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Old 05-01-2009, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a 1995 323i coupe and a 1993 325i coupe they both sit lower on the right hand side (as you look from the rear) is this a problem with springs or dampers? any ideas would be helpful as i need to sort this problem without spending a small fortune on after market parts.
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hello,
i have a 1995 323i coupe and a 1993 325i coupe they both sit lower on the right hand side (as you look from the rear) is this a problem with springs or dampers? any ideas would be helpful as i need to sort this problem without spending a small fortune on after market parts.
Yes......the rear springs are known to break, when I replaced my springs with the H&R Sport springs.......I found the right rear stock spring broken @ the very bottom coil......


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The car will sit slightly lower to compensate for the weight of a driver. The 50/50 weight distribution assumes a driver and no passengers. I forget the weight it assumes but it should not be a big difference. If it is very noticeable then you may have some issues. If it is not very noticeable than it is actually normal.
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Yes......the rear springs are known to break, when I replaced my springs with the H&R Sport springs.......I found the right rear stock spring broken @ the very bottom coil......


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Thanks Johnny, i will get this checked out and let you know how i got on.
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+1 thekid

the e36 has a natural lean to the right inorder to compensate the driver for a balanced suspension. If your vehicle has a difference in height per side thats greater than a few inches i would suspect springs since the hieght of the vehicle is dependant on springs. im not sure on the actual difference from side to side but IMHO if its not huge ie. 2 or more inch difference, leave it so your not offseting the balance of the vehicle.
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Just to re-iterate, if you have stock suspension and are sitting more than 1/2 to an inch off something isn't right. Jack up the car from the frame and look at the springs, this isn't something you want to wait on.
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