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Old 10-22-2008, 01:37 AM   #1
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so i went to the mechanic and it seems that the previous owner of my car had lowered my ///M. The problem was that the car's springs were changed out but the control arm is still OEM. Thus my camber is off by four degrees, and since cambers are not adjustable on bimmers so i either need an adjustable camber kit or a control arm piece that is the correct length that matches with the springs that are installed right now. Problem number two next to the camber issue is that the right rear spring is not properly working so the car has a very slight ride lean to the right in that corner. So i wanted to see what you guys think the best solution to these problems is, while spending the least money possible. Thanks
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:46 AM   #2
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Which springs do you have on your car? Having -4 degrees of camber with just springs is really out of the ordinary. Are you talking about the front or rear? You can adjust the front
camber to a certain extent.
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:24 AM   #3
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its actually the front and there looked like there was no adjustable camber for the front, but im not sure what springs they are because i didnt put them in, its juts that the ride height does not match with the OEM control arms
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:41 AM   #4
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:40 AM   #5
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:14 PM   #6
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is there any after market springs that have exact OEM specs?
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:27 PM   #7
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Any idea at all what suspension is on your car? If they changed springs, they may have changed dampers as well. Without knowing this, it's hard to say that you can correct everything by simply changing springs. Are you trying to keep it lowered or is returning it to a stock suspension your goal?
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Old 10-30-2008, 02:48 PM   #8
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i want to return it to a stock suspension because if i lower it i have to buy new control arms too, or a complete new suspension which might cost me about a $1000, and i would but unfortunately don't have the money for it at the moment. Im not sure what suspension it is but the mechanic said that the springs were the changed ones
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Old 11-04-2008, 03:07 PM   #9
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i looked and i still havent found springs that are aftermarket but have stock ride height, dooes anyone have an idea how much the oem ones go for?
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Old 11-04-2008, 05:06 PM   #10
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i looked and i still havent found springs that are aftermarket but have stock ride height, dooes anyone have an idea how much the oem ones go for?
You can look it up yourself here:

http://www.getbmwparts.com/

Without knowing exactly what's on your car, you need to be very careful about how you proceed. OEM springs combined with what could potentially be aftermarket shocks with shortened shock bodies (typical with lowered applications) would not be a good idea.

Also check the classifieds here, you might be able to pick up a full suspension with low mileage from someone who installed coilovers.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:02 AM   #11
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yea thanks for the advice, but as far as the mechanic said he think the shocks are not changed out, and im not surprised because many people like to cheaply lower their cars with springs only, but it ends up biting them back somehow
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