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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 09-11-2012, 01:37 PM
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Rear end sagging

My 1987 E30 convertible has a rear end that saggs. The wheels seem out of camber(?) and I was told that there is no adjustments for the rear camber when I took it to get aligned. Now it seems that the inside part of the tires are wearing down prematurely. I realize that one option is to rotate them more frequently. But, would it help to buy replacement stock springs (not lowering springs) to try to see if that returns the rear end to a higher position so that the tires ride more evenly? Or is that a waste of time? What is your experience?
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:42 PM
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if the rear is sagging then yes the coils are starting to weaken. putting in newer coils will help get the camber back to OEM spec. these cars do have a bit of camber to start with. the only other way to help correct it is with camber adjustment plates.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:06 PM
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Where would you look to find springs? All of the spring kits I've seen are lowering kits, Would lowering it by 1 inch be counterproductive to my problem or is there a place a kind get stock height springs?
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:18 PM
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Sorry, had to do this.

All things sag eventually
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:21 PM
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i think you may be able to pick something like that up at a local parts store. but dont hold me to that. maybe a few guys one here may have their old springs that they could sell you.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:23 PM
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Sorry, had to do this.

All things sag eventually
damnit. i knew that tramp stamp was a bad idea
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:53 PM
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IMO go for the camber kit first in any event. Even with new standard springs you will then have control over the settings. In the meantime you can save your tyres and adjust out excess camber while you replace the springs at your leasure.
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A camber kit is not practical. Wo uld cost arund $300-400 to do ar a shop, and a pair of new tyres for the rear cost less than that. So what if you tyres get 35000km instead of 40,000? Youd have to do another 100,000 to make it economically possible
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