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Very eloquently put Austin. eom (archive)

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Posted by Ritter on July 21, 2000 at 16:21:07:

In Reply to: As you've seen below, this is highly subjective... posted by Austin on July 21, 2000 at 12:22:19:


It's like ice cream - everyone has a different favorite flavor. You need to assess all the information you can get your hands on, then make your own decision based on YOUR needs, not someone else's opinion. There are many M3 pilots who will tell you you're crazy for 'messing with perfection', that you can't get better than the stock components, that you'll upset the delicate balance of the factory prepared car. I don't happen to agree (yes, here comes my opinion!). If you look at an E30 M3 RACE car, the suspension, brakes, wheels and tires are set up radically different from the street version that we all own. The stock M3 suspension was not designed for ultimate on-track performance, it's a compromise, albeit a good one, designed to make the car streetable and comfortable for '80's yuppies and fairly well-off enthusiasts - remember, this car cost around 35 grand new in '88! The stock suspension can be improved, and improved dramatically, as evidenced by the very large array of aftermarket items still available for E30 M3's. As for me, I'm currently just about done with my suspension - I've got H&R Sport springs, Bilstein shocks, aluminum control arms with offset bushings and 17" wheels off a '98 M3. To me the handling improvment is dramatic, and rides like a new car but I'm not done yet. Next step is larger diameter sway bars with the very important mounting tab reinforcements, adjustable end links and camber correction upper strut mounts. Did I forget anything? Oh yeah, a 2.5l stroker motor soon after I rob a few 7-11's!

In stock or modified form you've got a great car either way.





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