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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 03-20-2012, 01:09 PM
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:17 PM
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:26 PM
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I agree with needing OEM style tails. Two other things jump out to me:

1) You gotta stop washing your car with steel wool, and
2) Tow hoops on street cars are for poseurs

Just a little constructive criticism.
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:25 PM
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I pretty much have the same tails. They're bad, but not bad enough that I want to jump up and spend $90 on new lights. I tinted them so you can't see the clear on top.
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:37 PM
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that reinforcement plate is thicker than the original shock tower by a bit
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:42 PM
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that reinforcement plate is thicker than the original shock tower by a bit
I am confuzzeled. The front strut (not shock) tower reinforcement plates go between the underside of the strut tower and the strut mount. They're less than 1/16th of an inch thick. Your terminology is off, and I'm telling you, front strut tower reinforcement plates do not raise your ride height in any perceptible way. By installing the front reinforcement plates, all you are doing is placing a very thin round piece of metal on top of the strut mounts, and then bolting everything to the car as you normally would. Like so:

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Old 03-20-2012, 04:51 PM
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Karl, I'm thinking he may well mean camber plates. Though they wouldn't affect ride height either...
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:52 PM
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Karl, I'm thinking he may well mean camber plates. Though they wouldn't affect ride height either...
That's what I'm saying. Neither reinforcement plates nor camber plates will raise ride height.
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:55 PM
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yea those are the plates it raised it by a noticable ammount for me - maybe cause i changed wheels at the same time (looks taller) than the way my ds2s sat
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:03 PM
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Well, if you went with an incorrect aspect ratio tire, that could be the reason your car was raised. But if you do things correctly, there will be no difference in ride height (aka: outside diameter) between a 15" wheel/tire package and an 18" wheel/tire package, let alone 17" DSIIs and 17" D-Force LTW5s.

If you need more proof that the strut tower reinforcement plates do not raise the car noticeably, take a photo of your car on a flat surface, and then drive your car's front wheels onto something that is less than 1/16th of an inch and take another photo. You won't be able to notice any difference.

Did you use the same tire specs between your DSIIs and LTW5s?
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:22 PM
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I agree with needing OEM style tails. Two other things jump out to me:

1) You gotta stop washing your car with steel wool, and
2) Tow hoops on street cars are for poseurs

Just a little constructive criticism.
Oh I only put the hoop on for the photos

also Ed, you may take a hockey stick to them if you bring me fully functional OEM replacements

and the paint has always looked that sh!tty haha not my fault
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:23 PM
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well front is much wider i went from 225/45/17 to 245/40/17
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:35 PM
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:42 PM
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:58 PM
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:14 PM
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You must need an alignment. Excess camber will cause uneven wear, but the real killer of tires is toe angle. If you've only driven 3k miles on your tires and you're seeing serious wear, I'd suspect the toe being off more than I'd suspect your camber settings.
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Get your toe pulled out to 0 in the front. And have just a little bit of toe-in for the rear.

That's what I got and it has great response without wandering too bad on the highway.
Bingo. Dial out all or almost all front toe, and take rear toe down to 1 degree.

Set your suspension to the desired height (if it's adjustable) and get it on an alignment rack. By doing so, you may be able to get a little more life outta your current tires, but most importantly the car should drive much better.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:38 PM
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Sure CJ! But I thought you couldn't stay long?
Oh, I thought you just meant some day before BFE. I'm still not sure what my plans are. It's smack in the middle of college move-ins. I might be coming down the day before if I'm in Rochester. Way too long of a drive to make in the morning.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:45 PM
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Sweet, hopefully I'll be able to figure out the plans soon enough.
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Finally, Chad!


I have some ugly pictures of my car while experimenting with ride heights. Joey, this applies to you. I can take a picture of the spring pads if you wanna see what I mean.

The rear of the car sat too high with the adjusters in, so I pulled them out. But then it sat too low, and the exhaust scrapes on stuff, and it was practically tucking rim. So I took a spare rubber spring pad and cut out part of the middle, so it would sit nicely on another spring pad. Put them both on the top together, and it raised the car perfectly. I've only done one side so far, so you can see the difference.

I also rolled the fender in front just a little bit and fit the 235 in there. Looks like a good fit, so I can get the other two 235s mounted soon and have all four. By the way, the Dunlop SP-01's in the rear grip great.







Parts car forgot to smile for the picture :/
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:41 PM
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Nice dude! I just ordered the 15mm pads from bimmerworld this morning. If they don't raise it enough I have two extras for each side that I can cut the center out of until I get it perfectly to the top of the tire.
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