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      05-16-2018, 05:46 PM   #1
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Shocks upgrade on F10: Bilstein B8 or B12

I dropped my F10 using ACS + Stock shocks in 2015
http://f10.5post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1155711

3 years later and reality is that I'm going to keep the car as I have other priorities.

Since installing the ACS I've had the shocks replaced under warranty by BMW.

I'm prepping myself for when I need to replace the shocks again and leaning towards Bilstein

Should I keep the ACS and add B8 or just get the B12 Pro Kit (which is just a B8 + So back package)?

B8 shocks is around 800 euros delivered

B12 Pro Kit is strangely the same cost for the entire 4 corners.
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      05-18-2018, 08:16 AM   #2
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With the B8 and B12 I'm assuming you are going for much a stiffer ride? My understanding is that on an F10, Koni sports are a little softer and rebound adjustable... Seems like many just end up doing KW V1,2,3 coil overs because the V1 is close in cost to a spring+sport shock combo and there is a good deal of labor involved so the overall added cost is small. Seems like almost everyone has positive reviews about KW.
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With the B8 and B12 I'm assuming you are going for much a stiffer ride? My understanding is that on an F10, Koni sports are a little softer and rebound adjustable... Seems like many just end up doing KW V1,2,3 coil overs because the V1 is close in cost to a spring+sport shock combo and there is a good deal of labor involved so the overall added cost is small. Seems like almost everyone has positive reviews about KW.
I considered the KW but initial online research I saw some posts that the KW ain't as durable as the Bilstein.
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      07-05-2018, 05:55 PM   #4
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Sway Bars

If you would like to maintain stiffer but decent ride, I would use the stock shocks and upgrade the sway bars; it rides nice and corners much better than the stock suspension. The stock suspension is know to be soft/leaning in the corners.
I did it to my f10 and really like. I bought the upgraded swary bars from Eibach; front and rear were about $440 and very easy to install.
After market shocks are a problem as you do not know what performance you will get until you put them on, ride could be very rough.
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