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    Once i have completed the audio side of my car (Induction - Exhaust) i am moving onto the way she stands.

    I would like my Bimmer to sit there on the curb and look mean without being silly low, What im looking for is a more aggresive look without going over the top. The car need to be able to do speed bumps and have no chance of rubbing the tyres. Price is a concern and I have no want for a racing set up so cheaper would help.

    The back end of my car annoys me a bit as I think it sits up to high.

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    • Rear end must sit lower
    • More agressive look
    • Be able to drive standard road with all the pitfalls with out an issue.

    If anyone on here is experienced or knows a resource I could read/learn from then please let me know.

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    Rear already low in my opinion i couldnt even get my finger between to check my tyre tread on standard set up so its already very low

    Get eibach pro they offer lower drop than coupe with the same springs as the coupe already sits lower so the benefits can be seen more on a vert

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldbcfc View Post
    Rear already low in my opinion i couldnt even get my finger between to check my tyre tread on standard set up so its already very low

    Get eibach pro they offer lower drop than coupe with the same springs as the coupe already sits lower so the benefits can be seen more on a vert
    Thanks for the quick reply,

    As a real Newbie in this department I have looked at the Eibach set and another Cheaper German make.

    As i know I could get a decent drop on the front at least and some on the back the Eibachs look great. Can you explain how and where to measure for the right drop? And do i only need to worry about Tyre rub or do you get other areas that can clash?
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    Not quite sure what your after but if you look on line all the info about the mm it lowers is there make sure you order right ones as they do non m-sport fit and m-sport

    You could always get a piece of string and meaure the sort of clearance you want mines never scraped yet full lock on turning is normal the eibach pro kit i got lowered mine 35mm front and 15mm rear thats enough any lower id probably scrape and as i use expensive tyre not wise really if doing again id probably just try and buy a set of front springs as that was my only original concern the front looking to high

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    a lot spring kits give you rake i.e a lower front than rear so be careful before you buy eibach are good they do the pro kit and a lower one but remember the lower one means new shocks as well and you will need to get alignment done.
     
     

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    you have the wrong profile tyres you need a 35 profile not 45 for lowering on 18 inch rims I think your tyres will rub
     
     

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    They do two apparently sport line and pro so should be ok ive rubbed twice so far by pulling off a kerb to quick i know to take it easy now but steerings spot on no scraping on full lock the backs been sort of tested with only 1 adult in back on a journey with no problems

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    Ok thanks for the input chaps,

    Seems a few more things I need to think about then.

    I think I could do with taking it to a mod shop somewhere and get some measurements and advice there as well, But this is something I will definately do.

    http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/perfor...30mm-rear-20mm

    Based off the 30mm front and 20mm rear i think this would be fine on 45profile rears... will need to get out and measure

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    i would go for coilovers so you can get it exactly how you want it.
    hot tuning ones are plenty good enough for most peoples needs and can be bought cheaply off the forum vendor.
    i quite like x5 wheels on an e46 but you ideally need archwork and spacers.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by danidge View Post
    i would go for coilovers so you can get it exactly how you want it.
    hot tuning ones are plenty good enough for most peoples needs and can be bought cheaply off the forum vendor.
    i quite like x5 wheels on an e46 but you ideally need archwork and spacers.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/COIL-OVER-...item5d4565297f

    I have looked at Coilovers and this is an option i would highly consider - So the make you recommend is 'Hot Tuning' ?

    Will look into that.

    Regards B33fy.
    Last edited by Br1t1shB33f; 11-11-2013 at 10:43.
    BMW E46 323ci 2000 - Cosmic Black #303
    18x8.5J M6 Replica Alloys
    K&N 57I Gen II Induction Kit
    Genuine M Sport front bumper
    KMS Motorsport Bespoke Decat and 2.5inch..
    stainless straight pipe exhaust with Custom Torqueflow
    back box sporting twin 3 inch tail pipes
    Hottuning Coilovers (Blue Set)
    CCFL Angel Eyes

    http://s743.photobucket.com/user/Br1t1shB33f/slideshow/BMW%20323CI?sort=4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD8cRlCWGWs
     
     

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