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  1. 1994 E36 325i fast road / trackday suspension 
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    Hi Al - Hopeful for some advice about improving the handling of my budget track day car (that also gets me to & from work).

    eBay special haggling got me a 1994 325i for £675. Original factory fitment Alpina suspension. Now pretty soggy, but rest of car is good. Engine and box are unbelievably smooth (I've never owned a BMW before).

    We try to do one track day a month - now using my 325 daily driver.
    When taken to local 4-wheel alignment garage, they didnt need to put any ballast in the car because it was already lower than the specific set-up ride height. We decided that the dampers had seen far far better days. No idea which springs are on there.

    My question is - do I go for coilovers, or, do I keep springs and replace the dampers.
    I see the tantalisingly priced Hottuning kit seems good for lowering, but am unsure about ability on regular trackdays. Any experience from members? Currently thinking about m-tec, or similar dampers.

    Very grateful for advice from the trackday regulars. Note - I'm a cheapskate!

    Umi
     
     

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    Get the coilovers-much better than springs on the track and change bushes for powerflex and put on Eibach anti-roll bars.........
     
     

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    IMHO if you're looking to do it on a budget, ignore coilovers and get dampers.

    You'll get better quality damping. Unless you are going to regularly change the height of the car or corner weight it (with whoever is driving) there's no need for coilovers.

    Joe
     
     

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    koni sports on car adjustables will be best for a road car thats regularly tracked
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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    Thanks guys - dampers appear more highly favoured than coilovers (2:1)
    However, cant find dampers to beat the astonishing price of £200 for the Hottuning coilovers. Now I really am torn!

    Does anyone have thoughts or suggestions for dampers which will be in the ball park of £200-300 and give me the control I desire? Am I expecting too much? Feel free to be brutally straight with your views.

    Cheers,

    Umi
     
     

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    i have just ordered some monroe reflex shocks off ebay...just under 300 quid delivered.
    they seem to do the same job as koni fsd's...they might be worth a look
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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    I went with Hottuning Coilovers after a few PM's.
    Did trackday at Angelsey on Saturday. Car handling was transformed. Much cleaner handling than at Oulton Park 3 weeks earlier.

    Braking was also transformed by use of Ebay purchased Goodridge braided brakelines. Braking was improved as soon as fitted, with significantly less drop off in performance once things got hot. Using my trusty teperature gun, I measured the disc temps at 350 degrees C after 8 hot laps. Managed to cracked one of the front discs by the end of the day.

    Lowering is proportional to handling, but causes ferocious tyre wear if you don't get your camber & toe corrected!

    Mallory next at end November. By then will have new front discs and pad all round
     
     

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