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Old 08-28-2008, 12:17 AM   #1
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Lowering ZHP Sedan, Couple Questions

hey everyone, so i'm gathering information about lowering my car. i have a 2004 330i ZHP so as yyou know it already comes with a lower suspension setup than your average sport package equip sedan ... with that said could i get away with an eibach pro or sportline lowering spring kit? i have 19x8.5 in 235/35/19 in the front with a +40mm offset and 19x9.5 in 265/20/19 in the rear with a +39mm offset. i rub slightly in the rear even after rolling my fenders and am worried that the problem will only worsen depending on how low i go. what can i do to prevent rubbing when lowering my car and what would give me the best drop given that i want to rid my car of any fender gap that exist (don't think i want to slam it but what'd you think?) opinions and comments please, i'm dying here!

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Old 08-28-2008, 12:26 AM   #2
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hey tyler, i also have a 330 whatcya-ma-call it and have just completely took of my shocks and suspension for ultimate lowering appearance. i highly recomend you do this aswell as it would compliment your offsets.

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Old 08-28-2008, 12:37 AM   #3
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hey tyler, i also have a 330 whatcya-ma-call it and have just completely took of my shocks and suspension for ultimate lowering appearance. i highly recomend you do this aswell as it would compliment your offsets.

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hey everyone, so i'm gathering information about lowering my car. i have a 2004 330i ZHP so as yyou know it already comes with a lower suspension setup than your average sport package equip sedan ... with that said could i get away with an eibach pro or sportline lowering spring kit? i have 19x8.5 in 235/35/19 in the front with a +40mm offset and 19x9.5 in 265/20/19 in the rear with a +39mm offset. i rub slightly in the rear even after rolling my fenders and am worried that the problem will only worsen depending on how low i go. what can i do to prevent rubbing when lowering my car and what would give me the best drop given that i want to rid my car of any fender gap that exist (don't think i want to slam it but what'd you think?) opinions and comments please, i'm dying here!

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Firstly, I hope your running 265/30/19 and not 265/20/19. Sedans have a little less rear clearance for tires than coupes, so the max I suggest on sedans is 255. If you get 255's in the rears, you're rubbing should go away, unless fenders weren't rolled well.

As for springs, what kind of drop are you looking for? I'd suggest getting coilovers if funds permit, it gives you the ability to adjust your ride height to what your satisfied with, or at the minimum a spring and shock combo like the H&R Cupkit.
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:46 PM   #5
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okay? that's why you go off and install struts only to have them blow through your trunk liner and stop searching every post of mine and commenting on it.

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the drop i'm looking for is similar to that of xjunmoonx though i believe he has coilovers ... and if not then just enough to rid my car of the fender gap, even with the h&r cup kit there's still some it seems like.

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jun is on coils. coils are your best bet man as for the rubbing maybe u need a more aggressive rol.. did u take all the gunk out of the lining?

265 is just too wide.. 255 will be better but i would rock 245's. thats my preference... with a sloped sidewall just to be safe
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I think coilovers are going to be your best bet. I just put Bilstein PSS on my ZHP about a month ago. I did it for the same reason you're looking for. I didn't want it slammed just wanted to get rid of the gap. I think in the long run the ability to adjust the height to what YOU want is well worth the extra $$.
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they blew through the trunk so i could get the appearance of hydrolics for my bimmer

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The best solution is to go with a good set of coilovers and just be done with it. With lowering springs you are going to have to replace your shocks a little more down the line. Then you will end up paying more with parts and labor, rather than just getting a set of coilovers in the first place. I recommend going with some ST coilovers. They are very affordable and we have received nothing but great reviews from all of the people who have purchased them. Including the owner of ModBargains.com. Let me know if I can help you get a set.
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