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Bilstein valving... (archive)

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Posted by Jeff N. on October 25, 2000 at 12:32:54:

In Reply to: Re: springs and struts posted by Steve on October 24, 2000 at 22:33:35:

My understanding from talking to various folks is that, for the e34, the bilstein valving is the same for both the Sport and HD shock.

This is not necessarily the case for other models of shocks, just the E34.

Jeff
90 535iM Sharked



I just put in rear Bilsteins in my 95 530i. Kept springs stock. Back of car went up about 1/4" due to high gas pressure. Ride is noticeably firmer but not at all harsh. Mine were not Sports but the HD. It is never clear if the Sports are valved any differently than the HDs. I was told that the differences lately are usually that Sports are designed for lowered cars. Not the case a few years ago when Sports were significantly stiffer. If you have any more details on that let me know. Bottom line is I recommend Bilsteins. I have used them for 25 years and they are very durable without degrading over time.
Steve
Well I thought I had figured out which springs and struts to buy based on what I had read in this forum. Eibach springs and Boge shocks. That was until I phoned Bavauto to order them and they said that if I used normal hight shocks with lowed springs I would run into problems. They said that I should really get their springs and Bilstiens sport shocks if I wanted to lower my car and not have to harsh a ride. Is anybody else using this combo ? Is it too harsh ?

John
95' 540 17" AC Snitzer






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