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 Old 11-01-2018, 03:03 PM   #1
 
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Default Need to ditch the coilovers; anything more comfortable than OEM?

I just picked up an '08 ms3 a few weeks ago with 70k on the clock. Previous owner had installed a junk set of coilovers. Not only are they suuuper stiff (they are set to maximum height which barely clears the wheel wells), but they creak, groan, clunk, and pop all the time.

I love the car and it's peppy nature, but ultimately, this is a daily driver and I'm after comfort not track days. I've read through a lot of the suspension threads here, but they all appear to focus on sporty performance or stance. Is the OEM suspension going to be my most comfortable setup? Or is there anything even more comfortable than stock?
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OEM is probably the most Comfortable. Even that will be a little firm.

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Koni FSDs are pretty comfy.
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I second the FSD’s. They’re comfortable I think, reasonably priced, and performed well in the autoX’s I’ve done too. They’re a great all rounder and they have a lifetime waranty
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Originally Posted by Loophole35 View Post
OEM is probably the most Comfortable. Even that will be a little firm.

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If you want to save some money you can get a set of sensen struts and pair them with any springs you want. I ran those struts with H&R springs on my gen1 for alittle over a year without a problem before I sold it. Drove smooth and handled great for the money. I think I got them for like 95$ opened box for all 4 struts.


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Originally Posted by a-hubs View Post
I just picked up an '08 ms3 a few weeks ago with 70k on the clock. Previous owner had installed a junk set of coilovers. Not only are they suuuper stiff (they are set to maximum height which barely clears the wheel wells), but they creak, groan, clunk, and pop all the time.

I love the car and it's peppy nature, but ultimately, this is a daily driver and I'm after comfort not track days. I've read through a lot of the suspension threads here, but they all appear to focus on sporty performance or stance. Is the OEM suspension going to be my most comfortable setup? Or is there anything even more comfortable than stock?
Absolutely love my Bilstein B12 Pro-Kit setup. Not too low for the street, nice damping setup, and worked well at the track (which I drove 2 hours to).

Drop in replacements for stock at a reasonable price and sits just slightly lower than stock but not a ton.

I had a shit set of Corksport coilovers in the car I bought used and know what you're experiencing.

Strong B12 recommendation from me. Order new top hats while you're at it though (doesn't come with them).
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