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      03-03-2019, 01:50 PM   #45
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Also ordered a Bilstein B14 coilover kit for the car which arrived last week. I've been looking into replacing the springs for a short while and almost bought a set of ACS springs as they come in highly recommended on here. Some cars I seen sat nicely but others had a bit too much front arch gap still. I decided to up my budget a bit and go for a set of height adjustable coilovers so that I could guarantee I would get the height I wanted. The B14 kit is height adjustable only, from the limited information I could find (fitted to F3x's) I understand that these are slightly softer than the B16 adjustable kit on their softest setting which should work out well for what I want to use the car for. It is going to be a bit of an experiment but we'll see how they are when fitted. I can't see them riding worse than the standard springs and dampers, maybe a bit firmer but I'm hoping the switch to non run flats will offset this to an extent. When researching these things you find a lot of people advising to pay the extra for adjustable rebound but that would add a further £5-600 to the cost, given that my original plan was for springs alone it was just too much, so I took the plunge and decided to give these a try.

The plan is to get the tyres fitted first next week and run around on those for a short while, then replace the suspension to give me a feel for the individual changes. Pictures to follow once I get home and get my hands on them
You are totally wrong about the B14. They are about the same as the B16 set at near full hard. I am taking my set of B14 off my car and replacing with the KW V2 because it rides a little harsh for daily driving.
Really? Full hard?? That would make them too stiff for road use and I haven't heard anyone say that when fitted to other cars. I'll give them a go and see how I find them, nothing ventured nothing gained
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This is perfect all around, well done!
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      03-07-2019, 12:49 AM   #47
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BEAUTIFUL!! Good luck with her!!
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      03-07-2019, 11:03 AM   #48
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Keep us updated with how the Bilsteins feel! Was looking into them too or BC coilovers since my budget is $1k or less
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      03-13-2019, 04:05 PM   #49
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B14 kit arrived a week or so ago, finally got round to opening the box for a look. These things really do feel good quality, cant wait to get them on the car. Tyres will be going on this week some time, and I've booked the car in for suspension and four wheel alignment next month. Just need to get some spacers now, either 10/12mm or 12/15 still havent decided.
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Looking forward to an update after B14 installation. Thanks in advance!
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      03-15-2019, 12:12 PM   #51
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Finally got round to fitting the tyres yesterday. These look a much better fit on the 405m than the P Zero's in my opinion dispite being the same sizes. The fronts look best to me with a nice square sidewall, the rears have a minimal stretch in comparison and look slightly smaller because of it. It looks like a 265/30 would be the ideal size but thats me being fussy.

I haven't pushed them yet as I'm still scrubbing them in but they obviously feel better on the car than the run flats.

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I find the whole square vs stretched thing to be be true as well. Had ps4s on my previous car and p zero on my F30, would love to see a comparison shot once fitted
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Finally got round to fitting the tyres yesterday. These look a much better fit on the 405m than the P Zero's in my opinion dispite being the same sizes. The fronts look best to me with a nice square sidewall, the rears have a minimal stretch in comparison and look slightly smaller because of it. It looks like a 265/30 would be the ideal size but thats me being fussy.

I haven't pushed them yet as I'm still scrubbing them in but they obviously feel better on the car than the run flats.

Here are a few pictures for reference for those interested in how they look
That looks a bunch better. I have the 405m’s with the P-zeros right now as you did and they are stretched more than I want.

Might have missed it, but I’d love to see what spacers you go with. I’m on the fence with the same options as you 10/12 or 12/15.
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Finally got round to fitting the tyres yesterday. These look a much better fit on the 405m than the P Zero's in my opinion dispite being the same sizes. The fronts look best to me with a nice square sidewall, the rears have a minimal stretch in comparison and look slightly smaller because of it. It looks like a 265/30 would be the ideal size but thats me being fussy.

I haven't pushed them yet as I'm still scrubbing them in but they obviously feel better on the car than the run flats.

Here are a few pictures for reference for those interested in how they look
That looks a bunch better. I have the 405m's with the P-zeros right now as you did and they are stretched more than I want.

Might have missed it, but I'd love to see what spacers you go with. I'm on the fence with the same options as you 10/12 or 12/15.
if I wasn't lowering I think I would definitely be going 10/12mm. I think I'm going to try the 12/15's though, luckily I have a friend looking to swap out a set of 10's for 15mm spacers so if I'm not happy with how they look I will swap with him.
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hey nice looking car, iv just picked up a 340i touring as well, i love the steering wheel, do you have the part number for the rear slotted part? i know the drawings on RealOEM arnt much to go with but the one i find doesnt look slotted !
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hey nice looking car, iv just picked up a 340i touring as well, i love the steering wheel, do you have the part number for the rear slotted part? i know the drawings on RealOEM arnt much to go with but the one i find doesnt look slotted !
Here you go mate, that's for the rear trim only with the slot in it.
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Wow. looks beautiful. Really wish BMW would ship the 340i wagons across the pond. Or at least let us special order them even if they dont want dealers to stock them.
This. If it was a special order option, that might have enticed me to buy new rather than used.
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Man if we had these in the states I would get one. Nice F31!
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