BMW 1 Series Coupe Forum / 1 Series Convertible Forum (1M / tii / 135i / 128i / Coupe / Cabrio / Hatchback) (BMW E82 E88 128i 130i 135i)
 





 

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      04-09-2012, 04:04 PM   #1
Bimmer-Bob
!
 
Bimmer-Bob's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 128i
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Camp Lejeune, NC

Posts: 2,234
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
Öhlins Road & Track impressions

Just arrived, going on tomorrow:

EDIT: See below for initial impressions.
Attached Images
 
__________________

Last edited by Bimmer-Bob; 04-10-2012 at 09:26 PM.
Bimmer-Bob is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-09-2012, 04:15 PM   #2
doublevanosrc
Loves Runflats.
 
doublevanosrc's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 VW GTi
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin. Tx

Posts: 1,859
iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2011 BMW  [0.00]
2011 BMW  [0.00]
Open the box and post pics!!!
__________________
2011 135i M Sport
Gone and missed
doublevanosrc is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-09-2012, 04:30 PM   #3
DriveHard
Lieutenant Colonel
 
DriveHard's Avatar
 
Drives: 128i M-Sport
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Long Island

Posts: 1,966
iTrader: (0)

Yummy !!!!
__________________
'11 128i M-Sport Pkg, Sport Susp., 6AT w/paddles, BMW Perf CAI,Charcoal Filter Delete, BMW Perf. Big Brake Kit, BMW Perf. Exhaust, Ferodo 2500's, Titanium shims,135 trunk lip, BMS-PBX Box-Map 3, Castrol RBF600 ,e93 FSB, , f30 Backing Plates,GC Camber Plates, Hankook RS-3's (Track setup)
DriveHard is offline   Colombia
0
Reply With Quote
      04-09-2012, 04:57 PM   #4
Bimmer-Bob
!
 
Bimmer-Bob's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 128i
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Camp Lejeune, NC

Posts: 2,234
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by doublevanosrc View Post
Open the box and post pics!!!
Not a lot of time (headed to the shop now), but here you go:
Attached Images
  
__________________
Bimmer-Bob is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-09-2012, 05:14 PM   #5
infinitekid2002
Creepin while ya sleepin
 
infinitekid2002's Avatar
 
Drives: Like a Bat out of Hell
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: City of Angels

Posts: 3,360
iTrader: (4)

Garage List
2008 135i  [3.71]
Kermit's gonna be stoked brah
__________________
infinitekid2002 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-09-2012, 05:23 PM   #6
pixelblue
Colonel
 
pixelblue's Avatar
 
Drives: the silver bullet
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: northern virginia

Posts: 2,235
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
2010 135i  [4.37]
very nice! my next set. why did you switch out your pss9's? curious to hear your review comparison to pss9's
__________________
"I would quote everything pixelblue said, but you've already read it. Take it from someone who's put the 1 through its paces"
pixelblue is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-09-2012, 05:46 PM   #7
doublevanosrc
Loves Runflats.
 
doublevanosrc's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 VW GTi
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin. Tx

Posts: 1,859
iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2011 BMW  [0.00]
2011 BMW  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bimmer-Bob View Post
Not a lot of time (headed to the shop now), but here you go:
Very nice!!!
__________________
2011 135i M Sport
Gone and missed
doublevanosrc is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-10-2012, 02:36 PM   #8
BrokenVert
Resident Kerbalnaut
 
BrokenVert's Avatar
 
Drives: Topless Electric Boogaloo
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Fahrvergnügen

Posts: 9,805
iTrader: (0)

Put them one! I really want a set of these.

Are you using the kit springs? Or did you swap out for another brand?

Can you also tell us where you bought them from?
__________________
BrokenVert is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-10-2012, 02:45 PM   #9
Colt
Spoolin' & droolin'
 
Colt's Avatar
 
Drives: 08 135i 6MT
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Maryland

Posts: 1,212
iTrader: (0)

DO WANT!

Be sure to post before and after pictures of the height
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nate4641 View Post
looks like unicorn vomit.
Old| 2005 s2000: KPRO, Invidia q300 v4, PLM header, BERK 70mm HFC, Vortech v2 (3.6" Reichard Pulley), FMIC, ID 725cc (397whp/243tq @9psi), Tuned at Innovative Motorworks.
New| 2008 135i: PTF Tune, RB Turbos, ER CP, TiAL Q, BMS OCC, BMS DCI, AA 2.0 FMIC, VRSF 3" DPs, Berk Mids, CP-E Axleback, Robs' PCV.
Colt is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-10-2012, 03:53 PM   #10
Bimmer-Bob
!
 
Bimmer-Bob's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 128i
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Camp Lejeune, NC

Posts: 2,234
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by BrokenVert View Post

Are you using the kit springs? Or did you swap out for another brand?

Can you also tell us where you bought them from?
Based on a conversation with Jeff from Öhlins USA I decided to stick with the kit springs for now. Bottom line is he said that he thinks the spring rates are adequate for our cars (especially since the kit is truly meant for the heavier 3 Series). He said not to compare their rates with other kits, because every kit utilizes different valving, and that Öhlins' was particularly unique due to the DFV tech they use. He also said the dampers would require revalving if spring rates were increased beyond 30%. The kit uses Eibach ERS springs, which are good quality, linear springs - I figured I'd start with the manufacturer's recommendations, play around with damper adjustments if needed, and kind of go from there.

I bought the kit direct from Öhlins USA. The price is the same wherever you go, but they were offering free shipping (I think it might have been a glitch, but they honored it).
__________________
Bimmer-Bob is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-10-2012, 03:55 PM   #11
Bimmer-Bob
!
 
Bimmer-Bob's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 128i
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Camp Lejeune, NC

Posts: 2,234
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by Angerman View Post
Be sure to post before and after pictures of the height
You can see "before" pics in my sig and garage, but they're sort of meaningless because I'm going from another coil-over to the Öhlins.
__________________
Bimmer-Bob is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-10-2012, 04:45 PM   #12
Bimmer-Bob
!
 
Bimmer-Bob's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 128i
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Camp Lejeune, NC

Posts: 2,234
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
From the shop's FB page:
Attached Images
 
__________________
Bimmer-Bob is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-10-2012, 08:39 PM   #13
Bimmer-Bob
!
 
Bimmer-Bob's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 128i
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Camp Lejeune, NC

Posts: 2,234
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
So, just picked up my car a couple of hours ago. Didn't get too much of a chance to push the car, but my very early impression of these dampers is this: they are incredibly refined. At first they almost felt too soft because of the way they just soak up bumps (there are still occasionally "jarring" bumps, but much less frequently than before), but upon pushing the car it really does handle quite well in spite of the "softer" ride (bear in mind I'm comparing to PSS9's, not stock). The suspension is dead quiet, too.

I have since dialed in a bit more firmness in the dampers (I doubt I'm done tweaking yet) and now they feel even better - plenty stiff, super composed, but only the very worst bumps jar the cabin. What's kind of incredible is I swear I can feel the tires being pushed back into the road - grip feels great. I also had an alignment done and had negative camber maxed out (-1.8° with Dinan camber plates), so turn in feels very crisp, too. Overall I'm very happy and look forward to exploring what this set-up is capable of.

Now for the bad: ride height is not where I want it, at all. Just peeking into the wheel wells, it looks like the fronts are set all the way down, and I still have a two-finger gap all the way around. My Bilsteins had my tires nearly flush with the fenders, and I had gotten really used to that look. I don't know, maybe the springs will settle over the next few days, but I kind of doubt it.

I'm thinking about pulling the wheels off tomorrow to have a closer look - if I can get my car say 1/4" lower, will I totally ruin the alignment I just had today? And if I can't get the spring perches any lower, will different springs help? I was most likely going to upgrade to Swift springs from HPA at some point anyway, but I may end up doing so sooner rather than later if I can't get this car lowered any other way.

Thanks for any info. Will post pics tomorrow, by the way.

See my review of the shop that did the work, DBC Performance, here. Really good shop, IMO - a great resource for Central Texas.
__________________

Last edited by Bimmer-Bob; 04-10-2012 at 09:54 PM.
Bimmer-Bob is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-10-2012, 10:26 PM   #14
jsmonet
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 2012 135
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: so cal

Posts: 441
iTrader: (2)

my couple pennies: my car is survivable doing the commute across LA every day with these, and i'm tucking a little in the rear, 1 finger... barely in the front. I was a little hesitant to leave it that low, but I went ahead and took it for a test drive before insisting they raise it up... and i'm so glad I did. i've scraped once at a dip that had most of my other cars scraping at stock height if I mindlessly went through it.

the suspension *is* stiffer. it does remind you of it, but in a good way. everything about driving the car is more confident now, and those stupid little things that would get the back end bouncing no longer seem to unsettle the car.

--adult sexy chef costume-- alright, why my wife just said that...

for *my* use the stock springs are working out great. I cross LA daily to get to work and back. The roads are horrible, my ride height is right about an iphone and change, and I'm doing just fine

one huge disclaimer: these give you a little bit of a superman complex. try not to kill yourself doing something stupid haha
jsmonet is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-10-2012, 10:39 PM   #15
Bimmer-Bob
!
 
Bimmer-Bob's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 128i
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Camp Lejeune, NC

Posts: 2,234
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
How are you getting so low on these? I'll post picks tomorrow, but I swear I'm dropped as far as I can go and it still seems too high...

Anyway, thanks for your input. The roads here are awful, too - very poorly maintained. I was eager to get into something that could handle it a little better - so far I'm very pleased.
__________________
Bimmer-Bob is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-10-2012, 11:22 PM   #16
mike the snake
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 135i
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sonoma County, CA.

Posts: 501
iTrader: (1)

Check to make sure the struts were inserted deeply enough into the hub clamps. The shop that installed mine simply slipped them up to the step in the strut, but the clamps need to be pried open and the struts then slipped another 2 or 3 inches deeper, and then there's a metal tab the notches into the clamp slot that properly aligns the struts.

I'm positive this is your issue.
mike the snake is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-11-2012, 06:30 AM   #17
Bimmer-Bob
!
 
Bimmer-Bob's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 128i
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Camp Lejeune, NC

Posts: 2,234
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by mike the snake View Post
Check to make sure the struts were inserted deeply enough into the hub clamps. The shop that installed mine simply slipped them up to the step in the strut, but the clamps need to be pried open and the struts then slipped another 2 or 3 inches deeper, and then there's a metal tab the notches into the clamp slot that properly aligns the struts.

I'm positive this is your issue.
Mike - thanks. I looked at the strut and it didn't seem abnormally high or anything, but I'm going to take a closer look after work.
__________________
Bimmer-Bob is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-11-2012, 07:40 AM   #18
mike the snake
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 135i
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sonoma County, CA.

Posts: 501
iTrader: (1)

There should be like 3" of strut sticking out below the hub clamp. If the bottom of the strut looks flush with the bottom of the hub clamp it is incorrectly installed. Take a look at the pics in this thread, the clamp clamps on to the area above the initial lower, smaller diameter portion of the strut, the strut then sits deeper in the hub, which lowers the car.
The clamp needs to be pried open, it's a tight fit.
mike the snake is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-17-2012, 06:30 PM   #19
beau@performanceshockinc
New Member
 
Drives: Ralt RT41
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA

Posts: 20
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by mike the snake View Post
There should be like 3" of strut sticking out below the hub clamp. If the bottom of the strut looks flush with the bottom of the hub clamp it is incorrectly installed. Take a look at the pics in this thread, the clamp clamps on to the area above the initial lower, smaller diameter portion of the strut, the strut then sits deeper in the hub, which lowers the car.
The clamp needs to be pried open, it's a tight fit.
yep...like he said!
beau@performanceshockinc is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-18-2012, 11:12 PM   #20
HP Autosport
Lieutenant General
 
Drives: E82 1M
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Santa Barbara, AP, Brembo, GIAC, Koni, Ohlins, Quaife, Stoptech, Vorshlag

Posts: 10,917
iTrader: (29)

The locator should sit in the open slot of the spindle and fully seated. You can also see in the photo the step on the strut body is past the bottom of the spindle.
Attached Images
 
HP Autosport is online now   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-19-2012, 07:47 AM   #21
Bimmer-Bob
!
 
Bimmer-Bob's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 128i
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Camp Lejeune, NC

Posts: 2,234
iTrader: (2)

Garage List
Thanks for the pic. I took a picture of my strut - it's a crap pic, but I circled what I think is the locator, and it looks to me like it's flush with the pinch bolt (i.e., fully seated). What do you guys think?
Attached Images
 
__________________
Bimmer-Bob is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-19-2012, 08:09 AM   #22
Focusedintntions
Colonel
 
Drives: 2011 135i M-Sport :D
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: NoVA

Posts: 2,681
iTrader: (1)

Wow that really is a bad pic lol. I can't tell what i'm looking at b/c of the light washing out all the details of the picture.
__________________
Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death… – Hunter Thompson
Focusedintntions 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 12:44 PM.




1addicts
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