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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 05-02-2013, 02:02 PM
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Got this car used and the passenger side sits lower. Can't figure out which way to spin the perch to raise it up a bit. If anyone can help with such stupid question thanks. Again its the passenger side, if it makes any difference.


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Old 05-02-2013, 02:12 PM
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i am pretty sure BMW's sit higher on the driver side from the factory.
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:42 PM
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i am pretty sure BMW's sit higher on the driver side from the factory.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:36 PM
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Okay so maybe I'm stretching the truth. It's not just a bit, its a good amount. Enough to make me rub on a E46 17" with a 205/55 tire. The cars low but not super low. I can go a lot lower on these threads. Fenders rolled and sorta pulled. Gotta get new ones. The kid before me twizzled them up.


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Old 05-02-2013, 03:41 PM
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The shocks do not determine ride height, they dampen the springs so they settle quickly.

Those wheels/tires seem awfully large for an E36.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:42 PM
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Yeah, a 55 series tire on a 17" wheel is pretty freakin' tall. It should be down at 40 or 45.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:09 PM
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Sorry bout that. They're 16's 16x7" off of an e46. I got 17's on the brain right now. I'm looking for a set of 17's.

I'm not talking about the damping, I'm talking about the ride height. They are adjustable Bilsteins. Though I'd like to know how to adjust that in the front too.


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Old 05-02-2013, 04:31 PM
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When I screw it upwards it looks like the spring is compressing. That's why I ask.


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Old 05-02-2013, 04:34 PM
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They might be adjustable coilovers. If that's the case, you need to find out if it is pin or slot type, and by the appropriate spanner. Then you can adjust the heights.


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Old 05-02-2013, 04:49 PM
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I have the tool and it spins fine. I'm confused in which way to spin it. When I spin it up the car doesn't appear to be getting higher just looks like the helper spring is compressing. Everything spins, springs and all.


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Now I figured that my caster on that sides out. I spun them down all the way now that I figured it out and made sure to rotate the perch on each side the same amount if times. Still sat lower on the passenger side. Then I noticed my wheel sits farther back towards the door than the driver side.

I also found out that's where my wheels rubbing.

What could cause my caster to be so out of whack?


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Old 05-03-2013, 05:02 AM
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At lock with the ride height on this side way higher than the driver side. Still rubs pretty bad. Don't mind the dirt. That's become the last thing on my mind.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:16 AM
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I have Bilsteins as well. Damn awesome shocks!!!! Same with Koni. It's so hard to choose between the two.

As far as the way the car sits, it sits higher on the driver's side than the passenger's side, to compensate for the weight of the driver. Now everyone has their own opinions to justify their broken cars, but that is usually how they are.

And believe me when I say that I have no idea what I am talking about.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:38 AM
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I understand that much but that does not answer my last question on my caster issue. What could be worn or bent to cause this? I know I most likely need bushings but nothing is bent or broken. Plus I need bushings all around so why is this issue only on the one side of the car?


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Old 05-03-2013, 06:45 AM
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I understand that much but that does not answer my last question on my caster issue. What could be worn or bent to cause this? I know I most likely need bushings but nothing is bent or broken. Plus I need bushings all around so why is this issue only on the one side of the car?


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Did you put the car on an alignment rack yet? Check the shock towers? How about the springs and top hats?
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:41 PM
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I haven't gotten it in the rack yet but I plan on it by the end of the week when I have off. I'm trying to just diagnose the obvious and try to save done time and money. Everything else has been checked.
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Bilsteins are awesome!

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