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Old 09-22-2012, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Proper ride height ???

Hey my BMW used to be a really smooth ride and now not so much. Also the other day I was asked if I had it lowered and I have done nothing to the suspension so its all stock. But my question is what is the proper ride height of the BMW? I took pictures they are located here.

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I measured in the middle of the wheel from the ground to the top of the wheel well. Is my BWM riding lower then it should be? I just always thought the back looked a little low but I have never owned a BMW before this so I grew to think the ride height was normal.

Thanks in advance! and any and all help is appreciated. I can also take pictures of the shocks and springs and struts or even the bushings if you need me to.
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The front looks fine. I had about 26" from ground to wheel arch when mine was stock too.

Remember, springs control ride HEIGHT. Shocks control ride COMFORT. If the car is sitting lower then you think it should check the spring perch. Inspect the spring itself to make sure its sitting correctely in the perch, and that its not cracked or broken. Springs can and do break.
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The other thing to remember is that tyres also play a role in the ride and feel of your car. If you've changed the size of the rims (eg gone from 16" -> 18") and reduced the profile of the tyres that you are using, or fitted run flat tyres, then the ride will be more harsh.
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