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    Swift Springs w/ Bilstein B6(?)

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    Hi everyone,

    Just ordered a set of Konig Dekagrams and I'm about to pair them up with a set of Continental ExtremeContact Sports 205/45r16. I've been on the market for a spring and shock combo set up as well and have really been interested in Swift Springs.

    Have any of you used or know of someone who has paired Swift Springs with Bilstein B6's? I know a lot of people on here have paired the B8's with the springs, but I've heard mixed reviews on that. Supposedly Swift says that it is better to pair with B6 due to the fact that they designed the springs to go with stock shocks. I read that somewhere on the forum, but I can't find that thread again. The B6's are the closest in shaft length I believe.

    Would love your input and feedback!


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikenblue View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Just ordered a set of Konig Dekagrams and I'm about to pair them up with a set of Continental ExtremeContact Sports 205/45r16. I've been on the market for a spring and shock combo set up as well and have really been interested in Swift Springs.

    Have any of you used or know of someone who has paired Swift Springs with Bilstein B6's? I know a lot of people on here have paired the B8's with the springs, but I've heard mixed reviews on that. Supposedly Swift says that it is better to pair with B6 due to the fact that they designed the springs to go with stock shocks. I read that somewhere on the forum, but I can't find that thread again. The B6's are the closest in shaft length I believe.

    Would love your input and feedback!


    Thanks!
    Mike
    you are correct that Swift suggests the B6 with the Spec-R Fiesta springs

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    When I spoke to Swift they recommended B6's but since the valving is the same on both I don't think it really matters. I have Swift Springs on B8's and noticed they ride higher in the rear then with stock shocks (which is a known phenomenon with Bilstein's). Keep that in mind when looking at the advertised drop of the springs.

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    so swift + b8 sitting higher than stock shock & stock springs? or stock shocks with swift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SST View Post
    so swift + b8 sitting higher than stock shock & stock springs? or stock shocks with swift?
    I’m on B8s and Swifts. Mine aren’t higher than OEM. I didn’t measure, but the drop looks as advertised to me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SST View Post
    so swift + b8 sitting higher than stock shock & stock springs? or stock shocks with swift?
    Swift + Bilstein sit higher then Swift on Stock shocks in the rear only. I was running Swift springs on my stock struts/shocks and upgraded to Bilstein's and immediately noticed an increase in ride height. Don't get me wrong, it is a definite drop from stock springs but about .25" higher then the drop experienced on stock struts.

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    technically shocks do not alter ride height. Ride height is determined by the springs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koozy View Post
    technically shocks do not alter ride height. Ride height is determined by the springs.
    You would think that but because the Bilstein's are high pressurized shocks they cause a slight increase in ride height. In our application it only seems to effects the rear. Check out BMW forums on this topic, it has been discussed quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyleS View Post
    You would think that but because the Bilstein's are high pressurized shocks they cause a slight increase in ride height. In our application it only seems to effects the rear. Check out BMW forums on this topic, it has been discussed quite a bit.
    I get it, but if you think about it the rear shock can easily be compressed by hand. The rear spring rate pressure is not as easy to compress by hand. When the car loads up the suspension on the ground the spring rates hold the car up more than the shocks do. Anyone who is convinced that the rears with Bilstein's or any aftermarket shock for that matter allow the car to sit higher than stock shocks should really do some measuring OE vs. b6/B8 to confirm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyleS View Post
    Swift + Bilstein sit higher then Swift on Stock shocks in the rear only. I was running Swift springs on my stock struts/shocks and upgraded to Bilstein's and immediately noticed an increase in ride height. Don't get me wrong, it is a definite drop from stock springs but about .25" higher then the drop experienced on stock struts.
    thanks for your reply, your observation was right after the installation or after it settle for weeks?

 

 
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