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Re: Opinions on Handling Upgrades (archive)

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Posted by Paul E on September 11, 2000 at 14:23:15:

In Reply to: Re: Opinions on Handling Upgrades posted by Jeff on September 11, 2000 at 12:58:26:

Supposing you had a stock M3 and wanted to upgrade your handling on the cheap (like $600-700), what would you suggest?

Does it make sense to install Eibach or UUC anti-roll bars without other suspensions mods?

Or does an X brace and a tower strut bar make more sense?

Other ideas?

Opinions, experiences?

Thanks.

Jim
99 Cosmos Black Coupe w/SO2 Pole Positions

It is a lot more than $600 - $700 for H&R'and Bilstein's I have see that package for around $800 but then labor is where it kills you.

I have a 99 M3 also and I have the x-brace and Dinan front brace. It made a lttle difference but I would still like to get rid of some of the body roll.

I will probably upgarde the sways soon to UUC and I will install a set of H&R sport springs and keep the stock shocks. I have done this on numerous cars and so have my friends with no problems.

Jeff, depending how serious you are about your handling upgrades, you really should change out your shocks, springs, and sway bars as an integrated unit from 1 manufacturer...As you know, these 3 items comprise the car's suspension, and as such, must be seen as a unit...They work as a System....By not installing the system together that has been designed/engineered together, its like a hodge podge of mismatched parts...If it were as easy as you say, by pot shotting various parts which have good reputations, then why do you think companies like BMW spend millions on designing a suspension? Even first rate suspension tuners like Dinan spend fortunes on getting it right....So to think that all you have to do is sink in shocks from this guy and springs from that, and maybe some swaybars, youre realling shortchanging the process, the design, and yourself.



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