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    Exclamation Worn Struts -Suspension Upgrade Help & Suggestions Please

    Hello everyone,

    I've a 2002 325ci (150k) and the front struts are done (need to be replaced asap). Currently have H&R springs from previous owner and not sure what else tbh (I assume just springs and from my experience, these are not good: knocking etc...)

    With that being the case, I feel like I should overhaul the entire suspension (unless you guys think there is a better alternative)

    -I want to be able to adjust my ride height (lower it) *It's low in the front but not sure if that is due to worn struts or H&R springs (perhaps a combo of both)
    -Would like the ride to be "tight" in turns/cornering
    -I don't want any "knocking"

    The most pressing issue are the struts obviously and I've been looking at the following kits for replacement/upgrade. However, as I'm new to this, I don't know if these kits come with or replace struts:
    1. KW VARIANT 1 COIL-OVER
    2. BC Racing BR Series Coilover Suspension Kit
    3. Bilstein PSS10 Coil Over Suspension


    What do you guys think about the aforementioned kits? (are they decent, overkill etc...) Can you offer suggestions, insights or alternatives? ....I've also seen kits for just strut replacement (OEM kits but I don't know if that's a good idea with these H&R springs).

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    If this is a daily driver go with koni fsds. They are the best for e46s and stock springs.

    Koni updated their fsd shock so go with the updated version. Go read about koni fsds and you will understand why...

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    If you can get past the lowering requirement get the OE Sachs. They drive great.

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    Hey guys, I apologize for my untimely reply and want to thank you, for taking the time to share your thoughts/insight -greatly appreciated!

    @RobertDenali:
    Really? I read here actually, to stay clear of Konis as they're not worth the money?... (I don't know, it's just what was posted), could possibly be referring to non-fsd's or the non-updated version but the poster didn't specify.

    I assume you run them on your setup? Also, yes this is my DD.

    @harrier: I'll give them a look, thanks friend!

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    Yes Koni FSDs are excellent for DD on stock springs. Koni yellows are a bit harsh.

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