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      02-07-2009, 02:20 AM   #1
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Spring install in Seattle???

I mentioned in another thread that my H&R springs came in yesterday. I need some recommendations on where to go to get them installed. It would be good if you know the approximate cost too.

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I highly recommend Group 2. They charged me around $450 for coilovers installed. Not sure what springs would be. These guys know there stuff and really friendly. Once you see their garage you'll know what I'm talking about.
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I highly recommend Group 2. They charged me around $450 for coilovers installed. Not sure what springs would be. These guys know there stuff and really friendly. Once you see their garage you'll know what I'm talking about.
+1 Highly recommend for suspension work.

http://group2inc.com/
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all i know is carnutz custom on bellevue, wa...
it costs around 400 with alignment...
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my mechanic friend's garage... took him awhile because it was his first time and we didn't have spring compressor but he said overall it was easy. i don't know if suspension on M3 is any different...
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+1 I also recommend the Group 2 Moters because Resonable prices and nice quality for installation.
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thanks everyone. got an appointment for thursday to get this done at Group 2.

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wow...super pricey on installs down there. i was thinking of buying springs down south and getting them installed there...good thing i didnt.

i've been getting installation quotes up here in BC for about $250-280...cheapest i got was $220 taxes in (cdn dollars too!) and these are from experienced shops.
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wow...super pricey on installs down there. i was thinking of buying springs down south and getting them installed there...good thing i didnt.

i've been getting installation quotes up here in BC for about $250-280...cheapest i got was $220 taxes in (cdn dollars too!) and these are from experienced shops.
i was thinking it's a bit high myself. the price i was quoted was $475 + tax, but that was roughly what i'd been hearing from others on the forum. oh well, i'm committed now. the price is factoring in having an alignment too. $95/hr: an hour per corner and an hour for the alignment. he said the rears might only take 30 minutes each tho.

edit: actually forgot to mention that group 2 offers 10% off if you're a BMWCCA member. so that would amount to almost $50 off.
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I personally think you are crazy to swap the springs (only springs) on a M3.
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I personally think you are crazy to swap the springs (only springs) on a M3.
what do you mean exactly? i know a ton of e92 m3 owners that have swapped out the stock springs for the H&R Sport springs.
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Even though I don't know much about suspensions myself, I may have learned a few things by reading the suspension section in this forum.

1. Not using a set of matching shocks with the springs is a big no-no.
2. I assume the OEM suspensions are well engineered especially the M. You may be killing the whole driving dynamic that the car is designed for, with the $300 springs. If the spring itself can improve the handling of an M3, why do people spend $70k for a car again?
3. Doesn't the M3 have variable suspension? Not sure what that'll do if you swap out the springs.

But then again, what do I know.
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I am not a suspension person myself, I have read a little bit on the 335i e92's with sports suspension and after market springs and I believe that the lifespan of the OEM shocks/struts are significantly shortened when using just the springs. Some people say you can go about 50k miles before you have to change your entire suspension again. This might be a viable solution for those who are not planning to keep the car past its warranty. I am planning on keeping the car for a bit longer than that, so if/when i do lower it, it will be with Coilovers. The M's suspension may be able to handle the increased stress from lower springs for a bit longer...
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