How low to go?

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How low to go?

Postby Mne666 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:52 pm

Hi,here is my e30
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as you can see she sits quite high like she is on stilts so I want to bring her down a bit. If i was to lower it by 40mm does anyone have any pictures of a 318i on standard struts with lowering springs so I can decide what drop to go for?

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Postby Yoshi » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:13 am

Get coilovers, that way, you can play with the height all you want!
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Postby M20_fever » Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:02 am

40mm is just over 1.5", so H&R sports would be the most readily available and cost effective with that kind of drop.

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Postby Mne666 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:10 am

Are those H&R's just on standard shockers? That's a good drop and what I was after.

I was looking at coilovers but someone said they won't just fit straight in and I have to have some new brackets made up? I want to revert to standard if I have to so don't want to chop it about
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Re: How low to go?

Postby Yoshi » Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:39 am

Depends on the coil kit you get. Ground control has everything done for you so it's just bolt on. They take your old struts as cores though.
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Postby M20_fever » Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:43 pm

that pic is with Bilstein sports, but stock struts would work find. There is a very good chance your stock shocks are dead anyway.
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Postby Mne666 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:15 pm

So that's on bilsteins with h&r 40mm lowering springs? The shockers were new 2000miles ago so that's why i was planning on just swapping springs over.
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Re: How low to go?

Postby Yoshi » Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:02 pm

Lower springs on stock shocks will quickly blow them out.
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Postby Mne666 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:26 pm

The car only covers around 500 miles a year , do you think they will last a while with standard shockers with this milage?

What sort of work is needed to the car to get coilovers on over and above changing to sports spring and shocks?
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Re: How low to go?

Postby Yoshi » Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:49 pm

depends on the coilovers. Ground control is basically the same as swapping shocks and springs except the fronts already have the springs on them. Seriously, don't cheap out on suspension stuff.
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Postby Mne666 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:48 pm

Not sure the brand ground control are available in the uk , just been having a look but can't find any.

I keep the car in my hangar and only drive the car around the airfield, it's just annoying me that it sits so high when I walk in and see it. I am just having a look on line at what lowering shocks are available. Will any sport shock with a 40mm H&R lowering spring give the look of the car above?
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Re: How low to go?

Postby AustinR » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:00 pm

If all you're worried about is how it looks sitting in your hangar, why not just cut the springs?
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Postby Mne666 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:02 pm

Because I want to be able to drive it on the roads if needs be, so I'd rather it be right so I know it's safe and legal.
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Re: How low to go?

Postby M20_fever » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:53 pm

You already have the stock shocks, so unless you plan on selling them you might as well run them until they blow. If you hardly ever drive the car they will last a while. You can get used H&R springs and Bilsteins for around 300-500 complete if you look around. To answer your question, the springs set the ride height so it doesn't matter what shocks you have as far as looks, performance is a whole different story though.
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Re: How low to go?

Postby AustinR » Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:01 pm

Well I have H&R Race springs and Bilstein Sports and I like the setup. It will get you the height you're looking for. I'm sure there are cheaper ways to do it though.

Here's how my car sits on 15" wheels with stupid undersized tires.
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Obviously with the proper sized tires, it will be somewhere in between that.
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