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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 05-02-2013, 12:00 AM
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Pros and Cons of Lowering your BMW

New to this so i think itd be interesting to hear the pros and cons of lowering your BMW.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:17 AM
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New to this so i think itd be interesting to hear the pros and cons of lowering your BMW.
Pros =
1. Cornering
2. aesthetics

Cons =
1. Camber wear without control arms/plates
2. jacking up your car/driving on to ramps/lifts
3. Speedbumps and pot holes
4. Speedbumps and pot holes
,,,, did I mention Speedbumps and pot holes?
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:34 AM
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Pros =
1. Cornering
2. aesthetics

Cons =
1. Camber wear without control arms/plates
2. jacking up your car/driving on to ramps/lifts
3. Speedbumps and pot holes
4. Speedbumps and pot holes
,,,, did I mention Speedbumps and pot holes?


Or hit a big rock that can't be avoided and put a big hole in oil pan
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:43 AM
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I am looking into an air suspension, but its expensive. $3K to over $5K.

It really goes low and raises when needed tho.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:56 PM
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So would you say lowering your bmw isn't worth it??
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:05 PM
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There is lowering and then there is lowering. Anything beyond -2" from stock is getting a bit un-fun in my book, but I absolutely would not want an E36 at stock ride height. And if you lower it 2" or less, you don't need camber plates, and speed bumps are not much of an issue. People who "slam" their cars to the ground have other priorities (e.g. style over function, with a high tolerance for listening to metal undercarriage on asphalt...).
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:34 PM
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Stock ride height sucks. Lower it. I'm about 4inches off the ground and it's perfect. I do have the occasional issue with a speed bump and such but nothing to bad.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:37 PM
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whats the stock height of my 328is? is a 1-2 inch lower a comfortable height??
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:43 PM
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Yes, I have H&R Sport springs, which lower the front by 1.6" and the rear by 1". Pretty much perfect for daily use, IMO.
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