could probably get the H&R Cup Kit with Sport Springs from Turner Motorsports and be beyond happy with it. Do note that it does NOT include adjustable shocks.
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