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I have a 97 328i and i lowered my car about 4 weeks ago, i lowered it an inch. My problem I thought started when i put my rims on it about 3 days later and my steering wheel WOBBLES like all hell. It'll do it most times, maybe 1% of my driving is without it wobbling. It'll wobble all the time, no matter how slow or fast (although if i go about 65-70 it'll go away momentarily). Now i replaced the tires because I thought that was the problem, but it still does it. The place I took it to says it must be the struts because when he pushes up and down on one wheel, the opposite wheel in the front moves up and down with it. He says it'll be fixed with new struts. Does this sound right? I'd hate to buy struts and still have this problem.. would the struts solve the wobbling problem? Please give me your opinions/advice. Thanks
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Was any wheel alignment done?
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what did you do to lower the car? Coilovers? Lowering Springs? Its possible that you might have some worn out struts. Go for some Bilstiens or Konis...something that can stand the test of being lowered and aggressive driving.

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how did you lower the car? Also what size wheels did you put on and what size tires?
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I lowered my car with lowering springs and I have 18" rims on it
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Have you checked to make sure the new ride height is consistent all the way around. IF it is not, this could likely be the cause of your wobbling....

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should i just take it to meineke and have them look at it?
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You guys suggest I take it to meineke and have them look at it or does it have to be the struts?
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Your gonna get a small amount of negetive camber with 18s either way.... and since you lowered it... it just induces more camber on it... If you find that new shocks dont fix the problem.... or if an allinment doesnt fix it... I'd say get new camber plates.... that are adjustable... that might work.


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what size tires?

Get the alignment checked first because that can be thrown off changing wheel and springs.
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Did you put sport shocks on with the lowering springs? If you didn't then they're likely blown. Push down on the corner of the car, if it doesn't stop wobbling after one wiggle of the car your shocks are going, or are gone.

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worn wheel bearings could be contributing to the wobble also.

the first (and cheapest) thing id do would be to get a wheel alignment. its always a good idea to get a wheel alignment after lowering a car anyways and it might just fix the problem too
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