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Old 09-21-2008, 12:10 AM   #1
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Suspension Question - Car sags at the passenger side rear...

So I just noticed this today, and it basically looks like I have a smaller wheel gap on the passenger side rear wheel. I am always used to looking at my car from the passenger side, but I was at a friends house today, and saw it from the driver's side. It looked like the normal 4x4 in need of a drop. Then it hit me...

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Old 09-21-2008, 10:11 AM   #2
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I've read this is normal. I think that's where the fuel tank is. I'm not to keep on this difference but my car is not even either. How much of a difference do you have?
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Old 10-02-2008, 11:49 AM   #3
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I've got this as well...Looking forward to more input...
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:30 AM   #4
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i had the same thing on the rears after installing new springs + alignment. Then yesterday I went for another alignment and the gap is now even. I think it may have been due to the camber settings being uneven on both sides?? maybe...i have no other explanation.
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:38 AM   #5
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mines been doing this also... weird.
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:20 AM   #6
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Same.. Hmm... but not that much of a difference that will effect anything.
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:26 PM   #7
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Mee too.. must be the "Factory Lean"
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:07 AM   #8
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i think this is normal as BMW designed it this way so when the driver sits in the car it levels out.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:25 AM   #9
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as i look at pics and other bimmers i see a LOT of them leaning to the passenger side.
seems more prevalent in sedans than coupes too.
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:08 PM   #10
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Mr Mikes -- I have a similar problem. The gaps both left and right in rear are the same except that I feel the sag through my spinal column which has been connected to my car trying to figure out why for many months. I just had new bushings replaced on the front and now the gap has appeared on the left front. I think that the diagonal weight balance LF/RR is off on my car and that since these Dallas roads are crested that the imbalance is being magnified. Anybody -- any ideas? HELP!
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:43 PM   #11
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:55 PM   #12
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Gangster lean.

If this was a factory thing, then Euro models would lean the opposite way.
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im not buying the factory gangsta lean thing, because i swear, my car didnt do it when i first bought it, and i bought it old and used.
and some days i see it, other days i dont.
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the lean is more apparent with aftermarket springs. I think its because the battery is located there...adding to the weight....i'm putting my subwoofer closer to the other end to balance it out.
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im convinced its either a bad spring perch or related to my tore up RTABs.
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:00 PM   #17
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I have insalle KW V3 coliovers, and mine is slightly higher at the front passanger side. So dam annoying as my car as an AC Schitner front bar and it looks like its on a lean when looking at the front of the car...
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I have the same problem. I got new front control arm bushings and now the car leans to the right. I have been trying to figure this out. It also had a lean and felt low on the right rear. I replaced the right rear shock and now my attention does not go to the right rear any longer. However, the right front is REALLY low and non-responsive. I am going to replace the right front shock, upper shock mount and the spring pads. Hope this helps. However, before the new bushings, the car leaned to the left and the left front was really low and nice. This is really bothering me as these Dallas roads are crested. What is that comment about factory setting for lean in the US and Europe? My theory is that the left front bushing was bad and that caused the lean to the left, after the bushings were installed, this raised the front and the car began to display the wear on the right rear and right front through the worn out shocks. Any ideas?
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:40 AM   #19
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Found the problem

As I mentioned, it felt like the whole car was leaning to the right. After replacing the shocks/struts all around and even swapping front springs from side to side, there was still no real solution to the handling. Basically the left front felt higher that corner seemed to bounce around. Also the right rear seemed to be unresponsive and lower. Well one day I was looking at the left front lower control arm and noticed some scratches on it, like someone had put a hook under it. I did some searches and started hitting threads about 'bent lower control arms from IMPROPER TOWING'. I started remembering that day in May 2008 when I had the dealer install new front lower control arm bushings. The dealership towed the car because it stalled on a test run. Anyway, I purchased a set of front lower control arms, bushings and front sway bar links. I asked the dealership to install the parts for free and they agreed. Now the car feels so much better in the front, but the right rear still has an issue where I believe that the tow boy strapped down something. I am wondering what it could be back there that would cause it to feel unresponsive and 'dragging' due to towing.
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