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wessactor 04-24-2012 02:57 PM

ST coilover not going low enough
 
I recently installed ST coilovers on my 04 330i. I've set the front to the lowest setting, but it doesn't even close the wheel gap, albeit it's close. I've checked to make sure the struts went in all the way in to their seats. I'm using OE strut mounts. I wonder if ST's are not designed to work with them, but having searched the forum i found nothing to that effect. I also checked out others setups on here and it seems that people are dropping the front lower than what i have been able to do. I'm perplexed, any ideas? :confused:

E46_330i_Stud 04-24-2012 02:59 PM

What size are your wheels?

wessactor 04-24-2012 03:00 PM

I'm running miro's 111 in 18 X 8.5 in the front and 9.5 rear

E46_330i_Stud 04-24-2012 03:22 PM

Stupid question, the adjuster is spun all the way down right?

wessactor 04-24-2012 03:30 PM

Correct. I tried going the other way btw.

ac_2007 04-25-2012 05:18 PM

Post a picture?

I just got my ST coils today.

ac_2007 04-25-2012 05:22 PM

You could always remove the bumpstops and helper springs.

But I'm confused, the advertised max drop for the front is 2.8 inches. That gets close to slammed in my book.

E46_330i_Stud 04-25-2012 06:16 PM

They go fairly low, something is wrong here. Not sure what OP, sorry. I know you stated it was properly seated in the strut hat but I'd double check.

wessactor 04-25-2012 07:21 PM

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Here's a pic. Warning! The car is dirty. I guess I'll be going over the installation again

///BeckeR 04-25-2012 08:04 PM

Had the same problem with my KONI adjustables. Took it apart again and realized the bottom of the struts on both sides weren't seated in the collar properly. There should be a little knob sticking out from the strut that slides into a groove on the collar. Turn the strut so the knob fits into the groove and push the collar all the way up the strut until it stops. That fixed my problem and lowered the car another entire inch for me.

This is your problem, trust me :)

wessactor 04-25-2012 08:05 PM

the only thing i may not have done by the book, come to think of it, is i didn't tighten the sway bar under preload, but i don't see how that can affect the height adjustment of the coilover

adb1028, i've had that problem with prior strut installations and tried to make sure that didn't occur this time. I will recheck it once again though.

///BeckeR 04-25-2012 08:57 PM

Here's my thread when I solved the problem

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...278&highlight=

wessactor 04-26-2012 12:12 AM

I checked it out thanks. I'll inspect mine later this week, make sure they're in there properly.

ECSTuning 04-26-2012 12:00 PM

You should be a good bit lower than that with ST's all the way down.

Quote:

Originally Posted by adb1028 (Post 14330906)
Had the same problem with my KONI adjustables. Took it apart again and realized the bottom of the struts on both sides weren't seated in the collar properly. There should be a little knob sticking out from the strut that slides into a groove on the collar. Turn the strut so the knob fits into the groove and push the collar all the way up the strut until it stops. That fixed my problem and lowered the car another entire inch for me.

This is your problem, trust me :)

I think this is your problem

wessactor 04-26-2012 01:57 PM

I just checked if the little nipple is in the crack of the strut collar, and it is. I made sure that the strut is all the way in the collar. So that doesn't seem to be my problem. In fact, on the ST struts that nipple is quite a bit longer than on other struts i've seen, so that it wouldn't be possible to fit the strut in the collar snugly with the nipple not aligned with the crack. At this point i'm gonna take the spring off the struts and see if there's anything wrong with the bump stops, or any other internals. This thing is driving me bananas!

wessactor 04-26-2012 02:39 PM

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Here's a pic of the front coil while wheel is raised off the ground. For some reason I'm not seeing the bump stop. I guess it's hidden by the top spring. Any one have a pic of the front coil on the vehicle?

ac_2007 04-26-2012 03:39 PM

The bump stop is most likely underneath the helper spring. I'm wondering it is so compressed though, since you say the wheel is off the ground. :hmm:



Not installed obviously, but this should help you figure out why you can't see it:



http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/7269/p1060085w.jpg

wessactor 04-26-2012 04:14 PM

Yeah, if I don't find anything wrong, I'm taking out the helpers

Scooby24 04-26-2012 04:32 PM

That looks pretty much the same height my car is at while at the lowest setting on BC BR Coilovers too.

Blocked Out 04-26-2012 10:42 PM

Your helper spring is collapsed and you say the wheel is in the air .... How the hell could they design the coilover like that ?

Anyway, at this point you must remove the helper spring as its not doing anything, I mean there is no load on it and its fully collapsed:facepalm:


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