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    Quote Originally Posted by vauxfan View Post
    What is special about boge?
    Nothing special about BOGE, i was putting it down as it was OE quality and cheap. I've got my old set of standard springs which i have on Ebay which im sure he can pick up for cheap but its down to the guy himself what he wants to do with the car.

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    and if you get the lowering springs, then surely you need the lowered shocks to match!
    I dont know what you been hearing but i've never heard that you should always buy matching shockers with lowering springs. If that was the case, there wouldnt be no need to sell lowering springs, just full kit. I have had 4 cars lowered on springs and my last car lowered on Koni Coilovers and i didnt approve much of the coilovers and had more trouble with them than the 4 cars i had on lowering springs.

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    bone shaaaaakkkkkking.
    I'll let you have a go in my car and i'll let you decide if its as bad as you think.
     
     

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    Boge are O.E springs....

    As a rule of thumb, you should go no lower than 30 to 40mm on standard shocks. This will be fine. Any lower then the shock absorbers do not have the travel to damp and they will be hitting the bumpstops....

    Lower than above, you will need matched springs and shocks.
     
     

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    Got my old bushes out today - they put up a fair fight, but was no match for a hydraulic press! The rubber slid out of the bush unfortunately though, so I resorted to the hacksaw technique to get the outer casing of the old bushes out, but that was straightforward enough with a sturdy bench and a big vice. Pressing in the new bushes was fine with the press, but would otherwise have been a nightmare.

    Good luck to all these who try this at home. You will definately need a hefty vice at least in order to sort it out.

    Right, next installment = swapping lollipops - hopefully a job for the weekend, vauxfan!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve23002 View Post
    Boge are O.E springs....

    As a rule of thumb, you should go no lower than 30 to 40mm on standard shocks. This will be fine. Any lower then the shock absorbers do not have the travel to damp and they will be hitting the bumpstops....

    Lower than above, you will need matched springs and shocks.
    Steve is correct, The lowest you should go on standard type shocks is 40mm. Anything after requires what they call a shortened shock. The reason for this is exactly as Steve has explained

    The above is the CORRECT way of lowering a car, often you will see 60mm springs fitted to a car that is still using standard shocks
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ and his BM View Post
    Got my old bushes out today - they put up a fair fight, but was no match for a hydraulic press! The rubber slid out of the bush unfortunately though, so I resorted to the hacksaw technique to get the outer casing of the old bushes out, but that was straightforward enough with a sturdy bench and a big vice. Pressing in the new bushes was fine with the press, but would otherwise have been a nightmare.

    Good luck to all these who try this at home. You will definately need a hefty vice at least in order to sort it out.

    Right, next installment = swapping lollipops - hopefully a job for the weekend, vauxfan!
    Can't wait, that is the part i am most intrested in, how you get your old 1s off. We have a 20ton press at work, so that should make the bush removal and fitting easier. its just the removal of the old bush i am dreading!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by L16YD L View Post
    If there shot, if your car isnt lowered yet, i would get it done with some Boge springs, £92.00 from http://www.c3bmw.co.uk/StockItem.asp...&Item=unassign, and get 2 new shocks and the handling will improve so much.
    I think the front shocks are OK - in terms of bump asorbtion etc, they're really smooth (the back ones feel s***e - really harsh, so they're getting done this week). Think I'll keep the ride height as is for now - and spend the cash sorting out the bushes.

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    New rear shocks and springs, check drop links, Powerflex f + r ARB's, rear trailing arms and wishbones (Powerflex will have to wait next month when I have some more cash). Hopefully it will pass its MOT Ok on Friday after the shocks etc have been done.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by vauxfan View Post
    Can't wait, that is the part i am most intrested in, how you get your old 1s off. We have a 20ton press at work, so that should make the bush removal and fitting easier. its just the removal of the old bush i am dreading!
    Borrowing a 3 legged puller for this bit from a mate - they always make life so easy and always work really well............or b, they're a sodding mare, but it's gotta be better than nothing! In the you tube video they just wrench the lollipops off the control arms, but my bushes aren't completely shot like those in the video.

    Standby for a 'sweary saturday'!
     
     

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    I have just noticed in the vid the ease at which they get to the bushes(lolly pops, i have just been under mine today, and i have found that there is a massive plate that the lollie pops seem to sit against! mite not be to easy after all!
     
     

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    No, that plate comes off really easily (6 bolts I think). Do some searching and you'll find it on tinternet.
     
     

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    the undertray comes off via 6 or so dzus fasteners...then there is a cross brace that may need to come off too 18mm socket iirc
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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