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#1 (permalink) Old 02-22-2004, 11:33 AM
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Hey guys, i got a question...i am going to be putting the DINAN Stage 2 Suspension and, my first question is how much drop does that kit puit on the car, and the second question is...will 18x8.5 rims fit on their with the lowered suspension, and what size tires would i need to get to make it work??

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I dont know the exact drop, but I would assume its between 1 and 1.5 inches. The 8.5s will fit but will almost certainly require fender rolling. really 225 is as wide as you can go up front, but you may be able to squeeze on 235.

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Hey buddy i got a question for ya, since you seem to know a lot. I have Eibach lowering springs, on my 325 BMW. any way i have a pair of 18s, they are either 8s or 8.5, what will i have to do to make so the tires dont rub. they have 225 on the front, and 245 on the back. Will i have to put in the stock suspension???
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To 325Joe :
Front should be OK, but you might have to roll the rear fenders a little.
I woul stay with the lowering springs and try to make them fit somehow.
Maybe 235's on the rear?
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As said, 225 fit best and usually dont require any work. 245s you can make fit by "rolling" the rear fenders. I wish I still had link to a DIY w/ pictures that explains how to do it, but I dont. You can take the car to a body shop and they can do it, or you can save money and diy. Either way, you wont need to go back to stock suspension.

Basically, rolling involves a hairdryer and wooden baseball bat. If you want to use a little caution to protect the paint then a towel is also in order. To begin, simply heat up the fender lip well using the hairdryer. This prevents the paint from cracking and also makes the metal easier to bend. Use the end of the baseball bat (wrapped in a towel or cloth if you prefer) and roll it along the backside of the lip, gently applying pressure. For best results keep the metal heated and dont work too fast. Eventually you will have covered enough area that grants clearance where there wasnt before.

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