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    Well I fitted them last week but had to change something on the setup this weekend gone.

    I used to have the HSD coilovers previously (1996 E36 M3 Evo saloon - HSD Coilovers) but ended up selling them and buying OEM Sachs dampers and a set of Intrax lowering springs. I did have my heart set on Eibach springs but after hearing & reading excellent reviews of Intrax (a company that is heavily involveed in motorspots and making mainly coilovers) thought I’d give them a try seeing as they obviuously knew what they were doing. Ideally I wanted Bilstein B6 dampers are they are much stiffer than the Sachs but couldn't afford the £600'ish for just the dampers at this stage (ps I hate Steve23002 because he has recently fitted the B6's).

    Anyway, the fitting was all straight forward, apart from when I forgot the front shock re-enforcement plates and after bolting both the front struts back onto the car my brother-in-law kindly asked "what are those 2 plates!!" at which point I looked like I had been kicked in the nuts and screamed "aaaaaaarrr faaaaaaark" and blamed my brother for talking to much and distracting me. So off they came and the plates went on, bolted everything back up, double and triple checked everything was torqued right, and then did the rears, which took all of 40 minutes.

    And here is the result













    Sorry for the crap phone pics.

    They are sold as a 25mm drop all round but don't sit as low as the eibachs which are 25mm fr and 15mm rear. The rear is actually higher than OEM at the moment but that's probably because they need time to settle, hopefully they will drop a bit more at the rear over the next few hundred miles.

    The ride is very good, comfortable like OEM but you can feel the extra stiffness on normal driving. Main thing is they are very good when it comes to cornering etc. Body roll has decreased compared to OEM but you can still feel it, I just put that down to owning coilovers previously, after which most things are bound to feel soft. I would say these would be perfect for the road with something like Bilstein or Koni shocks, that's one thing I am definately doing in the future. I would definately recommend Intrax as a quality alternative to top brands such as Eibach, H&R etc...

    Thanks for looking
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    Nice one Kash, you took your time getting them fitted mate....
    Those reinforcement plates are easy to forget, so dont worry too much. They are very good springs and if I replace the Eibachs I will deffo go for them as well. Your car does look sweet mate, have you got the tan interior?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve23002 View Post
    Nice one Kash, you took your time getting them fitted mate....
    Those reinforcement plates are easy to forget, so dont worry too much. They are very good springs and if I replace the Eibachs I will deffo go for them as well. Your car does look sweet mate, have you got the tan interior?
    Hello mate,
    yeah i did, everytime i wanted to do them something came up, or it would rain. I had these done last weekend but then I wanted to sort something out so needed to remove them again and thought i'd put up pics once all sorted.

    The interior is Modena, slightly different to Tan(dark brownish) and Saffron (light yellowish), it's kind of in between the two.
     
     

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    looks v nice and good info on them springs like the color to
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerofm View Post
    Hello mate,
    yeah i did, everytime i wanted to do them something came up, or it would rain. I had these done last weekend but then I wanted to sort something out so needed to remove them again and thought i'd put up pics once all sorted.

    The interior is Modena, slightly different to Tan(dark brownish) and Saffron (light yellowish), it's kind of in between the two.
    Least they are done now and you are happy. Ignore my mickey taking....
    I love that interior, had the same in my old 318 saloon......
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve23002 View Post
    Least they are done now and you are happy. Ignore my mickey taking....
    I love that interior, had the same in my old 318 saloon......
    no worries mate. i was a sceptical when i first saw the interior but it has grown on me.

    I will be completely satisfied when i have either Koni or Bilstein shocks. I need that kind of stiffness back in my life
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerofm View Post
    no worries mate. i was a sceptical when i first saw the interior but it has grown on me.

    I will be completely satisfied when i have either Koni or Bilstein shocks. I need that kind of stiffness back in my life
    Yeah, you know you have sports suspension with those fitted...
     
     

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    Looks good What drop have you gone for?It seems to sit quite high on the rear-higher than mine anyway-maybe the springs need time to settle
    Edit-I see its a 25mm drop-still seems high though at the moment
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    Looks good What drop have you gone for?It seems to sit quite high on the rear-higher than mine anyway-maybe the springs need time to settle
    Edit-I see its a 25mm drop-still seems high though at the moment

    yes, 25mm all round but you're right it is very high from the back! Its higher than OEM, even the frobnt doesn't look 25mm as the eibach's drop more. Maybe its due to dampers and sprins being new and needing time to settle down.

    i bloody hope it is just that, otherwise intrax will be gettin a call from me

    Edit, btw love your white saloon, looks ace. Is it Evo or 3.0L
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    Quote Originally Posted by powerofm View Post
    Edit, btw love your white saloon, looks ace. Is it Evo or 3.0L
    Its only a 325......with M bits added Only white M3 saloons I have seen have been in SA.I have only ever seen one white M3 here which was a coupe....
    I have the OEM M3 Bilstein suspension on mine though as Steve says though I shouldn't waste my time and should just go ahead an get an M3
     
     

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