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      07-11-2012, 08:37 AM   #1
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whats your take on sport suspention vs coilovers

doing some mods to my car recently getting the kidney grills angel eyes rim's and possibly coilovers carbon fiber trim.

I have a 08 328i e90 sedan.

my question is I planning on getting 18inch rims. I am thinking 19's but i'm thinking that maybe to big for the car IMO. how much better do you think it would look with the coilovers? i think its pretty low as is but this is the first bmw i've owned and looking at pics on the website i can't seem to find out if they are 18's or 19's.
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I'm never a grammar nazi but please use commas or something. "kidney grills angel eyes rim's and possibly coilovers carbon fiber trim." Is exceptionally difficult to read and I can guarantee you that a lot of people that otherwise would help you are not going to bother to decode your post.
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19" plus coils will look good. 20" is too big, 19" is not. I had sport suspension before...it looks better on coilovers
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hey sorry about the grammar. I was in a rush when I was asking the question.


I think i decided to go with the 18 inch. 19's maybe to big for me.

I've never owned coil overs before, so one more question...
do i need to get another set of springs with the coil overs? I'm looking at the KW v1, or ST coil overs.

I been reading a few forms that people had these and are using h & R springs.
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hey sorry about the grammar. I was in a rush when I was asking the question.


I think i decided to go with the 18 inch. 19's maybe to big for me.

I've never owned coil overs before, so one more question...
do i need to get another set of springs with the coil overs? I'm looking at the KW v1, or ST coil overs.

I been reading a few forms that people had these and are using h & R springs.
No coil overs come with springs
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hey sorry about the grammar. I was in a rush when I was asking the question.


I think i decided to go with the 18 inch. 19's maybe to big for me.

I've never owned coil overs before, so one more question...
do i need to get another set of springs with the coil overs? I'm looking at the KW v1, or ST coil overs.

I been reading a few forms that people had these and are using h & R springs.
Don't get ST's they will rust where you live. Coilovers come with springs
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lol two different answers there...

Which one's would be better to go with then? the kw? or maybe H&R?
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I've had good experiences with the KW but then again so have many people.
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If you're getting coilovers just for looks, you might as well just save some money and get lowering springs with some heavier duty shocks/struts. But in the end, the difference in price isn't a whole bunch. Your call.
Main reason for me getting coil overs instead of springs is that I will need to raise it for winter. rear wheel drive in winter and lowered can't be to much fun
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spring/strut combo will work for what you want. Coilovers are an overkill unless you track and need adjustment.
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lol two different answers there...

Which one's would be better to go with then? the kw? or maybe H&R?
My understanding is that ST's and KW's are similar, ST's just use a different kind of metal that isn't rust-resistant.

I went back and forth between KW and H&R...I went with the premium perfomance rather than the street performance too. I think the ride quality is exceptional for coils. Very similar to the stock sport suspension. I honestly think I wouldn't be able to tell the difference on ride quality alone.

Adjustability is really easy and I had them in a NE winter and they look great still and the locking collars spin with ease!
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Main reason for me getting coil overs instead of springs is that I will need to raise it for winter. rear wheel drive in winter and lowered can't be to much fun
This is one of the main reasons I went with coilovers. The height of your car can easily be adjusted in a few minutes in your driveway!
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spring/strut combo will work for what you want. Coilovers are an overkill unless you track and need adjustment.
I was going to say the same thing, but take a look at the price difference between some good spring/shock/strut combos versus coilovers. It's not a huge difference. Sure, it's overkill if you don't track and don't need the adjustability, but you don't exactly save a ton by going the cheaper route. I think I remember coilovers being easier to DIY as well, it's been a while.
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I was going to say the same thing, but take a look at the price difference between some good spring/shock/strut combos versus coilovers. It's not a huge difference. Sure, it's overkill if you don't track and don't need the adjustability, but you don't exactly save a ton by going the cheaper route. I think I remember coilovers being easier to DIY as well, it's been a while.
yeah you don't have to use/rent a spring compressor when doing coils
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just for reference, here's my E90 330i with sport suspension. photos include style 162's (18") and LM reps (19")

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yeah you don't have to use/rent a spring compressor when doing coils
Yeah that was it, thanks.
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just for reference, here's my E90 330i with sport suspension. photos include style 162's (18") and LM reps (19")

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=542783
That really looks good with the sport suspention... Ok thank you I think ill try getting the rims first and then if I absoultly want to lower it I will. But I think yours looks amazing... I just wanted to do it all the same time because time is a really rear thing for me these days but I've been waiting to own the e90 for a while now so I wanted to make sure I did things right the first time.

Thanks for all your help!
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just for reference, here's my E90 330i with sport suspension. photos include style 162's (18") and LM reps (19")

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=542783
That looks great. I hope to get to a gtg some time this summer to see it in person.
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gots to be careful with cheap coilovers. i wouldn't buy anything cheap.
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That really looks good with the sport suspention... Ok thank you I think ill try getting the rims first and then if I absoultly want to lower it I will. But I think yours looks amazing... I just wanted to do it all the same time because time is a really rear thing for me these days but I've been waiting to own the e90 for a while now so I wanted to make sure I did things right the first time.

Thanks for all your help!
glad to be of some help. my intent was to do it all at the same time as well. once i got my 19s on, i changed my mind. and i've had a box of eibachs sitting in a closet for over a year....but my mind is changing again and i'm planning to install the eibachs soon.

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That looks great. I hope to get to a gtg some time this summer to see it in person.
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