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    Looking to lower my E46 slightly. What would be the best option from the two below? Only use the car for going to and fro work really. Also would the coilovers for a 323ci coupé fit my 323i saloon? Thanks.

    Eibach Lowering Springs

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    Jamex Coilover Kit

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    That coil over kit seems cheap. I'd go with eibachs mate, improves handling without detracting from the ride quality plus you won't need new shockers. They don't lower much though.
     
     

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    Cheers mate. Don't want it too low.
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    Go for the Eibachs, Mate. For decent coilovers you'd need to pay that price per corner.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by J0N View Post
    Go for the Eibachs, Mate. For decent coilovers you'd need to pay that price per corner.
    Not totally sure I would agree with you on that one J0N. Having recently fitted a set of Jamex, I was very impressed by both the ride quality and the quality of the kit itself. Very heavy duty and well put together.

    I think you end up paying a lot more for coilover kits with adjustable damping (which these don't have) - the mechanicals inside them do justify the higher price but I didn't want or need the adjustable damping element.

    I have had eibach sportlines before - very impressed but in my opinion gave too firm a ride. The split coil spring on the Jamex front units give very progressive damping whilst they flatten out the 'wallow' I had previously on my (Non M Sport) 330ci when going round bends.

    I see a lot of people knocking the jamex setups (who don't own them) and a lot of positive reviews form people that do. I think they are excellent for the money. Time will tell if they will last I suppose, but at the money I paid for them I will be happy if they last 5 years.
     
     

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    Another few questions. How easy is it to fit the springs compared to the coilover kit? Are fitting springs in the realm of the novice with spring clamps? Are coilovers best left to a pro to fit? Would fitting either require a wheel alignment?

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    Apologies Calluhan, I did'nt read the post properly and thanks for a sensible reply. It's just that I've heard so many horror stories about cheap coilovers falling apart etc. Jamex are a company that has been around for ages, in fact I had a socks and springs setup from then on an Escort RS Turbo 14 or 15 years ago. The trouble with coilovers in general, even the high end ones is that we dont have a pit crew to set them up for us and therefor could potentially make the handling and ride worse to a point where it becomes dangerous. There's a similar thread here.

    Quote Originally Posted by fallschirmjager View Post
    Another few questions. How easy is it to fit the springs compared to the coilover kit? Are fitting springs in the realm of the novice with spring clamps? Are coilovers best left to a pro to fit? Would fitting either require a wheel alignment?

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    Coilovers in some ways might be easier to fit than springs because you wont need to use spring compressors, it's setting coilovers up where problems can arise.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by J0N View Post
    Apologies Calluhan, I did'nt read the post properly and thanks for a sensible reply. It's just that I've heard so many horror stories about cheap coilovers falling apart etc. Jamex are a company that has been around for ages, in fact I had a socks and springs setup from then on an Escort RS Turbo 14 or 15 years ago. The trouble with coilovers in general, even the high end ones is that we dont have a pit crew to set them up for us and therefor could potentially make the handling and ride worse to a point where it becomes dangerous. There's a similar thread here.



    Coilovers in some ways might be easier to fit than springs because you wont need to use spring compressors, it's setting coilovers up where problems can arise.
    Sensible reply????? Oh my god I must be getting old

    I think as far as dangerous setups - I would agree more with adjustable damping - but the Jamex kits mentioned simply adjust ride height so I'm not sure that there would be a problem.

    Unfortunately, you do need some form of spring compressors as the Jamex kits use the existing top mounts on the front coilovers. However, you only need to take off a small amount of pressure to unbolt them, and just someone else to push down on the top mount to fit it to the coilover - pretty simple.

    I had Gaz off these forums to help me as he had access to his works lift - made life much easier and quicker. I have since had the rear shocks and springs off again to adjust their height - very simple on axle stands.

    In hindsight it would have been a simple job to do myself - with the pinch bolt undone on the fronts, the entire assembly goes in and out easily and as I say the rears are very straightforward.

    Hope that helps?
     
     

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    That's great mate. More inclined to go for the Jamex now. Thanks.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallschirmjager View Post
    That's great mate. More inclined to go for the Jamex now. Thanks.
    Absolute pleasure mate. I'm no expert (I'm an aircraft engineer by profession) but if you need any more help or advice just pm me - I'll be happy to help. Take a look at this thread:

    2003 E46 330ci Got my coilovers fitted!

    The fronts have now settled about half an inch lower - need to take another pic. Very happy with the way it kinda 'crouches' now lol.

    Have you also considered powerflex bushes? pretty cheap upgrade that works very well
     
     

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