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    Like with any car I buy the first thing i'm looking to do is lower it.. I tried convincing myself I would keep this one standard at least for a few months but thats just not going to happen!

    Problem is theres so many choices and I just don't know what to do!

    From the experience I gained with my 316ti I know Eibach pro's are an excellent spring only choice as far as quality goes but they just don't lower the car enough for my taste.. Don't want sportlines because they are a bit crashy for me..

    I know I don't want hottuning coilovers because they are too bouncy..

    So.. I'm thinking if I go spring only too start its out of weitec, koni and KW???

    If I get coilovers its out of AP and FK High Sports.. although i've heard FK AKs are very good for the price!!

    Or another option is a suspension kit.. KW, H&R Cup, Weitec, Koni and so on..

    Any advice from people with some of these setups mentioned would be appreciated??

    I want the car low, but not slammed.. I'm sure you all know what I mean!
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    Iam all so about to sort my cars suspension, my car is only for track use so iam after sumthing adjustable.
    Ive decided on a spax psx kit, 60mm front drop and 40 rear.

    Depends on your budget and the type of drivin you do.
    I had a h&r coilover kit on my previous car and that was awesome, so planted never gave me any issues, but there good money.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by baderlfc View Post
    Like with any car I buy the first thing i'm looking to do is lower it.. I tried convincing myself I would keep this one standard at least for a few months but thats just not going to happen!

    Problem is theres so many choices and I just don't know what to do!

    From the experience I gained with my 316ti I know Eibach pro's are an excellent spring only choice as far as quality goes but they just don't lower the car enough for my taste.. Don't want sportlines because they are a bit crashy for me..

    I know I don't want hottuning coilovers because they are too bouncy..

    So.. I'm thinking if I go spring only too start its out of weitec, koni and KW???

    If I get coilovers its out of AP and FK High Sports.. although i've heard FK AKs are very good for the price!!

    Or another option is a suspension kit.. KW, H&R Cup, Weitec, Koni and so on..

    Any advice from people with some of these setups mentioned would be appreciated??

    I want the car low, but not slammed.. I'm sure you all know what I mean!
    Hi mate

    Here is my view on various coilovers:

    Coilovers - do not go for anything below £400-500 in price, seriously anything below that is SHITE being in the tuning trade and had experience with ALL manufacturers here is what I think and had personal and what customers have found that have used a good amount of them:

    JOM/Hottuning/Jamex/V-Maxx/FK:

    All of the above coilovers are really stiff and bouncy DO NOT have the correct spring & damper rates and will more than likely break of some sort within the first year. AVOID IF POSSIBLE - ONLY GOOD FOR LOOKS!!!

    AP Coilovers
    The parts for these coilovers are made in China but they are put together and tested at KW Automotive in Germany. Good coilovers but these are actually designed with only covering the warranty period which is 2 years. After this the dampers tend to leak - rears more than anything.

    Weitec Coilovers
    Made and put together by KW Automotive - much better than AP for an extra £50-100 as they have much better dampers but again you will find that the dampers may leak after 3-4 years.

    KW Coilovers
    Fantastic Coilovers from V1 Inox (not basic) to V3 anything road use I would go for V1 others such as a lot on track or FULL track car then V2 or V3. AGAIN after a couple 3-4 years you may find the dampers leaking.

    Eibach Coilovers
    BRILLAINT - Comfortable and great road holding, Eibachs springs are really made well for every car!! They use KW Dampers so again you may find dampers leaking after 3-4 years.

    H&R Coilovers
    NEVER Heard a bad thing about these OTHER THAN they are stiff - brilliant for a weekend/track car IIRC they use Bilstien dampers and they own springs.

    Koni Coilovers
    Of recent they are shite, the damper quality has gone downhill and the springs have never been that good - put your money in to another kit.

    Bilstien Coilovers
    By far the best if you ask me! BUT my god do you have to pay for it. Again reports of being stiff but they do have damper adjustment on PSS9 and PSS10 kits.



    With answers to your suspension kit:

    H&R Cup Kit - F'ing brilliant but they WILL be stiff, fantastic on smooth roads or track (these guys use bilstein dampers)

    But a very nice match that I like is Eibach Springs and Koni Sport dampers or Bilstein damers (billys would be the no 1 option for me)

    KW suspension kit - had a kit on my car and it was great! Maybe a little stiff but just be careful of KW dampers they tend to leak as mentioned above.

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by russ964 View Post
    Iam all so about to sort my cars suspension, my car is only for track use so iam after sumthing adjustable.
    Ive decided on a spax psx kit, 60mm front drop and 40 rear.

    Depends on your budget and the type of drivin you do.
    I had a h&r coilover kit on my previous car and that was awesome, so planted never gave me any issues, but there good money.
    If you are using it on track then mate why not get the H&R's again they will be brill!!

    Can't comment on Spax - never sold/used them but I know they aint up there with the top dogs.

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    i just put some apex -35mm on my 02 325ti looks loads better, handles good loads less roll cornering, happy days!
     
     

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