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    Right guys, I need your advice and opinions as I'm stuck in two minds as to what to do to my E36 Compact...



    Option A
    I get my current BMW style 45(?) alloys refurbed in either gloss white or satin matt black. I whack on some decent tyres for the winter (e.g. Rainsport 2s), buy a good set of lowering springs and shocks (e.g. Bilsteins) and buy some M3 style rear lights to get stuff underway before the end of the year. If I go for more of a black theme then I'll be looking at tints into the new year too.

    Option B
    I buy some BBS, or BBS style alloys, that are bigger and better than my current setup. I whack on some budget tyres so I can compensate for more expensive coilovers (e.g. Supersports - recommended by my friend) to get the ride height bang on. Again, I buy some M3 style rear lights to almost finish off the car before Xmas.

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    Bearing in mind I've only got one green bar left on my service indicator, Option A seems more sensible as it will probably be cheaper. However I'm dead fussy about ride height, so coilovers seem like a no-brainer... but then there's the fact that if I go for Option B I'm sticking on budget tyres, as well as getting relatively budget coilovers, even at 450 odd pound. With Option A I'm sticking with genuine BMW alloys, a good set of brand new tyres and a decent suspension setup (comfort and quality-wise)... I'm just gonna struggle to get the ride height I want, and will probably stand there looking at it in a few months time wishing I'd bought some proper nice and expensive alloys.

    Argh, decisions! Please help! I just want advice, opinions and more ideas, as there's so much more you can do to these Bimmers compared to my old Pug 306

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    option c - dont touch it and save your cash till crimbo/new years over with
     
     

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    Good point. However I have got a bit of cash to spare (£600 tax rebate!) and I do need a set of new tyres.

    Hmm, I may have to settle for some Rainsport 2s, M3 style rear lights and a service next week. The rest can happen next year. I'll call that Option D
     
     

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    I would go option B! But I would also get a M3 front bumper as it would make it look tons better!

    You can get cheap tyres from Camskil they do falkens CHEAP. I mean REALLY cheap!

    DO NOT GO ANY WHERE NEAR BUDGET TYRES!

    http://www.camskill.co.uk/products.p...m61b0s134p6214

    and they are for a 18inch rim and not skinny!
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    Yeah I'm tempted by Option B, but it's the extra overall cost and hassle of maintaining the coilovers that puts me off.

    At the moment it's between the Rainsport 2s or FK452s, as I don't really wanna be spending much more than £60 per tyre. Quick question though - if my current tyres are 205/55/16, could I go for 205/50/16s without any significant problems? Other than the looks, what advantage would this provide?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by A20NWK View Post
    Yeah I'm tempted by Option B, but it's the extra overall cost and hassle of maintaining the coilovers that puts me off.

    At the moment it's between the Rainsport 2s or FK452s, as I don't really wanna be spending much more than £60 per tyre. Quick question though - if my current tyres are 205/55/16, could I go for 205/50/16s without any significant problems? Other than the looks, what advantage would this provide?
    Well I would go for 215/50/16 then I would of thought there would be no problem. Do you know the width of your rim? is it 7J? Will say it on the back.

    You would have more surface area for acceleration and more grip.

    Never knew coilovers needed maintaining???


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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil318is View Post
    Well I would go for 215/50/16 then I would of thought there would be no problem. Do you know the width of your rim? is it 7J? Will say it on the back.

    You would have more surface area for acceleration and more grip.

    Never knew coilovers needed maintaining???
    Bit of a rude question to ask the width of my rim... But in all seriousness I'm not sure. Wider tyres do sound like a good idea though.

    I thought you had to take coilovers off like every few months and re-grease them to stop them from seizing up??
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by A20NWK View Post
    Bit of a rude question to ask the width of my rim... But in all seriousness I'm not sure. Wider tyres do sound like a good idea though.

    I thought you had to take coilovers off like every few months and re-grease them to stop them from seizing up??
    Not if they are Zinc plated and resitant free from THE RUST mine are lush They seem to have been on there a year or more and there was no rust on the adjuster on the rear bonus!!

    Well if you find out your width on your then you can find out the max tyre width! I know a 7.5J can take a 235 MAX a 7J can take 225 Max I think...

    WIDER THE BETTER!!! I SAY!!!!


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    Buy lowering springs from ebay, E36 M3 Wheels (Off me) and M3 Rear lights And you still have cash for service
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil318is View Post
    Not if they are Zinc plated and resitant free from THE RUST mine are lush They seem to have been on there a year or more and there was no rust on the adjuster on the rear bonus!!

    Well if you find out your width on your then you can find out the max tyre width! I know a 7.5J can take a 235 MAX a 7J can take 225 Max I think...

    WIDER THE BETTER!!! I SAY!!!!
    Ahh right I've got ya. What sort of price are we looking at for a decent set of those then? What coilovers do you have? I've gone with your advice and bought a set of Falkens from Camskill for under £200 inc. delivery, so thanks for that

    Quote Originally Posted by matthewe36 View Post
    Buy lowering springs from ebay, E36 M3 Wheels (Off me) and M3 Rear lights And you still have cash for service
    Too late about the alloys mate, I've already booked mine in for a refurb!
     
     

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