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Old 03-22-2010, 08:36 PM   #401
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ah u live in alberta, good luck finding spacers locally theres a ton of places u can order spacers from, i can find a number of places if u need that info. and i dont think ur tires are the culprit, i just think its the conservative oem wheel offset
Yea I have some coming in from ECS Auto, but they are still on order.

I noticed my spare tire had a width of 225, and it fit and cleared the coilovers with the 7mm spacers I have.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:23 PM   #402
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Maybe if billet adapters were that easy to find, without having to order them in! And maybe if it didn't take so long for sponsors to get spacers in, my problem would be solved.

I already came to the conclusion that it is rubbing on the spring you idiot, that is why I can't drive my car. Obviously this guy installed his without spacers, and I want to know his setup...

CityStars what size tires do you have?
225's all the way around which leads to them being kinda sorta stretched in the rear.
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:02 PM   #403
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Im going to buy a set. I've heard that 7 inch endlinks are perfect. Do i need to adjust them everytime I want to raise and lower the car? If not then Can I just get a regular set of non adjustable 7 inch endlinks? And do you guys have any other installation tips for a suspension newb like me?
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:56 PM   #404
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As for the install your def. going to need a spring compressor, everything else is pretty easy.

Im also making my own adjustable end links for the front, I already have everything I need like the dies and taps. Just need a hour of time after work on the good ol' mill

Another note to a newb installer. When you set your adjustments:

I put the rear all the way down and as for the front.......I measured 1 1/2 from the top of the end link mount(on the strut) to the top of the top adjustment nut. Any thing lower you may bite a fender
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:03 PM   #405
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^Thanks, I want to make sure how low I can go without rubbing. I have a sedan with the sports package and the style 44 rims. Can any sedan owners tell me what to do also? And when if I need to change the height, is it easy to do? Can I do it in my driveway?
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:17 PM   #406
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I dont think you will be really adjusting the rear, but as for the front you just pop the tire off and get the spanner wrenches out(that come with the setup)
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:11 AM   #407
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I dont think you will be really adjusting the rear, but as for the front you just pop the tire off and get the spanner wrenches out(that come with the setup)
I heared that if you adjust the ride height, you need to align the car again. Is this true?
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Old 03-26-2010, 03:22 PM   #408
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I heared that if you adjust the ride height, you need to align the car again. Is this true?
Any time you adjust the car height...you should get an alignment.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:38 PM   #409
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As for the install your def. going to need a spring compressor, everything else is pretty easy.

Im also making my own adjustable end links for the front, I already have everything I need like the dies and taps. Just need a hour of time after work on the good ol' mill

Another note to a newb installer. When you set your adjustments:

I put the rear all the way down and as for the front.......I measured 1 1/2 from the top of the end link mount(on the strut) to the top of the top adjustment nut. Any thing lower you may bite a fender
Don't know if it's different between coupes and sedans...but I didn't need to use any spring compressor, for the rears I just used my car's jack.
However...you'll need to temporarily remove a small bolt that holds the brake line to the swing arm. This will allow the additional movement needed to free the rear springs.
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Old 03-26-2010, 11:45 PM   #410
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for the rear springs "this is on a 2000 323i sedan" just use your foot and push down on the loser spring perch/rotor, this is if you wana do it dirty like i did. otherwise get a large prybar and bend it down. same concept in both methods but i found the foot method was much faster.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:55 PM   #411
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Well I guess I was an idiot. I didn't notice that the OEM wheels were staggered and that was the reason the coilover was rubbing on the wheel (Rear wheels up front). So it fits all good now with no spacers.

And to remove the rear spring like stated before. Just wedge in your factory car jack, and jack it until you have enough room to take out the rear spring. No spring compressor required. If you do it using the foot method, you can get your fingers caught in there if for some reason you don't have enough pressure pressing down on the rear assembly.

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Old 03-30-2010, 11:51 AM   #412
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After you guys install the coils..... how long do u wait to get an alignment ????
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:50 PM   #413
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After you guys install the coils..... how long do u wait to get an alignment ????
Let the coils settle a bit and thn get an alignment..so prolly 2 weeks
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Old 03-30-2010, 05:11 PM   #414
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I installed these coilovers slammed, and it rides not too bad. Only driven it a few kms. Going to raise it up to the proper height I want and then let them settle.

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Old 04-02-2010, 01:47 AM   #415
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Okay I've got a question. I'm ready to pull the trigger on these but I want to see if I'll need spacers before. I'm running 225 all around on 8.5 width wheels. ET is 38.
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:48 AM   #416
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hope racelands make coils for an m3
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:51 AM   #417
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I will be installing mine today.... pics will come later
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Old 04-05-2010, 08:23 PM   #418
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Bump, can anyone tell me if I can get away with et38 8.5" with 225 tires? I just wanna know if I should buy spacers in advance.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:36 PM   #420
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^^^ What wheelsize are those?
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Now, do I understand this right......$250 for the ENTIRE kit of coilovers.....for one car!?
Is this true?

I mean I just can't believe this is true......My shop quoted me around $700 for my sport replacement, I know I can get the H&R Cup Kit for around $700.....so if the Racelands are $250, that's nuts! Ok...+100 for adjustable links but that's still killer.
Leaves me money for 19s or 20s if I wanna go slammed.....
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