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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-13-2005, 04:30 PM
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New ZHP wheels

I'm am about to purchase some ZHP wheels from a fellow enthusiast. I'm very excited.

However, I'm starting to think. I want to put these on my stock suspension '04
325i. I'm concerned that this will make it look like a tank. I guess I can live with a slight gap change. What are your opinions? I would rather not spend more money, but the seller is also selling his zhp suspension. A few questions:

If I put ZHP suspension on my car, how would it affect the warranty
(being oem bmw parts)?

How much is the dealer gonna charge to install the suspension, and
will they even do it (I'm sure I am uncapable of this install myself)?

Also, what is the lowest price I can ask for if I am interested in the suspension (1k mi) considering I wasn't in the market for them in the
first place?

Any other information or comments would be appreciated? I am really
interested in these wheels, but am starting to get unsure, and being enthusiasts you all probably have decent advice?

Oh, and I am considering eventually adding on the mtech front, sides
and rear. If that will make it "look lower" without a suspension
change? Any help would be appreciated.

I'm just drooling over zhp rims, I've wanted them ever since EVER!

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Old 02-13-2005, 06:29 PM
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also, if I choose to install the oem zhp suspension at an independent shop, how will that affect the warranty
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Old 02-13-2005, 06:37 PM
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I assume you don't have the sport package on your 325i. If so, it will look a little lifted, although the actual gap will be the same. It probably won't bother 99% of the people that see it, and that may include you (or maybe it will bother you ).

The suspension swap should void the warranty just as it concerns those suspension pieces that are swapped.
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Old 02-13-2005, 06:45 PM
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I'd be more concerned about the impact those wheels will have on your acceleration. With the 325, you're not swimming in excess HP. Throw on that much extra unsprung weight and you can really slow yourself down.
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Old 02-13-2005, 07:03 PM
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A pic of 18" wheels with a stock suspension...

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Old 02-13-2005, 07:06 PM
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ZHP wheels on a car that probably still has the shipping blocks in the suspension...
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Old 02-13-2005, 07:10 PM
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This looks like it has the standard suspension...
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Old 02-13-2005, 07:12 PM
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TD, i didn't realize that. But, I don't think it should be too much of a problem for me considering i'm pushing 250 lb. myself. (maybe I should sell the 3er and start walkin')

there are only two mods I would do to my car

1) zhp wheels
2)m aerodynamic kit

I would love to do both, but just out of curiosity who thinks which would have more of a sporty impact?

Thanks for all your help
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Old 02-13-2005, 07:14 PM
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Thanks for the pics guys, very helpful. I think that I'll be fine with the stock suspension.

BTW, those tourings look
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Old 02-13-2005, 07:18 PM
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also, if I choose to install the oem zhp suspension at an independent shop, how will that affect the warranty
By the way, do you have any quotes from an independent shop on what the ZHP suspension would cost and what parts they would be installing? Just wondering.
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Old 02-13-2005, 08:04 PM
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No, I don't have any quotes. I was wondering myself. Originally, I had planned on purchasing from someone upgrading their zhp suspension.
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Wheels look great on those tourers...and I notice they have the same front end as the ZHP...is it a package available in Europe?
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Wheels look great on those tourers...and I notice they have the same front end as the ZHP...is it a package available in Europe?
Yes, its the 'Sport' option. I've had 2, 2002 and 2004 model years.

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