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Old 09-07-2015, 12:00 PM
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Bilstein B8 suspension

I am looking at redoing the stock suspension on my '97 M3 sedan. Bilstein seems to be a preferred setup. I am looking at the B8 sport setup. Do I also have to replace the stock springs with lowering springs to use the B8 sport shocks/struts, or can I keep the stock springs? I am not necessarily looking to lower the car.
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You don't HAVE to go with lowering springs, but that's what the B8 package was made for.

From their website:

"High-performance shock absorbers and struts designed specifically for lowering springs and production sport vehicles"

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http://www.bilsteinus.com/products/p...passenger-car/
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Thanks, Horn.

The quote from the website is specifically why I asked the question. It leads one to believe you need to use lowering springs. I can buy a complete B8 kit without lowering springs or the B12 kit with lowering springs. I am not sure I want to suffer a firmer ride with the lowered suspension, but many people seem to go with the lower ride height. It looks a little better as well.
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