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E36 Coilover Options
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Hi guys!

Looking to purchase a set of coilovers for my E36 328i. The car is going to be a weekend car plus track day car but nothing competitive. Just social.

My main consideration at the moment is to purchase a set of BC BR coilovers and the price is coming in at R22k from the suppliers. Just wanted to make sure I have considered all other options before I pull the trigger.

Any comments/suggestions/feedback is appreciated.
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#2
Howzit, I installed ISC Coilovers from Ultra Racing Fordsburg.

Excellent price point and its the top of the range kit at R12k, not bad compared to the Euro brands.

No complaints to be honest. No clunking and other weird noises, comes with adjustable damping too.

I had Ashley from D&H shocks install them.

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damn is that what we're paying for BCs now
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(16-11-2020, 12:58 PM)Jive_m135i Wrote: Howzit, I installed ISC Coilovers from Ultra Racing Fordsburg.

Excellent price point and its the top of the range kit at R12k, not bad compared to the Euro brands.

No complaints to be honest. No clunking and other weird noises, comes with adjustable damping too.

I had Ashley from D&H shocks install them.

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Cool, thanks! Are you using your car on the track as well?

(16-11-2020, 01:07 PM)individj Wrote: damn is that what we're paying for BCs now

Yep, I was taken aback as well lol. But I heard that they are really good quality and fit for purpose.
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Forgot to mention the Uncle from Ultra Racing carries all the spares too. During the COVID-19 lockdown, the coils were delivered to SA in about 2 months as soon as production finished. I'm sure the lead time will be even shorter now. Also enquire about the UR front and rear strut bars if you haven't done them already.

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(16-11-2020, 01:15 PM)Jive_m135i Wrote: Forgot to mention the Uncle from Ultra Racing carries all the spares too. During the COVID-19 lockdown, the coils were delivered to SA in about 2 months as soon as production finished. I'm sure the lead time will be even shorter now. Also enquire about the UR front and rear strut bars if you haven't done them already. 

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(16-11-2020, 01:58 PM)zabbo Wrote:
(16-11-2020, 01:15 PM)Jive_m135i Wrote: Forgot to mention the Uncle from Ultra Racing carries all the spares too. During the COVID-19 lockdown, the coils were delivered to SA in about 2 months as soon as production finished. I'm sure the lead time will be even shorter now. Also enquire about the UR front and rear strut bars if you haven't done them already. 

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You could PM me for a TarrTech rear strut bar - I have the last couple left in stock.
Got the rear strut bar, you got the fronts in stock? For E46 2 door

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Just an update. Spoke to Ultra Racing. They are having issues with suppliers and don’t want to take the risk of ordering now and it doesn’t get delivered. So will hold off until next year to be safe.

I think these are the best option and value for money. So this is first prize for now. Unless BC has a MAJOR Black Friday sale ?
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(17-11-2020, 08:23 PM)lurendrin Wrote: Just an update. Spoke to Ultra Racing. They are having issues with suppliers and don’t want to take the risk of ordering now and it doesn’t get delivered. So will hold off until next year to be safe.

I think these are the best option and value for money. So this is first prize for now. Unless BC has a MAJOR Black Friday sale ?
Sorry to hear.

Another option could be Bilstein Shocks with Eibach/HnR drop springs. Ive also seen ARC coilover setups but don't have much XP with them.

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Perhaps speak to Rafique at Racing Edge in Parow - he stocks Eibach and has decent coilover packages as well.
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Thanks guys. Does anyone have experience with ART (StaticART) coilovers? Came across them; pricing around R12k.
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#12
@lurendrin did you try contacting Gold Wagen for a quote on Bilstein coilovers?

@Riaad has adjustable Bilstein B14's on his E46 330i, was in the region of R14k, IIRC. Car rides firm, however handling feels awesome and the car feels very planted/flat through the corners.
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(18-11-2020, 01:57 PM)KPM3_30 Wrote: @lurendrin did you try contacting Gold Wagen for a quote on Bilstein coilovers?

@Riaad has adjustable Bilstein B14's on his E46 330i, was in the region of R14k, IIRC. Car rides firm, however handling feels awesome and the car feels very planted/flat through the corners.

I will contact them now.
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#14
I can offer the following options for the E36:

Coilovers:

Vogtland kit (height adjustable): R18700
H&R kit (height adjustable): R17900
H&R kit (height and damping adjustable): 25100

All the above need to be ordered from overseas.

Bilstein B14 kit (height adjustable): R17000 (one in stock in SA).

Otherwise there are lowering spring and shock options:

Koni STR.T shocks: R9000 (in stock)
Koni Sport Yellow (damping adjustable): R14000 (to be ordered)

H&R Sport springs (40mm front, 15mm rear): R5200 (to be ordered)
H&R low version (60mm front, 30mm rear): R5700 (to be ordered)

If anyone is interested, drop me a PM.

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(18-11-2020, 02:52 PM)gavsadler Wrote: I can offer the following options for the E36:

Coilovers:

Vogtland kit (height adjustable): R18700
H&R kit (height adjustable): R17900
H&R kit (height and damping adjustable): 25100

All the above need to be ordered from overseas.

Bilstein B14 kit (height adjustable): R17000 (one in stock in SA).

Otherwise there are lowering spring and shock options:

Koni STR.T shocks: R9000 (in stock)
Koni Sport Yellow (damping adjustable): R14000 (to be ordered)

H&R Sport springs (40mm front, 15mm rear): R5200 (to be ordered)
H&R low version (60mm front, 30mm rear): R5700 (to be ordered)

If anyone is interested, drop me a PM.

Thanks

Thanks alot but looking at the options for ART and ISC coming in at max R12k for adjustable coilvers with dampening and camber plates, going to wait for them to come it rather.

Shot for the message though.
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#16
Anyone have any experience with FK Coilovers for track cars? There’s someone offering a set of FK’s height and damper adjustable for R8500.
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#17
Also have someone selling a set of ISC’s for R15k. And second hand BC’s for R6k
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I have h&r super sport springs for over 4 years I think and still happy.
Would need to change shocks again soon, maybe Coilovers would be a good idea for the height adjustment

FYI

https://www.autostyle.co.za/product/fk-s...w-f30-f31/
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(21-11-2020, 01:29 PM)BeemerFanatic Wrote: I have h&r super sport springs for over 4 years I think and still happy.
Would need to change shocks again soon, maybe Coilovers  would be a good idea for the height adjustment

FYI

https://www.autostyle.co.za/product/fk-s...w-f30-f31/

Thanks! Saw the link; I was also offered the height only adjustable for E36 at R7k. But the model with dampening adjustment is R8500. 

I am just thinking that as a complete beginner, these seem like an ok set to get started out with for a year or two. Car won’t be used every day, hell probably not even every week and used on track probably only once or twice a month.

(21-11-2020, 01:29 PM)BeemerFanatic Wrote: I have h&r super sport springs for over 4 years I think and still happy.
Would need to change shocks again soon, maybe Coilovers  would be a good idea for the height adjustment

FYI

https://www.autostyle.co.za/product/fk-s...w-f30-f31/

Also, how much did your setup cost and which shocks did you go with?
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(21-11-2020, 08:22 AM)lurendrin Wrote: Anyone have any experience with FK Coilovers for track cars? There’s someone offering a set of FK’s height and damper adjustable for R8500.

Please don't, there's a reason for them being this price, ask anyone who has them fitted, they clunk because of the pillow ball mounts and the ride is very choppy and unrefined. You're honestly much better off with a set of lowered springs and koni or bilstein shocks
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