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t-im
11-08-2005, 11:21 PM
I'm not car inclined, sooo gonna ask a pretty stupid question.

Got my winter tires mounted today (probably has nothing to do with it)

But i was looking at my car...and the rear passenger fender area seems low (the arch)....+awfully close to my tire .....compared to the other side, which is at a normal level...I don't know how long it's been like this but I know it's not normal...

I don't know if it makes sense, but i'm guessing it's either my suspension? shocks? springs???

any help is appreciated for my..really really stupid question..haha

thanks in advance

mpower1226
11-08-2005, 11:48 PM
every bimmer is like that.

Justin e36
11-09-2005, 12:17 AM
Depends how much. If you can take pics it would help.
But all BMW's are slightly lower on the rear passenger side.

propr'one
11-09-2005, 12:30 AM
why is that?

app
11-09-2005, 12:38 AM
Offset for driver weight.

Quack
11-09-2005, 12:42 AM
or maybe because the gas tank is also on that side

t-im
11-09-2005, 02:02 AM
Sorry if my pictures aren't the best...

http://www.telusplanet.net/public/yaud/wheel/1.jpg
http://www.telusplanet.net/public/yaud/wheel/2.jpg
http://www.telusplanet.net/public/yaud/wheel/6.jpg
That's my rear drivers side wheel..
The ruler says ~11

http://www.telusplanet.net/public/yaud/wheel/3.jpg
http://www.telusplanet.net/public/yaud/wheel/4.jpg
http://www.telusplanet.net/public/yaud/wheel/5.jpg
Rear passenger side wheel..
Ruler says ~9-9.5

So I guess it's not that much, but it is noticeable..and I guess i'm pretty stupid for not noticing this? haha

anyone?

thanks

Justin e36
11-09-2005, 02:29 AM
or maybe because the gas tank is also on that side

gas tank is the width of the car. it has a indentation in the middle for the exhaust pipe to pass through.

Justin e36
11-09-2005, 02:37 AM
t-im - that seems to be about right. when I had my stock suspension it was around the same. My passenger side shock was half dead though, that could've allowed the spring to settle a bit more there. I wouldn't be too worried about it.

t-im
11-09-2005, 02:49 AM
t-im - that seems to be about right. when I had my stock suspension it was around the same. My passenger side shock was half dead though, that could've allowed the spring to settle a bit more there. I wouldn't be too worried about it.

Thanks man, you always seem to have the anwsers to my stupid questions!!!

So don't worry about it?..anything to potentially look out for?

Ital_325i
11-09-2005, 10:59 AM
I would have the springs and shocks checked. Not sure how old your car is, but a blown shock, or broken spring could cause that side to sag a tad lower. Although the driver weight correction makes sense as well. If it feels overly bumpy, I would have the rear suspension checked out.

Justin e36
11-09-2005, 12:56 PM
Yup, get the spring & shock checked to make sure there are no leaks, and make sure the spring is seated properly. Also check your shock mounts for any possible cracks.

If all checks out okay, then don't worry about it.

Ital_325i
11-09-2005, 01:35 PM
RSM takes quite a beating after many years. I would definetly replace those, when changing the shocks.