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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
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Old Tue, Dec-19-2017, 05:30:27 PM   #231
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Koni Yellows + TMS H&R springs here. Decent setup for street use, not low enough for my aesthetic taste though. Also the problem with springs is the E46 M3 has this uneven balance from factory where the driver side is higher to "compensate for driver weight" not a fan looks stupid and the only way to remedy this is with coilovers.
... and then end up with the same look, once you corner balance.

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... and then end up with the same look, once you corner balance.

function > form
I highly doubt most on here corner balance. I know because I think we've done maybe a handful (only track junkies) in the past few years. Most just throw "coilovers" on and do the alignment.

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Old Tue, Dec-19-2017, 06:19:25 PM   #233
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Tires should be part of this discussion. I put the Eibach Pro Street S on my car when it was on RE71s. I was pretty happy with it on the street, but felt that it was harsher then most described in the review. Put a fresh set of PSS on the car and it's exactly what I wanted.

Seems obvious, but it's a reminder that any time we go back and forth over springs, shocks, etc., we should also be disclosing the type of tire we're running. Makes a big difference, and I generally forget to consider it.

FWIW, the Eibachs with stock top mounts (swapped) and 265/18 PSS is a great street setup for my tastes. I just bought another M3 with springs/shocks and the suspension feels far less locked down over bumps at freeway speeds.
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Old Tue, Dec-19-2017, 06:22:25 PM   #234
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I highly doubt most on here corner balance. I know because I think we've done maybe a handful (only track junkies) in the past few years. Most just throw "coilovers" on and do the alignment.
I don't understand
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Old Tue, Dec-19-2017, 06:50:23 PM   #235
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Thats with the struts and shocks? If its all brand new, i think you did alright
Yes everything except for front strut mounts..all those bump stops and rubber parts add up quickly. Thanks for suggesting that list, I even got front and rear reinforcement plates.

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I'll edit this list as we go:

*As mentioned RTABs & FCABs recently replaced, OEM, everything else is old; Eibach Pro-Kit Springs*


- (1) Koni Yellow Left Strut - # 8741-1438LSPORT
- (1) Koni Yellow Right Strut - # 8741-1438RSPORT
- (2) Koni Yellow Rear Shock - # 8240-1203SPORT

- (2) OE rear shock mount - # 33526779670
* - (2) rear shock mount reinforcement plates - # 51718413359
- (2) front bump stop - # 31332229778
- (2) rear bump stop - # 33532229777

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- (2) front lower spring pad - # 31331096664
- (2) front upper spring pad - # 31331091233
- (2) rear lower spring pad - # 33531094518
- (2) rear upper spring pad - # 33531136385
- (2) upper strut beading - # 31331090612 (added 12/20/2017)

optional:
- (1) right front upper strut mount - # 31332229166
- (1) left front upper strut mount - # 31332229165
- (2) front strut rubber boot - # 31331093344 (added 12/20/2017)
- (2) rear strut 'protection tube' - # 33521136283 (added 12/20/2017)


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Can someone with KONI Yellows comment if they came with new rubber boots or not? Every set of pics I've seen indicates no.... worth replacing if they are original?

Added part numbers above just in case...
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Can someone with KONI Yellows comment if they came with new rubber boots or not? Every set of pics I've seen indicates no.... worth replacing if they are original?

Added part numbers above just in case...
They do not, I didn't bother replacing mine or the bump stops. Both were in decent condition.

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They do not, I didn't bother replacing mine or the bump stops. Both were in decent condition.

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Thanks for the quick reply! How many miles are on your car (if they are original)?



boots and bump stops all around are $150-$200....
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Thanks for the quick reply! How many miles are on your car (if they are original)?
120k approx, original. I replaced almost everything else, struts/shocks, bushings, rtabs, fcabs, end links, rsm, low mileage springs, etc

In hindsight, one "mistake" I made was not replacing the rubber shims (upper and lower pads). Thought I could get away with it, but they creak a bit. Just recently picked up the shims and will do next spring. Along with new tie rods.

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120k approx, original. I replaced almost everything else, struts/shocks, bushings, rtabs, fcabs, end links, rsm, low mileage springs, etc

In hindsight, one "mistake" I made was not replacing the rubber shims (upper and lower pads). Thought I could get away with it, but they creak a bit. Just recently picked up the shims and will do next spring. Along with new tie rods.

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Thanks for the input - Iím planning on ordering the spring pads / rubber shims (thatís what you mean, right?)




I think Iím going to knock out sway bar end links and tie rods down the road, along with a new sway bar kit - should be a nice secondary wave of refreshing while upgrading.
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