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Old 03-24-2012, 07:42 AM   #1
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Lowering springs in front only??

Is it a bad idea to put lowering springs in the front only. I like the height of the back of my car but I'd like to drop the front about an inch to give it a little stance. What do you think? I'll take a good pic later and post it.
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:31 AM   #2
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probably a bad idea
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:36 AM   #3
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probably a bad idea
+1 lowering spring kits are designed to work hand in hand and have spring rates to offer the best ride when working with one another. Use all 4 of none at all.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:35 AM   #4
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:43 AM   #5
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The rear are a piece of cake to do anyways. Remove the lower shock bolt and slowly lower the a arm. The spring will come out then just simply install new spring and slowy jack the a arm up and reinstall the shock bolt.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:20 AM   #6
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You are not alone. I hate the uneven gap between front an rear on stock e46.
There are three solutions:
1. Buy springs that lower front more than rear (H&R sport for example)
2. Buy regular lowering springs and change the spring pad in the back to raise it back up
3. Keep your stock springs and buy new spring perches for the front - http://www.bimmian.com/Mechunik-Fron...W-E46-3-Series
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:43 PM   #7
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You are not alone. I hate the uneven gap between front an rear on stock e46.
There are three solutions:
1. Buy springs that lower front more than rear (H&R sport for example)
2. Buy regular lowering springs and change the spring pad in the back to raise it back up
3. Keep your stock springs and buy new spring perches for the front - http://www.bimmian.com/Mechunik-Fron...W-E46-3-Series


Interesting. I might try these in addition to new shocks. Thanks.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:22 AM   #8
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:51 AM   #9
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Is it a bad idea to put lowering springs in the front only. I like the height of the back of my car but I'd like to drop the front about an inch to give it a little stance. What do you think? I'll take a good pic later and post it.
If you do this, don't take pics and write a post about it, unless you just like abuse.
Also, I bet those German engineers had a pretty good reason for making the car this way. They are not really into doing things "just to see what it looks like". That's also probably the same reason the engineers at H&R sell you springs that maintain almost the same ratio. It is just not as noticeable when you close that gap down.

I'm not saying not to modify your car, just to be clear. I am not one of those "Its OEM, or it's wrong!" people. But modify it with something that has been engineered to work with the car, as a single solution. Don't start trying to mix and match.

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Old 03-25-2012, 10:21 AM   #10
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If you do this, don't take pics and write a post about it, unless you just like abuse.
Also, I bet those German engineers had a pretty good reason for making the car this way. They are not really into doing things "just to see what it looks like". That's also probably the same reason the engineers at H&R sell you springs that maintain almost the same ratio. It is just not as noticeable when you close that gap down.

I'm not saying not to modify your car, just to be clear. I am not one of those "Its OEM, or it's wrong!" people. But modify it with something that has been engineered to work with the car, as a single solution. Don't start trying to mix and match.
I don't necessarily want to mix & match springs. I know it's not "correct". I just want an even gap front and back. I hate having less gap in back than the front like with the stock sport suspension. I would like to even it out without lowering the rear anymore because I like the height that it's at so I'd like to bring the front down to match. I'm not looking to get the sky high rear stance like you'd see in the 70's with cars all jacked up in back and stupid fat tires that stuck out 6 inches. I just want an even gap. As I posted above, I might try lowered spring perches. 10-15 mm might be all I need.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:00 AM   #11
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:04 AM   #12
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You are not alone. I hate the uneven gap between front an rear on stock e46.
There are three solutions:
1. Buy springs that lower front more than rear (H&R sport for example)
2. Buy regular lowering springs and change the spring pad in the back to raise it back up
3. Keep your stock springs and buy new spring perches for the front - http://www.bimmian.com/Mechunik-Fron...W-E46-3-Series
If you want to be lower then do the lowering springs with the lowering front spring perch from bimmian or another sponsor. If you want a less severe drop (which seems like you would considering you like your rear height), get the lowering springs an manipulate the rear spring pad. You could go from a 5mm m3 pad to a 25mm xi pad. I went from the xi pad to the m3 pad and it made a significant improvement for my situation
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:12 AM   #13
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:13 AM   #14
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If you want to be lower then do the lowering springs with the lowering front spring perch from bimmian or another sponsor. If you want a less severe drop (which seems like you would considering you like your rear height), get the lowering springs an manipulate the rear spring pad. You could go from a 5mm m3 pad to a 25mm xi pad. I went from the xi pad to the m3 pad and it made a significant improvement for my situation
Thanks. I don't really want to drop, just even the gap out.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:11 PM   #15
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I did the lowering spring perches with my zhp springs and it is perfect. I also just wanted to get rid of the 2+ finger gap in the front but liked the zhp height otherwise. Now I have 1 finger or slightly less gap all around.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:42 AM   #16
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:14 AM   #17
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Thanks. I don't really want to drop, just even the gap out.
You could always just try the front lowering spring perch with the stck springs if you only want to lower the front a half inch and nothing else. There are a few options, you just need to decide which you want to go with.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:09 AM   #18
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3. Keep your stock springs and buy new spring perches for the front - http://www.bimmian.com/Mechunik-Fron...W-E46-3-Series
How hard is it to do this? On the site it recommends professional install, but lot of companies say that regardless.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:27 AM   #19
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Well they are saying that to cover their own ass. You will need a spring compressor which you could buy for 30 bucks (or more for a better one), or you could rent one. It isnt extremely difficult, but it does take some time and another hand would be helpful. http://www.e46fanatics.com/howto/how...hp?howto_id=12 If you read that DIY focus on the bullets where they are replacing the front springs obviously as this is the proseess you will need to take to install the spring perches
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:58 AM   #20
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