You can get a set of lowering springs for under 70 quid these days
Cutting springs can still be legal so long as the spring is secured into position. This would normally involve the use of cable ties or something stronger to ensure when the car is lifted/jacked up the spring does not become dislodged.
I used to work with a lad who cut a coil off of his LOWERING springs on the front of his 318i Touring and his front spring popped out when giving chase to a customer that decided to leave the premises without paying
I really wish people wouldn't use this method of lowering but if you are going to ignore all the comments stating that it's a ridiculous idea please do it properly and spare the expense of a bag of cable ties to do it properly
If you would like to be pointed in the direction of cheap springs for your car then I'm sure everyone, including myself, will scour the internet to find them for you
Special offers on these sick springs!!!! You could DIY and even cut a couple of coils out.
Don't risk the life of other road users for a cheap fix, regardless of what you mightve done in the past. the cons out weigh the pros by miles!!!!
Some of you here are bang out of order. Maybe the guy hasnt got much money to make this street sleeper of a beemer look the bollox. Personally, I remember the days when doing mods to a car meant butchering a part that was there.
So onto the rest of my post.
Take the springs out altogether, get a few mates to sit on the car until its at the right height for you and weld in a few bits of scaffolding tube so that the suspension has no movement at all. This method will remove any worries about rubbing from the tyres as you will know exactly where they are in the arch at all times.
Let some air out of the tyres and run them at around 10 psi, that will drop you a few more millimetres for no cost, and the extra springyness will give some shock absorbing qualities.
Using the same scaffolding pipe you used for the suspension, replace the exhaust all the way from the back to the manifold, making sure you junk the cats as well while doing this. you might want to weld a splitter in so that you can have four pipes coming out the back for that real sports look. Dont forget to include a whistler type dudey thing in one of the pipes to make it sound like you have a dump valve. You can hide it in the pipe while you are building it rather than stick it in the end where everyone can see.
If you really need to justify the sound, you could fit an 'electric turbo'. You can then say you really do have a turbo without lying. Dont forget to go on ebay and buy a nice big silver turbo badge to put on the back. While you are there you might want a few M3 badges. May as well put some ac schnitzer badges in the car, maybe an alpina badge for the steering wheel (Momo wheel I take it?).
Finally, rip all the speakers out and every bit of the boot linings area. You need the space for a banging 'ICE' setup. Remove the sunglasses holder and rig up a binnacle set of pressure guages and the like (they dont have to work, they will look good there as they are).
That just about covers how to make it a sweet ride at little expense.
Buy the correct springs for the job and have a nice car that handles like it should instead.
BMW IOW (23-07-2009)
Your brave..............i might try it on......or maybe i wont......actually NO!
i seen the spring problem of them falling out on novas and astras because they seat on the axle and when the car lifts the springs drop out but i bought a lowering kit for my e30 and was nowhere near low enough i am looking for 60+ mm drop n dont have coilover money
i have only seen them for import not in uk but i have seen spring seats that wind up and down like coilovers but with mega short springs so you can drop it reall low anyone know if these are available in the uk and god i asked a question thanks ppl genuinly worried about the springs been chopped and advising me but yeah the pisstakes can carry on wi dads credit card buying everything they need that day
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