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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 02-10-2013, 01:40 PM
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i need a good lowering kit??

i have an 86 325es 2 dr. i am looking to lower my car obviously. right now my car sits at 3.5in above rear tires and 2.5in above front tires. i need advice on what to buy to make my car sit nice and handle well. im also on a budget so not looking to spend a lot of money.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:42 PM
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Plain facts: you can get parts to lower the car for cheap, but it won't handle or ride well as it could or should. You can spend a decent amount and lower it and at minimum maintain the handling it has as it sits. You can spend quite a bit on really quality stuff, drop it to exactly as much as you want, and substantially improve the handling. Your car, your money. You chose.

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Old 02-11-2013, 06:59 AM
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Well I'm all about quality so I'd like to lower it exactly as much as I want as well as improve the handling. So with that figured out what do you recommend.

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Old 02-11-2013, 09:05 AM
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H&R lowering springs, bilstein struts and shocks(sports), front camber kit, rear camber and toe kit... I did all this and upto about 6-700 so far... gettin alignment next week.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:24 AM
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H&R lowering springs, bilstein struts and shocks(sports), front camber kit, rear camber and toe kit... I did all this and upto about 6-700 so far... gettin alignment next week.
Did you order straight from manufacturer?

There's also this kit I've been looking at:

http://www.bmpdesign.com/product-exec/product_id/524/category_id/143/search_year/1989/search_model/34

The drop is 1.3 inches, I'm not sure if that would do much for performance though. I drive an 89 325i and would like to lower mine for performance. Anybody know the optimal hight for the best performance?
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:13 PM
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H&R lowering springs, bilstein struts and shocks(sports), front camber kit, rear camber and toe kit... I did all this and upto about 6-700 so far... gettin alignment next week.
how much will that lower my car? and if its not to much trouble could you send me some links to where you got your parts
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http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/cata..._pg2.htm#item9
Thats for springs and struts.

http://www.spcalignment.com/componen...AFrom&to=USATo
Thats for the front camber plate.. atleast thats what I bought.

http://www.iemotorsport.com/bmw/E30-...-steering.html
Thats rear camber and toe kits.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:21 PM
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im really interested in this kit a little pricy but they have great customer service and it sounds like i wont need anything else but this kit so sounds good to me

http://www.ground-control-store.com/...ion.php/II=754
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:48 PM
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Ground Control is where its at. Coilover conversions or a whole set of coilovers. You can literally make your car handle worse by dropping it.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:51 AM
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can you clarify what you mean by that.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:30 AM
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can you clarify what you mean by that.
Ground control or making your car handle worse?

Ground conrtrol is a company that makes good quality suspention.

The wrong setup can make your car handle worse, shocks, spring rates, camber is very important to how a car handles.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:34 AM
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Unless your building a track car.. no need to spend all that money on coilovers to drive to work or school. I can almost promise you a good set up of springs shocks and alignment would be better to cheap coilovers. I've had tein coilovers on a integra with in-c-o-c-k pit controls, came with the car. It was nice for AutoX but not so nice for everyday. Too stiff and ended up replacing control arms and ball joints left and right. Sold that car for a awd dsm. --Best way to upgrade your suspension, stopping power, and acceleration is to buy Great Tires!--
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:35 AM
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Unless your building a track car.. no need to spend all that money on coilovers to drive to work or school. I can almost promise you a good set up of springs shocks and alignment would be better to cheap coilovers. I've had tein coilovers on a integra with in-c-o-c-k pit controls, came with the car. It was nice for AutoX but not so nice for everyday. Too stiff and ended up replacing control arms and ball joints left and right. Sold that car for a awd dsm. --Best way to upgrade your suspension, stopping power, and acceleration is to buy Great Tires!--
Ground control lets you pick any spring rate you would like. Coilover conversions cost only a little bit more say $50. Its worth it to have adjustiblity. You still buy your own shocks and have to do a little angle grinding but its the best bang for your buck with E30 suspention.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:00 PM
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so then what are you recommending i need the track wil be on the track just not full time and i do want it lowered. please attach links
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:15 AM
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For interest sakes:
How many people actually adjust their adjustable suspension for proper handling ?
How many of that first group actually adjust their suspension frequently for different situations ?
Just curious
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:44 AM
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For interest sakes:
How many people actually adjust their adjustable suspension for proper handling ?
How many of that first group actually adjust their suspension frequently for different situations ?
Just curious
Kinda what I was thinking.. I did on my Integra but only because I had a controller in the car. But never heard of someone raising there car back and getting it re-aligned after a autox weekend. Sounds more expensive for all the camber and toe adjustments. I set it and forget it with my combo
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so then what are you recommending i need the track wil be on the track just not full time and i do want it lowered. please attach links
This is as far as I'm getting you... http://www.ground-control-store.com/products/index.php

Use Google next time its a bit easier for both of us.
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I do adjust suspension to match tire and rim setup, running H&R's.,

GC's are a great bargain for what you get and are good quality with great customer service.

go at it progressibly as funds come available.

- springs and shocks, (add or substract spring pads if need be as they do come in various thickness) or get coilover sleeves.
- offset CAB
- camber / caster plates and adjustable TA bushings.
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