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      09-20-2013, 07:10 AM   #1
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Replace OEM Shocks or upgrade?

So a few weeks back I got an EDC error and after a visit to the stealership they said both rear shocks need to be replaced. They were going to charge me 2300 so I said no thanks.

So now I need your help guys, on making the decision to either replace with OEM or do an upgrade. I have 20" volks on so even with stock shocks and eibach springs the stance is already to my liking.

Appreciate your opinion. Not willing to spend over 1K on this so OEM replacement was what I am leaning towards. If you agree, what brand do you recommend and where's the best place to get them. Much appreciated.
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      09-20-2013, 08:53 AM   #2
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First make sure that you don't have a loose connection. Dealerships like to tell you that you need to spend money with them. I will first make sure that everything is good. I had an EDC error one time, and the front right EDC connection came loose. Plugged back in and the error went away. Just my 0.02cents.
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First make sure that you don't have a loose connection. Dealerships like to tell you that you need to spend money with them. I will first make sure that everything is good. I had an EDC error one time, and the front right EDC connection came loose. Plugged back in and the error went away. Just my 0.02cents.
+1 I have had the same issue multiple times. The front connections are sensitive.
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How many miles on your car? Agree on the front connections, I used Deoxit on the connectors and have had good luck, sometimes if you just disconnect/reconnect, the error will go away.
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      09-20-2013, 01:25 PM   #5
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If you don't care for EDC, you can get it coded out and get Bilstein sport shocks. They are OEM-like replacements.
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      09-20-2013, 01:34 PM   #6
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If you don't care for EDC, you can get it coded out and get Bilstein sport shocks. They are OEM-like replacements.
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That's in the back of my mind all the time. I might go with KW V3's on my E90 when my dampers die. OEM pricing is ridiculous.
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Used dampers are really cheap and for sale often.

I just retrofitted the oem zcp suspension and will have the oem shocks for sale.
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How much are OEM replacements?
BMW stock shocks don't usually don't last more than 50,000-60,000 miles, so I'm always weary of buying used. Nothing personal KennyPowers.

For the wife's 335, the stock shocks were as much as a set of Koni's and almost as much as some inexpensive coilovers.

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I agree with taking this approach, but the OP said it was his rear shocks. Does EDC have connections on the rear as well?
Yes, the rear shocks has connections too. You just have to take the side rear panels off in the trunk to be able to access the connections. I would try that first I start shelling out some money for either OEM or aftermarket shocks.
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if your not looking to spend much money go with a set of slightly used. you can find whole oem edc suspension for under 1000 as lots on here step up to coilovers.
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If you don't care for EDC, you can get it coded out and get Bilstein sport shocks. They are OEM-like replacements.
have you used these or the bilstein heavy duty shocks on a stock suspension? i was looking into bilsteins and on bav auto and turner motorsports it says they have heavy duty ones and sport,the sport being for use with lowering springs and riding firmer than the heavy duty.i was thinking about trying the heavy duty and wondering how much harsher than stock they ride, how they affect handling, if you or anyone else has tried them.

here's the link to tms-
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/BMW-...hock-sets.aspx
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Thanks for the info guys. I just might live with the error for the time being. I am almost 99% of the time on sport mode anyway so not a big difference. Just don't want to shell out 2k at either stock or aftermarket dampers. Will see if I can get used ones here.
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      09-28-2013, 11:31 AM   #14
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have you used these or the bilstein heavy duty shocks on a stock suspension? i was looking into bilsteins and on bav auto and turner motorsports it says they have heavy duty ones and sport,the sport being for use with lowering springs and riding firmer than the heavy duty.i was thinking about trying the heavy duty and wondering how much harsher than stock they ride, how they affect handling, if you or anyone else has tried them.

here's the link to tms-
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/BMW-...hock-sets.aspx
I had Bilstein sports on my E36 M3 back in the day, bad ass shocks, very firm and awesome on the track. They ride a little harsh on the street but give you a very very sporty ride. Perfect for lowering springs
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good to know-has anyone used the bilstein heavy duty shocks?
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Never understood why people over the Bilsteins in the E36 days. They were pretty stiff. Koni's are adjustable and don't cost anymore.
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Never understood why people over the Bilsteins in the E36 days. They were pretty stiff. Koni's are adjustable and don't cost anymore.
Bilsteins were a simple swap and konis involved cutting open the oem shocks. Maybe that's why
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