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    Replied to your PM mate
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    Ive been talking to baderlfc and cendrian about this all day with no solution, to cut a long story short has anyone ever lowered there E46 but it hasnt actually gone any lower? i know that makes no sense so ill explain my situation, i bought FK street coilovers, fitted the fronts which went fine no problems the backs however have been a PITA!

    Ive got the adjusters wound all the way down (the lowest setting) on the rear yet its still no lower then stock hight?! ive drove about 15 miles on it today just trying to see if it will drop more but with no luck, ill get a picture uploaded in a minute to show you the rear! but has anyone else ever had this happend?

    Quick replys would be great as ive actually got it booked in on friday for 4 wheel allignment but dont fancy paying for that when the cars not sitting right.

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    Not the best photo, but the best i could get with my phone ...



    Now you cant be telling me thats right?
     
     

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    See what you mean, thats more like stock height. I'm baffled now tbh as everythings been covered - mine did look like that pic until they settled, but that occured after a 10 minute normal drive with me. Check the top mounts of the spring to make sure its bedded into the bulge thing, if its still sitting against it rather than in it etc. Am guessing thats fine though. When my top spring mount 'bedded' into the bulge it did so with a hard to miss pop/bang, which occured while driving to settle things in. Jacking it up to it might not be enough, but I know you've been for a drive already so presume thats fine.

    Can't think what else would stop it dropping...
     
     

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    Hmm .. i dont think i have any idea's left tbh could do with finding someone thats used the same kit as mine and see what kind of drop theyve got, i dont know about yours but my adjusters fitted over that little bulge fairly easy and i have re-checked it and the rim of the adjuster is tight up against the bottom of the car ..
     
     

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    Jack, I know someone who had FK AK streets and that isn't right for the lowest setting.. my car's significantly lower than that on the rear and I've only used lowering springs!

    When I fitted coilovers on my last compact the rear at it's lowest settings had the arch sat over the rear wheels!

    Something not right but I'm at a loss as far as idea's are concerned now!
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    Right so we agree its not right but WHAT could the problem be, the only idea ive got to try tomorrow is to jack up the car and unbolt both the dampers on the rear and lower it back down, if this doesn't cure it we can pretty much say its the springs at fault and ill email venommotorsport.

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    Ditto, real head scratcher... in contrast, this is the TA Technix rear springs with the adjuster set to the lowest height:



    Basically lowest setting is "too low" rather than not low enough. Unless the damper isn't at the right height and 'piggy backing' your ride, but can't see that happening either. ???
     
     

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    Thats basically exactly how i want mine! and thats got to be atleast 40mm lower then how mine is now!

    Thats what i thought with the dampers, its as though the springs are compressing to a certain extent then somethings stopping them.

    Like i say, when my cars on the floor and you look at the springs compressed theres the bottom coil resting against the arm then a reasonable gap then 3 coils fully compressed against each other then a reasonable gap then the final coil that rests against the adjuster ..
     
     

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    As a last resort in your position, I'd go back inside and remove the nuts holding the damper shaft through the top mount so that its free, and see if it sits any lower like that. Still can't see that being the main issue, but if the shaft didn't have enough through the top mount, then the nuts were nipped up, maybe they're in some way holding the back end up. Since we're running out of ideas, got nothing to lose by trying
     
     

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