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Old 04-24-2012, 07:40 PM   #1
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suspension needed

I need lowering anything for an 85 325. let me know if you have anything
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:12 PM   #2
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Budget setup:

Cut your front springs by 1 full coil and get e90 spring hats.
Boom! and you just got legit 1.5in drop in the front!

If you cut 2 coils and use stock spring hats, that it will be about 2in drop.

For the the rears you can use some e36 lowering springs. You will have to ensure the e36 spring is shorter than your e30 stock spring. There might be some guessing involved, but the rears you can get on the cheap.

Also, you can use e30 M3 stock springs, about 1-1.5 in drop all around, but those can be hard to find, but if you find them, they are usually cheap.

Change your shocks while you there.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:46 PM   #3
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Budget setup:

Cut your front springs by 1 full coil and get e90 spring hats.
Boom! and you just got legit 1.5in drop in the front!

If you cut 2 coils and use stock spring hats, that it will be about 2in drop.

For the the rears you can use some e36 lowering springs. You will have to ensure the e36 spring is shorter than your e30 stock spring. There might be some guessing involved, but the rears you can get on the cheap.

Also, you can use e30 M3 stock springs, about 1-1.5 in drop all around, but those can be hard to find, but if you find them, they are usually cheap.

Change your shocks while you there.
Please do not. There are H&R springs to be had on R3Vlimited.com for a couple hundred bucks tops. There may even be JOM coils still kickin' around at 490$ for the whole system.

DO NOT cut or heat coils, you will destroy the ride quality and your shocks will go out earlier.

I know there are muscle car guys who think this is a good idea, but keep in mind that the E30 springs are tiny in comparison.
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:56 AM   #4
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+1 on JOM coilovers. Have my car on JOM over a year. Seen 4 track days and daily driven. I recommend them for a budget drop. Add in new upgraded rear shock mounts.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:13 AM   #5
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What are your goals? Appearance, track performance, etc?
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:54 PM   #6
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What are your goals? Appearance, track performance, etc?
I'm guessing he's only worried about appearance since he is looking for "lowering anything"
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:06 PM   #7
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I have a brand new still in the box set of these that I'd sell for $200.

Good for a 1.25" drop front/back. Spring rates are 200/285 (f/r lb/in).
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:36 PM   #8
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I have a brand new still in the box set of these that I'd sell for $200.

Good for a 1.25" drop front/back. Spring rates are 200/285 (f/r lb/in).
This plus bilsteins and you'll have a lower, good looking, very respectable setup. And down the road when you start to realize the potential in an E30 you'll be glad you did it!
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This plus bilsteins and you'll have a lower, good looking, very respectable setup. And down the road when you start to realize the potential in an E30 you'll be glad you did it!
This is the setup I'm on and it's been great. Upgrade your sway barz and you're G2G.
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