Dal's 46M

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  1. 5 Dec 2015 at 11:56 PM #641
    Dali

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    I agree on all counts Castnea!

    Worth reading a few posts back where I experimented with softer springs on the Ohlins. Results were good but the car sat too low. I didn't stretch the springs to compensate for the lower rate - my mistake. I could have gone further but decided to pull the plug and sell them on. Since I was focussed on road suspension only, the 'track' performance side of the Ohlins wasn't utilized much. It made sense to sell them on, buy standard shocks and put the change towards other jobs for the car. The Ohlins went to a cutter who uses his car on the track and sometimes on the road - perfect application, he was very happy with the kit.

    They are brilliant dampers - they never once knocked or made any weird sounds like I've had with a cheap coilover kit in the past. It would be awesome if Ohlins offered a 'Road' kit with standard height dampers and road friendly springs... take out 'track' bits which would reduce costs... one can wish.

    I hear you on the body-roll. I have no real problem with it, I know some do. It makes the car feel more natural, in the way you can feel the response. Our setups are near identical it seems (apart from springs). As you say, the ride comfort is as good as it gets - I'm really impressed with it. Sure, handling isn't 'razor sharp' but it delivers a great ride, perfect for a daily.

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  2. 17 Dec 2015 at 8:40 AM #642
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    Best thread in forum !!! Amazing job and Awesome CAR !!!
     
  3. 19 Jan 2016 at 8:41 AM #643
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    Hi fella,

    firstly thank you for doing a great write up!

    I know this is an old thread however it has helped me a great deal.

    I am now booked in to have my Ohlins R/T Kit fitted in April at CG!

    thanks again!
     
  4. 21 Jan 2016 at 8:30 PM #644
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    Outstanding guides and an awesome car Dali

    MODS THIS THREAD SHOUID BE MADE A STICKY WITH THESE INSTALL GUIDES :thumbsup:
     
  5. 24 Jan 2016 at 9:47 PM #645
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    Thank you for all your detailed write ups, they really are very very helpful, I have learnt so much from reading your thread.

    I recently purchased my own silver grey E46M so look out for my welcome/hello thread very soon.

    Just repaired my rear view mirror using your guide

    I also use my M3 as a daily, nice to know Im not the only 1

    btw where is the garage you seem to use mostly 'Darren Wood', are they near South London/Surrey

    Thanks

    FAZ
     
  6. 24 Jan 2016 at 11:52 PM #646
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    Excellent news Kash, you'll love the Ohlins - Chris and Pete from CG will do an excellent job.



    lol, thanks Stu!

    I'll release a DIY book soon on Amazon, watch out Haynes! ;)



    Hi Faz, thanks for the kind words and I am glad you found the guides very useful!

    I use Darren Wood (Stockport) and Hughes Brothers BMW (Derby).

    http://www.darren-wood.com/

    http://www.hughesbrothersbmw.com/

    Look forward to reading your thread :D









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    I've driven the M235i a bit more. Honestly it's very difficult to fault this car, but there is one issue I can't ignore.... the lag!

    From standstill I can feel the lag compared to the NA S54. Once the car is moving the power surges on very nicely of course (linear). I've used both sport and normal modes. I thought this wouldn't be noticeable, but it's there alright.

    In contrast, the ///M feels effortless to get going from a standstill. In other words much more responsive, to be expected from NA. Not sure I agree with any marketing led "no lag" statements towards this engine... :rolleyes:

    Great car overall though :)
     
  7. 30 Jan 2016 at 3:38 PM #647
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    Really want to try a set of Bilstein B4's now that they're back in stock, but I'll stay put for a bit. Also, looking forward to KevM3's eibach pro-street coilover kit review :)
     
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  8. 30 Jan 2016 at 5:16 PM #648
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    Lol ,i havnt bought it yet Dal! But if i keep my 46 ill be buying it soon, they got great reveiws over the pond
     
  9. 28 Feb 2016 at 2:20 PM #649
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    Rear Hub Carrier - Upper Bushings
    Had these replaced recently. A recent inspection discovered they were on their way out. BMW wanted £80 for the pair... I managed to get the OEM Lemforder set for ..... £20 from Amazon!

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    I'll be back later with an update on the Sachs/Eibachs. If you are in limbo, I'd take a good look at the Bilstein B4s. Reviews are positive and with them being the same price as the Sachs it's a no brainer (imo).







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    You can purchase copies here:
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  10. 29 Feb 2016 at 8:13 AM #650
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    I would say miss out the B4's if you do decide to change again, they are ok as a standard replacement I guess but nothing special and after a few thousand miles on them with my 130i ive now removed and couple of weeks ago fitted a new set of Koni Sport adjustables (Yellows) with stock msport springs along with my modified bumpstops, car rides beautiful now on soft setting but still nice and controlled, much better than previous 6 setups! :)... happy with mine now :D
     
  11. 29 Feb 2016 at 10:46 AM #651
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    Just ordered both of those mags! Can't wait to read them
     
  12. 29 Feb 2016 at 12:58 PM #652
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    Good Stuff. The B4's I still would like to sample - the OE specs are not going to thrill like a B6 or Koni, but for daily commuting it'll be a class above sachs I suspect. There have been some positive reviews about them on the 46M.

    Only thing I dislike about the Koni's is rear adjustment. You have to take the damper off to adjust it each time. Seems like you have yours dialled in nicely though. :)



    Great! You will not regret it :D
     
  13. 29 Feb 2016 at 1:39 PM #653
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    I think the B4 will be near identical to the sachs as its just an oem spec replacement like the sachs, your right about Koni rear adjustment being a pain with stock versions (you can get top adjustables in usa but they are ££££) although to be honest on a road car I find full soft works very well giving much better wheel control than oem but better ride as well. I did play with various settings on my last set and on track a tad stiffer did feel good but on road home afterwards it was too firm for my liking.

    Look forward to seeing what you try next :D
     
  14. 28 Mar 2016 at 9:53 PM #654
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    Bilstein B4 Dampers (Rears)


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    A month ago I noticed my current Sachs setup becoming a little too soft. The car had 'wallowing' behaviour, most noticeably in the rear. This meant the body took longer to settle over bumps, an undesirable trait on fast road.
    This is no surprise with Sachs, though I was expecting this behaviour later.

    Bilstein B4
    I've been keen on trying out the B4s for some time. As a recap, they are intended to replace the OE dampers, so have OEM valving. Bilstein products tend to be highly durable.

    Rears only
    So last month I replaced the rear sachs with a new pair of B4 rears. I only did the rear for two reasons. First, I didn't want to upset the geometry up front until I have a verdict on the B4. Secondly, I felt the rear required better management than the front.

    Results
    After install, the rear was noticeably firm. The the front and rear suspension felt very mismatched. I was surprised at the stiffness. B4's are twin tube unlike B6's, they should be softer.
    However, after one week of driving the 'over-stiffness' vanished. The rears became very comfortable. They have just the right amount of firmness to stabilize the chassis, making the car feel 'tighter' but not uncomfortable.
    There are far fewer secondary movements.

    B4 Fronts?
    I have no plans right now to install B4's at the front as I am really happy with this setup. The softer sachs at the front work great on bad roads, the slightly taughter B4's in the rear catch up quickly to control the body... wonderful! :D

    A setup like this is experimental. Daily drivers looking for new dampers with a bias towards comfort should consider Sachs and Bilstein B4.
    A full set of B4's will give a nice blend of comfort and handling. Whereas Sachs is more biased to comfort... just remember a very soft mushy suspension can be 'uncomfortable' too.










    Spotted this shiny piece at HB a few weeks back, can you guess what model it belongs to? ;)


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    Good stuff, I liked the Rear B4s on my 130i but fronts felt lacking so sounds like you have a good combo, im loving my Konis now though which are better in comfort and body control, only downside is the need to remove rears to adjust but after much tweaking im happy for road use on either full soft ot +180 stiffer.
    Next for me will probably be custom spec Ohlins but wont be for awhile.
     
  18. 29 Mar 2016 at 10:08 AM #658
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    E30 it is. There are some special bush carriers welded on for eccentric adjustment! The diff is E30 but contains E36 components... and a 2.5 from the E36 is also going into it.



    Back at you z! :D



    Everyone deserves to sample Ohlins at some point. We both agree for road use twin-tube is the way to go. I still consider the B6 great value for what it is.... if only they had a "chill" button.


    No problem at all. There is not one suspension system that does it all for our cars. It will always be a compromise depending on what you want/need.

    It's a real shame suspension companies can't find a use case to give us adaptive suspension like those found on modern cars. :rolleyes: :thumbsup:
     
  20. 3 Apr 2016 at 5:53 PM #660
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    Today was a great day for a drive and photos :)



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    I sampled the new S3 from a family member who had one on loan. Have to say it left me disappointed. It's quick (you have dig deep to wake it up), the s-tronic transmission is fantastic as expected but there is just too much isolation from the driving experience. I expected some isolation, but not this much. Also, the interior creaked and rattled, very surprising. On that note, the interior design was very nice. For the money, the M235i is a much better option in my opinion. Next, I want to sample the RS3.

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