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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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Optimal ride height

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I have bilstein coilovers and want to know what ride height in the front and back is optimal for the car. I dont want to ruin the handling of the car as i loved how it was previously and was a bit oversteery but i liked that. it had m suspension before the coilover swap.

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Right-click the link below and "save as" (it's ~94MB). Go to page 310-5 and page 330-1 for ride height specs.

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this was my optimal ride height....
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Hello,
I dont want to ruin the handling of the car as i loved how it was previously and was a bit oversteery but i liked that. it had m suspension before the coilover swap.
I'm no expert, but I'll chime-in.

Ride height is not the sole factor in getting these handling characteristics back. You are now dealing with a multitude of things that will affect this, in which ride height is one. If you want more oversteer with a ride height you like, you can add a combination of more negative camber up front, closer to 0 camber in the rear or just stiffen up the rear. The feel you want can most likely be found with some tinkering of these settings.

*edit : closer to 0 camber being a movement from like -3.0 degrees to -1.5 degrees.

Your front suspension settings - toe-in, camber, will most likely affect that sharper/twitchy feel in the suspension.

Read up on how each adjustment of the suspension changes handling characteristics. There are books with hundreds of pages on suspension theory. I've only just begun the trek down this road myself.
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I'm no expert, but I'll chime-in.

Ride height is not the sole factor in getting these handling characteristics back. You are now dealing with a multitude of things that will affect this, in which ride height is one. If you want more oversteer with a ride height you like, you can add a combination of more negative camber up front, closer to 0 camber in the rear or just stiffen up the rear. The feel you want can most likely be found with some tinkering of these settings.

*edit : closer to 0 camber being a movement from like -3.0 degrees to -1.5 degrees.

Your front suspension settings - toe-in, camber, will most likely affect that sharper/twitchy feel in the suspension.

Read up on how each adjustment of the suspension changes handling characteristics. There are books with hundreds of pages on suspension theory. I've only just begun the trek down this road myself.
This will give you more understeer on an E36. The E36 chassis reacts counter intuitively to some suspension adjustments.
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