BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > E90/E92 M3 Technical Topics > Suspension | Brakes | Chassis
 
Stick to Clutch
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      06-22-2009, 07:38 PM   #1
AMPowerJ
One mod leads to another ...
 
AMPowerJ's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 E92 M3
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Blythewood, SC

Posts: 2,437
iTrader: (9)

Garage List
Before/After Pics - Dinan Springs E90

Hi Guys -

I installed my Dinan springs yesterday. As everyone has already posted the drop is minimal, but visible, and the handling feels sharper on the road. Folks have been requesting a side shot before/after so here you go. I also have 12mm spacers front and rear BTW.

BEFORE:

AFTER:


1 week later ...

__________________

Current: 2015 F80 M3 (SS, Full Black Interior, 6MT, LED, Adaptive, 19's) - On Order
Previous: 2013 E92 M3, 2013 F10 M5, 2009 E90 M3, 1998 E36 M3

Last edited by AMPowerJ; 06-26-2009 at 09:48 PM. Reason: Adding pics
AMPowerJ is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 07:56 PM   #2
BilletDesign
Private
 
Drives: 2008 e90 M3
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: s. florida

Posts: 78
iTrader: (0)

can't see much of a difference shoud have gone with the h&r sport plus
BilletDesign is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 07:58 PM   #3
J08M3
Major General
 
J08M3's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 M3 COUPE
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NEW YORK

Posts: 6,012
iTrader: (8)

Quote:
Originally Posted by BilletDesign View Post
can't see much of a difference shoud have gone with the h&r sport plus
+1

this pic looks the same to me too...
__________________
J08M3 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 08:00 PM   #4
AMPowerJ
One mod leads to another ...
 
AMPowerJ's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 E92 M3
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Blythewood, SC

Posts: 2,437
iTrader: (9)

Garage List
I didn't want to be riding around on my bumpstops in a 65K car. Sorry! Function over form wins out in this case.
__________________

Current: 2015 F80 M3 (SS, Full Black Interior, 6MT, LED, Adaptive, 19's) - On Order
Previous: 2013 E92 M3, 2013 F10 M5, 2009 E90 M3, 1998 E36 M3
AMPowerJ is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 08:04 PM   #5
rzm3
Moderator
 
rzm3's Avatar
 
Drives: E92 M3
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: USA

Posts: 4,600
iTrader: (14)

Thanks for sharing! I am getting my Dinan springs installed this wkend hopefully. I had H&R before and will report back differences.
__________________
E92 M3 DCT - AiM EVO4 Data Logger / AiM SmartyCam HD / KW Competition 2-Way / OMP ARS Racing Seats / Brembo GT 365 / Pagid Yellow RS-29 / Rear Seats Delete
rzm3 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 08:05 PM   #6
isugoo
Major General
 
isugoo's Avatar
 
Drives: 14 M5 CP
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Irvine, CA

Posts: 5,621
iTrader: (60)

Just wait about 2 weeks. Springs will sit down a bit more.
And.. please post more pics about 2 weeks later.
__________________

PAST: 11 E70 X5M | 08 E90 M3 | 08 E92 335i | 03.5 E46 M3 | 99 E36 M3
isugoo is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 08:06 PM   #7
AMPowerJ
One mod leads to another ...
 
AMPowerJ's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 E92 M3
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Blythewood, SC

Posts: 2,437
iTrader: (9)

Garage List
Sounds good. Will do.
__________________

Current: 2015 F80 M3 (SS, Full Black Interior, 6MT, LED, Adaptive, 19's) - On Order
Previous: 2013 E92 M3, 2013 F10 M5, 2009 E90 M3, 1998 E36 M3
AMPowerJ is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 09:15 PM   #8
FifthStreetz
O! So Sour!!
 
FifthStreetz's Avatar
 
Drives: Fast e30 / Slow M3
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Fort Lee, NJ

Posts: 15,506
iTrader: (24)

Garage List
2008 M3  [4.75]
Noticeable difference in the rears, cant see too much for front. overall looks good.
__________________
FifthStreetz is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 09:41 PM   #9
Epacy2
Major
 
Drives: M3/X5
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: KC

Posts: 1,255
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2008 M3  [0.00]
2008 M3  [0.00]
I don't see any difference in front. Just can't imagine $800 for springs when you could get them for $300. Even if the drop is more aggressive.
__________________
Epacy2 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 09:50 PM   #10
KHOALTY
 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: SAN DIEGO

Posts: 84
iTrader: (2)

Send a message via AIM to KHOALTY
Quote:
Originally Posted by AMPowerJ View Post
I didn't want to be riding around on my bumpstops in a 65K car. Sorry! Function over form wins out in this case.
If there is anyone in your area, take a ride in a car with eibach or H&R springs and feel if there is a difference in comfort...when Dinan came out that all these springs are riding on bump stops, if .8 is on bump stops then RDSports with there springs(1.2") means there is no travel at all.

If you dont' have EDC on your car, I would of suggest going with KW V3 Coilovers as that would be the best route to go as for springs for 900 is a complete rip off when you can get a complete coilover setup for a little more and it has the rebound adjustment as well.
KHOALTY is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 10:14 PM   #11
rzm3
Moderator
 
rzm3's Avatar
 
Drives: E92 M3
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: USA

Posts: 4,600
iTrader: (14)

To be honest, Dinan himself is very smart in terms of marketing. The whole bump stop story (whether it be true or not) has certainly clicked in many owner's minds. Including mine. I had a long fight with Lucid about suspension travel, and now I am buying a set of Dinan tomorrow.

I had H&R sport on my car before and I will be sure to report back after the Dinan springs get installed this wkend.
__________________
E92 M3 DCT - AiM EVO4 Data Logger / AiM SmartyCam HD / KW Competition 2-Way / OMP ARS Racing Seats / Brembo GT 365 / Pagid Yellow RS-29 / Rear Seats Delete
rzm3 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 10:23 PM   #12
KHOALTY
 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: SAN DIEGO

Posts: 84
iTrader: (2)

Send a message via AIM to KHOALTY
I think a more fair comparison would be the eibach and dinan than H&R just bc H&R springs are stiff and linear whereas the eibach is progressive in the front to adsorb some of the bumps in the road. I researched alot of feedback as well and in terms of the money, springs that are 900 just isn't worth it at all as coilovers are just up the alley way. Some people stick with Dinan bc they match the warranty but I seen cases where people put Dinan in there car and the warranty is voided by Dinan won't support the warranty either due to taking the car to the track. You can take a completely stock car and the warranty from the bmw is still there. Dinan has great marketing tactics in my book.
KHOALTY is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 10:36 PM   #13
CSanto
Lieutenant Colonel
 
Drives: 2009 E92 M3
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: New York

Posts: 1,797
iTrader: (1)

Dude take one at the same angle and it will be a more noticeable drop.

You asked for the "i can't see the difference" posts with how you displayed the car.
CSanto is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 10:49 PM   #14
rzm3
Moderator
 
rzm3's Avatar
 
Drives: E92 M3
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: USA

Posts: 4,600
iTrader: (14)

Quote:
Originally Posted by HREM3 View Post
Dude take one at the same angle and it will be a more noticeable drop.

You asked for the "i can't see the difference" posts with how you displayed the car.
I think she's a lady, dude
__________________
E92 M3 DCT - AiM EVO4 Data Logger / AiM SmartyCam HD / KW Competition 2-Way / OMP ARS Racing Seats / Brembo GT 365 / Pagid Yellow RS-29 / Rear Seats Delete
rzm3 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-22-2009, 11:43 PM   #15
AMPowerJ
One mod leads to another ...
 
AMPowerJ's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 E92 M3
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Blythewood, SC

Posts: 2,437
iTrader: (9)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by rldzhao View Post
I think she's a lady, dude
Nah just have a girl's name.

I will post shots at different angles later ...
__________________

Current: 2015 F80 M3 (SS, Full Black Interior, 6MT, LED, Adaptive, 19's) - On Order
Previous: 2013 E92 M3, 2013 F10 M5, 2009 E90 M3, 1998 E36 M3
AMPowerJ is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-23-2009, 12:36 AM   #16
Adonislike
Captain
 
Drives: Toyota Insight/Honda Prius
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Southern California

Posts: 842
iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by HREM3 View Post
Dude take one at the same angle and it will be a more noticeable drop.

You asked for the "i can't see the difference" posts with how you displayed the car.
+1
Adonislike is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-23-2009, 02:05 AM   #17
mixja
Captain
 
Drives: 2011 E90 DCT Silverstone
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Beverly Hils, CA

Posts: 783
iTrader: (1)

Angle is different in the photos - there is shadow in the after picture which gives the impression they are almost identical.

I have Eibach Pros which I think are perfect, not as small a drop as Dinan and not as much as H&R. No bump stop or rubbing issues either with 15F/12R spacers as well.
mixja is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-23-2009, 06:16 AM   #18
J08M3
Major General
 
J08M3's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 M3 COUPE
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NEW YORK

Posts: 6,012
iTrader: (8)

Quote:
Originally Posted by mixja View Post

I have Eibach Pros which I think are perfect, not as small a drop as Dinan and not as much as H&R. No bump stop or rubbing issues either with 15F/12R spacers as well.
+1

I'm not on the bump stops. No rubbing issues with 10mm spacers all around. Car definitely has enough suspension travel as I've driven it over all sorts of road surfaces without a single issue
__________________
J08M3 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-23-2009, 08:44 AM   #19
AMPowerJ
One mod leads to another ...
 
AMPowerJ's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 E92 M3
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Blythewood, SC

Posts: 2,437
iTrader: (9)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by J08M3 View Post
+1

I'm not on the bump stops. No rubbing issues with 10mm spacers all around. Car definitely has enough suspension travel as I've driven it over all sorts of road surfaces without a single issue
I really don't want to start a war here but how do you know you are not on your bumpstops? Believe me ... I agonized over this decision and would rather have not spent $900 on just springs but I didn't want to compromise the quality of the stock suspension. I wish the Dinan springs were a bit lower in front as well but after seeing how these were engineered it just made me very concerned about the standard approach the other mainstream solutions have.

I really hope you folks that bought $300 springs DO get good wear from your shocks, etc. and at the end of the day you have a good drop at a low cost but I couldn't bring myself to roll the dice on this one. I am starting to see people that had H&R, etc. replace them with Dinan so I believe it is very possible you do get what you pay for in this situation.
__________________

Current: 2015 F80 M3 (SS, Full Black Interior, 6MT, LED, Adaptive, 19's) - On Order
Previous: 2013 E92 M3, 2013 F10 M5, 2009 E90 M3, 1998 E36 M3
AMPowerJ is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      06-23-2009, 11:55 AM   #20
CSanto
Lieutenant Colonel
 
Drives: 2009 E92 M3
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: New York

Posts: 1,797
iTrader: (1)

I'm def seeing fewer and fewer H&R spring threads.
Eibach, Dinan, Coilovers or Nothing

Still trying to decide...
CSanto is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-23-2009, 03:39 PM   #21
ryan311
Private
 
Drives: 2009 E90 M3
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: CO

Posts: 50
iTrader: (0)

I've decided with Eibach. Money isn't the issue so the Dinan $800 isn't a problem nor a factor at all but I didn't do Dinan because it's hardly noticable and I want a little bit more of a drop. I can't stand the "drop it like it's hot" look like H&R's but half way are the Eibach which offered not only a good drop but also great quality. That's IMO though. To each their own...
__________________
2013 GT-R White (AMS Alpha 6, AMS Induction Kit, COBB Tune) ~700hp
2012 LR4 White Lux Package, DVD Entertainment
2009 E90 DCT Jet Black / Black Leather / Fully Loaded / Blacked out (tint, gill, reflectors, wheels, etc)
2010 335i M Sport Fully Loaded
ryan311 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      06-23-2009, 03:49 PM   #22
J08M3
Major General
 
J08M3's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 M3 COUPE
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NEW YORK

Posts: 6,012
iTrader: (8)

Quote:
Originally Posted by AMPowerJ View Post
I really don't want to start a war here but how do you know you are not on your bumpstops? Believe me ... I agonized over this decision and would rather have not spent $900 on just springs but I didn't want to compromise the quality of the stock suspension. I wish the Dinan springs were a bit lower in front as well but after seeing how these were engineered it just made me very concerned about the standard approach the other mainstream solutions have.

I really hope you folks that bought $300 springs DO get good wear from your shocks, etc. and at the end of the day you have a good drop at a low cost but I couldn't bring myself to roll the dice on this one. I am starting to see people that had H&R, etc. replace them with Dinan so I believe it is very possible you do get what you pay for in this situation.
I've yet to feel my suspension bottom out over any bumps, leaving me to believe there is plenty of travel left in it after the swap. The drop is only fractions of an inch more than the Dinan so the shocks aren't going to wear any faster than yours will.
__________________
J08M3 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:12 AM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST