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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 Sun, Nov-12-2017, 09:31:10 PM   #1
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Default Backroads / 'Canyon carving' suspension

hi all,

wanting to get some input on what is a good suspension combo for aggressive backroad driving (bumps / off camber etc).

im currently running MCA (Aust brand) coilovers (monotubes, digressive valving, single adjustable) with 500/600 springs, gc tops and weight jacks. so, plenty of adjustability available.

it does the job well, but given this is a firmer setup, the highway trips are abit of a chore - street driving isnt too bad.

does anyone have some pointers on how to set up a suspension for canyon carving / hard driving?
barely get out to the track.. so can compromise there.

help appreciated
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Why not just drop down to 300/400 or 350/450 or even 400/500 rates? Then speed up (usually referred to as "softer") the rebound for the new rates.
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Konis + stock springs + camber = on rails and maximum compliance.

I've been corner carving the shit out of this setup for years. It freakin' rips.

Your current setup sounds awful for street use. You could do what Tbone said and drop WAY down on rates as a first step and see how you like it. That will make a huge difference right there.
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thanks guys.
i've had konis and eibachs before which were awesome for belting around but not so good on track - could have been due to stock camber too.
would you recommend stock springs over say eibachs? dont really care about ride height anymore.
and bilstein vs konis... apart from adjustability is one better than the other?
sorry for newb questions haha
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Is it your daily driver?
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Konis + stock springs + camber = on rails and maximum compliance.

I've been corner carving the shit out of this setup for years. It freakin' rips.

Your current setup sounds awful for street use. You could do what Tbone said and drop WAY down on rates as a first step and see how you like it. That will make a huge difference right there.
I'll agree with this + add a stiffer front sway bar and set to soft or medium
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Is it your daily driver?
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Why not just drop down to 300/400 or 350/450 or even 400/500 rates? Then speed up (usually referred to as "softer") the rebound for the new rates.
thanks for that. i cant drop the rates too far since these shocks only have 100mm or so of total travel.
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nah occasional weekender
I'm running BC's (BR series) and they're pretty good with lot of adjustability. Terrible, if you're daily driving it though (trust me).
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how bout KWv3 or clubsport since your'e interested in comfort for normal driving?

TC Kline coilovers also are also very streetable relative to the performance
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