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  1. 1997 E36 318iS - Cheap ebay coilovers and non standard wheels? 
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    Been doing loads of reading up about all these cheap coilovers and i'm at the point that i want to buy them, but...
    I have read in a couple of places that i might need spacers ? if i don't have standard wheels.

    My wheels are: Fox racing 235/40/ZR17 // 87x17H2 // ET40

    Anyone else with similar / wider wheels tyres use these cheap coilovers on there e36 ?

    I've also been reading that ALL the cheap ebay coilovers come from the same factory and are just re-badged so i'm trying to decide if i should go with the £130 rokkor (supposedly racelands?) or the more expensive hottuning/jamex/ak fk e.t.c.

    I know there has been a few threads on this and loads more generally on the internet but the threads are like 10+ pages long and i fear i may die of old age before reading them all the way through

    Thanks for any advise.
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    My 7.5/17's needed a 3mm spacer on the front. They are et41 and I had 215/45's on so you may need a larger spacer. I put the coilovers on, saw what size spacer I'd need then raised the suspension right up so it'd clear the wheels. Order said spacers (and possibly longer bolts) and drop it back down when they arrive.
     
     

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    Cheers for the reply

    I knew it was too good to be true! Was hoping to just buy this kit and fit it, but i'm definately glad i asked now

    Suppose i'll just order new standard springs from ecp instead...

    Can you(anyone?) explain to me what the hell this means : 87x17H2 ? Guessing the 17 is the overall wheel size but the 87 and H2 has me beat
     
     

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    Erm, no I can't explain what that means..

    If you bought the coilovers and ran them at a reasonable height then they'll probably be fine. Then if you want it lower later, you could look into the spacer thing. My wheels only started hitting the springs when I got low because the camber gets worse (better!) the lower you go.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Stu View Post
    Erm, no I can't explain what that means..
    No probs, i'll do some googling later.(a couple of day's working on the car and i'm done in;Getting too old for this s**t

    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Stu View Post
    If you bought the coilovers and ran them at a reasonable height then they'll probably be fine. Then if you want it lower later, you could look into the spacer thing. My wheels only started hitting the springs when I got low because the camber gets worse (better!) the lower you go.
    Hmm, might be worth a punt then. I don't want it lowered in any way really as i live in an area with lots of speedramps so for me this is just a price thing (kit is cheaper than new original parts)

    Still a bit hit & miss though as to wether the coilovers will fit. Thinking time

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    some more details about the coil overs

    1997 E36 323ise-HOTTUNNING Coilovers

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    1995 318tds Touring, M3 Body Kit, Lowered 60mm on Coil Overs,
    40mm on front Springs, Boot Install Sounds, HID, CCFL Angels

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    Quote Originally Posted by senseslinga View Post
    i have some proper bee em wheels if interested lol !
    A lad along the road from me has a set with tyres for £60 but it just won't look right after seeing it with the 17's on

    Quote Originally Posted by metroreg View Post
    some more details about the coil overs

    1997 E36 323ise-HOTTUNNING Coilovers
    Yeah i read that thread. All mention of wheel sizes that i've seen and no one mentions the same specs as mine, so probably not even meant to fit this car

    I'll probably just take a chance on the £130 ones anyway since it's not too much to lose.
     
     

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    Buy them mate, ur wheel should clear them on full height.

    Im using 12 mm spacers on mine but thats just for looks realy. I cleared with 5mm spacers while coilovers was on lowest setting.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazyirish View Post
    Buy them mate, ur wheel should clear them on full height.

    Im using 12 mm spacers on mine but thats just for looks realy. I cleared with 5mm spacers while coilovers was on lowest setting.
    Cheers for the reply fella

    I ended up buying them from unit3tuning for £145 quid (£7 quid discount woo ) so will hope for the best.

    So i take it the spacers are only needed for the front then ? My rears are coming close to the arch as it is so i'd be in trouble there! then there's the extra strain on the wheel bearings aswell using spacers so i really hope i can avoid it.
     
     

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