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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 05-04-2016, 09:09 AM
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Lowering an E30 Convertible - '92 318i - Vogtland

Ok, here is one that I looked around and found some but nothing decisive on the lowering springs for the E30 Convertible.

Hope this helps those looking for a lowered vert.

I recently got a '92 318i convertible and decided to upgrade all the shocks and springs since the old shocks were blown.

I tend to shop on a budget and not spend too much on the parts that will only be used for some city driving, no tracking and not abusing the car.

I drive my cars easy and don't 'drift' or 'race', thus the need for high performance parts is not there.

This is from my personal experience and others might have a different opinion, but here is mine.

... Purchased a full set of Stagg shocks $100 and a set of Vogtland springs ~$200 from eBay.
Link to shocks: http://www.ebay.com/itm/STAGG-4-SHOC...FUpu-o&vxp=mtr
Link to the Springs: http://www.ebay.com/itm/361226554766...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Installation for the rears was easy and I can get the rear shocks and springs replaced in under and hour from putting the car on a jack to back on the ground, I'm no mechanic but this is easy.

Fronts are a little more time consuming and can be a pain... in my case the shock hat bolts that go into the holes in the strut towers were slightly bent from the years of use and took some fiddling around to get them back in.
I did it mostly on my own, but a second pair of hands totally helps.

At the same time I replaced the control arms, bushings, sway bar links and tie rods, so that went all in one run, took me about 4 hours with getting all the old parts off and new ones in.

The result, lowered the cabrio to were the wheel gap between the tire and fender is gone, I'm using 15x8.25 ET15 rims with 205/55R15 tires, and I love the look.

I'm going to try and see how this set up will look with the stock basketweaves and 205/60R14 tires

Here are the pics for the end result, these were right after the install with not even 50 miles since done, I'm guessing they will settle a little.








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Old 05-05-2016, 06:53 PM
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That stance is perfect. Thanks for writing it up, and if you did all that work in ~5 hours, you're a better mechanic than you let on!

Are you aware of emiata.com, a source for replacement convertible rear windows?
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Old 05-06-2016, 06:41 AM
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That stance is perfect. Thanks for writing it up, and if you did all that work in ~5 hours, you're a better mechanic than you let on!

Are you aware of emiata.com, a source for replacement convertible rear windows?
The E30' and E36's come apart and go together like legos I don't think there is anything too difficult in the suspension department if you figure out how things go together right?!

And as far as the window, it's not a zipper window, and I can get a yard of the 40 gauge vinyl and seal it in there, but I don't really have the need for that now, maybe I'll get it done this weekend so whoever buys the car has that covered.
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Old 05-09-2016, 03:16 PM
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got a different set of wheels on with 205/50R15 tires and I'm liking this more.

wheels are 15x7 ET35 with 20mm spacers in the back and 15mm up front



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Got the same wheels on my E30!
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Got the same wheels on my E30!
They look surprisingly goot on E30s
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One of the BMW CCA local chapter members is always trying to buy them from me. I'm something of a wheel hoarder. One half my garage is filled with wheels and tires. I actually traded a set of bottle caps (Style 13s) for these below.
I see you put in a rear window.
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I would probably have too many sets of wheels in the garage too if it wasn't for my gf and not that much space.

Those rotas are nice

Got the window in so it won't rain inside, had to park it outside now and trying to sell it, hopefully I find a good home for her.
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Old 05-11-2016, 06:14 AM
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Here is how the car looks with the 14" Basketweave with 205/60R14 tires, 15mm front and 20mm rear speacers





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Y'know something? That's exactly what this E30 needs. The new 205-60-14s fill the wheel wells with the H&R springs and Bilsteins, but they're tucked in too far. I assume you have no rubbing issues?
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:08 AM
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Y'know something? That's exactly what this E30 needs. The new 205-60-14s fill the wheel wells with the H&R springs and Bilsteins, but they're tucked in too far. I assume you have no rubbing issues?
Haven't noticed any rubbing issues beside only a couple times when going aggressively into a corner on drivers side.

I'm guessing the 15mm rear and front should be the safest bet to not touch the fenders on the 205/60R14.
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