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    hi just fitted my first big mod to my 1998 328i convertible

    hottuning coilovers!

    but they dont fit

    the front wheels foul on the adjusters/springs of the coilovers so i had to set the adjustment near the top to keep the car mobile. i tried 3mm spacers as i found 9.5mm meant my wheel bolts were two short. has anyone got a known spacer and bolt combo that will work as 3mm is not enough. ive got e46 17's with 225/45/17 tyres and it fouls on both the rim and the tyre.

    i might have to switch back to stock as the car drives really bad as the springs barely any travel left (to get my wheels on) has anyone removed the helper springs without any negative effects?

    thanks for your input guys!
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    I removed my helper springs when I first fitted mine because of fouling issues. Trouble is they have to be wound up alot to clear wheel/tyre. This means your car will be high..
    As long as the springs don't unseat when the car is jacked up I don't see a problem with it removing the helpers but you need some decent spacers and longer bolts.
     
     

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    cool i will remove the helper springs at work tommorrow and hopefully that will resolve some of the ride issues until i can afford some spacers!
     
     

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    I'm amazed that people still make this mistake?

    How many times has this problem been reported now?

     
     

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    i was told by hottuning-eu they would fit no worries. if this is not the first time maybe bimmerforums.co.uk should not advertise there products.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by RYM View Post
    I'm amazed that people still make this mistake?

    How many times has this problem been reported now?

    +1.

    Quote Originally Posted by bmwchap View Post
    i was told by hottuning-eu they would fit no worries. if this is not the first time maybe bimmerforums.co.uk should not advertise there products.
    Depends on the wheels in my experience. I've got aftermarket 17's that fit fine, no fouling on the lowest setting. But my Z3 alloys didn't fit with the spring perches wound half way up (as far up as I was prepared to go )

    HT coilovers are what they are. In my opinion, for the money, you can't complain.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwchap View Post
    i was told by hottuning-eu they would fit no worries. if this is not the first time maybe bimmerforums.co.uk should not advertise there products.
    Bimmerforums do not do the advertising

    Hottuning are a forum vendor that supply a TUV approved kit

    The problems are well documented and had YOU have researched them properly in the first place then you would have known about the challenges involved.

    By the way, even my £500 H&R coilover kit required the use of 3mm spacers when using my 20" wheels but doesn't know using my 18" E46 MV1

     
     

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    i was told by hottuning-eu they would fit no worries
    That is correct!

    Unless you want to take it beyond a 40mm drop which you obviously have and which is the whole point in using them
     
     

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    thanks for the info mark-f nice to hear some positve comments!

    rym unfortunatly they dont fit at any setting other than fully wound to the highest setting which means the car drives like its on bump stops with no springs! and thats the same with either my orignal e36 alloys or my e46 alloys. and the kit is sold as a fully adjustble kit so surley that means you should be able to make the adjustments they specify without extra modifications and that still doesnt take away that i asked directly from the vendor and was told they would be ok. im not trying to down the product as im really impressed with quality of the kit espicially for the cash i was asking more about which spacer kits people would recommend etc.
     
     

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