E34 Lowering Summary - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
BMW Forum BMW Forum

Auto Insurance

» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)
Register Home Forum Active Topics Gallery / Showroom Auto Loans Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)

BimmerWerkz.com is the premier BMW Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-06-2004, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Car:
Posts: 10
Photos:
Bahnstoermer is an unknown quantity at this point
'92 535i

According to this forum it seems to lower the vehicle properly I need new springs (of course) but also new shorter sport struts to go with them. This I didn't really anticipate. In contrast, I expected to need camber kits, but no one mentions them. BavAuto and Dinan both sell them, but are they not needed for a lowered E34? They're marketed as a track tuning item, maybe that's all they're for?

How many vendors have struts for the lowered car available? I've found Bilstein and Koni so far.

Thanks~

Alex
Bahnstoermer is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-06-2004, 10:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Car:
Posts: 1,176
Photos:
sp0rky is an unknown quantity at this point
Since I am about to lower my e34 too, I did tons of research and asked on many forums.

Here's what they all told me.

The camber kit is not necessary unless you track your car, however - if you were looking for the camber kit because of tire wear, a lowered e34 is still within the alignment spec in the camber area. What causes the extreme tire wear in a lowered e34 is excessive toe in. This means that the tires are constantly scrubbing with each rotation (the are point inward toward eachother). This is mostly in the REAR, not the front. The toe is not adjustable on the e34 and the only way to cure this is to get adjustable or eccentric bushings and have them pressed in. I hear it's extremely tedious and can be expensive.

Few people have had good luck with tire wear, while others have been down to 10,000 miles and under per set. That all depends on size, tread, etc of the tire, too though.

good luck.
__________________
sp0rky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2004, 11:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Car:
Posts: 10
Photos:
Bahnstoermer is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally posted by sp0rky@Nov 6 2004, 10:17 AM
Since I am about to lower my e34 too, I did tons of research and asked on many forums.

Here's what they all told me.

The camber kit is not necessary unless you track your car, however - if you were looking for the camber kit because of tire wear, a lowered e34 is still within the alignment spec in the camber area. What causes the extreme tire wear in a lowered e34 is excessive toe in. This means that the tires are constantly scrubbing with each rotation (the are point inward toward eachother). This is mostly in the REAR, not the front. The toe is not adjustable on the e34 and the only way to cure this is to get adjustable or eccentric bushings and have them pressed in. I hear it's extremely tedious and can be expensive.

Few people have had good luck with tire wear, while others have been down to 10,000 miles and under per set. That all depends on size, tread, etc of the tire, too though.

good luck.

[snapback]225665[/snapback]
Haha, thanks for the response.... I just found that thread. I can't believe the issue isn't black and white, but I guess suspensions on street cars don't work like the more expensive setups I imagine in my mind
Bahnstoermer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2004, 09:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
billB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: New Jersey
Car:
Posts: 1,635
Photos:
billB has a reputation beyond reputebillB has a reputation beyond reputebillB has a reputation beyond reputebillB has a reputation beyond reputebillB has a reputation beyond reputebillB has a reputation beyond reputebillB has a reputation beyond reputebillB has a reputation beyond reputebillB has a reputation beyond reputebillB has a reputation beyond reputebillB has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via Yahoo to billB
I thought BMWs come out of the factory with NEGATIVE camper; Don't they?
billB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2004, 11:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Car:
Posts: 1,176
Photos:
sp0rky is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally posted by billB@Nov 6 2004, 09:18 PM
I thought BMWs come out of the factory with NEGATIVE camper; Don't they?
[snapback]226008[/snapback]
yes.... but it's still affected when you lower the vehicle.
__________________
sp0rky is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
E34 miss fire 98shaikh 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 3 10-31-2005 10:32 AM
Question regarding E34 front carpets m3driver97 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 0 10-13-2005 02:32 PM
325 lowering springs on a 318 jamspeed 3-Series (E21, E30) 2 09-26-2005 10:12 PM
Lowering Springs sabbath130 3-Series (E36) 12 11-25-2004 02:32 PM
Lowering springs EuroBeem 3-Series (E36) 11 05-18-2004 09:57 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:49 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.