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Old 01-09-2015, 11:49 PM   #1
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Question HELP! Coilovers question

Hi I am looking to purchase raceland BMW E46 coilovers. I just don't know if i need camber plates and bushings. I have 17 inch wheels that have a offset of 50mm. I don't want my tires rubbing at any spot. I plan to lower my car 2 inches. So im basically wondering can i get away with 15mm spacers or do i have to get camber bushings and plates. Thank you.

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Old 01-10-2015, 12:09 AM   #2
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Hi I am looking to purchase raceland BMW E46 coilovers. I just don't know if i need camber plates and bushings. I have 17 inch wheels that have a offset of 50mm. I don't want my tires rubbing at any spot. I plan to lower my car 2 inches. So im basically wondering can i get away with 15mm spacers or do i have to get camber bushings and plates. Thank you.

I drive a 2004 330i sedan
Depends how low your trying to go, what's you're budget? Only asking because racelands are not all that great when it comes to durability and ride. If you're not on a tight budget I'd recommend st's, they are just shy of 1k, they are made from the same people who make kw coilover also they feel great when it comes to ride.
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Depends how low your trying to go, what's you're budget? Only asking because racelands are not all that great when it comes to durability and ride. If you're not on a tight budget I'd recommend st's, they are just shy of 1k, they are made from the same people who make kw coilover also they feel great when it comes to ride.
Im on a 1k budget ... and i wanna go about 2 inches
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Please DON'T buy any sub $500 or $600 dollar coilovers, you'll thank me later.

Either spend on quality springs & shock/struts, or coilovers in the $800 to $900 plus dollar range like the St's that were already mentioned. You can skimp on certain things for your Bimmer, but the suspension is not one of them.


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Please DON'T buy any sub $500 or $600 dollar coilovers, you'll thank me later.

Either spend on quality springs & shock/struts, or coilovers in the $800 to $900 plus dollar range like the St's that were already mentioned. You can skimp on certain things for your Bimmer, but the suspension is not one of them.


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okay thank you but ... do you know anything on the spacers or camber issue?
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okay thank you but ... do you know anything on the spacers or camber issue?
Yes.

Spacers are used for different reasons, sometimes for looks & sometimes because people buy non OE wheels.

Camber, as you go lower you'll automatically get more Negative camber. So you'll definitely be out of spec, how much out of spec you're willing to deal with I don't know.

My advice, buy things in stages & assess the fitment as you go. This way you won't over buy things.



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if you have+50 offset on your 17's its likely you will need at a spacer just to clear the coilover.

In my particular example i have 9inch wide wheels upfront and my offset is +36 and i have 1-2mm of clearance to the threads of my strut/coilover

How wide a spacer i don't know without knowing the width if your wheels
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if you have+50 offset on your 17's its likely you will need at a spacer just to clear the coilover.

In my particular example i have 9inch wide wheels upfront and my offset is +36 and i have 1-2mm of clearance to the threads of my strut/coilover

How wide a spacer i don't know without knowing the width if your wheels
back 17x8.5 front 17x7.5
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