I'm needing shocks and control arm bushings for my car. I don't have the
Sports Package, but would not mind having sports suspension. I'm running
225/45x17s on Double Spoke (Style 22?) Motorsport rims from an M3.
I have 140k miles on the car, and I'm the third owner. I've had the car for
5 years and have done nothing to it, except I fitted slotted and cross
drilled rotors because they look cool with my tire package.
I was driving on a very rough road this past weekend with a back seat
passenger, and the car bottomed out several times. I've never had any reason
to think there was a problem, but the tires rubbed on the tops of the wheel
wells several times -- not on the fender openings, but on the wheel wells.
The suspension collapsed far enough that the tires hit on the inside of the
wheel wells -- I can see the rub marks. The passenger is a very small
woman -- under 110 pounds, if I had to guess -- so I was surprised that the
suspension bottomed out. It's old stuff though, so I'm up to replace it.
So, I need shocks at the very least, and with the miles and time on the car,
I probably need front and rear control arm bushings too. It would be stupid
to not replace them...
What I want to know is, what's out there, and what package would include all
of the stuff I need from one place. Also, since my car is a convertible (and
I have no intention of taking it to the track), I would like to stiffen the
body roll and twist up a bit. What do I do to do that? I see Websites with
heavy duty shocks, but I don't think I want those. It's difficult to tell by
reading the propoganda from the makers, so if anybody actually has a
recommendation of shocks and springs, I'd love to hear it. I'm leaning
towards Bilsteins for my shocks.
I don't mind a stiffer ride, but I'm not out to make my suspension
aggressively different. Like I said, I have no plan on tracking the car, but
I do enjoy my mountain roads from time to time. I'm no Ricky Racer, I just
like good stuff.