318ti.org forum

Go Back   318ti.org forum > Garage > Lounge


Lounge Temporary forum until new sections are suggested.

» Recent Threads
Z3 6cyl rear suspension...
Yesterday 02:09 PM
Last post by tougebmw318ti
Yesterday 02:09 PM
0 Replies, 213 Views
I wish they still made...
01-23-2020 05:39 PM
Last post by 318ticj
01-23-2020 05:40 PM
1 Replies, 291 Views
In defense of the ti
12-24-2019 06:06 AM
Last post by joe1602
01-23-2020 02:44 PM
8 Replies, 1,934 Views
318ti Is closing down??
08-01-2019 12:26 AM
Last post by stringdimensions
01-23-2020 03:23 AM
50 Replies, 56,409 Views
Anyone here replaced...
01-23-2020 03:19 AM
Last post by stringdimensions
01-23-2020 03:19 AM
0 Replies, 239 Views
1994 BMW 318I - Tail...
01-21-2020 01:30 AM
Last post by stringdimensions
01-23-2020 03:13 AM
2 Replies, 580 Views
So I replaced my Timing...
06-03-2009 05:49 PM
Last post by stringdimensions
01-23-2020 03:07 AM
11 Replies, 1,591 Views
Lightweight Flywheel and...
01-15-2020 07:30 AM
Last post by gkatzens
01-22-2020 07:18 AM
1 Replies, 568 Views
Coil on PLug Conversion...
01-04-2020 11:26 PM
Last post by Venoak
01-21-2020 04:48 PM
8 Replies, 1,622 Views
Longtime Listener. First...
01-16-2020 01:37 PM
Last post by lazoh
01-20-2020 06:00 PM
3 Replies, 779 Views
Reply Share/Bookmark
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-13-2007, 06:49 PM   #1
speedracerf4i's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 55
iTrader: (0)
Thumbs up New front end overhal. Detailed ride review.

Hi Guys,

I just did a complete front suspension overhaul, that included: Bilstein sport shocks, Bav Auto sport springs, Meyle all metal ball joint control arms, 96' M3 solid control arm bushings, sway bar links with new brackets, Sach's new front and rear shock mounts, and of course, alignment and balancing.

I acquired a 1998 red 318ti sport through e-bay 2 month ago. The car has 116,000 miles and felt very loose in the front end, thus the complete overhaul. I did my upgrade in steps so I can better determine what each component's improvements were.

My Honest Unbias Review (with costs breakdown):

1. Tie-Rods ($98 each.): After the new tie-rods was put in, I noticed a much better control and tightness in steering. But the overall suspension slopiness is still noticeable.

2. Control arms ($100 each): This is what made the most improvement. I did install a solid-rubber-core M3 control arm bushing so it added to the tightness feel. The car responded better to the imperfections of the road.

3. Sway bar link($27 each): I kept the original sport bar because it was enough for our 2759 lb car. I lubed the bushings with grease and replaced the link. I made a mistake of not tightening the nuts with the wheels compressed, so it make clacking noises afterwards. Make sure you press your rotor up with a jack to tighten the link bolt. This upgrade did not produce any noticeable improvement to the ride.

4. Shocks and springs ($575 kit) Strut mounts ($100 total): The original boge and sport springs were more firm, but a little more britle than Bilstein-bavauto combo. I felt that the car is much better damped but the bav-auto springs were a little softer than stock. The new springs lowered the height in front by .75" and back by .4" over stock sport set up.
The Bav springs promised to lower the car without punishing ride of the other sport springs, and they're right. But the car felt heavier in the front with their springs. I would keep my old springs and change them back in a few months if I can't get use to it. I love the Kart-like nimbleness of the original sport springs, but I definitely love the bilsteins. One benefit with my new set up is that high-speed freeway ride became more stable and refined. The bilsteins dumpens the smaller, high-frequency bumps very well.

Overall, I would recommed any high-mileage Ti's to do a front suspension overhaul. The choice of springs is a matter of personal taste. I hope my experience would help those who likes to renew that lengendary BMW ride.
speedracerf4i is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2007, 01:48 AM   #2
Senior Member
Mad-Machine's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: SOUTH Jersey
Posts: 1,085
iTrader: (0)

going to do mine this summer.. 107,000 miles.. it is time
Mad-Machine is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 08:23 AM.

Powered by site supporters
vBulletin Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1999 - 2020, 318ti.org
© vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2
[page compression: 64.80 k/74.95 k (13.54%)]

318ti.org does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or products discussed.