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calegrant
10-15-2011, 10:52 PM
Finally got my suspension in, full coilover kit from GC. Very pleased with the end result, now it's just a matter of dialing it in perfect. You can see in the pic with the wheels at full lock I'd be running into a few problems if I hit a serious bump, so probably need to raise it a bit :(

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craz azn
10-15-2011, 11:41 PM
I daily drove my car at that height for about 2-3 years. You just have to be super careful going into driveways and parking lots with severe entrances. Usually I'd just aim at it, go over the bump straight, then turn again. Takes up a bit of space and time to do, but it saves your fender lips. I hit the fender lip on my E30 only once, it was back in '06, my first year of driving a 'low' car even though it wasn't 'low' back then... so I learned lol.

I'd leave the height, it looks awesome like that man!

El Gato Liso
10-16-2011, 02:10 AM
thats low? thats perfect!

Nick_V
10-16-2011, 03:03 AM
wheel specs? fitment is just right*th-up*

calegrant
10-16-2011, 04:14 AM
17x8.5 with 215/40's. Sadly its a bit too low I'm afraid, hit the tiniest bump at about 1/2 lock and heard the fronts rub so it's going up about 1/4" in the front to save my fenders

Nick_V
10-16-2011, 12:42 PM
how 'bout the offset?

BmW1819
10-16-2011, 12:53 PM
looks very nice :)

lgb240
10-16-2011, 01:09 PM
looks good as is, but, I'd raise it a bit for some piece of mind

supernaught
10-16-2011, 03:24 PM
Ya, looks wicked! offset?

calegrant
10-16-2011, 06:38 PM
Sorry guys, they're et15. I've only raised the car 3/16 since yesterday and I thin k it'll be perfect. There's still no fender gap, so I'm happy and my fenders are grateful too. I could probably drop down to a 205 or even 195 up front to get it sitting lower, but I prefer adequate rubber, and 215's are pushing it as it is for 8.5. Wish I could squeeze more rubber in the back, 215's + s52= no traction.

MaxBell
10-16-2011, 09:53 PM
Those rims look fantastic on the touring! Very good drop.

BMW BMXer
10-17-2011, 05:32 PM
Perfect.

Bullet Ride
10-18-2011, 03:18 PM
Yeah, I had the same problem with my GCs. At full low my tires were rubbing the fenders at like half lock, and that was before the springs settled. I had some tall tires though (205/55). I ended up raising it 1.25". Even now with the volvo lip I have on the front it rubs on some driveways. I personally wouldn't want to go much lower without a skid plate. I've smashed an oil pan once already and as good as the car looks low, it's not worth the hassle. A nice beefy skid plate will fix that though.

calegrant
10-18-2011, 08:18 PM
Making one right now. Access to a metal shop built for maintaining hugely expensive aircraft ftmfw. That's definitely a very tall tire for a car with coils, but beefy isn't bad!

Bullet Ride
10-19-2011, 03:59 AM
but beefy isn't bad!

yeah, especially with 500f/700r springs. I can't imagine what the ride would be like with low profile tires.

dble Trouble
10-19-2011, 09:37 AM
205/50r15 is the correct size and is not too big for an e30. Too low doesn't look right to me. Call me old but a drop between the lowest pic above and stock to me is what looks proper. If it's too low it looks broken somehow. Too ricer as well. Actually it really bothers me when I see cars too low and not functional. Some think it looks good, but if you're smashing oil pans and dodging potholes and speed bumps that's just ridiculous. That means you can't drive your car hard! I guess you can park hard though. :D

supernaught
10-19-2011, 09:38 AM
Park hard!

calegrant
10-19-2011, 10:43 AM
You can still drive hard, you just have to be in the right environment. That usually isn't downtown city streets, being in bc helps. The roads get laid and remain pothole free for decades.

Bullet Ride
10-19-2011, 11:40 AM
Call me old

You're old.