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Old 03-07-2013, 07:27 PM
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Ride Heights

Ride heights of the xDrive have certainly been discussed at great length (xDrive rides 20mm higher)....but, my question is, how does ride height of the standard RWD 335i compare to the sport version (RWD)? Are they the same? Or is the sport even lower than the standard RWD?
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Sport line is a bit lower than the regular base suspension. So is the adaptive suspension. I think adaptive and sport are the same height.
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Ride heights of the xDrive have certainly been discussed at great length (xDrive rides 20mm higher)....but, my question is, how does ride height of the standard RWD 335i compare to the sport version (RWD)? Are they the same? Or is the sport even lower than the standard RWD?

Wheel size makes the diff - Bentley says:

Ride height is measured from the top of the wheel well fender flange to the bottom of the wheel rim.

Front Stock Values:

16" wheel -- 22.99 in -- 584 mm
17" wheel -- 23.58 in -- 599 mm
18" wheel -- 24.09 in -- 612 mm
19" wheel -- 24.60 in -- 625 mm

Rear Stock Values:

16" wheel -- 22.24 in -- 565 mm
17" wheel -- 22.83 in -- 580 mm
18" wheel -- 23.35 in -- 593 mm
19" wheel -- 23.82 in -- 605 mm
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Ride heights of the xDrive have certainly been discussed at great length (xDrive rides 20mm higher)....but, my question is, how does ride height of the standard RWD 335i compare to the sport version (RWD)? Are they the same? Or is the sport even lower than the standard RWD?
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Post above was for E9x....don't know if F30 has the same spec....anyone?

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Wheel size makes the diff - Bentley says:

Ride height is measured from the top of the wheel well fender flange to the bottom of the wheel rim.

Front Stock Values:

16" wheel -- 22.99 in -- 584 mm
17" wheel -- 23.58 in -- 599 mm
18" wheel -- 24.09 in -- 612 mm
19" wheel -- 24.60 in -- 625 mm

Rear Stock Values:

16" wheel -- 22.24 in -- 565 mm
17" wheel -- 22.83 in -- 580 mm
18" wheel -- 23.35 in -- 593 mm
19" wheel -- 23.82 in -- 605 mm
I don't think this is true. From Wikipedia:

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Ride height (also called ground clearance or simply clearance) is the amount of space between the base of an automobile tire and the underside of the chassis; or, more properly, to the shortest distance between a flat, level surface, and any part of a vehicle other than those parts designed to contact the ground (such as tires, tracks, skis, etc.). Ground clearance is measured with standard vehicle equipment, and for cars, is usually given with no cargo or passengers.

Ground clearance is a critical factor in several important characteristics of a vehicle. For all vehicles, especially cars, variations in clearance represent a trade-off between handling and practicality. A higher ground clearance means that the center of mass of the car is higher, which makes for less precise and more dangerous handling characteristics (most notably, the chance of rollover is higher). However, it also means that the car is more capable of being driven on roads that are not level, without the road scraping against and likely damaging the chassis and underbody. Higher ride heights will typically adversely affect aerodynamic properties. This is why sports cars typically have very low clearances, while off-road vehicles and SUVs have higher ones. Two well-known extremes of each are the Ferrari F40 and the Hummer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ride_height
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I don't think this is true. From Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ride_height

Taking the measurement to the bottom of the wheel rim largely, but not completely absolutely totally, eliminates tire wear, variation, and inflation pressure from the calc. Can't take credit for that - figures + measurement technique straight from Bentley.

Wikipedia well known to be in error from time to time....this is a good chance to make yer mark with a correction!

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Okay. What about an F30 xDrive Sport or M Sport with M Adaptive Suspension, vs one without?
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Wikipedia well known to be in error from time to time....this is a good chance to make yer mark with a correction!

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True, Wiki isn't the bible, but at this time I'm not convinced that they're wrong about this.
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Sport line is a bit lower than the regular base suspension. So is the adaptive suspension. I think adaptive and sport are the same height.
For clarity, the Sport suspension is 10mm lower than the regular suspension. Not all Sport Line cars have Sport suspension.

M Performance Suspension is 20mm lower than the regular suspension.
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^ I thought all sport line cars DID have sport suspension....unless its an xDrive model of course. No?
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^ I thought all sport line cars DID have sport suspension....unless its an xDrive model of course. No?
No. I think it depends on the market. When I ordered my 335i Sport last year the sport suspension was an option (which I added, of course ).
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No. I think it depends on the market. When I ordered my 335i Sport last year the sport suspension was an option (which I added, of course ).
In the US all sport and MSport have the sport suspension unless xdrives.
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