2000 e46 323ci, got my 10mm spring pad today, i will fit tomorrow! if no snow lol !!

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    well as my car is sitting 10mm lower on rear driver side i decided to buy a 10mm spring pad from bmw for £5.15p ouch
    hopefully the weather will hold off, as its only a 20minute job i don't mind the cold, just not the rain!, i will however have to use the original pad aswell so that it raises it by the 10mm i need!a bit of redesigning to come
    wish me luck, next job will be the ccfl's, should be here any day now
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by vauxfan View Post
    ...will however have to use the original pad aswell...
    Are you planning on making one of the pads into a disc then, and sandwiching it between the new pad & the spring?
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    Done!!!
    when i got the car it had a lean at the back end and when i measured up from wheel center to arch bottoms the car sat as follows
    standard
    front = 36.3 cm driver, 36.8 passenger
    rear = 34.8cm drivers 35.8 passenger

    i went ahead and bought a set of eibachs which after 6 months it stood at
    front driver 34
    front passenger 34.5
    rear driver 33.1
    rear passenger 34.5

    now after fitting the spring pad i bought from the stealers
    it now stands at
    rear driver 34cm
    rear passenger 34cm
    front driver 34.2
    front passenger 34.2
    So now as you can see the car is perfectly level!
    but i am still not happy though, why should you have to add a thicker pad? and what is the rear issue, still looks alot better now!
     
     

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    Something sounds bent....
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy2bsure View Post
    Are you planning on making one of the pads into a disc then, and sandwiching it between the new pad & the spring?
    yes mate, i cut nearly all of the inner raised section of the original 5mm disc, i left a little bit in there as it fit snuggly in to the bottom of the new pad!

    I did this as most people have put in the pads thinking it would lift the car the desired amount, forgetting that the old pad added a certain height aswell!, because mine was 10mm lower i needed a 15mm pad if i was to use only 1! but because i got the 10mm i also kept the 5mm original 1, if you see what i meen
     
     

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    Iam not 100% on this but should you not be going on the seal level and not the arch gap.. Bmw's look like they sit nose Hi but its the way the front wing is made ??

    Not sure.. Anyway Bet it looks Low and wide !
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    Quote Originally Posted by motechmike View Post
    Iam not 100% on this but should you not be going on the seal level and not the arch gap.. Bmw's look like they sit nose Hi but its the way the front wing is made ??

    Not sure.. Anyway Bet it looks Low and wide !
    i found that if you measure from the wheel center to the arch bottom then you will always get the same reading!, even if you had no wheels on. some people measure from floor to arch bottom, but for me that is open to many factors, eg flat tyre, under inflated trye, smaller wheels, larger wheels etc!,
    my way will see you get a perfect height measurement across many different models, and it for me enables me to see what springs give what height on each car.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Whittaker View Post
    Something sounds bent....
    My car sits lower on the rear drivers side too. Stupid E46's with their wonky suspension! Took it to BMW and they claim its normal. So took it to an indy and he couldnt find anything wrong either. I was still convinced it wasnt right so removed rear wheels and checked springs and things and couldnt find anything either.
     
     

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