When you’re thinking about lowering a car, people usually will say either springs, or coilovers. The problem is that if you go with JUST lowering springs, you’re missing out on some of the benefits of your lower ride height. Let’s start with this question: Does your car have more than 50,000 miles? If you said yes, then your OEM shocks are probably done-zo. The trick is, most people lowering their cars with Lowering Springs do so with JUST the springs – and are comparing the cost of the spring alone to the cost of the coilover, which actually includes a shock as well as a spring. With new OEM shocks, that’s fine, but it’s worth saying that putting lowering springs on while keeping the stock shocks will shorten their life significantly. Which is why, if you’re lowering your car with springs, you really should change the shocks as well.
The BMW E90 is aging- the newest E90 is a 2011 model, and that means at the youngest, they’re 4 years old, some early cars are coming up on 10 year old now- which means the OEM shocks for most of these cars are in need of replacement anyway. The Mod Experts are suspension gurus over here, and the Mod Experts set up this E90 328i with a Koni FSD Shock + Eibach Pro Kit Spring combo, which addresses lowering the car with the Eibach Pro-Kit Springs for BMW E90, but pairs the springs with a high performance Koni FSD shock, tailored for the lower ride height created by the Eibach springs. Since they’re working together, the springs and the shocks are more effective, allowing the car to handle and ride better.
You might notice that this E90 sports something of a raked stance – the Eibach springs lower the car 1.2-1.8in, depending on your options – meaning that the shocks have a full inch less travel, which is why replacing the shocks with shorter ones set up for lowering springs is so important, as the Mod Experts suggest.
In addition to the drop in ride height, the Mod Experts also spec’d out a set of new wheels for BMW E90 as well – a set of Forgestar F14 wheels for BMW, in 19×8.5 et32 / 19×10 et38, wrapped in 235/35-19 265/30-19 Hankook Ventus V12 Evo 2 tires.
Much like you pair certain foods with certain wines, or a craft beer with a gourmet hamburger, the Mod Experts have done quite well as the ‘sommolier’ so to speak, the pairing of new shocks, new springs and new wheels and tires gives this E90 Suspension a full refresh, offering handling better than the day it rolled off the factory floor, and because all these components are new and installed at the same time, you can count on all of it for years to come.
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Story & Photos Nicholas Gregson