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      02-23-2009, 12:17 AM   #1
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Another Dinan Spring Set Installed

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Okay just got the car back this weekend after having a set of Dinan Performance Springs mounted on my M3. Logistics was simple. Searched Dinan's website to find alternatives to my dealer who also does Dinan work as well. Shop I found offered and additional discount on top of Dinan's current 15% offer on BOTH labor and parts which made it hard to pass up so I pulled the trigger. Parts were in stock at Dinan and shipped to the shop; dropped my car off Thur (free loaner given an 330 with an S2 package which was quite nice/adequate but NO M3 of course). Picked up on Fri afternoon and drove home.

Impressions so far:
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  • drop is nice with my 19" V710's. Not too aggressive or slammed but 20" would look better IF the roads here would support such a risk. No bent rims need apply!
  • ride is more stable and seems very supportive of terrain/road changes now. I have EDC and leave it in Normal rather than comfort and rarely is the chassis as upset as previously by changes in the road surface.
  • EDC no faults but none expected which is one reason why I went with Dinan vs the others which have had a few problems..but NOT that many.
  • No body roll whatsoever but then there wasn't THAT much in the M3 before
  • Grip seems the same but haven't really pushed the car yet except for a few exit ramp sweepers. So more TBA
  • Dinan Warranty=peace of mind. Since it meets the factories there's no haggling or removing springs and reinstalling old EDC springs to avoid a fight with the SA to make sure my warranty is honored. Labor alone for that would cost me at least $200-400 in labor as I am not in a position to DIY.
CONS
  • Like everyone has said already; the price but with the extra discounts I save about $200 off MSPR
  • Drop may NOT be as aggressive as some would like. Fender Gap may be still be too much for some!
  • I had to go without my car for 24hrs! LOL

So that's it. Am looking forward to enjoying it on my upcomming trip down to the PDC next month for my M school. Also will see if the springs settle some or if the stance stays the same and the driving habit/performance. TIll then the pics you've all be waiting for. Let the flaming begin! LOL
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Opps forgot...here are the BEFORE Pics! This is the car with the OEM springs installed at the PDC Pickup in S.C. at the factory and also right after the new VMR V710's were installed 2 weeks ago.
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Dinan gives a nice subtle drop. Plus having the warranty peace of mind is very reassuring!

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thats a sexy color combo lol nice subtle drop too!
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That looks better than I thought it would. Very nice. May not be enough for me, but I'll have to see it up close. Looks good OP. Nice job
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Talking You got a nice good clean drop

Your looking good good stuff no more big factory gap I still think you need to go on ahead and get some painted reflectors to finish your mods for now
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I think that's a civilized looking drop for a daily driver. Nice looking car.
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I'll be honest here, i can barely notice the drop, I really don't think it's worth paying over $1k to have these things installed but that's just me.

Still love the ///M though
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I think it looks great and if you live in a winter city and drive it then it really is the best choice

I am still considering it

Well done!
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I'll be honest here, i can barely notice the drop, I really don't think it's worth paying over $1k to have these things installed but that's just me.

Still love the ///M though
The opr is subtle I agree and NOT as aggressive as H&R and those doing KW koilovers BUT like I stated and others have mentioned already I didn't want a huge drop in my daily driver and also up here in the the northeast depending on where you're driving in this area you spend as much time dodging potholes and other road imperfections as you can do enjoying the drive sometimes.

So for me...a subtle drop and improved performance and ride along with the waranty equal to the manufacturer and honored by my local BMW who is a Dinan shop too was worth the extra investment which I see as minimal while others will take the extra $500 and spend it on 1/2 of one HRE P40 or a set or PS2 rears!
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Your looking good good stuff no more big factory gap I still think you need to go on ahead and get some painted reflectors to finish your mods for now
where? How much? Come on...don't keep it a secret! LOL
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I think it looks great and if you live in a winter city and drive it then it really is the best choice

I am still considering it

Well done!
Local Dinan shop's discount offer is what pushed me off the fence along with the warranty. Add to it Dinan's R&D and reputation for performance and quality mods for BMW's only while H&R/Eibach/KW and others make stuff for a variety of focuses.....that just made the cost between doing aftermarket minimal at least in my opinion. Just gives you added peace of mind. (who hasn't seen the horor stories posted here by others with their cars?)

Estimate I worked out came to:
H&Rs - $250 with shipping (JSLevi, EAS and others)
Install - $400 labor ($100/hr for 4 hrs estimate local shop non dealer)
Allignment - $200-300 (est local dealer to get the specs right)
Rental - $50 (hopefully a shop would have included it but not guaranteed)
Aftermarket Total=$950-1000

Dinan's came to
Shocks - $899 (before discount)
Labor - $899 (book value charge by Dinan for 7.5 hrs total)
Dinan Rebate shocks 15% - $134.85 off
Dinan local shop install discount - $44.95 off
Dinan local Shop parts discount - $44.95 off
Dinan Total = Roughly $1573.25!

4 years or 50,000 miles Dinan warrant on their product=PRICELESS!
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Talking Here is the hook up for painted reflectors no more secret

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where? How much? Come on...don't keep it a secret! LOL
Well here you go. I am sure Nate@IND will hook you up like he did me 2-3 days or less and you will have painted reflectors on your M3

Here is the site:

http://www.ind-distribution.com/deta...make=44&part=3

Can't say the exact price but its less than $100.00

http://www.ind-distribution.com/index4
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Local Dinan shop's discount offer is what pushed me off the fence along with the warranty. Add to it Dinan's R&D and reputation for performance and quality mods for BMW's only while H&R/Eibach/KW and others make stuff for a variety of focuses.....that just made the cost between doing aftermarket minimal at least in my opinion. Just gives you added peace of mind. (who hasn't seen the horor stories posted here by others with their cars?)

Estimate I worked out came to:
H&Rs - $250 with shipping (JSLevi, EAS and others)
Install - $400 labor ($100/hr for 4 hrs estimate local shop non dealer)
Allignment - $200-300 (est local dealer to get the specs right)
Rental - $50 (hopefully a shop would have included it but not guaranteed)
Aftermarket Total=$950-1000

Dinan's came to
Shocks - $899 (before discount)
Labor - $899 (book value charge by Dinan for 7.5 hrs total)
Dinan Rebate shocks 15% - $134.85 off
Dinan local shop install discount - $44.95 off
Dinan local Shop parts discount - $44.95 off
Dinan Total = Roughly $1573.25!

4 years or 50,000 miles Dinan warrant on their product=PRICELESS!
Looks good. Thanks for the price info. I think it is worth the extra $600 if one wants to drop the car without messing with the stock dampers. I am still wondering about the stiffness of the dinan springs vs. the stock springs.
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I'm sorry...the price of the springs and the labor is nothing short of absurd. Typical dinan bending over the BMW consumer. It's a shame really.

The worst part is 7.5 hours for springs? I did coilovers on my e46 m3 in my garage with no power tools....never before touched a suspension on a car....in 5 hours. Did they do the work with one arm and blindfolded?

Glad you're happy with it though, I guess that's what matters.
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You can count 2 hours of the quoted install time toward alignment. 5.5 hours for spring and bumpstop install is still high though.
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Rob nice subtle drop! Car looks good with the wheels and springs I have to see it in person sometime. When the weather warms up We're going on a drive. Price is steep but considering the warranty I think it's worth it. I've already have had two issues with my EDC and I plan on keeping it, so this may be the route I go.
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Rob nice subtle drop! Car looks good with the wheels and springs I have to see it in person sometime. When the weather warms up We're going on a drive. Price is steep but considering the warranty I think it's worth it. I've already have had two issues with my EDC and I plan on keeping it, so this may be the route I go.
BCMPOWER...Hey man. Long time no hear..on my part mostly! LOL Yes we gotta get together for a drive soon as it warms up. ASE2DIAS and I and I think another e92 are heading down to the M School Course next Wed so you're welcome to join us even without a seat! LOL I am sure no-one would mind.

Thanks for the words on the car. Appreciate it. Yes its subtle but rides great. Very stable and planted. What happened to your EDC? Did you have problems with the dealer getting it fixed? That is exactly what I am afraid of especially going into the dealer with H&R's and saying hi "fix me" with a straight face while he's laughing at me. And they KNOW me there too well! Otherwise how's your car?
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Rob, I am so jealous that you're going for the M school, I wish I could but ah I have to work. I have had two issues with my EDC one was a plug loose and the other one was a failed control module. Both issues took about a week to diagnose and fix. Trust me my service adviser knew me pretty well also. They fixed both without any issues but imagine if I had so aftermarket springs, that's why I would like to go your route when I pull the trigger. I used to have coil overs on my previous car and the ride was much to unforgiving for DC streets so a good compromise between handling and comfort is a must. Seems like these do the trick. I have 12000 miles on her now, and I am loving every minute of it. I don't even want to ask how many miles you have on yours, lol!
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I'm ordering these tonight before the rebate expires and will have a local shop install.

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Local Dinan shop's discount offer is what pushed me off the fence along with the warranty. Add to it Dinan's R&D and reputation for performance and quality mods for BMW's only while H&R/Eibach/KW and others make stuff for a variety of focuses.....that just made the cost between doing aftermarket minimal at least in my opinion. Just gives you added peace of mind. (who hasn't seen the horor stories posted here by others with their cars?)

Estimate I worked out came to:
H&Rs - $250 with shipping (JSLevi, EAS and others)
Install - $400 labor ($100/hr for 4 hrs estimate local shop non dealer)
Allignment - $200-300 (est local dealer to get the specs right)
Rental - $50 (hopefully a shop would have included it but not guaranteed)
Aftermarket Total=$950-1000

Dinan's came to
Shocks - $899 (before discount)
Labor - $899 (book value charge by Dinan for 7.5 hrs total)
Dinan Rebate shocks 15% - $134.85 off
Dinan local shop install discount - $44.95 off
Dinan local Shop parts discount - $44.95 off
Dinan Total = Roughly $1573.25!

4 years or 50,000 miles Dinan warrant on their product=PRICELESS!
You forgot shipping on the Dinans ($21 for me), but that's peanuts. Also, I think you meant "springs", not "shocks" a couple places.
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