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Thread: I Need to Replace My Shocks!

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    I Need to Replace My Shocks!

    So I have to replace all four of my shocks, I'm wondering what brand people recommend for a comfy daily ride, but aggressive when I need it to be. I have an e30, and the two good shock options I know of are Bilstein and Koni, but I don't know if those brands translate over to e46s and are still good options. Let me know what you guys recommend!

    Thanks, Matt

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    I'm about to do this too. I don't need to lower my car any further so I'm keeping stock springs (they look good still), and going for the magic Koni yellow struts + shocks.
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    You can't go wrong with Sachs Advantage. If you are looking for an upgrade in both comfort and performance, look at the Koni Special Active.
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    There are many threads in the Suspension section - check it out!
    http://www.zhpmafia.com/forums/forum...?99-Suspension
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    Koni Special Actives are very popular, as are the Koni Yellows (adjustable, slightly firmer/more aggressive than the SA's). the SA's are the evolution of the FSD's which were popular for a number of years.
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    Depends what your budget and use case is. I have Bilstein B4s in my car which from what I've read online, are about 10% stiffer than stock, and are an excellent OE-like replacement. But for what I use my car for, I really regret not spending a bit extra and getting Koni Yellows
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    Quote Originally Posted by t.er View Post
    Depends what your budget and use case is. I have Bilstein B4s in my car which from what I've read online, are about 10% stiffer than stock, and are an excellent OE-like replacement. But for what I use my car for, I really regret not spending a bit extra and getting Koni Yellows
    What’s the difference with the Koni yellows form the B4s?


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    Quote Originally Posted by e46.matt View Post
    What’s the difference with the Koni yellows form the B4s?


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    The Konis have adjustable damping, allowing you to tune the damping to your specific spring rate (if aftermarket springs), and you can change settings for street/track. I believe the Yellows also have higher damping rates than the B4s.
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    So when I look up the Koni Special Active shocks on ECSTuning there are two options, ones that fit cars with sport suspension and without sport suspension. Which one go I get if I have a ZHP coupe?


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    Quote Originally Posted by e46.matt View Post
    So when I look up the Koni Special Active shocks on ECSTuning there are two options, ones that fit cars with sport suspension and without sport suspension. Which one go I get if I have a ZHP coupe?


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