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Old 08-27-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
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325 Ci Suspension Problem

So here's the deal, I have only recently purchased a 2005 BMW 325Ci and it was extremely lowered by the previous owner. The wheels are 19" and wider than stock wheels.

The problem I have is that with it being as low as it is, the rear wheel tends to rub on the inside of the wheel well anytime I go over a dip at higher speeds or if I go over a particularly high speed bump too quickly. I was wondering if there was a specific set of springs that I need or if reverting back to the Sport Package springs or the Stock springs would be what I needed. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated, thanks everyone.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:05 PM   #2
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are there coilovers on the car now?
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:54 AM   #3
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No there aren't. The springs that are on there now are H&R Race style springs. It was my understanding that the race springs lower it too far and are causing the rubbing issue.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:58 AM   #4
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Re: 325 Ci Suspension Problem

Either change your suspension set up(anything besides race springs or coilovers), trade your 19s for a set of 18s, or roll your fenders. The latter would probably be the most easiest and cost effective way if you know someone with a roller.

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:02 PM   #5
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From my understanding there are two types of means to have the fenders rolled, correct? I went to a performance auto shop and they said they didn't want to 'roll the fenders' because they felt the metal was too thick around the area. But I was also told that there is a machine method and a bending method that is less drastic? I don't know.

As far as the change of the suspension, that is what I am considering right now and looking for suggestions. But if the fender rolling would be best you think, I can reconsider this option. I'll try and post a photo below showing what I'm dealing with.

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Old 08-28-2013, 12:30 PM   #6
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What are the wheel offset, width and tire size? Are they black springs? I have H&R Sports (black) and Bilstein sports and the car is only slightly lower than stock. Your back end is either way too low or you're problem is most likely wheel offset and just plain to big a tire. It's a common sickness out there done mostly for fashion fad! Nothing to do with handling. Where do you live? Look for a local BWM independent shop that knows it's stuff and have the car checked out. It'll be the best one hr labor you can spend! It's called a PPI (pre-purchase inspection) and should have been done before the purchase.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:10 PM   #7
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Tire size is 19", the springs are Red with STR rims. I'm unsure of the width and wheel offset, I'll look into finding that out ASAP. The springs I have are H&R (Red) and from what I understand they are a Racing type or a Pro type. It's my first BMW and I should have done a better PPI, but in the place that it was test-driven, these problems didn't seem to manifest. Now that I own it, I understand it's my responsibility and I have no problem taking care of it.

I live in Orlando, Florida and there are plenty of BMW's in the area so I'm sure I'll be able to find a small shop that knows what it's working with. I just wanted to get an opinion online about where to go from here.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:48 PM   #8
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Re: 325 Ci Suspension Problem

If you're on a budget, I'd probably recommend street edge coilovers. That's what I'm running and they've been good to me. Before I lowered my car, i had a fairly smooth ride...now, I can feel every bump. I forget the spring rate, but if your car is old might as well change the (4) strut mounts .
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:27 PM   #9
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How much of a drop are the springs?


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