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    Going back to OEM.

    As some of you know from my project thread (link) I've spent a lot of time, money and effort over the last 6-7 months modifying my car to its current configuration.

    However recently I've lost my faith due to problems which include the harshness of the ride and additional wear on the components (I've been through 2 sets of rear top mounts in 4 months ), and as such I've decided to return the car to its original Sport suspension but keep the other parts like the poly bushes.

    So the point of this rambling (I'm tired from climbing and on my 3rd G&T ) is that I'm going to start a new project thread where I'll be fitting new OEM parts and reverting to subtle mods that will hopefully keep the resale value of my car at its highest

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    Don't over react, just put the suspension back and think for a bit.
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    Did you use reinforcement plates on your rear top mounts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by e36coupe-328 View Post
    Don't over react, just put the suspension back and think for a bit.
    That's what I'm going to do this weekend. It's gotten to the point where the car is barely drivable


    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    Did you use reinforcement plates on your rear top mounts?
    Yes. Although I removed them when I fitted my rear strut brace as the mounts do the same thing.


    Refiting the original shocks/springs is only a temporary measure. The whole point of the exersise was because my old suspension was tired and it was cheaper to buy coilovers, however in the interests of a better/safer ride I'm going to fit new standard shocks.

    What would people recommend? So far I've had a look at Meyle and Bilstein which are both within my budget.

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    ha ha me too, I am going back to oem because of the harshness on my coilovers. I got a lil one coming through soon and they cant sit in the back seat with all these bumps in London....
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    31% off ECP atm if anybody can order from there.

    Afaik most fit Bilstein B6/B8 shocks with Eibach springs so it sits lower and feels better than OEM. But I've never driven that set up.

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    bloody hell....
    ECP don't have anything in stock....except rear shocks and springs....KMT..

    Damn......
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    Quote Originally Posted by osomar View Post
    bloody hell....
    ECP don't have anything in stock....except rear shocks and springs....KMT..

    Damn......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    31% off ECP atm if anybody can order from there.
    I've just used that to get 2 oil filters for less than 7 inc postage I'll give them a call tomorrow and see what they can get hold of for me.


    Quote Originally Posted by Prince View Post
    Afaik most fit Bilstein B6/B8 shocks with Eibach springs so it sits lower and feels better than OEM.
    I think thats what I'm gonna go with

    I still want a lower ride hight, but those coilovers are brutal

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