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Old 06-17-2010, 01:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Helpppp!!! Pleassse!!!! I just bought some new Eibach Springs for all four tires! The Springs Drop 1.5 in Front and 1 in in rears. But the rears are way too low! I am thinking about putting those coil spring adjusters that they sell at Pep Boys and Auto Zone, but I am not sure if that will mess up the springs in the rear or even the whole suspension! I have m3 tires in the back which is wider and they are starting to rub. I don't have the money to buy new Springs. Will the Coil spring adjusters work, will it not compress right?? I just need it to raise up a little more!
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Old 06-17-2010, 01:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I know that by going to a lower suspension that you will have to adjust your fenders by rolling them and making them bigger. i know this is the case for the front but I'm not sure about the rear, hopefully some of the other guys here with more experience can add some insight to your situation.
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nope, tried it and it doesn't work, m3 rims are staggered and will not fit a 3 series car.
even with my fenders rolled they still rubbed
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Why not put your factory rear springs in? That's a much better solution than putting in pepboys blocks in ... the only other solution is to get rear coilover type spring adjusters, but honestly, those wont be too much thinner than an inch, so you might as well put the stockers back in.
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What M wheels do you have? What size? I just put M-Contours staggered on my 328i with no issues......& my rear was lowered 1" with H&R Sport Springs!

Where exactly are they rubbing......

You can try using a thicker upper rear spring pad, TMS carries them:

they actually come in these sizes 15mm, 10mm, 7.5mm & 5mm

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A few questions...

What tire sizes are you running?
How bad is it rubbing?
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What M wheels do you have? What size? I just put M-Contours staggered on my 328i with no issues......& my rear was lowered 1" with H&R Sport Springs!

Where exactly are they rubbing......

You can try using a thicker upper rear spring pad, TMS carries them:

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so your rear rims are 9" wide? how do they not stick out past the fender?
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Contours are 8.5 wide in the back, 7.5 front ... et41 both.

I have 235/40 all around on DS2s (same sizing) and I don't think i could squeeze a 245 back there without rolling fenders. (See sig)
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nice, i had m3 rims on and could not accelerate as they would squat on the tires. i had to feather the clutch to get back to the shop to take the rims off, but they were 9" wide in the rear. i now run 245 40 18 in the back on 8" rims. thanks Torque!
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Whats the offset on your wheels and what sort of setup you got up front? 245/40/18 is pretty meaty ... I might wanna do that some day.
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225/40/18 up front offset is +38
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Contours are 8.5 wide in the back, 7.5 front ... et41 both.

I have 235/40 all around on DS2s (same sizing) and I don't think i could squeeze a 245 back there without rolling fenders. (See sig)
I am running 245/40/17's in the rear, 41 offset no rubbing what so ever!



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