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Old 05-19-2005, 09:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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this is my moms new car, i want to drop it for her about 1.5in. what springs can i use to give her car a smooth ride!

also is it hard to make it stick shift.
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what year???? is that a painted aluminum bumper?!?!? looks kinda cool. im not a big one on colored grills but whatever floats your boat.

nice glossy paint
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what year???? is that a painted aluminum bumper?!?!? looks kinda cool. im not a big one on colored grills but whatever floats your boat.

nice glossy paint
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its a 87 with cream interior i know i should have told the paint man now to paint the bumpers and grill but ho well!

i know it will look sexy with a nice drop. any more sugestions will be glady to listen!!!!
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pain in the ass to make auto into stick. i've never done it on BMW, but on chevy trucks, nissans, and datsuns(sic). You have to chop a hole in the floor, mount new clucth pedal assembly, all additional hardware. basically, PAIN IN ASS. Besides, IMO if u live in a city, auto is better. BTW VERY NICE CAR!!!!!!!!!
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pain in the ass to make auto into stick. i've never done it on BMW, but on chevy trucks, nissans, and datsuns(sic). You have to chop a hole in the floor, mount new clucth pedal assembly, all additional hardware. basically, PAIN IN ASS. Besides, IMO if u live in a city, auto is better. BTW VERY NICE CAR!!!!!!!!!
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damn so can the tranny can take come ECU CHIP and PORT and POLISH beating???

and what good springs will be good for a drop 1.5in's
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Originally posted by gsrboy171+May 19 2005, 07:42 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(gsrboy171 @ May 19 2005, 07:42 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-german-speed-demon@May 19 2005, 09:14 AM
pain in the ass to make auto into stick.* i've never done it on BMW, but on chevy trucks, nissans, and datsuns(sic).* You have to chop a hole in the floor, mount new clucth pedal assembly, all additional hardware.* basically, PAIN IN ASS.* Besides, IMO if u live in a city, auto is better.* BTW* VERY NICE CAR!!!!!!!!!
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damn so can the tranny can take come ECU CHIP and PORT and POLISH beating???

and what good springs will be good for a drop 1.5in's
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give the question of what kind of abuse the auto tranny can take, about 2 weeks when my turbo is done. Right now with my ignition and other tweaks my car puts out about 195hp, after the turbo it should be around 260-270ish.

HOWEVER, im not sure if they use different clutch packs/gears, but the Land Rover v8's used the same auto tranny as our e30s for quite a number of years, and they put out alot more torque then our engines do, so it should be able to handle anything you can *realistically* through at it.
Just use a good fluid.. I flushed my radiator and put in redline ATF. Expensive but good. Tranny shifts alot better in all conditions, and the full synthetic fluid is alot better at handling high temps.
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give the question of what kind of abuse the auto tranny can take, about 2 weeks when my turbo is done. Right now with my ignition and other tweaks my car puts out about 195hp, after the turbo it should be around 260-270ish.

HOWEVER, im not sure if they use different clutch packs/gears, but the Land Rover v8's used the same auto tranny as our e30s for quite a number of years, and they put out alot more torque then our engines do, so it should be able to handle anything you can *realistically* through at it.
Just use a good fluid.. I flushed my radiator and put in redline ATF. Expensive but good. Tranny shifts alot better in all conditions, and the full synthetic fluid is alot better at handling high temps.
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what kind of springs your car rides on?
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give the question of what kind of abuse the auto tranny can take, about 2 weeks when my turbo is done. Right now with my ignition and other tweaks my car puts out about 195hp, after the turbo it should be around 260-270ish.

HOWEVER, im not sure if they use different clutch packs/gears, but the Land Rover v8's used the same auto tranny as our e30s for quite a number of years, and they put out alot more torque then our engines do, so it should be able to handle anything you can *realistically* through at it.
Just use a good fluid.. I flushed my radiator and put in redline ATF. Expensive but good. Tranny shifts alot better in all conditions, and the full synthetic fluid is alot better at handling high temps.
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give the question of what kind of abuse the auto tranny can take, about 2 weeks when my turbo is done. Right now with my ignition and other tweaks my car puts out about 195hp, after the turbo it should be around 260-270ish.

HOWEVER, im not sure if they use different clutch packs/gears, but the Land Rover v8's used the same auto tranny as our e30s for quite a number of years, and they put out alot more torque then our engines do, so it should be able to handle anything you can *realistically* through at it.
Just use a good fluid.. I flushed my radiator and put in redline ATF. Expensive but good. Tranny shifts alot better in all conditions, and the full synthetic fluid is alot better at handling high temps.
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i use tokico springs.
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how much?? and you use tokico shock and springs?
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give the question of what kind of abuse the auto tranny can take, about 2 weeks when my turbo is done. Right now with my ignition and other tweaks my car puts out about 195hp, after the turbo it should be around 260-270ish.

HOWEVER, im not sure if they use different clutch packs/gears, but the Land Rover v8's used the same auto tranny as our e30s for quite a number of years, and they put out alot more torque then our engines do, so it should be able to handle anything you can *realistically* through at it.
Just use a good fluid.. I flushed my radiator and put in redline ATF. Expensive but good. Tranny shifts alot better in all conditions, and the full synthetic fluid is alot better at handling high temps.
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i use tokico springs.
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how much?? and you use tokico shock and springs?
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tokico shocks and springs. i spent like $400 for them on ebay.

as a daily driver for your mother i'd recommend eibach springs and new factory shocks. it'll lower it and give it a slightly more agressive ride but it wont change much in regards to ride quality.
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