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Old 01-07-2005, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need to raise the rear a bit. I have Sachs shocks and stock springs, and plan to stay with these. I recently put 255/40R17 tires in the back, and they rub. I rolled the fenders (and the f*** paint cracked on the underside of each fender a bit), but still there's some minor rubbing when I go over potholes, dead bodies, etc. I heard you can put a spacer under the spring to lift the car a bit. Anyone has done it? I need pointers. DIY or better to take it to the shop, and how much?
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I'm looking into doing the same thing, but to the front. Front what I understand it is not hard to do at all. Once I have the time, prolly not till around easter, I am going to make some spacers and put them upfront. So far I have not any where that will sell you spacers. If you find a place let me know. If not good luck, I've not really looked into making them yet, but it couldn't be too bad.
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255?????? that seems really wide??? really really wide. did you offset them or are the fronts the same? if you raise the rear up with spacers, check the application of your shocks because it is very likely they will max out when the car bounces and break them because the travle is too long for the shock.

your best bet is to get a thinner tire. but if you want to drive like a muscle car then you need to roll the fenders even more. use a heat gun to heat up the paint a bit so it wont crack so bad, but dont burn it.
225 40/17 is a good size.

btw/ you do realise the more you offset your tires the more you will destroy the handling and turning of your car. offset tires are not a great idea on bimmers...
raising it up is also not another great idea. bite the bullet and do it right. get new tires. it will save you alot in the future.
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255?????? that seems really wide??? really really wide. did you offset them or are the fronts the same? if you raise the rear up with spacers, check the application of your shocks because it is very likely they will max out when the car bounces and break them because the travle is too long for the shock.

your best bet is to get a thinner tire. but if you want to drive like a muscle car then you need to roll the fenders even more. use a heat gun to heat up the paint a bit so it wont crack so bad, but dont burn it.
225 40/17 is a good size.

btw/ you do realise the more you offset your tires the more you will destroy the handling and turning of your car. offset tires are not a great idea on bimmers...
raising it up is also not another great idea. bite the bullet and do it right. get new tires. it will save you alot in the future.
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good call speedy, I forgot he still had stock springs.. still might be doable...
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good call speedy, I forgot he still had stock springs.. still might be doable...
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doable.......;ast week when i was in Florida with my girl, I saw a 80-something Buick with 26inch rims!!!!! no BS, 26's!!!! WTF cant even explain..............the car had to be lifted 9 inches by a custom shop before they could mount the wheels!!!!! and it was not the only one i saw like it!!!!
i never knew just how "dirty" the south has become!!!!


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