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Old 04-14-2006, 08:32 PM   #1
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Lowering Springs

Well I just got M6 replica wheels installed and it looks . Something like this

But now my ride rubs when going over any bumps - driving over railway tracks is very tricky. I can barely fit my pinky between the front tire and fender. I don't think rolling the fenders is going to help for some reason, since the tires seem reasonably tucked in.

Rims are 18x8 and tires are 225/40/R18 all around. Car is a 2000 328Ci. Winter rubber fits fine though - 205/55/R16.

My car came with Rennsport lowering springs when I bought it. I need to raise it slightly (say 0.5"-1") , but don't want a 4x4 look.

Does anyone know the F/R drop on the Rennsport springs ? I think BC Auto sells them -

I know the car currently has a raked look.

How much would the car be raised going back to stock sports springs ?

What about Eibach springs - I think they offer a minimal drop. Coilovers don't make sense for me to put on, unless I can get a crazy deal on them.

Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 04-14-2006, 10:41 PM   #2
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Fk & Rmpmotors

Hey, talk to RMPMOTORS (Rocco) on this site in regards to FK springs.
I'm getting my car dropped soon by him.

There have been great feedbacks on Rocco.
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Old 04-15-2006, 02:44 AM   #3
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First off, congrats on owning the sexiest OEM BMW rims available... beautiful.

The Eibach Pro's offer a 1.5" front, and 1.0" rear drop on the e46. RMP Motors ( is an official FK distributer and installer.

I would honestly try just rolling the front fenders first, or finding out what exactly they're rubbing on before you go investing your money on new springs.
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Old 04-16-2006, 04:14 PM   #4
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After some investigation, it looks like only the top of the front wheel well liner is rubbing. I applied a paste of flour and water to the wheel and confirmed this is what is happening. It looks like there is 1" to 1 1/8" of gap between the closest point of the tire and the top of the wheel well liner. There is another place where the gap is only 0.5" (one pinky), where the two fender liners meet, but that is not the problem.

The front wheel wells already seem to have the fenders fairly narrow, and rolling may only buy another 1/8", if even - thats not the issue though. The rear is probably OK, since it looks like the tire is able to tuck into the wheel well - if I had gone staggered, then a roll would help for sure.

Also, the lowest point of the body measures about 3.75" from the ground. The front liner is only about 2.5" off the ground.

I guess my options are :

1) Get less aggresive springs.

2) Move to a lower profile tire, which I don't want to do.

3) Cut out the liner

4) Live with it - it only rubs maybe once per day if I am careful. Can the liner/tire take the abuse?

here has the same problem as me. And there is mention of an FK suspension kit too.

Its nice to have the ride lowered, but its at the point where its not really practical.
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