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Not a lot of options for a non adjustable. I have seen some Bilstein’s available in the UK and select specialists in the US for the E30 M3. Might work, I have not tried. Big money though. About $300 each just for the inserts and rear shocks, no springs.  

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13 hours ago, jim161c said:

Thanks for the advise Josh. Mine are about 20 years old and are not in good condition externally or internally.

Dont trash them.  Send them to be rebuilt.

 

B8 post 2019 are not rebuildable due to a bilstein manufacturing change... ugh

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1 hour ago, Chris Huggins said:

Dont trash them.  Send them to be rebuilt.

 

B8 post 2019 are not rebuildable due to a bilstein manufacturing change... ugh

 

Had no idea this was true. Looks like ours' are now an heirloom unit. Thanks for the info and Jim, best of luck on the shock project.

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Given that shocks are open (as long as non adjustable) can't you retrofit a different shock from a different car/make or model?

 

Surely it's a huge pain in the ass but that is all that champcar is about.

 

(for instance the rear e30 shock looks like a rear NC Miata shock. Probably wrong rates and length but...)

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Group N and H&R race springs don’t mix. You’d have to get them revalved. There is a Ford van shock that is capable to be revalved that works. I’d have to do some digging to find out which one. 

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1 hour ago, TimS said:

I don’t know if they are an exact replacement on the standard E30 but they seem to be close enough. Problem may be that the springs needed my be hard to find without taking points. 

These are allegedly the right springs for the "group N" dampers:

https://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-581733-j-stock-turner-motorsport-race-spring-set-e30/

That being said, I have them in a box in my garage and the rear springs are identical (except for color) to the H&R race springs for the e30 so I haven't installed them yet. I tried getting information from Turner about why they are identical to the H&R and if this is a mistake but they have stymied me with ignorant customer service who try to answer my questions without transferring me to someone with actual knowledge. I should try calling again, it has been some months.

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I have a very old set of j stock springs and shocks on my car. Date stamp is 2008. I believe these were before Turner was sold. All the numbers are the same as the new listing. Mine have H&R painted on them as well as turner. They are supposed to have a higher spring rate than the one H&R sell directly. I have not checked my set. The English company that sells a set of coil overs with the strut part number I listed uses a stiffer set of springs for their setup. No easy way to get to  their recommendation. I feel I need to update my stuff as it’s just tired. Maybe rebuild the shocks and a new set of springs will do the trick. 

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