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mackypatron said:
Coilovers are simply a spring set with an adjustable height, usually turned by a special tool.

Hope that helps.
Yes, that does help, thanks. Presently I have non-sport springs with Bilstein HD shocks/struts and the ride is too high. I presume coils would solve that? Do they usually effect ride quality?

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Some have complained about the ride quality others have said that it improved, you will have to make a more specific post to find out which ones are better or worse ride quality
 

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Coilovers are usually a mod people want and not necessarily need. Ask yourself these questions: How often do you plan to adjust the height and dampening/rebound of your suspension? Is it going to be installed soley for street driving or will it see track duty? What is it you're looking for exactly? Improved handling? Ride height adjustability? That "perfect drop"? Before you go off and spend mad cash on a mod most mere mortals do NOT need, let me offer you less expensive alternatives. Get yourself a new set of Bilstein or Koni shocks and H&R or Eibach springs. Or get yourself a cup kit, which is basically matching shocks and springs. This will significantly improve your car's handling capabilities especially when used in conjunction with plus sized wheels and tires and meatier front and rear sway bars. I good strut tower brace works wonders in reducing chassis flex during hard cornering as well. Truth be told, most people get coilovers because they're expensive and they can say "I've got coilovers". They're nice to have, but most people just install them and never mess with their adjustments EVER. If you ask me, it's a waste to install them if you don't do any type of racing, autocross, driving school, etc... Ride quality opinions will vary depending on who you ask and is arguably not of much concern to those who seek a more aggressive suspension than stock. Ultimately it'll be up to you to decide what's best for you.
 

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well written, and, i concur with "dis guy". :thumbup:

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Coilovers are usually a mod people want and not necessarily need. Ask yourself these questions: How often do you plan to adjust the height and dampening/rebound of your suspension? Is it going to be installed soley for street driving or will it see track duty? What is it you're looking for exactly? Improved handling? Ride height adjustability? That "perfect drop"? Before you go off and spend mad cash on a mod most mere mortals do NOT need, let me offer you less expensive alternatives. Get yourself a new set of Bilstein or Koni shocks and H&R or Eibach springs. Or get yourself a cup kit, which is basically matching shocks and springs. This will significantly improve your car's handling capabilities especially when used in conjunction with plus sized wheels and tires and meatier front and rear sway bars. I good strut tower brace works wonders in reducing chassis flex during hard cornering as well. Truth be told, most people get coilovers because they're expensive and they can say "I've got coilovers". They're nice to have, but most people just install them and never mess with their adjustments EVER. If you ask me, it's a waste to install them if you don't do any type of racing, autocross, driving school, etc... Ride quality opinions will vary depending on who you ask and is arguably not of much concern to those who seek a more aggressive suspension than stock. Ultimately it'll be up to you to decide what's best for you.
 

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^^^werd. Coilovers need to be tuned correctly in order to perform optimally, this would include corner balancing on scales and all that jazz. Since you don't currently have a sport pkg suspension, you will see a drastic increase in handling with HR springs and some Koni/Bilstien shocks, and to finish that off, go for some sway bars. :thumbup:
 

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330xi420 said:
so the strut towers do make a big diff or is it mostly for looks. Cuz correct me if im wrong but isnt the swaybar the one that makes world of diff and a strut bar is mostly for looks?
I think the majority of the folks who have a strut brace would agree that relatively speaking, it doesn't make a "big" difference for daily street driving, if at all - eye candy. However, under hard-spirited driving, or track use is where the part demonstrates its purpose. Having said that, I would say that swaybar upgrades improves handling more, and is more noticable on a daily basis.
 
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