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#1 of 16 BILSTEIN coilover for bmw 325i 2006
Jul 27, 2006 (12:45 pm)
Thinking about changing to a BILSTEIN coilover for my 325i. anyone with experiences with this?
what about H&R brand? Thanks.
#2 of 16 Re: BILSTEIN coilover for bmw 325i 2006 [oracle10g]
Jul 27, 2006 (7:26 pm)
Why do you want to switch to coilovers?
How often will you track the car?
How much experience do you have at high speed driving events?
Learn to drive your car to its limits BEFORE you start modifying it.
#3 of 16 Re: BILSTEIN coilover for bmw 325i 2006 [div2]
Jul 28, 2006 (1:35 pm)
Just day to day driving. I don't think that I need to push my car to the limit before I can appreciate the better handling of the car. I am looking for information on people who has installed these specific coilover, pros/cons ect..
Just because someone likes the Porsche handling doesnt mean that they have to push the limit of the car to enjoy the overall feel of the car.
Please give specific recommendation about what I'm looking for and not some overall arrogant remarks.
Jul 29, 2006 (7:08 am)
I thought coilovers were used so that you could adjust the height (as well as the stiffness) of the suspension. I may be incorrect (I had a kid who worked for me who used to talk about this stuff constantly), but isn't that something that you use more in a racing scenario? He put them on his car because he needed to adjust the ride height for different tracks. He used to make fun of people who put them on their daily driver cars since they never used them for the reason they were made. Again, I'm just repeating what I heard from my employee but for the money I'd definately check into the purpose before I spent a lot of $ on something I wasn't going to use.
Please don't respond by calling me arrogant. I could give a crap what you put on your car. But you pretty much slammed the guy who responded before, and who was just trying to help, and I prefer not to read a similar response. Thanks.
#6 of 16 Coilover purpose
Jul 29, 2006 (11:03 am)
Primarily, I'd like to lower my car a little bit, stiffen up the suspension, change the wheel to an 18' instead of the stock 16', adjust the ride/height to my liking, etc...
THe reason for the post is to find someone who has experiences with changing out the stock shocks/springs to a coilover systems in order to improve the handling of the car. As I stated before, you do not have to go to the tracks in order to enjoy your daily driving experiences.
I'd like to know specifically from those who have replaced their stocks with Bilstein coilvers: the pros/cons, problems, issues so that I can decide whether I want to do it with that brand, another brand, what type of wheels/tires or sell the car and get another car with the ride and handling that I want.
No track/racing intented here. People do things for different reasons, no one is right or wrong here.
#8 of 16 Re: Coilover purpose [oracle10g]
Jul 31, 2006 (9:27 am)
I talked to my old employee over the weekend and asked him about Bilstein coilovers. He said that they markedly enhance the road handling character of the car (as the previous poster mentioned well beyond the skills of the average driver so be careful), he recommended installing anti-roll bars since you are doing all the work, and said that the biggest mistake is not getting a professional (read, BMW dealer) four-wheel alignment. He said that the alignment is particularly important and needs to be kept up if you drive the car on typical city streets. The installation was a bear but worth the improved handling. As I said, he tracks his car regularly.
Hope that helps. Also, he said something about needing to buy special tools from Bilstein. I wasn't taking notes, so you might want to follow up on that one when or before you buy them.
#10 of 16 Beilstein Coil Over
Aug 07, 2006 (9:09 am)
Thanks for an informative input. I'll check into these things before I do it.