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#1 (permalink) Old 05-14-2010, 01:15 PM
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Slamming an E30

Hey guys, so I'm new hear and I was just wondering on how I would go about slamming my E30. I want to drop it pretty low but so that I can still drive it daily. Forgive me if there are other threads about this, did some skimming through and some searching, didn't really come up with anything helpful. I'd like to drop it pretty low for a pretty cheap price, nothing outrageous. Are there any kits or springs that really gets me down and dirty?

Perhaps I could purchase something like this:
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Tokico Shocks and Springs
and swap out the springs for something even lower?
All the help I can get would be awesome. Thanks!

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how low do you wanna go? this is a 318is right? i would measure the clearance from the oil pan to the ground cause I know the e30's with the 6 cylinders have a really low oil pan

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how low do you wanna go? this is a 318is right? i would measure the clearance from the oil pan to the ground cause I know the e30's with the 6 cylinders have a really low oil pan
It's actually an 87 325is. Well I'm looking for a drop similar to the attached pictures. I just really want to tuck the rear and front tires and get about an 1.5-2inch of clearance. I'd want to stay away from coilovers because that's just way out of my price range. But perhaps get some decent inexpensive shocks and decent inexpensive springs.
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tanabi springs. a buddy from another forum has an adjustable setup on his e30. He can drive easily during auto-x with 3.5 inches clearance.

I'll get more information from him and get back to you.

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tanabi springs. a buddy from another forum has an adjustable setup on his e30. He can drive easily during auto-x with 3.5 inches clearance.

I'll get more information from him and get back to you.
I was thinking about some adjustables but I don't have an insane amount of money to spend. I just want to drop it because I just got new rims and low profile tires for it and I want to put them on without making the car look awkward.

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H/r Bilsteins with the race setup? Check out some pictures of E30's with those. Resonably priced, and nice drop IMO.

Might not be what your looking for though.

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last i knew, tanabi was very well priced, being relatively no-name in the world of euro tuning.

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Ebay offers a wide variety of coilover sets for around 250. I've had these sets on numerous cars now and quality is excellent as long as you're not going for track use.
Perfect way to get your car at your personal preferenced hight.

I bought my 325 lowered on Koni's and its quite perfect imo



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Ebay offers a wide variety of coilover sets for around 250. I've had these sets on numerous cars now and quality is excellent as long as you're not going for track use.
Perfect way to get your car at your personal preferenced hight.

I bought my 325 lowered on Koni's and its quite perfect imo



This would be absolutely perfect, and the perfect ride height. But I can't seem to find anything of that price range on ebay. Perhaps, you can throw me a link to one. The cheapest I had found are in my first post.

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Slammed e30 is not daily drivable, at least not in arizona and most places I've lived. When my old e30 was lowered on tokico springs and shocks (which suck, btw, they blow out quickly), the car barely could clear speed bumps at even 1mph. (and that is not slammed by most standards)

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you lot should have seen my Golf 1 lol...

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Well my audi is slammed, with the coil overs fully adjusted the front lip almost rests on the ground. Driving around I give myself at least 4 inches ground clearance as a rule of thumb, unless its going to a car show.

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hey if you are on ebay then check out raceland coilovers a very good friend installed them on an e36 m3 with 18'' wheels and the ride is awesome
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