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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 Wed, Aug-17-2016, 07:51:53 PM   #111
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In your case I'd seriously consider the Eibach coils. Probably double your investment but I think it's safe one, everyone seems to love these coils.

And let's be honest - who does want the ability to fine-tune their ride height?
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Old Wed, Aug-17-2016, 07:53:03 PM   #112
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So obviously with your previous post you have some damn experience with them - what, if any - have you compared them with on the e46? You mentioned you haven't tried Billys... And you're on Ohlins coils...

(In terms of ride quality / handling - obviously that's quite the testament for durability / warranty / etc)
Erms, a fair variety.... PSS9s, PSS10s, KWs of all Vs, Ohlins, Motons, JRZs, ASTs, a couple of the chinese crap setups, stock, Teins, TCKs, stock bilsteins, GCs. I used to install suspensions pretty frequently on the weekends, so I've driven a fair variety.

I meant I hadn't tried the FCM bilsteins, which I find very intriguing.
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In your case I'd seriously consider the Eibach coils. Probably double your investment but I think it's safe one, everyone seems to love these coils.



And let's be honest - who does want the ability to fine-tune their ride height?

God dammit. Back to square one.



I'm quite happy with the height of my Eibach springs... and height alone won't get me into 'em. I'd be more convinced if the ride quality & handling is better.

What a crap shoot. Maybe I'll drive out to Corona (to their facility) and see if I they have an e46 around I can sit in.....
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Erms, a fair variety.... PSS9s, PSS10s, KWs of all Vs, Ohlins, Motons, JRZs, ASTs, a couple of the chinese crap setups, stock, Teins, TCKs, stock bilsteins, GCs. I used to install suspensions pretty frequently on the weekends, so I've driven a fair variety.



I meant I hadn't tried the FCM bilsteins, which I find very intriguing.

DAMN. And Koni Yellows come out on top as your go to for a DD set up?
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DAMN. And Koni Yellows come out on top as your go to for a DD set up?
Well, I'd immediately rule out Ohlin/Moton/JRZ, since they require rebuilds too frequently for a daily setup.

ASTs seem to like to fail and develop noises.

TCKs are awesome for a daily setup (with reasonable spring rates), but require camber plates that increase NHV and increase cost. Probably the best DD/track setup for the car, imo.

GCs are equal or worse than the TCKs, so just makes sense to go TCK if you're going that route

Stock bilsteins don't work well with lowering springs unless combined with bump travel increasing camber plates, but they are a solid setup if you're down for that. They don't ride as well as the Konis can, but they handle better. They certainly aren't happy with any sort of significant lowering.

PSS9s and PSS10s are a great setup if you run them near stock ride height. But, nobody does and they're not great once lowered.

Teins are crap.

KW's (V1, V2, V3) don't handle very well, clubsports are too uncomfortable to DD

Chinese crap setups don't ride or handle well, and will break early and often with DD mileage.

Haven't had any seat time yet with the Eibach coilovers, so can't comment on them... but I've only heard universally positive things, so my expectations are high.

I really want to try the FCM Bilsteins, with Dinan springs. Eric really has me thinking they're the best DD setup for the car.
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So are you planning on switching to the Eibach Pro Street on your E46? What's the reason for the switch from the ohlins? Rebuild interval?
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Thanks Ian.

I'll check out FCM Bilsteins & wait for more info on Eibach coils... But heavily swayed towards the Koni yellows.


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No love for the B4's huh?
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I've had the Dinan/Koni setup for a few years and does a great job of soaking up the potholes and metal plates here in Atlanta (let's face it sometimes you just have no choice and have to hit them....OUCH!). Performs very well in the mountain twisties here in GA as well. Couldn't be happier.

My suggestion is to find other local E46 M3 owners in your local forum and ask them to ride/drive their cars to form your own opinion of what will work for you. You may find that some of the suggestions you've heard here may not be what you're looking for. I rode/drove about 6 different setups before buying the suspension I have.

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Yes, Koni/Dinan is quite smooth^^.

FWIW, I'm running the FCMs with OE springs currently. Further, I'd only recommend them to the true connoisseur of suspension.
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