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    The suspension setup/ride height thread

    - Post a pic of your car (side profile or slight angle is preferred, one that shows both tires/wheels)
    - List your spring/shock combination
    - Post the known/approximate amount of lowering
    - Post the distance the bottom of the fender lip to center of the wheel


    Feel free to add any other suspension modifications that you wish as well, and maybe a short description of your ride quality, your satisfaction with the setup, etc.

    I'll be adding my car in a few weeks. ;)

    * * Important notice for those consulting this thread in order to choose a suspension setup * *

    Please bear in mind one general principle when viewing pictures of lowered cars in this thread. E30's produced from 1984 - 1987 have HIGHER rear fender arches. Those produced from 1988-1991 have LOWER rear arches, which can make the rear of the car look lower, and will tuck more tire. Also, when your suspension is installed, your car may not look the same ride height as some of the cars pictured. due to the fact that new suspension components such as springs and shocks may take some time to settle to their optimal height. Another thing to consider is that some cars listed may have not-so-new suspension components, and SOME manufacturer's springs are known to sag and get soft, lowering the car more, but affecting the ride quality.
    Last edited by Jand3rson; 11-10-2006, 09:38 PM.

    #2


    Suspension:
    AP Sporttuning 60mm front/40mm rear drop springs
    AC Schnitzer-revalved Bilstein Sport front shocks
    Bilstein Sport rear shocks
    RTRS Offset urethane control arm bushings
    RTRS Urethane rear subframe bushings
    E36 cabrio rear shock mounts
    brand new factory front strut mounts
    removed spring pads all around
    LUKAS rear strut bar
    Sparco front strut bar (refinished blue)
    BMP urethane tie rod & control arm dust boots
    16x7.5" ET20 M5 replica rims
    205/50-R16 Yokohama AVS ES100's

    Fender Heights:
    Front: 23 1/4"
    Rear: 22 7/8"

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      #3
      Absolutely perfect post, TJ.

      This is EXACTLY the format posts in this thread need to be in.

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        #4




        H&R Sports
        Bilstein Sport Shocks

        it rode great and was stiff enough to take it out and have fun with it. next time i buy suspension i may try something stiffer, but thats just me. most people who rode with me thought the H&R Sports were stiff enough.

        sorry, dont know any measurements

        p.s. i was running oversized tires too
        98 M3/4/5

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          #5


          Suspension:
          Ground Control Semi-Coilover suspension (300/475#)
          Koni Single Adjustables
          Ground Control camber plates
          Treehouse Racing M3-offset eyeball arms
          RTRS urethane adj. camber/toe trailing arm bushings
          RTRS urethane subframe bushings
          Sparco Front Strut Brace
          Lukas rear Strut Brace
          GC urethane rear shock mounts (not yet installed)
          15x7 Borbet Type Cs.
          205/55VR15 Yokohoma ES100s

          Fender Heights:
          Front: 23 1/2"
          Rear: 23 3/4"

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            #6
            Josh,

            Don't forget - all cabrios have lower arches.

            H&R Sports
            Bilstein Sports
            Both Cabrio Specific

            Current Cars
            2014 M235i
            2009 R56 Cooper S
            1998 M3
            1997 M3

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              #7


              1991 318is

              Ground Control Semi-Coilovers with 350/475 lb/in Eibach Race Springs
              Koni Single-Adjustable shocks F/R
              Ground Control front camber plates
              Ground Control Rear Shock Mounts
              Treehouse Racing Eyeball Arms
              16x7 SSR Competition w/ 15mm H&R Spacers
              215/45-16 Falken Azenis Sport's

              Fender Heights:
              Front: 23 1/2"
              Rear: 22 7/8"

              Never mind the dents, they'll be gone soon...
              James Peacock

              WWFSMD?

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                #8


                500/650 Ground controls
                e36 M3 bilstein sports F/R cut bumpstops rear
                IE camber plates
                23.5" front
                23" rear with ~1/2 tank gas
                245/35/17 tires
                other suspension mods are null and do not affect ride height

                edit: measurements from wheel center to fender lip are:
                12" front
                11.5" rear

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                  #9
                  The original thread went down the day I finally posted my setup, let's hope history doesn't repeat itself...



                  Front
                  350 lb/in GC, unmodified spring perch, all the way down.
                  Bilstein Sports
                  23.75"

                  Rear
                  6" 2.5ID 500 lb/in GC springs on H&R perches, all the way down.
                  Bilstein Sports
                  24.125"



                  Modified rear subframe for adustable camber and toe. Setting at maximum positive camber at this ride height is 2.6 degrees negative camber.
                  -Brandon
                  '86 325es S50
                  '12 VW GTI Autobahn DSG
                  '03 540i M-Sport (sold)
                  '08 Jeep SRT-8 (sold)

                  For sale:
                  S50 TMS chip for Schricks

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                    #10
                    Post the distance the bottom of the fender lip to the ground
                    Would it be a little more useful if the measure was from the bottom of the fender lip to the centre of the wheel? That would more accurately describe the extent of the drop that any given suspension setup gives to a car.
                    Just a thought.
                    ~ Go Canucks Go! ~

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by royalflush313
                      Post the distance the bottom of the fender lip to the ground
                      Would it be a little more useful if the measure was from the bottom of the fender lip to the centre of the wheel? That would more accurately describe the extent of the drop that any given suspension setup gives to a car.
                      Just a thought.
                      this is true as the other height doesn´t take in diffrent tire sizes,
                      Unless everybody starts posting tire sizes and types
                      Gunni
                      @ Prodrive / Aston Martin Racing

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by royalflush313
                        Post the distance the bottom of the fender lip to the ground
                        Would it be a little more useful if the measure was from the bottom of the fender lip to the centre of the wheel? That would more accurately describe the extent of the drop that any given suspension setup gives to a car.
                        Just a thought.
                        hence the edit I made ;)

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Bryson
                          Originally posted by royalflush313
                          Post the distance the bottom of the fender lip to the ground
                          Would it be a little more useful if the measure was from the bottom of the fender lip to the centre of the wheel? That would more accurately describe the extent of the drop that any given suspension setup gives to a car.
                          Just a thought.
                          hence the edit I made ;)
                          thanks.

                          Because variable tire size/pressure makes the old numbers quite useless.
                          ~ Go Canucks Go! ~

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                            #14


                            Suspension:
                            Ground Control Semi-Coilover suspension (325F/475R)
                            Koni Single Adjustables.
                            Ground Control Camber Plates .
                            Ireland Engineering Rear Shock Mounts.
                            Ireland Engineering Urethane Trailing Arm Bushings (Not installed yet).
                            RTRS Urethane Control Arm Bushings.
                            RTRS Urethane Subframe Bushings (Not installed yet).
                            14x6" Stock Basketweaves, BBS Caps.
                            205/60VR14 BFGoodrich Traction T/A's.

                            Fender Heights:
                            Front: 23 1/2"
                            Rear: 22 5/8"

                            Feels good to finally post here...
                            Reminiscing...

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                              #15
                              Springs:Eibach
                              Dampers: Bilstien Sports
                              Wheels:15" BBS RM's, 14" Bottle Caps, 14" Steelies
                              Tires:205/50/R15s on the RMs, 195/50/R14s on the bottles and steels.
                              Measurements:Tomarrow.

                              First Day installed 03




                              Winter 03/04


                              Winter 04/05



                              [/b]

                              Sold it.

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