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Old 09-17-2008, 04:22 PM   #1
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Ride Height lower than usual.

My Car: 2001 330ci with 65,000miles
My Setup: HR Race Springs (50484-88) with 40k miles and Bilstein Sports
Fronts: Brand new Control Arms and Bushings
Rears: New RSM's and thicker lower spring pads from Turner Motorsports.

Okay, just wondering if anyone has or is experiencing this. My car in 2007 had a 1 finger gap all around. Now it is tucked all the way around (pinky gap in an angle just to reach the top of tire)

I spoke to HR springs today and they said it's unlikely the springs causing this since its doing it in all four corners.

What would you guys recommend?

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this is a bad thing?? i would be happy if my car lowered itself!

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Old 09-18-2008, 12:16 PM   #3
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No clue, but why are you complaining?
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:11 PM   #4
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how long ago did you install the bilstein shocks? and how does the car ride? feel the same?
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:54 PM   #5
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Not complaining. Just curious. I'm scraping on places I did not use to scrape before.

I installed the shocks(brand new) with the springs (had maybe 5k-10k miles on them).

I'm assuming its the springs since its the only thing that affects the ride height. Oh yeah, I spoke to Bilstein also and they said its most likely the springs.
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:07 AM   #6
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If your overall ride quality is still the same, I wouldn't worry too much. Maybe it just took a seriously long time for your car to settle?
I was originally thinking blown shock, but since you've gone lower all the way around, that doesn't sound right.

As long as it still handles well and doesnt make any weird noises when you drive, I say you just leave it. And in regards to scraping in places you didn't before....just take them slower and at an angle.

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Old 09-19-2008, 09:43 AM   #7
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Thank Andy. I've been driving lowered cars for years since the Honda days. I scrape even when I slow down and angle. Thanks for the advice though. Probably just going to buy a new set of H&R's and start fresh.

Anyone want my Race springs? They're settled already...

Oh yeah forgot to mention, I have a full Rieger front and carbon fiber Lip. Its about 3-4 fingers off the ground. It was perfect when I had only a 1-1 1/2 finger gap the first four years.
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Perhaps the new shocks/struts allowed the springs to settle lower than with what you had before. Get coils. No more worries on height.
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:07 PM   #10
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I'm also having this issue with my PSS9 kit. I raise my suspension manually every so often, and it settles on its own at least twice a year. At 35, I like a finger gap front and rear, and even with new springs straight from Bilstein (which I got because of this issue), it's still a problem. It may not be a "problem" for many on here, but it's a personal preference. I also had my front struts replaced under warranty as well, so it's not a blown strut problem either.
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