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    Default Suspension recommendations?

    Ok guys, heres the scoop...

    I need to overhaul my suspension.
    I need new bushings and crap, but i don't know what I need.

    I need new shocks and springs which I want to upgrade to a sport suspension while I'm at it, but I'm looking for something fairly affordable. I figured it could be lower and handle better if I'm at it anyways.
    Also, I need front & rear done, like dogbones and such.
    I know there are kits on eBay, but if you guys could give me some links/suggestions - that would be awesome.

    Is this a good kit from Meyle?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/BMW-E34-530-525-...QQcmdZViewItem

    Or do you think this cheaper, $400 kit would suffice? (I am trying to save, but still have reliable quality.)
    http://cgi.ebay.com/BMW-E34-530-525-...QQcmdZViewItem

    I will be ordering brakes from here, if you ould get links from fcp groton that would be easier, because they could combine shipping.
    http://search.stores.ebay.com/FCP-Gr...397707QQsofpZ0

    If you have a better place, let me know.

    I'm also getting front brake pads/rotors, but I've got some stuff from eBay already lined up to buy from the site mentioned above.
    They have a set with all 4 and sensors, but I figured just the front akebono will be better, and buy the sensor seperately, if it is not included.
    Heres the link to wha I will most likely purchase-
    http://cgi.ebay.com/BMW-E34-E36-E32-...QQcmdZViewItem
    &
    http://cgi.ebay.com/BMW-E34-E32-E31-...QQcmdZViewItem


    SO overall, if those are the right items, I just need some info on some affordable sport suspension.
    Again, if anyone knows of a place to get quality parts for cheap and can link me to what I need, I would be extremely grateful! I don't necessarily need to be bound by a single distributor.
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    Eibach springs from bavauto $250 or so and IMO the best springs there are. I wouldn't buy anything else. Also maybe check out bilstein shocks
    -Mike

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    I replaced all the parts in that Meyle kit, except I went with Lemfoerder on all the parts. I got them from BMA. I paid more, but in my opinion it was more than worth it.

    I put in the Sachs Performance kit, which included Eibach springs and Sachs struts. I bought the kit @ bavauto, although Patrick @ BMA later said he would match their price. The kit lowered my car around an 1" all around.

    Ralph Mendoza Jr. - Long Beach, CA

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    I'd probably would spring for the Meyle kit... I know the $360 kit is tempting... but I'd probably skip that one.

    Brake... Akebono is the right way to go.

    Spring... Eibach... the only way to go... along with Bilsteing monotube sport shocks. That's what I have and the ride is good.

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    Eibach Springs, Koni Single Adjustable. Just did it for a buddy, nice handling, almost no compromise where ride comfort is concerned.

    Look up my posts you will see the e34 535i Eibach kit with specific part numbers and other tech info.
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    Thanks guys!

    What about front rotors? I don't want slotted or cross drilled, I don't need it and I want to be able to flip em. Any info would again be helpful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesAFerg
    Thanks guys!

    What about front rotors? I don't want slotted or cross drilled, I don't need it and I want to be able to flip em. Any info would again be helpful!
    OEM
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    I say Sachs kit is the best for city driving. I had it on my previous car and now I bought a second 525i with Bilstein and I don't like it....
    To stiff and not better in cornering.
    [I][B]1995 525i 66000miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwo
    To stiff and not better in cornering.
    That's why Koni SA are great, you can dial them in for cornering and handling and then dial them out for comfy city driving.

    They are also close to the cost of the Sachs kit and with life time warranty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbo Ready
    OEM
    Well where to buy? I'm assuming the dealer sells these for ultra expensive, yea? ...or am I wrong?
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