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  1. #11
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    I kept the stock springs and went with Koni yellows. I set them to full soft for DD duties; they are firmer than stock, but I have no problem driving for a whole day with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Go Horns! View Post
    I kept the stock springs and went with Koni yellows. I set them to full soft for DD duties; they are firmer than stock, but I have no problem driving for a whole day with them.
    Good idea. I need to soften up my rear a bit this weekend. It's so firm.


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    If your wondering how H&R sport springs look, here's my car with those springs and Bilsteins. I'll be switching back to my Koni yellows shortly... as you can see, it's pretty low but I can get by most of the time.
    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...925#post462925
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sockethead View Post
    If your wondering how H&R sport springs look, here's my car with those springs and Bilsteins. I'll be switching back to my Koni yellows shortly... as you can see, it's pretty low but I can get by most of the time.
    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/showt...925#post462925
    Looks soo good

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    Thanks! I like they way it sits but the ride is way too harsh for DD on Jersey roads. I spend most of my time scanning the road rather than enjoying the ride. I'm starting by switching back to my Konis and going from there...
    Dinan CAI &Throttle body, ESS Tuning TS2, Bimmerbrakes gen3 headers, UUC SSK & DSSR. Achilles oil pump, VAC oil pan baffle
    M3 Motor mounts, UUC Trans mounts, Modified clutch style LSD 3.15, TMS front subframe reinforcement, Koni Yellow sports,
    H&R sport springs,
    UUC sway bars, BMW Perf. Rotors, UUC SS brake lines, Hawk HPS pads, CSL replica wheels,
    Rotora strut bar, FXR HID conversion, M3 Mirror conversion, BSW stage 1 speakers

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    Wow Sockethead that looks awesome. I would definitely love for my car to be at that height but I'm not even sure if that could get up my driveway! I have those same CF Splitters, did you have any problems going over speed bumps or anything? You and many others mentioned how Konis are softer than Bilsteins but since you've had both how do you think they compare when taking a sharp turn around a corner? The roads are, for the most part, pretty nice in NC and based off my searches it seems Bilsteins are more reliable so I may consider those over Konis.

    How do the eibach springs, or any others, compare to H&R? How is the ride height compared between the two?

    Also I am probably not getting coilovers but I'm still curious as to how they compare to regular shocks and struts. The cheap coilover brands i.e. BC, Megan, ST must be more expensive solely for their adjustability correct? The dampening mechanism in the Koni and Bilsteins are probably much better than those?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELCID86 View Post
    Good idea. I need to soften up my rear a bit this weekend. It's so firm.


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    How far turned do you have it from soft? I have it 3/4 turn from soft on all four corners and it's about the right tradeoff between firmness and comfort for me.

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    My drive way entrance has a pretty good rise in it My wife and I both have to use extreme angles to get in the drive way. She has KW v2 coilovers on her 135 and splitters too. The price you pay for having a low car.
    Day to day driving isn't a problem for the most part...

    The Bilsteins are great shocks if your roads aren't too bad. I can't remember if I had the springs when I had the Konis on the car, it's been a few years and the roads have gotten much worse since then. I like the fact that the Konis are adjustable... All the way down they are kinda like the OEM shocks and you have 1.5 turns of adjustment...
    I also really like the KWs on my wife's car. Great handling when you push it but more compliant than the Bilsteins when cruising around town but I'm not into coilovers for my car. The KW v2s have compression and rebound dampening adjustment.
    Last edited by Sockethead; 12-18-2015 at 03:42 PM. Reason: iPhone sucks at auto correct
    Dinan CAI &Throttle body, ESS Tuning TS2, Bimmerbrakes gen3 headers, UUC SSK & DSSR. Achilles oil pump, VAC oil pan baffle
    M3 Motor mounts, UUC Trans mounts, Modified clutch style LSD 3.15, TMS front subframe reinforcement, Koni Yellow sports,
    H&R sport springs,
    UUC sway bars, BMW Perf. Rotors, UUC SS brake lines, Hawk HPS pads, CSL replica wheels,
    Rotora strut bar, FXR HID conversion, M3 Mirror conversion, BSW stage 1 speakers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sockethead View Post
    My drive way entrance has a pretty good rise in it My wife and I both have to use extreme angles to get in the drive way. She has KW v2 coilovers on her 135 and splitters too. The price you pay for having a low car.
    Day to day driving isn't a problem for the most part...

    The Bilsteins are great shocks if your roads aren't too bad. I can't remember if I had the springs when I had the Konis on the car, it's been a few years and the roads have gotten much worse since then. I like the fact that the Konis are adjustable... All the way down they are kinda like the OEM shocks and you have 1.5 turns of adjustment...
    I also really like the KWs on my wife's car. Great handling when you push it but more compliant than the Bilsteins when cruising around town but I'm not into coilovers for my car. The KW v2s have compression and rebound dampening adjustment.
    Understatement alert right here...I am all stock and still had to use extreme angles. Don't know how you guys do it!!

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    I have the H&R Touring Cup Kit which I like. As I have a vert so it really sits low. Great Kit. May switch to coilovers at some point for adjustability.

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