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ncbimmerguy44
07-19-2010, 05:35 AM
I've been looking around online to find some kits to lower my car. I found some on ebay for around $300. To me that seems a little on the cheap side but anyways, what are all you guys using to get your 7's down a couple of inches and how much money should I expect to spend? Thanks.

hotrod2448
07-19-2010, 06:36 AM
H&R springs are the most common. KW has a set of coil overs that are becoming pretty popular too.

ncbimmerguy44
07-19-2010, 06:57 AM
does anyone know anything about these? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/EIBACH-PROKIT-LOWERING-SPRINGS-BMW-E65-745i-745iL-750i-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQfitsZModelQ3a745LiQQhashZitem2c 55a53aa2QQitemZ190415452834QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTru ckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

GKT33
07-19-2010, 06:59 AM
SEARCH,SEARCH SEARCH! Be sure thats what you really want! There are +'s and -'s for this. Overall, be sure you have the types of roads in your area to support the set up or you will be very unhappy! (My 02)!

Keif
07-19-2010, 07:03 AM
+1. H&Rs lower the car a decent amount and ride well with the stock shocks; if you want ridiculously low and/or adjustable compression and rebound, the KW v3 coilovers are the only available option that I've seen. Full disclosure: I have the KW v3 coilovers, a friend has H&Rs.

ncbimmerguy44
07-19-2010, 07:08 AM
I just want the car a little lower than it is now, nothing crazy. The front needs to be down maybe 2 or 2.5 inches...

hotrod2448
07-19-2010, 10:08 AM
I've had Eibachs on several other cars and always thought their ride was a good compromise. Does you car have the sport package or the self leveling suspension?

sanhonda22
07-19-2010, 10:43 AM
KW also has the street comfort coilovers. I also believe that AC Schnitzer, RD Sport ( Racing Dynamics) and Hamann probably have springs available also.

dorcentar7
07-19-2010, 11:48 AM
Does putting in the H&R springs void any warranty? Any whatsoever...

sanhonda22
07-19-2010, 12:00 PM
Does putting in the H&R springs void any warranty? Any whatsoever...

It really depends on the dealership, and the service advisor. I've taken my car in, lowered with 22's, and have never been asked about it. However, if something suspension related were to fail, they can possibly void that warranty due to having it lowered.

robohopar
07-20-2010, 12:30 PM
I just want the car a little lower than it is now, nothing crazy. The front needs to be down maybe 2 or 2.5 inches...

nothing crazy? 2-2.5 is a crazy drop...

H&R - lowers the front 1.3 inches...rear 1 inch.

Eibach - lowers 1.2 all around

There is another brand that i'm not sure about, its listed on the forum somewhere...but its called like Rdynamics or something like that, that has a more aggressive drop for a regular spring application.

If you want to go lower...i'd go for the KW v3's. Will run you about 2,000-2,500 depending on where you buy from and who installs.

Good luck

ndabunka
07-20-2010, 12:41 PM
I just want the car a little lower than it is now, nothing crazy. The front needs to be down maybe 2 or 2.5 inches...

Most would say that 2.0 to 2.5 inches of drop is "crazy" low. Most aftermarkets (like the eibachs) will only drop about 1" to 1.5" depending on the application and as some have pointed out here that can be done under $400 (or even $199 if you are a DIY kind of guy) but to get 2-inches or better you would have to go with Coil Overs which will run you anywhere from $1,200 to $1,900 installed. you "may" be able to get out for less than $1,000 if you can do the coil overs yourself. So, what is your budget?

Country
07-20-2010, 01:37 PM
Welcome back ndabunka!

Dj Tantra
07-20-2010, 03:23 PM
Most would say that 2.0 to 2.5 inches of drop is "crazy" low. Most aftermarkets (like the eibachs) will only drop about 1" to 1.5" depending on the application and as some have pointed out here that can be done under $400 (or even $199 if you are a DIY kind of guy) but to get 2-inches or better you would have to go with Coil Overs which will run you anywhere from $1,200 to $1,900 installed. you "may" be able to get out for less than $1,000 if you can do the coil overs yourself. So, what is your budget?

Which coilovers for a 7series cosst 1200-1900? :tsk:

ndabunka
07-20-2010, 03:48 PM
Which coilovers for a 7series cost 1200-1900? :tsk:

KW v3 coilovers list at $1,900 but my intent was to indicate that you can probably buy a cheaper set and get them installed between those price points.

I don't know what they cost but here is a Bimmerfest authorized vendor for them...
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=138333

ndabunka
07-20-2010, 03:49 PM
Welcome back ndabunka!

Thanks, glad to be back :freakdanc

patshah
07-20-2010, 03:50 PM
I just want the car a little lower than it is now, nothing crazy. The front needs to be down maybe 2 or 2.5 inches...

I would love to see what your oil pan looks like after a week.... :eek::eek:

quarterto8
07-20-2010, 05:44 PM
i have H&r's.. love the ride quality and look.. make sure you get spacers with em.. makes a huge difference.. i've had mine for couple of months now but bored and want lower.. might get another company i found that will go 1.4 all around or follow keif and get coilovers.. or better yet, use that money towards a down payment, sell the car and upgrade!!! :)

sanhonda22
07-20-2010, 07:15 PM
Coil Overs which will run you anywhere from $1,200 to $1,900 installed. you "may" be able to get out for less than $1,000 if you can do the coil overs yourself.



I would be very suprised if you could find used KW's for these cars for $1,200 installed.

http://www.kw-suspension.com/flexshop/
Current list prices are as follows.

KW Street Comfort Coilovers - $2,495
KW Variant 3 Coilovers - $2,595

sanhonda22
07-20-2010, 07:18 PM
As for just springs, Intrax used to build a 1.5 or something like that. BG also has springs which are supposed to be a similar drop to the Intrax springs.

Dj Tantra
07-20-2010, 07:48 PM
I would be very suprised if you could find used KW's for these cars for $1,200 installed.

http://www.kw-suspension.com/flexshop/
Current list prices are as follows.

KW Street Comfort Coilovers - $2,495
KW Variant 3 Coilovers - $2,595

Yeah, that sounds more like it...

quarterto8
07-20-2010, 07:51 PM
As for just springs, Intrax used to build a 1.5 or something like that. BG also has springs which are supposed to be a similar drop to the Intrax springs.

BG are 1.4 all the way around...

Keif
07-21-2010, 09:23 AM
I just want the car a little lower than it is now, nothing crazy. The front needs to be down maybe 2 or 2.5 inches...

I would love to see what your oil pan looks like after a week.... :eek::eek:

Tighten up the coilovers' compression screw a bit and you'll do mostly okay barring large bumps in the center of a lane or roadkill. If you see roadkill, avoid it at ALL costs -- raccoon fur in the front axle support is just sick after a few weeks (I ran over one the first evening I had it dropped). I've bottomed out a few times, but I've gotten to know every large bump in my local roads like the back of my hand...tighten things up and you'll generally be fine.

Also, taking the plastic jack pad off the front axle support when you aren't using it will give you about 1/4" of important clearance, and you'll drop a load in your pants if you ever hear it hit something.

ndabunka
07-21-2010, 11:18 AM
I would be very suprised if you could find used KW's for these cars for $1,200 installed.

http://www.kw-suspension.com/flexshop/
Current list prices are as follows.

KW Street Comfort Coilovers - $2,495
KW Variant 3 Coilovers - $2,595

The prices you have listed are RETAIL prices. There are a number of other quality vendors. Megan Coil Overs are less expensive. Many with them feel they are very good (Acura TL guys) and they are under $900 for my 2006 E66. Another $300 or $400 for someone to perform the labor would put these at that low mark. I can get the Comfort Coilovers for $1,500 so $400 to my installer and I have a set of KW's for $1,900

Wiu-Bimmer
07-21-2010, 12:21 PM
Does putting in the H&R springs void any warranty? Any whatsoever...
After installing the H&R springs in the front and lowering the back with the computer at my preferred shop, my dealer would not do an alignment in my car because I had lowered it. Said they could not meet specs and would not put then in a position where they could be held liable/responsible for any damage.

Wiu-Bimmer
07-21-2010, 12:26 PM
I spend in total 1K, used the H&R springs for the front and lowered the back with the computer (Did both not at the BMW dealership but at my usual shop), alignment was done at a performance wheels shop. The look is quite subtle, not too low or high, I don't have Sport Package so I think that is the look I've achieved, like if I had the sport suspension. To me it looks just perfect.

diznik007
07-21-2010, 12:48 PM
^^^^ you spent $1000 for H&R's, lowering via computer and alignment :eek: no bueno!!!! at least your happy with the look

KarlC
07-21-2010, 12:59 PM
i have H&r's.. love the ride quality and look.. make sure you get spacers with em.. makes a huge difference.. i've had mine for couple of months now but bored and want lower.. might get another company i found that will go 1.4 all around or follow keif and get coilovers.. or better yet, use that money towards a down payment, sell the car and upgrade!!! :)

I'm looking to order a set of the H&R's so let me know if you want to sell your used set.