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    im looking to lower my e46 compact, its the 316ti and ive got 18" mv2 alloys on it so not looking to go too low..

    question is do i go for coilovers or springs??

    anyone got any experience of either eibach springs or hottuning coilovers on an e46 compact??? any advise or experiences would be grately appreciated!!
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    If you don't want to go TOO low then go for springs

    Check out the offer motechmike has running as he does a set I believe that are good value for money

    If you really want coilovers then check out hottuning as they do a set at an unbelievable price and good reports can be viewed on the forum.

    Word of warning with the hottuning coilovers though, you will need to ask for the shorter anti roll links
     
     

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    basically im not looking to go TOO LOW (about 30-40mm all round??) but im more interested in the ride quality!

    i had a hyundai coupe previously which had a fairly similar ride to my e46 compact, not exactly excellent but smooth in general, but after having it lowered 40mm all round on gmax springs the ride was terrible and i dont want this to happen again!

    so with this in mind what do you think is better? coilovers or maybe get some motech or even eibach springs??
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    If you're looking for quality then it's time to part with the reddies but worth every penny

    The problem with lowering is too many people lower a car that still remains on other shoddy suspension components and then base their views from that

    I invested in a 60mm sports suspension kit from G-Max that was accompanied by shortened shocks and it was awesome.

    Part of the reason for this I believe is because I made sure the suspension was in tip top condition before commencing

    Eibach have a great reputation and definitely worth considering if it is just the springs you want
     
     

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    motech has just told me they dont do springs for my car,

    so im looking at eibach pro springs, hottuning spring/shock lowering kit (both around the same price) or the hottuning coilovers,

    thing is with the coilovers though that its been suggested i need the droplinks which are an extra £50! what to do what to do!??! lol
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    Yep, you gotta have the shorter droplinks with them....
    There is no way around this...
     
     

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    still less than £250 for a coilover kit is good!!

    im thinking its got to be coilovers, at least then i can adjust the height to get the ride i want!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by baderlfc View Post
    still less than £250 for a coilover kit is good!!

    im thinking its got to be coilovers, at least then i can adjust the height to get the ride i want!!
    TBH they are a good kit for the money. I put them on my E36 because the whole kit was cheaper then two standard front M-Tech shocks...
    The ride is fairly good as well, firm but not too harsh...

    This guy has the Hottuning coilovers on his compact...http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/members/6382.html

     
     

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    exactly what i thought, very good price!! i know hottuning do some pretty good kit aswell!!

    definitely leaning towards them!

    have emailed the other guy with the compact to get his opinion!!

    cheers for that mate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by baderlfc View Post
    exactly what i thought, very good price!! i know hottuning do some pretty good kit aswell!!

    definitely leaning towards them!

    have emailed the other guy with the compact to get his opinion!!

    cheers for that mate!
    No problem....
    Keep us posted on how you get on.....
     
     

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