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Old 01-10-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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E30 Cut Springs!

Hey,

Now i know what all of you e30 guys are thinking! WHYWHYWHYWHYWHYWHY,

Well ill explain my story, i got a 1984 BMW 325E for a winter beater, after buying it i did a few maintenance things to it and now im looking to lower it, i was on kijiji and let a set of lowering springs pass, and now im kicking myself for that!

I know ground control makes a coilover sleeve set for 399, but i cant justify paying that for a winter beater! ( Picked it up for 650$)

Now i know some of you may have been in my situation and i know some of you have cut springs in your e30's

Soooooooo i know you should cut the front ones on the bottom and make them both even and such, but what about the rears,

Also how many should i look to cut off the front / rear.

I dont want it SLAMMED i want it to have almost, or no wheel gap.

Here is some pics of my car





And this is what i want to achieve.



Please i dont want this forum to start a fight about if they are good / bad to cut springs i KNOW its not the best way to do it, but given my situation (winter beater) any info would be appreciated

Thanks you all!
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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Honestly by doing that your cars stock suspension will perform worse which defeats the purpose of lowering your car.. if its just a beater I'd just rock the stock suspension IMO but to each their own.. and that's not even mentioning that its like a ticking time bomb running those on a DD but it sounds like you kinda have an idea though.. that's my 2 cents.. BTW I have some used eibach lowering springs I may want to sell, pm me if interested
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:31 PM   #3
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I'll be the first to say it (and probably the last)...good choice! Love the diving boards (just need a little tuck in the front). The rear looks pretty good tucked as well (from the other pic you posted) but doesn't look like it would hold a 2 4 very well while popping the trunk! Just sayin....

I don't have any experience on cutting springs but another option is getting m3 springs which you can pick up used. That's what the PO said was installed on my 325e (someone can correct me if that's not possible) and although it's not that low, the gaps are even and it's still low enough to rub things with my front valence! I can get pics tomorrow if you'd like (it's at work).

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Old 01-10-2012, 08:34 PM   #4
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Honestly by doing that your cars stock suspension will perform worse which defeats the purpose of lowering your car.. if its just a beater I'd just rock the stock suspension IMO but to each their own.. and that's not even mentioning that its like a ticking time bomb running those on a DD but it sounds like you kinda have an idea though.. that's my 2 cents.. BTW I have some used eibach lowering springs I may want to sell, pm me if interested

IMO it doesnt really defeat the purpose cause my purpose of lowering the car is for looks not handling.

Ill pm you right now

Thanks BUD!
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:38 PM   #5
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I'll be the first to say it (and probably the last)...good choice! Love the diving boards (just need a little tuck in the front). The rear looks pretty good tucked as well (from the other pic you posted) but doesn't look like it would hold a 2 4 very well while popping the trunk! Just sayin....

I don't have any experience on cutting springs but another option is getting m3 springs which you can pick up used. That's what the PO said was installed on my 325e (someone can correct me if that's not possible) and although it's not that low, the gaps are even and it's still low enough to rub things with my front valence! I can get pics tomorrow if you'd like (it's at work).
Yeah man! I love the diving boards aaha me and my buddies always jump on them, and i use them as a step sometimes ahahahahha

Yeah im gonna see what i can do either get some lowering springs or chop mine, it is a hood ride after all. ahahaha
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:45 PM   #6
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Can't cut rear springs. When it's that high, you've gotta just buy some lowering springs and be done with it.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:49 PM   #7
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Can't cut rear springs. When it's that high, you've gotta just buy some lowering springs and be done with it.

Why cant you cut the rears?

Ive heard of people cutting the rears and having ties hold the spring in place, and when the car is on the ground the cars weight holds the spring in place
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Yeah man! I love the diving boards aaha me and my buddies always jump on them, and i use them as a step sometimes ahahahahha

Yeah im gonna see what i can do either get some lowering springs or chop mine, it is a hood ride after all. ahahaha
I want to get lowering springs for mine too. I just figured if you were looking for a cheap alternative, stock springs that you can get used would be your best bet. Apparently you're willing to spend money on it now
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:52 PM   #9
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That's so ****ing ghetto.. Do it right or don't do it at all. It's unsafe.. Buy a set of used springs for $200
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:57 PM   #10
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That's so ****ing ghetto.. Do it right or don't do it at all. It's unsafe.. Buy a set of used springs for $200

Ahaha man i cant justify paying 1/3rd of what i payed for the car on springs, call me cheap, call me ghetto i just want to be low ahahah

If the weight keeps the springs in place, where are they going to go, aha

I also own a 1998 MK3 Golf Its slammed on full coilovers, so im not a hack, its just a winter beater,!

Heres a pic of my mk3

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I want to get lowering springs for mine too. I just figured if you were looking for a cheap alternative, stock springs that you can get used would be your best bet. Apparently you're willing to spend money on it now
Im not sure about spending money on it, right now its already a ticking time bomb, so im going to wait it out, ill be cutting the springs on saturday hopefully they turn out good ahaha

If not i can get some springs for it
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:03 PM   #12
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Winter beater or not it's still stupid. It bothers me when people do ghetto shit for form over function. To go that low you'll have about an inch of travel in the shocks, which are most likely blown. Very unsafe...

That car you posted is on coil's most likely modified strut housings, the proper way. I'm not going to get into suspension characteristics with you, but just buy springs, your friends on vwvortex will think your just as cool...
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:09 PM   #13
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Winter beater or not it's still stupid. It bothers me when people do ghetto shit for form over function. To go that low you'll have about an inch of travel in the shocks, which are most likely blown. Very unsafe...

That car you posted is on coil's most likely modified strut housings, the proper way. I'm not going to get into suspension characteristics with you, but just buy springs, your friends on vwvortex will think your just as cool...
Awesome dude i understand where your coming from and yes i understand you can get GC coilovers and mod your struts and weld the collars to the strut and intern make you own coils, i have done my research, or you can also buy a full coilover system and throw that in, but i dont have 1500$ to blow on coils, or even 400$ to blow on coils, so i was asking if i could cut my springs and if anyone has done it before,

as stated at the bottom of my post, i dont want you to argue and tell me there unsafe and stuff, i just wanted to know from people who have done it before,


But thanks i dont care what people on vw vortex think.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:17 PM   #14
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Then don't do it at all.. It's a winter beater, who cares.
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