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hey, i got a few ?s about the shock mounts (archive)

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Posted by Josh///M3 on April 25, 2000 at 13:03:51:

In Reply to: Re: Sway bars... Question! posted by CFL on April 25, 2000 at 12:46:21:

My car is a 1996 M3 pushing 40k miles soon.... I think the rear shock mounts are probably gone, and I've noticed the car riding a little lower than the newer cars (ie my friends 99) especially in the rear. Also the ride isn't quite as good as it used to be... a little more spongy than a while ago. Could the shock mounts need changing? would it be a good idea anyway?

Thanx in advance,

: : I heard that if I installed aftermarket swaybars (I have Schnitzer ones to put in) without upgrading the shocks and springs first, the stock mounts on the car will break off after some use. Apparently if the roll is stabilized with pressure on the bars too much, such a thing might happen. The instance he was talking about was with Racing Dynamics sway bars. Anybody have such an experience? and anybody running Schnitzer bars with stock suspension without trouble? Any help would be appreciated.

: : Second question off the subject. Does anyone make coil-over kits for front and back? I was told the H&R coil-overs were only threaded adjustable in the front. What is the difference between H&R and Bilstein (I read that H&Rs were made by Bilstein on the Turner Motorsports website) just the fact that the H&R name offers coil-overs?

: The rear shock mounts wear rapidly anyway, should be a once a year replacement IMO, so I say go for it. If you feel the need to upgrade springs/dampers later on, do it, but the sway bars should be a nice addition right away.

: I wouldn't count on putting coilovers in the rear since the cars have a separate shock and spring. The area above the shock is not reinforced to take the abuse of a true coilover. Something along the lines of an adjustable perch on the spring and an adjustable shock like Koni is probably more like it, ala Ground Control.

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