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    hi all, new to the forum and learning loads already... Had a break from BM's for a while but back now with my '98 323iSE Touring.... Will get some 'before' pics up as soon as I can..

    My questions are related to the suspension, which (as seems typical) is sagging at the back and needs addressing. So, I am looking at options and coil-overs seem to be a nice choice...

    1/ Are they reasonably easy to fit and what parts would be expected to be replaced as 'good practice' whilst undertaking the install (ie bushes, mounts etc.).

    2/ Do they need a lot of setting up? Obviously being adjustable they need to be set up so that the ride heights are the same on both sides of each axle so is this a reasonably easy task or would it be off to the local 'kwik-fit' type place for tracking etc.?

    3/ Does anyone have any recommendations as to which kits to go for? I have seen a few on eBay but dont know how much difference in quality etc. they is between the kit here:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TA-Coilover-BM...#ht_1368wt_704

    This one:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FK-AK-Street-B...ht_3896wt_1016

    This one:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AP-Coilover-Ki...2#ht_597wt_755

    And something like this one:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-3-SERIES-E...#ht_2392wt_938

    There is a huge difference in the prices of them so I am guessing there must be something.... Anyone got any experience/horror stories/pleasant surprises about any of the above??

    many thanks....
    Gus.
     
     

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    Hey Gus i am looking into lowering my car and was put onto a company in Belgium called hottuning they supply coilovers delivered to ya door for £195 do a search on here and check out the reviews from guys on the bimmer forum who have them fitted .... they get my vote and order too
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    Hey Gus i am looking into lowering my car and was put onto a company in Belgium called hottuning they supply coilovers delivered to ya door for £195 do a search on here and check out the reviews from guys on the bimmer forum who have them fitted
    .... they get my vote and order too
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    the suspension is very easy to change, its only a couple nuts and bolts
    its recommended that you change the strut top mounts and thats about it

    there should be a c-spanner in the kit so you can adjust the height yourself
    you will need to get the tracking set up by a garage i had mine done a year after fitting coilovers and it made a massive difference

    also there is a forum vendor, hottuning that sell coilover kits for the E36 for just under £200, i have them on my E36 coupe and for the price as well as how low i have them set i cant fault them at all

    EDIT:the hottuning coilovers are the same as the TA technix coilovers
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    AP are very good...how much money do you have to spend?If money no object then I would look at Bilstein(more than your car is worth though probably) If looking at a budget kit then I would recommend the Hottuning kit which you can get through our hottuning forum vendor on this site...I wuld recommend getting new top-mounts for them...and you'll need some bits from your existing stuff to fit to the new kit to make it work properly....


    Its easy to fit but you will definately need to get the tracking done no matter what kit you fit to your car.
     
     

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    Thanks Keith, Thanks Disco....

    Looks like I'll be making my way to the HotTuning area then!! :-)

    Will be running 17" Alpina reps with 215 45 17's so hope that clearance wont be an issue... Cant see it but time will tell :-)

    Must try and get some before pics as I am already getting carried away with the stuff I want to do....

    thanks for the prompt response guys...

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    Thanks StK... certainly seems HotTuning gets the vote!
     
     

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    You may need spacers if you're going to slam your car with the hottuning kit and 17" alloys
     
     

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    thanks again StK... Wont be slammed to the enth degree as its my daily driver so will often be loaded with the family/shopping/suitcases/camping stuff etc... and also the Business Park that I work on has some pretty nasty speed humps and driving behind guys that have their Corsa's and Polo's slammed having to go diagonal and REALLY slowly is a little frustrating ;-)

    /goes off to look for airbag kits on eBay/.......
     
     

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    Good stuff..bit of advice(as the hottuning kit doesn't come with fitting instructions) you will need a couple of bits from you old shocks to fit to the new hottuning kit ie bumpstops and also when you remove the old stuff make a note of how everything goes together then take the parts you need from the old kit and fit to the new kit and install it back the same way as you took the old kit off...that way you won't have any problems fitting the new kit
     
     

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