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Re: Old Springs: Replace or Not (archive)

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Posted by buddiec on August 05, 2001 at 07:51:50:

In Reply to: Old Springs: Replace or Not posted by Ed F on August 04, 2001 at 14:51:06:

2 weeks ago I planned on replacing upper control arms and buying new tires for my '93 525i.

Then decided to get new Bilsteins while I was tearing into it. Checked ride height. Front is 1/4" lower and back is 2" lower than Bentley specs.

After tearing into front, found sway bar links bad. Thrust arm bushing OK but balls joints shot, so replaced.

I've already spent $550.00 on shocks and thrust arms (not counting tools) $600 with sway bar links. Springs will run $100.00 apiece, so now I'm up to a grand. And no tires.

Clearly the back springs need replaced. Can I get by on front springs? I know its smart to do 'em while strut is disassembled, but this project is getting expensive! And I haven't even torn into the back yet!

Bav Auto springs a great deal at $199.00 for 4 but don't want overly firm ride, a bit worried about Bilsteins as it is.

Thanks for any help.

i have the bav auto springs, and bilstiens hd shocks ride is great never bottoms out not too stiff lowered inch and half in front 3/4 in rear on 16 inch bbs rk's and 225 55 zr 16's toyo fzr's great set up and looks cool with the cross drilled and sloted bav rotors and non dusting green stuff brake pads.

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