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    Hi all, when driving my touring on a left hand banking bend my rear end drivers side feels soft, compared with a right banked bend, i have fitted the car with Eibach springs (which are great) as I found the old springs were different each side, one being heavy load, You can't tell by looking but the car sits slightly lower on the o/s/r and slightly higher on the n/s/f. could I be needing a shocker to sort this out? If so I will replace both and top shock mounts,
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    i would be looking at anti roll bar bushes and drop links tbh...shocks have no control in low amplitude loadings (ie they will settle into a bend, not prevent roll)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 328mark View Post
    i would be looking at anti roll bar bushes and drop links tbh...shocks have no control in low amplitude loadings (ie they will settle into a bend, not prevent roll)
    Its either tired shocks or bushes in the RTA, shocks do have an effect on control on loadings,mk1 escorts on compression struts have no roll bar on the front,rally drivers use this set up,and they compensate buy altering the shock valving and spring poundages.

    you can take drop links off the car and it will stay at the same height.
    race cars often take off drop links in wet conditions to soften them off.

    i dont know if E46s suffer from the same problems that the E36s had,the rubber pads that the springs sit on are of different thicknesses,to raise the car on one side to allow for the drivers weight,they never changed the sides for the RHD cars.
    I'd also check the subframe mounts too,not uncommon for the floor to start to crack and cause problems
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    Sorry should have said I have replaced the anti roll bar bushes, It seams soft or spongy as i take a left hand bend, thats the best way of discribing the symptoms, But will look into this more and post it on here, really hope the floor has not got the dreaded tear, you hear alot of that on here, thank you, nice looking e36 touring,
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    Just a update, I have changed the rear shocks, when off I compressed one of the new ones and both of the old ones, the new shock expanded very quickly, but one of the old ones did not expand and the other was really slow, the car now sits better not dipping down on the o/s/r. The old shocks were original sach bmw shocks, so may never been replaced until now, will be taking the car to work later so hope it feels rite,
     
     

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