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Old 03-26-2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 03-26-2005, 01:42 PM   #2
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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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Old 03-26-2005, 01:43 PM   #3
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Absolutely perfect post, TJ.

This is EXACTLY the format posts in this thread need to be in.
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Old 03-26-2005, 01:57 PM   #4
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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
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Old 03-26-2005, 02:17 PM   #5
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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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Old 03-26-2005, 04:14 PM   #6
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Don't forget - all cabrios have lower arches.

H&R Sports
Bilstein Sports
Both Cabrio Specific

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Old 03-26-2005, 06:48 PM   #7
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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...
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Old 03-29-2005, 07:45 PM   #8
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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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Old 03-30-2005, 04:47 PM   #9
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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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.
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Old 04-04-2005, 04:44 PM   #14
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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...
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Old 04-04-2005, 05:41 PM   #15
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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.
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