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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 10-19-2007, 08:51 PM
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alright..so i have the 17inch M5 replicas on the bimmer. and in doing so, it has made my car sit about two inches higher than before. i want the wheels the tuck just a little bit, but i don't want to have the look of a lowered ricer. how do i go about doing so? can i just get coils or do i need a whole new suspension package? thanks guys
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Old 10-19-2007, 10:45 PM
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Post some pictures. Well there is nothing you can do with out lowering the car, or get m3 suspension kit for the tucked wheel look! And if you lower it the right way it's going to look nice, just leave the stock look (rack)!
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Old 10-20-2007, 01:51 AM
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If you get lowering springs but don't change the shocks at the same time, you're just gonna pay more in labor. The shocks will blow within a few days to a week in almost all cases, as you're creating too much pressure in them. You'll need a whole new supension set up, and probably a camber control kit to adjust the amount of the tuck. Also, if installing new wheels of any kind or size makes the car suddenly sit significantly higher, you have the way wrong rim+tire size combo. 17" wheels certainly shouldn't have raised it 2". My guess is you have too low of profile tires on it (not enough sidewall) and now the larger gap between the top of the tire and the bottom of the wheel well is simply creating the illusion that it is higher. What size tire are you running? The middle number is probably around 20 or so, right?
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they're 225/45's...but nevermind about the suspension, my wonderful darling brother just put my right front wheel into a delightful little pot-hole doing around..i dunno, 50 mph? yeah..so my rim is warped. bugh. he will die
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they're 225/45's...but nevermind about the suspension, my wonderful darling brother just put my right front wheel into a delightful little pot-hole doing around..i dunno, 50 mph? yeah..so my rim is warped. bugh. he will die
Will die? If my little brother ever did that, there would be no "will die" involved. It would be "is dead" as of a few seconds after the incident. Sue him for all he's worth!!!
Ok, fine, don't sue him. Just kill him and collect money from his wheel.
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k...so i got the wheels fixed and its time for suspension. im wantin to get the Eibach sportline coils, so what should i do about shocks? i know bilstein is a popular choice, but any others that you all would recommend? thanks
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