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    i want to lower 55m at rear and 60 front my wheels all round are 235/45/17 will i have any rubbing isues by doing this
     
     

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    what is the ET on your wheels and how are you lowering, springs or coilovers?

    i have coilovers and test fitted my alloys, 7j et35 with 235/45 17 and the back rubbed at 50mm drop as the tyres were not the right size! they are meant to be 235/40/17 or 215/45/17!!!
    front was dropped and tested with the 235/45 and they cleared fine at 60mm drop.

    all depends on the et of the wheel and i would suggest getting the correct tyre size too
     
     

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    whats ET mean mate still learning lol lowering by springs maybe i lower rear just 45 then u think
     
     

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    I have retitled and moved this thread so that it complies with the forum posting rules

    The correct size tyre for the 3 series is 225/45 17 all around or if the rears are wider then a 245/40 17 can be used.

    I must admit, I've never heard of a 55mm drop available for the E36 coupe, what springs are you using?

    Usually it jumps from 40mm straight to 60mm However, I have been out of the trade for a while now
     
     

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    thanks rym still not used t these different forums lol they are jamex springs on ebay look at this item num see what u think . 220442637306 im going 35mm at rear now 60mm at front since i did this on my 325 coupe and had no problems
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by spartacus1 View Post
    thanks rym still not used t these different forums lol they are jamex springs on ebay look at this item num see what u think . 220442637306 im going 35mm at rear now 60mm at front since i did this on my 325 coupe and had no problems
    a little advice for you

    When you lower beyond 40mm you should then swap your shocks for shortened shocks

    60mm springs will kill your standard shock absorbers

    If you are looking for a cheap set of springs then please be sure to check out motechmike, he is a forum vendor and also does a set of springs for good value for money

    I personally went for the G-max sports suspension kit when it had the 1.8 16v engine fitted. 60mm springs and shortened shocks all around. Highly recommended by myself if working to a budget
     
     

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    whats ET mean mate still learning lol lowering by springs maybe i lower rear just 45 then u think
    it is a number stamped into the back side of the face on the alloys wheel, which shows how much the wheel will stick out from, or sit inwards of the wheel arch.
    look on the inside of the alloy (the bit that faces the hub) and it should say ETxx (xx being a number). the lower the number the more it sticks out of the arch, and the higher the number the further it sits towards the centre of the car. for your car you want to aim between ET35 and ET45 as far as i can remember.
     
     

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    ok will look into this thanks rym thanks 318i lol will take advice cheers
     
     

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