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Re: What is the best "budget" perf. upgrade for 95 (archive)

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Posted by Jonathan from NC on February 02, 2001 at 12:10:27:

In Reply to: Re: What is the best "budget" perf. upgrade for 95 posted by Jim Dye on February 02, 2001 at 11:52:57:


What is your budget?

Good cost effect upgrades include:

driving school
lower brace ($110)
proper maintenance
good alignment
good shocks, at shock replacement time
good tires at tire replacement time
springs, if you do your own work (about $300)
used dinan camber plates for the front ($150-$175)
used sway bars, if you do your own work ($220-$350)

Be very careful with suspension mods. Have a plan before you start. After market springs may wear out stock shocks, srings, shocks and anti-sway bars need to be matched, etc. Read and search the boards for limits and ideas of what works together and what does not. Ride / drive some modified cars. Almost EVER mod has a negative effect. Are you willing to live with the negative effect.

Good advice. Don't updgade any part of the car until it's in perfect working order. For better or for worse, BMW's seem to cost more to keep running well.

You'll find out at an autocross or track event that the car is MUCH more than any beginner can handle. Don't worry about upgrading the car until you upgrade the driver.




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