BMW M3 upgrade

Suspension from Bilstein

Published:  29 April, 2014

A range of adjustable damper upgrades for BMWs E92 M3 are available from Bilstein, providing a full 'plug and play' compatibility with the factory EDC system, working fully with the factory switchgear. The EDC compatible unit allows owners to adjust their car for track or fast road use instantly, maintaining the character and comfort of the original drive but with a sharper focus on handling precision. It plugs directly into the factory loom using OEM connectors - a direct replacement for the original dampers. It is designed to give significantly greater service life over the standard part.

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