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Old 01-08-2013, 07:15 AM
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How can I soften my ride but still stay lowered

My 96 Z3 is lowered. The rear end is rediculous. NO movement. Or should I say literally 1/2" of movement. The springs are tooo stiff. I definately rides directly on the ground.

I'm riding on 255/40/17's in the rear.

Could I use a airbag system to get some comfort? Has anyone done this? If not what can I do to soften the ride.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:22 AM
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If you soften it, while staying low, it will bottom out. NOT good.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:57 AM
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If you soften it, while staying low, it will bottom out. NOT good.
Right but currently I have about 3" of travel before tapping the bump stop and it only moves 1/2"
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:04 PM
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The suspension your currently sitting on is?
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:05 PM
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Check your spring rate. Them swap out your springs for a lower spring rate. I'm running h&r sports. Rides beautiful
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:45 AM
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The suspension your currently sitting on is?
I'm not sure. They are Red Springs. The car came with an extra set of rear springs. I am wondering if he was gonna switch them out himself. I'll have to crawl under there and get the numbers off of them
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:54 AM
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Hmm. H&R race springs ride pretty stiff. And they are red. I would say install the sport springs but those are also red so you may already have them.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:03 AM
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I'll have to check and see. Hopefully that's the case and I can just swap them out
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