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Old 08-02-2006, 11:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Time to Fix a few problems

Ok Here is a little List

Firstly a common problem, my Roof Ceiling Carpet Stuff is sagging, not damaged Just sagging down and looks ugly.
Need to get it fixed.
What is this part called so i can search ebay... Or should i try some spray on glue

Secondly and more Importantly.
My car is lowered, and as of recent i seem to be getting more rubbing when i hit bumps.. Am i looking at replacing, Suspension or Springs or Both.. I have Set aside a few Paycheques ready for this..

Currently i am Running Bilstein Suspension around the Car...

As Far as ride quality goes im looking for more the performance end, as i live in Canberra Australia, our City is just smooooth Round Abouts and since i cant outrun cars, ill just out handle them
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you should get stiffer shocks, that way ur tires wont rub against ur fender when u go over bumps and small potholes and i would say change ur springs as well, as u will be doing the shocks.

Thats what i think
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Here's the DIY for a 1991 525 for the headliner. Now I know you have an e36 but the process is very similar. You'll hae to remove the visors, interior lights and pillar covers, The tricky part is the sunroof but if you're up to doing it yourself then make sure you have a dry place and maybe another car for a day or two.

http://www.wlsheadliners.com/tutorials/bmw/

I got some prices up here for when I had my 318. About $250 CAD$ and it took about a day. I've heard that some people have paid $175 in the states.

As for the rubbing: What wheel and tire sizes are you running? And how much of a drop do you have?
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how old is the suspension on there, and is it only shocks and struts? what springs do you have? bilstein doesnt make springs that im aware of. so either you cut your springs or you have a set of springs that you may have forgotten the name. if your happy with the ride i suggest two things. 1. roll your fenders out to give you that extra clearance. 2. replace the springs with slightly taller ones. and if you did or do have cut springs do it for sure.
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Also note, if your struts/shcoks are worn out, you can get new ones FREE courtesy of Bilstein becuase fo their lifetime warranty. I jsut got new free ones up front!
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Umm, To be honest not sure of the drop (Although it is very low) As far as the Suspension / Springs Setup goes, im not sure as the last owner had them done.
What i plan to do, is just buy new Springs Shocks the works and know that it is all fine.
What Brands Should i Look at

Wheel Sizes
225/45/17 Front
235/45/17 Rear

What setup would you work with? I have currently $7,500 Banked for this car (Saving for an m3 Conversion, as an m3 1997 still fetches $40,000 AU $35000US)
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I'm running 235/45/17 in the front and 245/45/17 in the rear. No rubbing and no drop. Boge all around and OEM springs. I'm sure some of the more experienced guys on this board will be better qualified to tell you about suspension component brands.

If you stagger the tires you won't be able to rotate them. 235/24/17 all around is your best bet. I will be going back to that.
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