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El Gato Liso
11-11-2007, 02:17 PM
suspension is a whole new game to me

i know there are shock and springs (duh)

but

i want to lower my car
i know you can cut springs but i hear bad things about that all the time..so i want to avoid that

i want like a 5 inch drop

just kidding
i want like 1.6-2 inch drop springs
but my real question is
in the summer time i want to cop some 17 inch ssr style rims with nice rubber
would the wheel size clearnace be affected by the lowering?

i;ve been looking at these springs, what do you guys think
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-E30-325E-325i-325iS-83-91-sport-lowering-springs_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33586QQihZ014QQ itemZ330164098266QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWD1V
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BMW-e30-Eibach-Lowering-Spring-Springs-325-325e-325es_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33586QQihZ008QQit emZ180129855757QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWD1V
and while i have this thread

what size rims/tires do you e30ers use with X inchs lowered?

e30_kid89
11-11-2007, 04:01 PM
Vogtland springs I hear are okay. You're gonna need shock absorbers as well if you lower your e30. As for the wheels ask Jay in the Wheel/Tire section.

Chris de la Cruz
11-11-2007, 06:37 PM
apex springs do it.

Slowered318
11-11-2007, 07:16 PM
Only if your interested, I still have them

Check it out... (http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=88684&highlight=springs)

BmW1819
11-11-2007, 10:13 PM
i have apex with bilsteins and love it :)

craz azn
11-12-2007, 02:02 PM
Apex springs, and also the Eibach Prokit are iffy spring sets to buy. Apexs are too soft for the ride height that they are. Eibachs are also soft and sag in time. Buy a set of H&R Sport springs. You will be very happy. And pair those with decent shocks or your car will ride like a Cadillac. Decent shocks = Bilstein or Koni. (NOT KYB, Tokico, etc)

static
11-12-2007, 06:43 PM
my a$$ disagrees with yours Rudy
maybe it's because my sparco's , but H&R sports + koni ain't no caddy ;)

but people who posted above are right, you don't want too soft if you lower or you'll bottom out.

are there any softer shock alternatives to koni/bilsteins that would last with HR sport's spring rates? (i understand they are progressive, i am talking driving easy in the city)

craz azn
11-12-2007, 10:30 PM
my a$$ disagrees with yours Rudy
maybe it's because my sparco's , but H&R sports + koni ain't no caddy ;)

No you're right. Reread what I wrote, at least I think I made sense lol.

are there any softer shock alternatives to koni/bilsteins that would last with HR sport's spring rates? (i understand they are progressive, i am talking driving easy in the city)

Maybe Boge. MAYBE. Even then I still think its not enough shock to control spring.

e30_kid89
11-12-2007, 11:04 PM
Just a heads up El Gato i think Eurostyle has some very lighty used apex springs that he used in his show car. Call him and ask him if they're still availble.

Mystikal
11-13-2007, 08:05 PM
my a$$ disagrees with yours Rudy
maybe it's because my sparco's , but H&R sports + koni ain't no caddy ;)

but people who posted above are right, you don't want too soft if you lower or you'll bottom out.

are there any softer shock alternatives to koni/bilsteins that would last with HR sport's spring rates? (i understand they are progressive, i am talking driving easy in the city)

Wha? Konis have softer dampening than my bone stock E36 M3, they're basically too soft (and truly ride SOFT with H&R Sports). No joke, compared to Chris' car my M3 feels solid.

Jay

static
11-13-2007, 08:42 PM
Wha? Konis have softer dampening than my bone stock E36 M3, they're basically too soft (and truly ride SOFT with H&R Sports). No joke, compared to Chris' car my M3 feels solid.

Jay

then it must be our scarborough roads
or urethane parts all over *shiner*

Mystikal
11-13-2007, 09:30 PM
Urethane: bingo.

People think I'm nuts when I refuse to use anything but stock mounts and bushings. It's a street car, I'm not sacrificing rubber for anything.

Jay

ZiMMie
11-14-2007, 12:47 AM
El Gato Liso save ur money and get ground control coilovers.
u will thank me later.

Ground Controls Coilovers Or Stay STOCK!

Axxe
11-14-2007, 12:13 PM
Urethane isn't as bad as people make it out to be. Stiff tires are more detrimental to ride comfort than urethane.

craz azn
11-14-2007, 12:14 PM
^ +1

bmwm5lover
11-14-2007, 12:50 PM
.... I'm not sacrificing rubber for anything.

Jay

Wrap that, before you tap that.
*rockout*

El Gato Liso
11-14-2007, 03:45 PM
El Gato Liso save ur money and get ground control coilovers.
u will thank me later.

Ground Controls Coilovers Or Stay STOCK!

i like the idea of coil overs just because of the adjustable height!

can these be used with my stock shocks? and stock as in factory 1988 shocks

Axxe
11-14-2007, 04:39 PM
No. You need to buy aftermarket shocks, like Konis.