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    E36 rear springs are pigtail like astra and nova. You may get away with the fronts, but you wont get away with cutting the rear at all.
    Save some money up and wait. Hottuning do coilovers for £195 delivered.
    Thats cheaper than springs with matched shocks (you will need the shocks if you want to go 60mm).
     
     

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    yeah the pisstakes can carry on wi dads credit card buying everything they need that day
    I wish, my dad doesn't have two pennies to scratch his arse with

    I'm jealous of these kids who are getting handed cash on a plate too but in all honesty, we wouldn't turn it down either would we

    Also, don't their cars look mint and knowing it was somebody else's hard work that paid for it must make them feel even better



    The point is, you asked a question... and whilst I tip toed around giving you a constructive answer other members posted what was really going through my mind

    Personally I could not live with myself if I killed another being due to my car not being road worthy for the sake of under a hundred quid and doing the job properly

    My moto is and members that have seen it posted in previous threads will back me up...

    If a job is worth doing, then it's worth doing right... think of your own safety if nobody else's

    It's taken me over 7 years to modify my car and it's still not complete
     
     

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    I actually do have my dads credit card somewhere. Useless though as he has been dead for 8 years and all his accounts and stuff are long gone. Even worse, the bloody stepmother got all the money and when she pegged it her bloody family got everything.

    Joking aside, I really have used scaffold tube as part of an exhaust in the past. Along with flattened coke tins and self tappers for bodywork repairs (with a lot of plastic padding on top).

    I took the mickey because you said that it wasnt a problem as you had done it with other cars. Problem is, I have done a lot with other cars that I wouldnt do with the benefit of hindsight. (lets not mention my knight rider steering wheel on one of my old cars).

    I have worked all my life and always paid for my cars outright. I have never spent more than 7 grand on a car, and this puts me firmly in the average car marketplace.

    I have owned some weird and wonderful machinery, but I would always budget for a car I could run and/or modify if I wanted to.

    For something as important as springs/suspension, its insane to do a boy racer botch job when the parts are out there and not obscenely expensive.

    If you cant afford them at the moment, then now isnt the time to be lowering your motor.
    2002 325 Compact Sport ti M-Tec---- A little thanks goes a long way
     
     

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    dads credit card may of paid for clutch and tyres but hes been paid back, and he contributed towards them as b'day present. all my mods and insurance is paid in full by me and i work all the time i can get to fund anything to do with my car. all the work on it i do myself too. very satisfying when you pay for and do all the work yourself.

    coilovers can be had from £150 on ebay brand new. search for E36 coilovers and there are sets with a buy it now or best offer.

    60mm+ really needs shortened shocks but coilovers would be the best bet as you can dial in over 60mm. if your boss is helpful you may be able to get some overtime to help funding
     
     

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    Hottuning did me a set of standard shocks/springs not coilovers for £159 delivered
    60/40 drop to me looks awesome,rides not to bad either,bit bouncy/stiff but that will soften up in time/miles.
    Don't chop springs as you will change the temper of the steel and more than likely soften them to much-unless you use a hacksaw,but that means using muscles in your arm
    Pic of my car on the new suspension-low enough to hit front spoiler on kerbs when parking now-DOH!
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    i would completely take everyones advice mate . if you come on here for advice then at least try and take it . DO NOT cut your springs you could do more damage than good and pay more money out. just have a hunt round for some sure u come accross some deal. good luck
     
     

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    i got some short springs in my back garden.... hang on a mo they are spring onions like what you would be cutting springs down dude do it right but if it is low like mine you will need shortened shocks like i do as it has been renamed h.m.s not bmw cause its like a boat without short sport shocks
    i dont leave a carbon footprint ,just two 9.5" tyre marks .....
     
     

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    There is nothing wrong with cut springs so long as you do the maths. (Clearly, Vauxhall-Opel and BMW are not as good at maths as one would normally think.)

    By cutting, you can achieve specs that are not available anywhere else. (Or it can just save youself some money.)

    Stage One is the spring calcs to ensure that you get the correct rate.

    Stage Two is calculate the ride height. Back to Stage One if that's not correct. So far so easy. However, if you struggled with Standard Grade or GCSE Maths then this is not for you. Get your kids to do it for a school project.

    Stage Three is use the info for established in Stages One and Two to calculate the stresses in the spring and ensure that they are within the capability of the material. If the stress is too high then back to Stage oOne and rethink the cut or start with a different spring. If you do not do this stage then the spring will probably break. This bit is not easy because you need to either know what material spec BMW used for the spring or make a really accurate guess. WARNING: You are now entering nerd territory. You will need something like an HNC for this one, or perhaps a bad case of Asbergers Syndrome might help.

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    (Unfortunately, a standard BMW front spring is quite highly stressed and as a rule of thumb I wouldn't want to cut them more than a tiny amount. More than a quarter coil each end could get you into trouble with these. For most lowering jobs, this is far too little.Standard BMW rear springs are a well known pain in the 4r5e because they break and they are also a bitch to do the calculations for because of the changing coil diameter.)

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    Do this badly and you will find yourself leaving the road in a very unpleasant fashion.
     
     

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    Personally I think you should just keep hacking away until you like the look!!!!

    While your at it a cheap way of getting extra bhp is to mix some brown sugar in with your petrol!!!

    Just a quick question.....wa this your Nova???

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    my honest opinion is if u want it slammed but dont want to spend out,sell the bmw its a vehicle of precision quality safety,use dumb arse spring cutting excersise takes all that away turning the good BMW name into a chav magnet...sell the damn car and get 1 you can afford to modify cos if you chop your springs it will handle like a bag of crap anyways so you may aswell buy a shitter in the 1st place.Not to mention you'll be putting all our pride and joys in extra harms way every time you go on the roads......

    the other answer is...save!!!

    look at my piccies i have a nice new shiney set of wheels hid's angel eyes silver interior trim,i need the car dropping i need more bhp i need a new rear box...but as i cant justify making myself skiny right now and ive bought all that in 1 hit ill just save up enjoy what ive got,and more importantly clean and polish it every single week,so it may not be a finished job ,it may not be what i ultimately want...but it will shine like the morning sun it will be cleanit will turn heads and it will look after me cos i look after her


    just enjoy the car for what she is and save up
    Last edited by louis1978uk; 01-08-2009 at 01:04. Reason: more pointless ranting.


    The monkeys keep making me drift......
     
     

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