As per my other thread about exhausts. My car is due it's M.O.T. in April and I KNOW it's going to fail on both the exhaust and the rear suspension (shocks being the worst culprits). I've already replaced a few of the smaller bits (control arms, ARB bushes etc) but know the shocks are knackered and I only fitted standard secondhand SRi springs to it because it was all I could afford.
Knowing this, I've decided I've got to take the hit on the credit card (which I really can't afford, but otherwise I'm going to be car less) and if I'm going to start spending largish money on it, I may as well go the whole hog and spend a bit more and put something half decent on it.
So, I'm looking for advice. The favoured option for shocks on here seems to be the Bilsteins, but I'm a little confused about the differences between them. The B4's are obviously nice and cheap, but the B6's are a hell of a lot more yet I can't see any specific differences in them. The next model up above them is silly money. So which is actually best? I want something that makes it feel a lot more sporty and tight and that holds the road a lot better than it does now.
What about springs? The whole thing is just a confusing nightmare for me. I've already PM'd Danboy for a few prices and hopefully he'll come up with some good options for me, but just want some genuine advice from people that have actually done it, there's such a massive selection out there it's ridiculous to try and get your head round.
Do I need different springs and shocks being as it's a saloon? I know physically they're exactly the same, but are the kerb weights massively different?
Any advice or recommendations would be massively appreciated and if anyone knows where you can get a full setup for shirt buttons (lol) let me know, seriously though, if anyone has any pointers on doing it but doing it reasonably cheaply and where from I'd appreciate it.