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Coilover / Springs Thoughts
27-07-2018, 10:19 AM
Post: #1
Coilover / Springs Thoughts
Need some feedback

I drive a substantial amount, my car needs a little low.

After checking and pricing from coilovers to springs.

My past vehicles all had Eibach lowering springs as I can't go too low but as I'm taking a 3 months off of work I can and would like to enjoy the very low life and here's my question.

Would it be better to go adjustable coilovers or do lowering springs.
I am leaning more to adjustable coilovers as they can remain on the car and I can adjust when I go back to work.

Now on to the coilovers, will it be worth it for me to spend the north of ZAR15000 on BC coilovers when I'm barely going to change stuff apart from height. And how horrible is FK, Maxtraxx and JOM?
Before the BC boys scream get BC, just note I'm thinking short term use for everyday and not track , oh and I drive a little 320i Auto.

Pics of that gap that needs some closing.
The front
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The rear
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Side note : Tyres, Yes they mixed tyre (not only the size but tyre brand, same brand in the front and same brand at the back.) It was a test fit and I just never got to changing back to stock rims as they need to be restored. These on the car must still get new tyres.
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27-07-2018, 10:44 AM
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RE: Coilover / Springs Thoughts
You can fit the cheap coilovers, They wont perform nearly as good as the better brands.. but they will do what you need them to do, lower the car. the ride quality will not be anywhere close to a quality coilover though..
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27-07-2018, 10:57 AM
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RE: Coilover / Springs Thoughts
personally i would do H&R springs and shocks if you choose to go very low..but obviously you can't adjust..i would personally only fit coillies if i can fit a top brand.

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27-07-2018, 11:16 AM (This post was last modified: 27-07-2018 11:18 AM by Preshen14.)
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RE: Coilover / Springs Thoughts
I don't mind springs at all, The only irritation for me is that I like the front to sit lower than the rear, With coilovers that is easier to accomplish.

However, To daily the car with Coilovers can end up being very frustrating, It can be harsh even when raised, So yes you can have all the ground clearance but the ride can still be shit compared to stock. "Expensive coilovers" are not only beneficial on the track but also street use, Coilovers with Dampers obviously assists with bumps and bends a whooole lot better.

As tempting as coilovers sound, I would go for an aggressive H&R setup. Think about it carefully and logically, Don't end up regretting anything.

EDIT : If it was not your daily I would have recommended Coilovers without a doubt.

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27-07-2018, 11:56 AM
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RE: Coilover / Springs Thoughts
ja you still get different spring heights with coilies & progressive springs as well

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27-07-2018, 12:28 PM
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RE: Coilover / Springs Thoughts
H&R sport and Koni, works 100% for me.

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27-07-2018, 03:25 PM (This post was last modified: 27-07-2018 03:26 PM by Preshen14.)
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RE: Coilover / Springs Thoughts
He will have to go more lower than H&R sport with the drop the he wants.

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27-07-2018, 03:39 PM
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RE: Coilover / Springs Thoughts
Perhaps I am misunderstanding.
But you want your car as low as it can go for 3 months, thereafter back to daily conditions.

1) Go proper coilovers so solve for both cases, don't buy cheapies
2) Buy springs and fit them for the 3 months, then put OEM springs back after that.

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27-07-2018, 06:30 PM
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RE: Coilover / Springs Thoughts
Thanks guys.

I have to say I'm shocked there wasn't any, "just get BC" or "BC FTW"

Ideally I don't want to buy and keep for 3 months then return to stock.

Seems like BC or fully adjustable coilies is the best bet, issue I have with them is everyone I know that has BC in has everything set in the middle apart from height which seems like a waste.

Will have to think longer about it
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27-07-2018, 07:24 PM
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(27-07-2018 03:25 PM)Preshen14 Wrote:  He will have to go more lower than H&R sport with the drop the he wants.

Springs is the halfway real life solution IMO

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27-07-2018, 10:04 PM
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Im running coilover on the 120d and its our daily. Does school runs, weekends, everything. In fact even took it to raceday 2 weeks back.

Get a coilover setup and you wont look back. I did not want to break the bank, but I wanted something better then BC as I found them noisy in the 2 cars I went to test drive that had them fitted. I opted for ST V1s which are made by KW Suspensions and the pricing was very similar to BC.

Rennzport is now an agent for KW and ST and if you interested, you can pop us an email on rennzport@live.co.za and will quote you accordingly.

Kindly include you Model, Year model and vin number as well.

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28-07-2018, 10:35 PM
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RE: Coilover / Springs Thoughts
Thanks @Firi and email sent
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30-07-2018, 06:34 PM
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RE: Coilover / Springs Thoughts
Hi
I fitted max trac Coiloverson my e90 that i purchased from Shaun , for my daily.
Well i just wanted the tyre gap closed, and that's exactly what it did.

Ride is not so bad and not bouncy at all.
Looks really sweet also, but i'm sure i will raise it a little at a later stage , as speed bumps do become a bit of an issue and i knew what i was getting myself into smile bounce

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31-07-2018, 09:05 PM
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Anyone fitted the Vogtland springs or coilovers.?

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31-07-2018, 10:00 PM
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RE: Coilover / Springs Thoughts
Don’t buy cheap coil overs , I had Jom at one stage and let’s just say it made an expensive car feel cheap . At the end of the day you pay for what you get Thumbs
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