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      05-26-2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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My ride is a tad too hard....

So I have a 335i on megan racing springs (which by the way are awesome). Now the problem is that my ride is WAYYY too hard. When I hit bumps it sounds like I rammed a curb at 50mph. I think this has something to do with the fact that I'm riding on stock sport shocks. Coilovers are out of my budget at the moment, what else can you guys recommend to soften the ride..
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      05-26-2013, 12:01 PM   #2
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You could try 17 or 18 inch lightweight wheels with non-runflat, non-low profile, good quality tires.
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      05-26-2013, 12:01 PM   #3
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Lightweight 17 or 18 inch wheels and non-runflat good quality tires
I have both.. they made a difference, but I still feel like my car ride is rather hard..
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      05-26-2013, 12:14 PM   #4
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Well that's all you can do other than changing the suspension. Maybe some type of extra padding on your seat?
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      05-26-2013, 12:20 PM   #5
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You don't necessarily have to spring for coilovers, just a set of good aftermarket shocks to pair with the springs you have on, should run you ~$600, less if you can find a used set - not nearly as much as coils.
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      05-26-2013, 12:25 PM   #6
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I think his bottleneck is the springs though. They're probably so firm his stock struts aren't able to work properly. Different shocks would likely make the car handle better but I bet the ride would be the same or even more firm.
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      05-26-2013, 12:35 PM   #7
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Same thing happened when I got my Dinan performance bushings and monoball lower control arms.

Not nearly as bad as yours I'm sure, but I have 19 low profiles with Michelin pilot super sports on them.

With the stock bushings and lower control arms, the ride was at least livable in most circumstances.
Now it is just a tad bit harsh over every road imperfection.

I forget all about it though when I'm coming out of a corner or I'm taking a corner going a decent amount of speed- night and day difference in steering response and handling response from stock
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      05-26-2013, 08:17 PM   #8
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Shocks. Get yellows to handle the higher rates. Maybe your bumpstops are shot too.
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I would start with better springs.
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Shocks. Get yellows to handle the higher rates. Maybe your bumpstops are shot too.
+1, shocks + E36 M3/E87 bump stops are the way to go
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