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    Hi

    How much do coilovers roughly cost these days to install and setup?

    Obviously im sure it varies on each car but i have a E36 M3 coupe and my shocks and springs are on there way out so coilovers seem a good buy.

    Im thinking of going with BC Racing RA's or D2's as the forum has a good write up on them.

    any ideas of a typical labour rate please all in., Thanks.
     
     

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    Im running the bc racing coilovers and im realy happy with them. I fitted them myself but ive heard people speak of about 150 for a garage to fit them.
     
     

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    it should take roughly about 2 hours depending on the mechanic
    the fronts are a doddle, you have to remove some trim in the boot to get at the rear strut tops but its really straight forward
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    Fitting them is easy. Getting it properly set up is a bifferent story.

    1998 E36 318 k coilovers,is my mechanic mate bulling me or not?please clear this issue up


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    Quote Originally Posted by E36Coupe328 View Post
    Fitting them is easy. Getting it properly set up is a bifferent story.

    1998 E36 318 k coilovers,is my mechanic mate bulling me or not?please clear this issue up
    Yep i agree its easy to set the height but setting the springs and everything else up needs to be done by someone whos knows what there doing to get full benefits from them. Ive still not had my car aligned.
     
     

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    Thanks for the info, Yeh it was the setting up that concerned me.

    M3 TIM - Who set your BC's up?

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    excuse my ignorance but what is meant by setting coilovers up?
    What is there to set up other then ride height and camber(if it has camber plates)? Surely you don't mean adjusting the rebound and damping
     
     

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    Some coilover kits do have compression and rebound adjustment so yes you do sometimes need to have them set up properly!

    Most coilover kits are just ride height adjustable but even after fitting these you need to have the alignment done as not only will the camber be out when lowering a car it an throw out the 'toe' which will destroy tyres MUCH faster than camber.

    Fit them yourself, piss easy!! Then get alignment done by a garage.

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    im getting my spax full coilovers and full adjustable top mounts, set up and corner weighted by a good mate who works on the porsche race cars. so going to be done properly. if your gonna spend near on a grand for decent suspension, might as well get it set up properly!
     
     

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    Most kits are generally height adjustable as the key adjustable. Using common sense its easy to adjust the four corners to the same height, although its not a one time 'fire and forget' thing with a new set as springs etc will settle over time, so anticipate tweaking them a few months after fitting. Generally speaking this will mean the car over time will end up lower than the initial height you set on first fitment as they settle. When you notice that happening, reset the height and you're sorted. Adjusting the height is usually simple too, just a case of spinning the seats. On mine that means taking the rear springs out, adjusting, then refitting (pretty easy), the front I simply take the front wheel off and use a tool to adjust the front height, very very easy.

    I honestly don't see the point in spending silly money on a coilover kit unless you plan on using the car as a serious competitive track car. You can get a decent coilover kit that will transform road handling for a lot less than the famous 'big boy pro' brands.

    After install/settle a 4 wheel alignment is definately a good idea. Its still on my todo list though although will do it in the near future, my tyres don't seem to be suffering though but I know the alignment isn't as perfect as it should be.

    For a serious kit with adjustable everything, common sense states its a good idea to get someone pro to set it up, but for normal kits that revolve predominantly around height adjusting, thats so unnecessary and you shouldn't be put off by the comments in that thread which are inaccurate. Coilovers do mean you'll feel changes in the road surface more, thus better handling comes at the cost of comfort, so its a case of weighing up the balance between the two.
     
     

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