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    Hello guys, had a quick search but couldn't find anything straight to the point. Basically wondering what the best spring kit is for my car. It seems harder finding for the 4dr. Plus want as minimal a drop as possible. Any advice?
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    Eibach pro springs 25mm front 15mm rear....
    Dont bother unless you know your shocks are good though or the car will ride shit and crash around. The front shocks dont show up as worn until they spring is removed and the piston sucks itself into the shock body....
    Done loads of these now....
     
     

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    I have just bought a 316i compact, I am looking to drop it low but dont know how much by?

    any suggestions? who appreciated some feedback as i am a rooky, cheers
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by aburrows88 View Post
    Hello guys, had a quick search but couldn't find anything straight to the point. Basically wondering what the best spring kit is for my car. It seems harder finding for the 4dr. Plus want as minimal a drop as possible. Any advice?
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    Eibach are very good and give a mild drop so won't stress you shocks as much as springs that give a large drop. Stay with the recognised brands as they ahev R&D behind them and will let you retain some civility in town driving, something that cheapo ones won't give you. Intrax are also good, 25mm drop all round(I have a near new set for sale btw, they are just under 2months old). Very compliant ride around town and tighten up nicely when cornering or increasing speed.

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    I have just bought a 316i compact, I am looking to drop it low but dont know how much by?

    any suggestions? who appreciated some feedback as i am a rooky, cheers
    As above, i wouldn't go for a massive drop, somewhere aroudn the 25-30mm drop, unless you have shortened and uprated shocks like the Bilstein B8. Reason being that OEM shocks are designed to give you around 3 inches (for example) of suspension travel (up down movement when driving on the road, this travel stops you bottoming out and banging your shock shafts to shti). When you put on a lowering spring of say 25mm (1 inch) you lose that 1 inch of travel (downward motion of shock shaft before it hits bottom of shock) so you now have 2 inches instead of 3. btw, if you bottom out hard and often enough your shocks will be toast. In theory, the lowering spring will be slightly stiffer so will reduce the chances by a little, but they can't be made too stiff because then the OEM damper won't be able to control it and you will bounce around everywhere. Now imagine you go for a 60mm drop like some of these springs out there offer, thats about 2.5 inches, you now have only half an inch of travel before you bottom out!! No matter how hard a spring is (within reason, remember too hard and you bounce about everywhere) you will constantly be bottoming out. So choose wisely

    Sorry for going on a bit but its best you know about these things before you go spending hundreds like I did many years ago and regret it. If i'm wrong someone please correct me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve23002 View Post
    Eibach pro springs 25mm front 15mm rear....
    Dont bother unless you know your shocks are good though or the car will ride shit and crash around. The front shocks dont show up as worn until they spring is removed and the piston sucks itself into the shock body....
    Done loads of these now....
    Cheers, was thinking Eibach but they are £220! Had Weitec on my 328i but they don't seem to do any for this car!


    PowerofM, what you looking for your springs? Not sure if 25mm on the back is a bit low. I drive a heck of a lot on bouncy country roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aburrows88 View Post
    Cheers, was thinking Eibach but they are £220! Had Weitec on my 328i but they don't seem to do any for this car!


    PowerofM, what you looking for your springs? Not sure if 25mm on the back is a bit low. I drive a heck of a lot on bouncy country roads.

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    You get what you pay for. The intrax PowerofM has for sale are good springs, Ive driven his car with them on and it drives and handles very nice and not too firm over the crap roads and not a stupid low drop either. I was well impressed with them....
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by aburrows88 View Post
    Cheers, was thinking Eibach but they are £220! Had Weitec on my 328i but they don't seem to do any for this car!


    PowerofM, what you looking for your springs? Not sure if 25mm on the back is a bit low. I drive a heck of a lot on bouncy country roads.

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    Hello mate,

    They are for sale for £150. I've only had them a couple of months so they are near new and haven't done many miles either as i only work 6 miles from home. I'll get pics up of the springs themselves soon if you like.

    Regarding the drop, they aren't 25mm all round anyway. I measured the height front and back before and after changing and they are more like 20mm front and 15mm rear.

    Here's some pics of how they sit with the intrax and OEM shocks.








    Here is when I fitted them.

    http://forums.m3cutters.co.uk/showth...ghlight=intrax


    BTW, Steve, where are those pics and review of your new setup
     
     

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