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Old Tue, Jun-09-2009, 12:27:31 AM   #1
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Default Softening E46 M3 Suspension

Read in Roundel that Dinan Stage I softens harsh ride while improving performance; anyone with experience in this? Reason for question is a series of spine surgeries that necessitate less jarring; I do not want to get rid of the car!
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Read in Roundel that Dinan Stage I softens harsh ride while improving performance; anyone with experience in this? Reason for question is a series of spine surgeries that necessitate less jarring; I do not want to get rid of the car!
Marc Norris at Bavarian Workshop in West Hills, CA installed his great little recipe of Dinan springs and JRZ shocks, along with Ground Control camber plates, RTAB shims, and RSM on my 05 ZCP, and it really improved the ride quality of the car (tires are PS2).
I live in the beautiful Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles, and the 5 FWY has become something out of Mel Gibson Mad Max movie, and I have a bad lower back, so I have an idea of what you are taking about in terms of the stock harshness and jarring.
Performance is another bonus; the car on Hoosiers will turn high 1:34ís at Big Willow (driver willing not to cry thru turn 8). Now this is not the ultimate track setup (see Moton), but it really transforms the overall quality in ride and noise (no noise) on the street.
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you are in big bmw help site were u can find answer for everything..
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i have the dinan stage 2 suspension and it is much softer and not as harsh and handles much better.
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run 17" tires. more sidewall, more cushion. course, changes the dynamics of the car a tad...
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I also have a ton of hard ride issues with my '01 M3. Do you know if the 17" rims on a 328 will clear the brake disks? Or do you have to buy aftermarket, and if so, which one?
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just look into a different suspension, there is no need to go down to a 17 to make it comfortable. When i run my 18s it is as comfortable as the 750i sport.
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I also have a ton of hard ride issues with my '01 M3. Do you know if the 17" rims on a 328 will clear the brake disks? Or do you have to buy aftermarket, and if so, which one?
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check the offsets. probably not, but i am not sure.
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