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    Hi guys,

    I am new to the forum and have a 320td compact on standard suspension. The car has done 50K and general drives well. However at times I find the suspension a touch too soft, it can feel a little bouncy when pushed. So I am thinking about some options for upgrading the suspension slightly. I don't want to make the suspension too hard as I use the car everyday and have a lot of town driving to do.

    My current thoughts are,
    - replace the standard springs with Eibach's and leave the standard dampers.
    - replace the standard springs with Eibachs and fit new standard dampers.
    - replace the standard springs with Eibachs and fit up rated dampers (not sure which type?).

    I have also thought about strut braces as I fitted one to my previous car a Toyota Celica and it made a difference.

    As far as a budget is concerned I would like to keep the cost as low as possible but at the same time I don’t want to pick the cheap option if it doesn't actually improve the suspension.

    So which of the options would be best or should I try something else?

    Thanks
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mortey View Post
    Hi guys,

    I am new to the forum and have a 320td compact on standard suspension. The car has done 50K and general drives well. However at times I find the suspension a touch too soft, it can feel a little bouncy when pushed. So I am thinking about some options for upgrading the suspension slightly. I don't want to make the suspension too hard as I use the car everyday and have a lot of town driving to do.

    My current thoughts are,
    - replace the standard springs with Eibach's and leave the standard dampers.
    - replace the standard springs with Eibachs and fit new standard dampers.
    - replace the standard springs with Eibachs and fit up rated dampers (not sure which type?).

    I have also thought about strut braces as I fitted one to my previous car a Toyota Celica and it made a difference.

    As far as a budget is concerned I would like to keep the cost as low as possible but at the same time I don’t want to pick the cheap option if it doesn't actually improve the suspension.

    So which of the options would be best or should I try something else?

    Thanks
    i don't think a strut brace would make any difference, imo apart from on a track they are pretty unnecessary !
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    I fitted some Apex lowering springs to mine and they work well. I would look at some Boge springs as well. They are cheaper and have the OEM stamp on them but i would change the springs first and then if its not to your liking, change the dampers and I wouldnt change the standard dampers for new standard ones.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by L16YD L View Post
    I fitted some Apex lowering springs to mine and they work well. I would look at some Boge springs as well. They are cheaper and have the OEM stamp on them but i would change the springs first and then if its not to your liking, change the dampers and I wouldnt change the standard dampers for new standard ones.
    Cheers will look at the Boge springs, where is the best place to find them?

    Have you just got the Apex springs on your car or have you uprated the dampers too? Do you find Apex springs stops the car bouncing and rolling a bit? As mentioned above I think the compact generally handles well but it just needs to be a touch stiffer.
     
     

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    look for the eibach pro springs...designed to work with std dampers but lowers and stiffens without loosing too much(hardly any tbh) ride comfort.
    i fitted a set recently...together with some monroe reflex shocks and am very happy with the result
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mortey View Post
    Cheers will look at the Boge springs, where is the best place to find them?

    Have you just got the Apex springs on your car or have you uprated the dampers too? Do you find Apex springs stops the car bouncing and rolling a bit? As mentioned above I think the compact generally handles well but it just needs to be a touch stiffer.
    http://www.c3bmw.co.uk/page.asp?categoryID=97

    They sell a variety so its up to you. I fitted the Apex springs because they were cheapest at the time and i could get them straight away. If i have the money i would have gone for the Eibachs, but on a budget the Boge springs would be sufficient.

    The car handles well with the Apex springs, nothing too rash about the drive and going over bumps isnt bad either but i guess thats my opinion. Shame you dont live closer so you could see for youself.
     
     

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