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Old 03-17-2004, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, My cousin has a 1995 318is and I just wanted to know if what he told me about m3 suspension is true or not. His car is low and mint. Original paint with not a swirl mark in sight. His front fenders are basically sitting on his tires (to give you an idea of how low it is)and the back covers some of the tire. Now I asked him what was used to lower the car so much yet still give such a decent ride and he told me that if an m3 suspension system is put on any regular 3-series it will drop the car this low. Is he telling the truth or bull shitting?
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I seriously doubt it. Even the stock M3's ride height is quite high. There is a noticeable fender gap. It will lower your car slightly only if you have a 6 cyl E36. On 318's if you use the M3 suspension the front will actually be even higher since the springs were made for the heavier 6 cyl motors.

If you use lowering springs such as Eibach Pro Kit or H&R sport stage II it will lower your car nicely. Your front tire will line up with the feners, no gap.

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Be ware though, f you are gogn to lower it, you will defintly need stiffer shocks otherwise everytime u hit the slightest bump, you will slam your car onto the floor. Even what you said, where the front fenders cover the front tires, that is pretty furiggin low. I know 3 series's where they r hella low from eibahc's w/ bilstens, but the rear tire tucks and the front one isn't noticable, not hidden under
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yeah , my car has the Mtech suspension and there is considerable fender gap, i think it only lowers like a half inch at the most. on a 318 it would actually raise the car because the engine does not weight as much as a 6cylinder.
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So I he's bull shitting. hmm..... Interesting I guess I'm going to drill him when I meet him on Saturday.
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Was he sitting in the car? I know when I sit in my car, it drops 2 inches
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Well he is kinda fat, but no the car was low when he showed it to me from outside. I wish I had his luck. He got the car for $9 000 canadian (and its a '95). One owner, never winter driven, and looks like new. Like I said not a scratch insight and he takes it into car washes. If it was my car hand washed and waxed every week for sure. Anyways he probably got some h&r's or Eibach's with bilstien shocks or something because the ride is tight.
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