1996 E36 M3 Evo saloon - HSD Coilovers

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  1. 1996 E36 M3 Evo saloon - HSD Coilovers 
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    I had these fitted on Frid and after having a few days with the car i feel that the car is getting more comfortable to drive, I guess they are bedding in.

    The kit itself is top quality and my mechanic initially cussed me for being stupid and spending thousands on race suspension for occasional track use on a road car!! When i told him the price he couldn't believe these were for £800. especially seeign as they had camber & caster adj top mounts and were heightand bounce/rebound adj.front and back.

    The handling is superb, definately harder than std, even though they are set to soft but not uncomfortable. The whole car has been transformed in every respect. There is more road noise but I can live with that. The cornering is flat no matter what speed i am doing and hard gear changes can really be felt now as it doesn't dip at the back, it just lurches forward ever time the clutch is let go. Being totally honest, you can feel imperfections when the road is very rough and that is when there is more road noise as well but that is to be expected with coilovers. On the flipside motorways and smooth roads are awesome and more than make up for this. Since the first session of alignment has been done the car drives dead straight and feels even better than the first night I drove it back. It just feels like i'm enjoying my car all over again. Picking up speed is the best feeling ever, actually no, the best ever bit is the twisties, it just feels totally planted and instills so much more confidence. I can't wait to go to a track and explore the full potential now and actually see when the car lets go around corners.

    Driftworks, the co I bought them off have been superb with their support over the phone an have new adjusters that they have just released which they will be shipping to me for free!. Overall, very happy and would recommend these to anyone

    Here is how it sits at the moment, I do want it lower abut 1.5" at front and 1" rear, I'm hoping that won't be too much and ruin the handling!











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    how was the install?adjusting height and dampers it's dificult?
    also considering to get one of these but i'm trying to find more people for a group buy
     
     

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    Thanks for the review. Is good to have another Evo loon owner on here as well Thinking about it, that's not a bad price at all considering how much it would cost you to change the shocks, springs and top mounts for standard / Eibachs.

    Quote Originally Posted by powerofm View Post
    The kit itself is top quality and my mechanic initially cussed me for being stupid and spending thousands on race suspension for occasional track use on a road car!! When i told him the price he couldn't believe these were for £800. especially seeign as they had camber & caster adj top mounts and were heightand bounce/rebound adj.front and back.
    Sounds like a mech I used to use!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex230ro View Post

    how was the install?adjusting height and dampers it's dificult?
    also considering to get one of these but i'm trying to find more people for a group buy

    it took a while to install because you have to setup the preload etc befroe putting them on and then adjustments afterwards. They are easy enought to adjust once you have been shown how to do it. I would strongly recommend going some place that has experience with fitting these types of coilovers not the std eibach type which are just height ajustable. They have a lot of settings most of which you will only do once and then after you may just play around with the height and bounce/rebound settings the garage i took them to took ages as this was the first of its kidn they had installed, they were used to the std height only coilovers.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    Thanks for the review. Is good to have another Evo loon owner on here as well Thinking about it, that's not a bad price at all considering how much it would cost you to change the shocks, springs and top mounts for standard / Eibachs.



    Sounds like a mech I used to use!

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    No one has fitted HSD coilovers where i live,another problem it's that no one has fitted HSD coilovers on E46 compact
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex230ro View Post
    No one has fitted HSD coilovers where i live,another problem it's that no one has fitted HSD coilovers on E46 compact

    they don;t have to be specifically HSD just coilovers that are height and bound/rebound adjustable like i think the high end bilstein pss9 or 10 are or KW V3.

    Or you could just ask them if they are familiar with setting up preload setting on coilovers. If you contact driftworks they will probably know someone in you area or close by wher eyou could take it. They are very helpful in that regard. Speak to Ben, you can get their number from driftworks.com website.

    HTH
     
     

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