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      11-22-2021, 05:04 PM   #1
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NYC whatís your suspension setup?

Hey Friends, itís time to refresh the suspension on my 328 xdrive. Iím wondering what your setups are? Iím thinking about either Koni Special Active on stock springs or Bilstein B14pss coilovers. How are you surviving our terrible roads?
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      11-24-2021, 12:59 PM   #2
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Barely surviving these terrible roads lol. I'm on BC Coils and just drive more carefully.
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Hey Friends, itís time to refresh the suspension on my 328 xdrive. Iím wondering what your setups are? Iím thinking about either Koni Special Active on stock springs or Bilstein B14pss coilovers. How are you surviving our terrible roads?
I just bubbled 18" tires front and back on stock setup so choose wisely
My other car bilstein B8 with H&R street, by far favorite setup for upstate parkways, for BQE aand Belt... just get a jeep or a hummer
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      11-30-2021, 02:45 AM   #4
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damn.... I was wondering if this was going to be the consensus about our roads... the upstate parkways are amazing. The BQE and Manhattan highways kill me...
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      12-01-2021, 12:26 PM   #5
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E92 with Bilstein B4's replacing my stock.

Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Long Island have eaten 3 rims, and countless tires. Thanks cuomo. If I lived somewhere with actually maintained roads, I'd consider 19's, or coilovers for my 18's. But in NYC, I'm playing it safe. Even considering going down to 17" wheels for a little extra sidewall.
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I'd either go with stock springs and Koni Yellows or those Bilstein coilovers. Koni Special Actives sound nice in theory but almost nobody is actually happy with them.
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I'm from the NJ/NYC area and I'm happy with my setup! Koni Special Actives with Sport Springs and M3 arms, they ride great for a daily driver while still being sportier than stock. They absorb bumps and imperfections really well!
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If you don't actually track the car, don't get coilovers. They are overly stiff for your purpose.

Get a set of bilsteins or konis paired to appropriate springs.

More rubber will also help with ride quality. I run 17" arc-8s and not only is the ride much better but tires are much cheaper
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I was thinking Koni Yellow's with Eibach springs. Lowers the car about 1 inch. Still on the 17inch stock rims. Was thinking of getting some Apex wheels in the spring. My buddy who's drives a v8 mustang thinks I could go 18's but I'm a little hesitant with our roads. Was thinking 17's possibly....
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I was thinking Koni Yellow's with Eibach springs. Lowers the car about 1 inch. Still on the 17inch stock rims. Was thinking of getting some Apex wheels in the spring. My buddy who's drives a v8 mustang thinks I could go 18's but I'm a little hesitant with our roads. Was thinking 17's possibly....
Im on kw v1, i had bilstein and hr lowering springs for years and it was a bit harsh and can feel the potholes. With the kw its not as bad but i like it better especially with the ability to raise and lower at your preferred height. As for wheels, always had 18s i have bent and cracked wheels before but it was honestly not even potholes faults it was all GCP or highway road issues.
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E92 with Bilstein B4's replacing my stock.

Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Long Island have eaten 3 rims, and countless tires. Thanks cuomo. If I lived somewhere with actually maintained roads, I'd consider 19's, or coilovers for my 18's. But in NYC, I'm playing it safe. Even considering going down to 17" wheels for a little extra sidewall.
Are you running oem tire spec on the 18s?

Iím on 225/45/18 winters which is oversize. Hesitant to go with a shorter sidewall when I buy summer tires given the hits ive taken on these
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Are you running oem tire spec on the 18s?

Iím on 225/45/18 winters which is oversize. Hesitant to go with a shorter sidewall when I buy summer tires given the hits ive taken on these
Yes. 225/40-18 in front and 255/35-18 in the rear.

And I run my tires according to the tire manufacturer's PSI, not BMW's. But bad NY roads, and potholes don't care. I check the forum and online constantly for spare 189 wheels, or a staggered set of 17's to test out a thicker sidewall. Shits rough here.
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I am not sure if our roads are as bad as NYC, but I just got back from a ski trip into the Laurnetians north of Montreal including some travel on frozen, pot-holed gravel roads. I have ST X non-adjustable coilovers with progressive springs, 225/40-18 snows on Type 162 rims. The car had about 600 lbs of people and gear. The ride was acceptable but much harsher than with just myself (180 ls) and no gear. I would not go with any stiffer springs for a DD with our conditions and I will be going to 17" rims which have a 45 sidewall. I will stick with the ST X springs until I finish other suspension/bushing modifications.
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      01-17-2022, 08:03 PM   #14
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Fortune autos. Just be careful with the amount of tire you have with the pot holes.
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