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    The Cabrio Suspension Thread

    Figured id make this thread since a search didnt turn up anything significant. Ive decided to stick with the Cabrio, Thus i need to increase the handling around corners and overall stiffness. My car is pretty much stock besides the springs and shocks. Id like to be able to compare different sways,bushings, etc that have worked effectivly in a cabrio

    Since our cars have been named "Flexyfliers" Theres not much you can do to get away from that name because its true. However, Id like to compile suspension setups of various cabrios including the type of engine you have. That way there will be a decent reference of suspension setups and overall satisfaction.
    Ultimately making it easier for me and others to pick out suspension setups according to described/desired ride

    My Car:

    1990 325IC
    M50B25
    BavAuto Springs
    Bilstein Sport Shocks
    Stock CABs
    Stock RSM's
    Stock Sways
    Stock Rear subframe bushings
    Currently no strut brace besides factory bracing.

    *pretty smooth ride, But tends to push through the turns(hints stock)*

    Current Ride height:
    Last edited by mattdk318i; 10-06-2007, 03:45 PM.
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    #2
    '87 325i cabrio

    Bavauto springs with spring pads removed
    Bilstein fronts/Boge rear (from PO, Bilstein sports coming soon)
    M3 control arms/offset bushings -- all other bushings replaced with stock
    Stock front sway bar, Eibach rear
    Bavauto strut tower brace

    I wouldn't change a thing about my suspension besides the dampers. I know some don't like the bavauto springs, but I am very pleased with them. I never have seen what the spring rates are, but I'm sure they're soft, which suits me just fine.






    1987 E30 cabrio | Bumper swap | H&R Sport | Koni Yellow | Eibach Sways | BavAuto strut bar | Cardinal seats
    MTech2 wheel | Husco Armrest | Smoked Hella Smileys | 5k HID | Stromung | RS003
    | Shadowline | Amber Fogs | Too much else to list



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      #3
      1989 325ic
      Eibach pros
      Billy Sports
      IE urethane rear mounts (all 6 connection points)
      treehouse cabs
      e46 rear shock mounts (may already be blown havent checked for a while)
      stock sways
      no strut brace, except of course the welded in bits on the outside of the struts

      crappy picture



      pre urethane (i think, no different anyway)

      Your signature picture has been removed since it contained the Photobucket "upgrade your account" image.

      Originally posted by TimKninja
      Im more afraid of this thread turning into one of those classic R3v moments, where Pizza gets delivered.

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        #4
        H&R Sport Springs (coupe front/vert rear)
        No rear rubber spring spacer
        Bilstein sport shocks/struts
        IE Rear upper mounts
        IE front and rear sway bars with all reinforcements mounts
        IE strut bar
        stock CAB and rear bushings


        http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=91218

        has some too...
        Aaron

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          #5
          Originally posted by 87Blue325iC View Post
          H&R Sport Springs (coupe front/vert rear)
          No rear rubber spring spacer
          Bilstein sport shocks/struts
          IE Rear upper mounts
          IE front and rear sway bars with all reinforcements mounts
          IE strut bar
          stock CAB and rear bushings


          http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=91218

          has some too...
          How do you like your IE sways? I was thinking of this as the next upgrade.
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            #6
            This it OT but i found this brocure. No plastics but still nice to look at.
            http://www.e30ic.com/1988_325i_Conve...s_Brochure.pdf
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              #7
              Good lets keep this going.

              I need to do my suspension before Old Man Winter hits the NE.
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              WTB-Strut Bar

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                #8
                Groundcontrol Coilovers with Bilstein Shocks
                Springs: Eibach GC F440lbs, R650lbs
                Groundcontrol Camberplates
                Ireland engineering Rear shock mounts, Rear subframe mounts, rear bushing kit
                M3 Control arm bushings
                New OEM Tie Rods, control arms

                Front needs to go lower HELP ME OUT! I got GC camber plates not sure that it will lower it anymore.

                The Bucket

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                  #9
                  vogtland springs
                  blistein sport shocks
                  IE 25mm sway for the front (including the reinforced mounts)
                  stock rear sway.


                  handles pretty nice, but it sits just a little bit too low for me. I want it to sit about .5" higher. The rear drops a lot if anyone sits back there, the rates are too low.

                  I'm actually considering going back to the stock springs until i find something more suitable. this ride height thing is a bitch, makes me want to toss in some airbags or adjustable coilovers.
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                  Originally posted by u3b3rg33k
                  If you ever sell that car, tell me first. I want to be the first to not be able to afford it.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Wiglaf View Post
                    vogtland springs
                    blistein sport shocks
                    IE 25mm sway for the front (including the reinforced mounts)
                    stock rear sway.


                    handles pretty nice, but it sits just a little bit too low for me. I want it to sit about .5" higher. The rear drops a lot if anyone sits back there, the rates are too low.

                    I'm actually considering going back to the stock springs until i find something more suitable. this ride height thing is a bitch, makes me want to toss in some airbags or adjustable coilovers.

                    got any pics of your car please? i was considering these springs for my cabby too but you're the first person to give a negative feedback about them. most of the other comments have been ok or positive. i also thought the rates were ok. higher than the h&r sport rates and less then the race???

                    any other comments on these springs for a cabby???

                    thanks W.

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                      #11
                      I had H&R Cup Kit on my Convertible and it was LOW... too low actually. It wasnt much stiffer than stock and it still had a lot of body roll (convertible duh) No aftermarket sways or anything extra.
                      Estoril E36 M3/4/5 | Toledo E53 X5 3.0 | LeMans E90 335D M-Sport

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                        #12
                        EBS-BMW 3/1 up front (SpecE30 guys say the ebs stands for eibach sportlines anyways they are same specs as h&r race )
                        stock rears - rear could be lower (perhaps non cabby s ? anybody try this ?)- KYB'S front and rear with new rsm's
                        stock sways , handles well.
                        I guess as i go i've learned that theres no perfect suspension for the cabby . And since we're heavier in the back to begin with then add the extra weight of a box (if you have one ) add say 75-80 lbs there then add a few passengers , this can make rear
                        suspension a challenge.
                        Last edited by delphini; 11-19-2007, 07:35 PM.
                        :pimp:

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                          #13
                          h&r sports


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                            #14
                            Originally posted by jw 325ic View Post
                            h&r sports
                            What shocks? and what lip spoiler is that?
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                            WTB-Strut Bar

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                              #15
                              billy sports. reiger infinity replica lip. whats with your sig? 93 with DB up front?

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