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    Hi everyone,
    I have a 1999 (E46) 328i saloon. It has been lowered already with sports springs. Because of this I dont know the original ride height for the car, can anyone tell me what the standard ride height is and where the measurement is taken from?

    I'm fitting adjustable coilovers all round and also wondered what the best handling ride height you guys suggest? without causing camber/toe/rake problems etc. Drop limits are 40-70mm front and 30-60mm rear. Suggestions please?

    Any info would be great and if anybody has changed full suspension and knows of any problems or tight spots I may encounter it would be great if you could fill me in on any tips etc.

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    is your car a coupe or saloon,?, i think for the best ride quality you should be looking at 25-30 drop front, and 20-25 rear! any more than that and you start loseing ride quality more and more.
     
     

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    What make is the kit matey?
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    The kit is Jamex, couldn't afford a top quality brand and wouldn't be able to justify spending nearly £1K on the car if I did have money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheeler920 View Post
    The kit is Jamex, couldn't afford a top quality brand and wouldn't be able to justify spending nearly £1K on the car if I did have money.
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    I havent got any experience fitting a Jamex kit but A20 RYM and myself fitted a Hotunning kit to my E46 Compact and came to the conclusion that we needed shorter anti roll bar links

    Your kit may not need them but its something to bare in mind

    Plus, you may find that your limited to how far you lower the front by as the inside of the wheel may catch on the strut... this can be over come by some 5mm spacers however

    Here is the link to the post that goes through what we did and the complications we came accross

    Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiLoCollinsy View Post
    I havent got any experience fitting a Jamex kit but A20 RYM and myself fitted a Hotunning kit to my E46 Compact and came to the conclusion that we needed shorter anti roll bar links

    Your kit may not need them but its something to bare in mind

    Plus, you may find that your limited to how far you lower the front by as the inside of the wheel may catch on the strut... this can be over come by some 5mm spacers however

    Here is the link to the post that goes through what we did and the complications we came accross

    Hope this helps

    2002 E46 325ti - hottuning Coilover fitting attempt...
    I would acquire and fit the shortened anti roll links

    Better safe than sorry and the part is prone to failure anyway so a worthwhile replacement.

    As already mentioned, there have been many repeat posts mentioning that the inside of the wheel fouls the front coilover when adjusted below what is believed to be approximately 40'ish mm
     
     

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    Thanks for the replies, I bought the shortened drop links with the kit so that's one less thing to worry about. Think I will try lowering the minimum amount the kit allows, 40mm front/ 30mm rear, then just take it from there. Does anyone know the standard ride height, I cant find it anywhere.
     
     

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    Sorry for the hijack, but I have the problem of the wheel catching on the strut.

    What are the shorter ARB links for?
    Also, is it possible that adjustable top mounts would over come the need for spacers?
     
     

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    this is exactly the same kit as i was looking at getting too the jamex one

    why does it foul the inside strut ?
    and im running the sports suspension too and ive been on 4 other forums trying to find out how much it will lower the car by and if it will slam it or just drop it a little lowering it to 75mm and 60mm rear
    mine is a 323i se with the m sport 18"s (genuine) wheels on it so i would of thought it would be ok and not catch or am i wrong ?

    tell ya what im sick of bmw's already and ive only had mine less than two weeks :(
     
     

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    Chin up mate!

    Keep yer chin up!

    I had mine about two months, before it overheated & I needed a new head gasket, along with head skimming, I also had a lot of other parts replaced unecessarilly, this lasted 3 months, then went again & I ended up replacing the engine.
    It now runs fine, hehe!

    I'm not too sure how low you can go with the V-Maxx kit, think it was about 80/60mm.

    As to why the wheel fouls the strut, if you find this out, please let me know!
    But I think this is mentioned elsewhere, just a case of searching & reading.

    Good luck mate & stick with it!
     
     

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