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    Hi all,i have managed to get hold of some 16" BMW alloys with new tyres on
    what would the bennifit's or negative's of putting these 16" wheels on instead of my standard 15" wheels.

    Also i would like to lower the car about 40mm or so again what would the bennifit's be or negative's be by doing this.

    the car is a 1994 320i 2.0 automatic
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    Lowering, Benefits would be better handling on smooth roads and round abouts etc! Better looks and i'd say a more responsive feel when driving!
    Negatives would be loss of ride comfort, maybe feeling the pot holes a little more!

    Tbh i dont think drive wise the wheel change would make much difference as the wheels you have bought are not that big, 18" or above i would have thought may affect the ride but im sure 16" should still feel pretty much the same!

    Im only going by experience though and im no mechanic!
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    as said lowering will give better cornering and looks but also can detract from the ride comfort but that depends all down to how much you lower the car and what make of kit it is

    as for the wheels depending on size and type of tyre, cornering should improve as well as looks
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    Been looking around e bay and the likes, and to my suprise the lowering springs are not to expensive.

    There are loads to choose from and am not sure which are the better of the bunch ! can anyone reccomend a decent make ,not coilovers i just can't afford those just yet.

    1 last question when buying the lowering springs do i need to buy a shorter shock or can i use the stock bmw ones??
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    Quote Originally Posted by skoda169 View Post
    Been looking around e bay and the likes, and to my suprise the lowering springs are not to expensive.

    There are loads to choose from and am not sure which are the better of the bunch ! can anyone reccomend a decent make ,not coilovers i just can't afford those just yet.

    1 last question when buying the lowering springs do i need to buy a shorter shock or can i use the stock bmw ones??
    cheers Keith

    Really does depend on two things.... how low you want to go, and how much your budget is.

    Just note though that some cheaper springs from unknown brand names can deteriorate quicker than other top notch stuff, so do check around and whenever possible check against the manufacturers site for specs and prices. (also some springs give a harder ride than others which give the same lowering drop)

    Inevitably you may not need another set of shocks unless you drop your bimmer quite a bit.

    Also if you're looking at getting coilovers in the future, you may like to know that Hottuning offer a set of coilovers right here on the forums for only £195 delivered, and they have received pretty good reviews (including one from me) so don't think you have to spend the earth to get a set.



    Hope that helps.

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    Wouldnt worry about rubbing. I was running 19 inch wheels on an 8.5 width all round on 245 tyres. The fronts were fine, it was only the rears which toched a bit. Had rear arches rolled at £40 each. And that was lowered 60mm at rear and 40mm at the front.

    At 16 inch i shouldnt think you'll have any issues at all.
     
     

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