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Old 01-24-2006, 07:37 PM   #1
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Lowering suspension and alignment

I have a 96 328 and my suspension needs a little TLC.
I'm looking at getting a UUC Sachs supension kit and I plan on replacing a few other parts. Here are some questions I have:

1) Should I get the M3 front spring hats or stick to stock?
2) Should I get the M3 strut mounts or stick to stock?
3) What alignment specs should I use? Stock?

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Old 01-24-2006, 07:47 PM   #2
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what are you looking to get from your new suspension.

are you looking for stock height and performance but just new replacement pieces? or are you looking for a lowered stance with improved handeling?
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Old 01-24-2006, 07:52 PM   #3
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For strut mounts, the 96 M3 mounts aren't centered, so you can have more or less camber, depending on how they're installed, but it's not infinity adjustable. The spring hats are part of the shock mounts.

Buy front strut reinforcement plates, they're cheap. For rear, get something urethane.

With the alignment, the front only has adjustable toe, keep it stock. For rear keep the stock toe and try to get near stock camber. This is if you just plan on driving around town, with no track in mind. More aggressive angles will increase tire wear.
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:38 PM   #4
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Well, the UUC Sachs kit says it lowers between 1.2 and 1.4 inches.
I want a firmer ride but not too harsh. I won't be seeing any track time.
I wanted to replace the strut mount as well, didn't know if I should stick to stock or get M3.
As for the spring hat (or is it upper perch), I thought it was a separate piece. I wanted to pre-assemble the new strut so I could swap the entire strut assembly.
Got the front strut reinforcement plates already
So I should stay with stock settings for alignment then.
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