Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 11:56:24 -0400
From: "Wayne Miller" <m3_at_waynemiller.com>
Subject: Suspension Version 3.0 Review
Last night, I drove my car with suspension Version 3.0. As a reminder,
Version 3.0 consists of:
UUC Sway Barbarians
TC Kline adjustable camber plates
Ground Control rear shock mounts.
The first thing that I noticed is the car is noticeably higher than it used to
be (with the H&R/Bilstein setup it used to be very low). It looks about the
same height as stock but I will take some measurements in a few days. I then
drove it and there is a tremendous difference. It rides like a normal car
now without the bone-jarring thumps at every bump in the road. My girlfriend
commented that is now a pleasure to be in my car and she fell asleep (which
she was never able to do in my car before). The steering feels much
different with the 2 degrees of negative camber dialed in and if you even
think about turning, it does. It is kind of odd at first but I really like
it. As for the handling, I played on a few highway ramps and didn't notice
any difference in overall cornering ability but I will have to wait for an
autocross or drivers school for the final judgment there. Overall, I am very
happy with the results and anyone in the NYC area is welcome to try it out
if they are considering something similar.
One comment that I have heard before that I concur with is concerning the
"adjustable" camber plates. It isn't as easy as one would think to adjust
them. You can just loosen 3 bolts and adjust the camber but then your
alignment will be off (because your tie-rods will move). You can adjust the
caster but the strut has to be lowered completely to do this so it is more
of a set it and forget it deal. I conferenced in my mechanic with Brian from
TC Kline to confirm this and he agreed. This doesn't mean that I am
unsatisfied with the part in any way - they are very well made and look
really cool, but I just wanted to point this out.
The part numbers of the springs that I used, for those of you that are
Fronts: 31-33-2-228-171 (even though I do have a/c, sunroof, etc) - $166.80
(for both) from Nick Alexander
Rears: 33-53-9-069-132 - $168.60 from Nick Alexander
I did have to wait an extra week for the springs to be shipped from Germany
but it was worth it.
'99 M3/2 with just about everything except for forced induction and my
Blinder M-10 that I still yet have to install.
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