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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 03-29-2014, 08:38 AM
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Suspension trade question?

I have 1990 325i saloon and I am trading the whole suspension with a 1987 325is. Everything is new under this car and the rear end has Eibach springs and sport Bilstein shocks. This is a lowering shock and spring I read. He says it wont lower my rear but about a half inch or so. My question is will this change my rear alignment and camber much? I am running 205/60 R14's and I have a rim with a 195/70 R14 I can match the tire with another on the rear. will that offset the half inch or is there no worries leaving the 205's on? I was going to try to put 195/ 65 R 14's all the way around since that is what the car came stock with on my next change. With the new suspension what should I run tire wise?
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Old 03-29-2014, 09:22 AM
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its gunna be more than 1/2" drop. droppin any amount does effect the camber but not by much. if its more of the traditional 2" drop, youll want to look into camber plates up front and i would get directional or regular radial tires so when the inner tread gets thin you can swap sides and get more life out of them. you get asymmetrical tires then the dont wear right when there put on backwards


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Old 03-29-2014, 09:51 AM
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Ugg maybe I dont want to do the rear swap at all. I like my rear to look higer than the front! and it sounds like a whole new set of problems lowering the rear
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Old 03-29-2014, 02:44 PM
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not really. without knowing the exact kit then we are just guessing. if you can see the car or even pull up next to it for measurements, that would determine what the total drop is.

i had a 2" drop front both 2 1/2" in the back, no camber plates or trailing arms. rear tires did pretty good on wear, however the fronts burnt up pretty quick. went thru the fronts in a summer to where wire was showing.

if say the rear is only 1/2" drop, you may increase the camber to say -3.5degrees from the stock -2.5. itll corner alil better and wear wouldnt be much different


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Old 03-29-2014, 03:06 PM
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Thanks downhiller, but I decided to not even chance it since the parts would be off and waiting for me to pull up so there is no way to see what would look like until it was on. AND I am an old fart and don't like the look of a lowered car. I love the proud stance my sedan has. however I did notice while measuring the gap from the top of the tires to the wheel wells it was close to 3 inches except the rear left which was an inch and half (blown shock?) and I don't like the look of it lowered an inch and half.
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Old 03-29-2014, 06:18 PM
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its probably a worn spring, but could be a blown strut/shock. i like the lowered look but i wouldnt drop it too much. roads are way too bad here to have a slammed car. alot of slammed honda is missing the center bumper portion from pot holes an the loose concrete pieces.


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Old 03-29-2014, 06:22 PM
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I live down a gravel drive too and I would bottom out. My Camry and Vibe have both torn the plastic under engine splash guards. I bought my Bilstein touring shocks today. I hope to buy the struts next month. Then I got to get them in.
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