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    Hi guys, just after a bit of advice really.
    At the moment i think my compact sits to high on the front mainly because the previous owner fitted 45 profile tyres on 17" rims when they should have been 50!
    Ive been looking at numerous lowering kits but just cant decide what to go for, i dont want coilovers as on my previous car i had ALOT of problems with them which has just completely put me off buying another set.
    so looks like im just going to be changing the springs, ive been looking at weitec, koni, H&R and Eibach .. money isnt really an issue up to £200 as i want a decent set that will last.

    Has anyone else lowered there compact on any of these springs? and what would be the maximum drop i can go on standard shocks? ill also be buying the shorter drop-links just incase i need them aswell.

    Any advice/pictures would be great!

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    honestly you need to spend more and get a shock and spring combo. I rate the H+R cup kits and they come in around £350 go for the smaller drop option.
     
     

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    handling wise im not to bothered as i think all bmws handle brilliantly im just going more for looks so cant really justify £350 ..

    How long do you think it would take for these to ruin my standard shocks? (car is 9 years old with 38,000) http://www.dcperformance.co.uk/cheap...001-04-22.html
     
     

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    they are a bit too low especially if you are staying on standard shocks.
     
     

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    Ok, think I'm going for the koni sports now 40mm F & 25mm R
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm1 View Post
    I rate the H+R cup kits and they come in around £350 go for the smaller drop option.
    I agree the cup kits are awesome.. but they are actually nearer £500 for the E46 compact that's why I didn't get it..

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    they are a bit too low especially if you are staying on standard shocks.
    Sportline springs are fine on standard shocks.. certainly not too low!

    @OP, Koni springs are not as good as they used to be, hence why there prices have come down.

    I have weitecs on my compact, 50mm front, 35mm rear.. perfect
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    if you are fitting lowering springs without upratedshocks not a practice i recommend then you don't want to aggravate the problem by a 50mm drop hence my advice to the original poster. He would be better off with a smaller drop thus stressing the standard shocks less.
     
     

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    If your shocks are in good condition then there is no problem at all fitting 50mm lowering springs..

    My springs have dropped my car 50mm on the front and have given no problems at all.

    The springs even say on the fact sheet that came with them "designed for use with standard shocks"!
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    Well guys i ended up ordering some last night, even thou i specifically said i wasnt going with coilovers guess what? i did :L
    Ive ordered a set of FK street's that im hoping to get on tomorrow while im off work, just searching on the forum now about assembling the new coilovers (top mounts ect)
     
     

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    Had a good look but i cant seem to find any info on assembling them.

    Can anyone tell me which parts i need exchange from my current shocks to my new coilovers?

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