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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Mon, Jun-07-2004, 08:05:45 PM   #1
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Default TEIN SS coilovers or H&R Coilovers

I am not going to wait any longer for Bilstein's PSS9's. I was looking into Ground Control Coilovers and several people in ATL, GA told me they were not happy with the noise that it can make and it wasn't that great of a kit. This kit will be for an 03 M3 CAB.

So my choices are TEIN SS Coilovers or the H&R Coilovers. I know the TEIN for $1598.00 has height adjustment and dampening adjustments and the only way to get the H&R to do the same thing would be to purchase the PCS system which is $1790.00. Now I don't track the car but I like great handling. I will be getting the Eibach 30mm and 25mm sway bars as well, because like Bilsteins UUC takes forever to get them. I don't think they vary that much for me to wait for the UUC Sways.

Has anybody had experience with TEIN for the M3? I have them on my GS430 and they are great, but since they are new to M3 I was wondering if they are good as they were for my Lexus.

Please no comments on putting Japanese coilovers on a german car - blah blah. If that were the case, then the HRE's which I have a set is American made,you get the picture? I don't mean to sound like a jerk, but I read too many of the why would you put Japanese rims on a German car, etc. and it just bothers me. That is why I don't make many comments.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I am just trying to wrap this up so I can move on with other things

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I have the GC 999 kit on my car without aftermarket sways .. no knocks or creaks whatsoever. I think it really depends on your mechanic. ... Autoinnovations (SF Bay AreA) did a great job.
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Thanks for the reply. So it seems you are happy with them? The GC kit you have has height adjustment but no dampening correct?

Just the people I have talked to seems to not be happy with them and it was installed at probably the best installers in the ATL, GA area.
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All GC kits have height and dampening adjustments. The shocks are set based on your springs and you shouldn't mess with them too much. Some of the noise is due to the rear shock mount which is optional. If everything is installed and works properly, I don't see why there is any noise.
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Ive had no problems. I can adjust both ride height and dampners. I have 7 " Eibach Springs with Koni Adjustables. Very nice. I did not opt for GC RSM but in retrospect, I should have as it only costs $90 bucks.
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These were the two setups that I've been debating myself. I actually chose to go with the Tein SS with EDFC lol... finally quoted EDFC right, reason was because I've had great experience with the Tein setup on previous cars I've owned... S2000 one of them. The SS is a street setup so it will be tuned for the everyday drivability which is good, the coilover setup itself, good stuff. You can also adjust the stiffness on the suspension with a control module, I'm sure you know but it was an attractive feature IMO.

My Tein's will be installed 1 week from now. If you haven't made a decision by that time. I'll keep you informed.

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