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    Ok having only ever used budget lowering springs on stock shocks before, i am now interested in a well performing setup, as well as just simply looking good.

    I'm not going to be able to afford top of the range products so will be looking for value for money.

    So obviously coilovers but which other parts are needed to have a low but stiff and well handling car that looks the part too, thanks.
     
     

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    I replaced by tired shocks with Eibach springs and Bilstein shocks with new top mounts all round and the difference was incredible. Not the dragging on the floor look but low enough for me and a superb ride and much improved handling.

    Stay away from cheap nasty coilovers.
     
     

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    I know what you mean about how replacing worn parts can feel like a new car, i plan on rebushing the whole car.

    To be honest after owning this car for a few months now i am actually happy with it's performance for now and think that the fuel i save compared to my old 328 is actually worth the little less grunt. (I dont remember writing 323 in title and its not a 1997, its a 95 320, has it been edited?)

    So i plan to spendmy money on suspension and brakes and general maintenance.

    Will look for a recomended but affordable set of coilovers, but i want to go the whole hog on making it handle like its on rails, anyone else got any advice?
     
     

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    I edited your thread title so that it's in accordance with forum rules. I used the info from your car specs so you might want to look at updating them. Personally I'd look at Eibachs with Bilsteins over cheap coilovers. Should be plenty hard enough.

    If you do go down the coilover route I'd start by looking at the HSD's at a minimum. You'll then need to get it setup professionally to get it to handle anything like the Bilsteins would.

    Ian
     
     

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    Thanks for edits and advice.
     
     

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    Bilstein shocks and Eibach/H&R springs ofc , polyurethene bushes

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Powerflex-Full...ht_4305wt_1199,

    uprated anti roll bars

    http://www.larkspeed.com/index.pl?a=i&p=35302021

    while your at it get some E46 M3 cabrio rear top mounts with z3 reinforcement plates

    http://home.comcast.net/~matthew.c.s...ount/index.htm

    Make sure to get nylock nuts as mine came a little loose on original nuts.....

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    I would say...

    Demon-Tweeks.co.uk is the best place to start... have a look at all what they got... As aways its money permitting...

    Dont go cheap... Like Ian said... and Get a professional set-up!

    Here's a start!

    http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/Perfor.../0/69956/24174


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    i got same car as u dude jus put new shocks n springs on it n it made a right diffrence but what reall made a diffrence when i was fitting these i noticed the rubbers in the anti roll bar links was very worn n even half missing in 1 so for a tenner each fitted new ones and it was loads better n a hell of a lots less body roll in the corners dude i well recomend doing it for what ull get back
     
     

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    I agree with whats been said. Don't go for cheap coilovers whatever you do, they may ride well but the lifespan won't be anywhere near a decent spring shock/strut combo. bilsteins and either eibach or H&R are tried and tested and proven to improve the ride and handling a lot.

    one thing that is overlooked or should i say under rated are uprated anti roll bars, they are friggin awesome. i have had coilovers and several different shock/spring combos over the years and now have eibach ARB's on my Evo and the only thing I regret is wasting near enough a grand odd on coilovers. The ARB's give the car the handling the coilvoers did around corners but still maintain comfort of the shocks and springs! If you do go for uprated ARB's then remember to get the Meyle uprated drop links for the front, they are much beefier and stronger than OEM and are needed if the ARB's you get a quite a bit thicker than OEM.

    hth
     
     

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