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    Hello, I am building a 316i compact rally car.
    The rear is too low, and lots of travel is good :-). Is it possible to fit e30 touring springs to lift the rear up a little?
    What about ride hight adjusters with standard springs?
    Any advice would be great
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    If it helps, I can certainly confirm that Touring springs are longer, though I am not sure by how much.
    I am in the process of swapping the FK coilovers from my E36 loon onto my Touring and the Touring's stock setup has gone the other way - ready for when it is sold.
    It certainly makes a change from the usual saggy arsed look that many E36s seem to be afflicted by.
    Not sure what it will drive like compared to the coilies but it should be more comfortable
     
     

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    Thanks for the reply mate!
    You are talking about a e30 touring aren't you? e36 rear springs definitely wont fit.
    Ideally it wants to be a bit softer on the back, as-well as higher so they sound just the job if they fit. I am planning on e36 2.8 springs up front, e30 touring springs on the back, and bilstein dampers all round. It is too low at the moment, how much more ride hight is there do you think with the touring springs on the rear?
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    Ah, so just to clarify, I was referring to swapping springs between an E36 'loon and E36 Touring..doh!

    Done a quick bit of Googling in the meantime and now know that the E36 compact basically has an E30 setup at the rear.
    Well you learn something everyday round here.

    Hopefully someone smarter will be along to answer your question in a more helpful manner.
     
     

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    Thanks for trying to help!

    Anyone know? will e30 touring springs fit on a e30 saloon / vert / coupe / e36 compact?
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    yes, e30 touring springs will work on an e36 compact.

    i am currently running this setup, with the rubber pads on the top and bottom of the springs doubled up.
    you have to modify the uppermost and lowermost spring pads to do this, i just cut the centres out of them with a knife.
    i am also using turreted mk2 escort rear dampers, as they are longer to give more droop.

    You can use e30 touring front struts to gain height at the front, 51mm diameter legs and touring springs with e36 top mounts.

    First road rally went well, apart from the plastic flange where the top hose meets the cylinder head
     
     

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    thanks for the reply! are touring front struts the same as 328i ones? I have just got my donor car and am starting to swap bits over.
    touring rear springs on order :-)
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    Don't know, I just swapped them out from my dead e30 road rally car, rx7 turbo calipers, golf g60 discs, and the tripmeter probe already mounted.

    They gave me an extra 40mm height on the front, whilst just about keeping 1.5deg of camber, as I just kept the e30 top mounts and redrilled the turrets. It also gave 2deg more castor, which meant I had to trim the front bumper slightly, but also meant that the sump was in theory further back from the tyre contact patch.

    Just looking for an e30 318 auto now for the diff, i tried to run smaller tyres to gear it down, but it just meant the rear sat low, and the exhaust got flattened under the rear beam.
     
     

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    I will have a 4.4 compact auto diff in a couple of weeks, its too low geared for the 2.8 lump, looking for a 325i sport e30 lsd or something.
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