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Old 09-15-2012, 09:28 AM   #181
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I'm here. Im one of the main contributors to this thread. I'm still complaining, also. ST should have fixed this problem when it first started arising, instead of waiting for it to blow up to do something about it. It's taking way too long, and too much of a hassle for everyone. Wait multiple weeks to get the 50-200 springs, just to realize they still don't really get AC within the advertised drop range. I'm not happy with the drop, but they won't do anything about it now.
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:34 AM   #182
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Wish me luck guys. I'm going to start the install tomorrow. If they don't go as low as they say, I'm going to be one pissed off mofo!
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:36 AM   #183
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Not to burst your bubble, I dont think anyone in this thread that recently bought ST coils are happy with them. Hopefully you'll be the first!
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:44 AM   #184
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Maybe I should've just went with These instead... :/
http://www.amazon.com/RACING-1999-20...+Coilovers+e46

I've read good stuff about these Coilovers.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=854236
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:12 PM   #185
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I'm trying to get the coilover to sit right in my hub. But then my eye caught something. There's a lip on the bottom of the strut AND in my housing. So it looks like when that lip hits the other one, that the strut cannot physically go any lower. I attached a picture of both lips, on the strut and the hub.

For reference, the little nipple will only go 2-3mm inside the opening of the hub, in my opinion, due to the lips. the the nipple is suppose to sit 3/4 of the way into the hub, according to 330i Stud?

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Old 09-15-2012, 07:37 PM   #186
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The lips are there for a reason, they need to be mated together.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:34 PM   #187
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I'm trying to get the coilover to sit right in my hub. But then my eye caught something. There's a lip on the bottom of the strut AND in my housing. So it looks like when that lip hits the other one, that the strut cannot physically go any lower. I attached a picture of both lips, on the strut and the hub.

For reference, the little nipple will only go 2-3mm inside the opening of the hub, in my opinion, due to the lips. the the nipple is suppose to sit 3/4 of the way into the hub, according to 330i Stud?

Anyone care to shed some light on this issue?
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The lips are there for a reason, they need to be mated together.


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Old 09-15-2012, 10:58 PM   #188
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Yes I figured that out haha. Little nipple only sits a few mms in, no where near 3/4 of the way down.
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:01 PM   #189
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NOTE: if anyone is installing ST coilovers on an E46, you Dont need to open up the hub for the strut to sit. It sits perfectly fine without opening it. Like Kris said, e90s are a little different. I guess you need to open the e90 hub up, but e46 you do noy
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:52 PM   #190
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So I installed them today and I'm pissed. Not because it didn't go low enough, but because the effin 17x8 Et 40 rubs up front!!
Wtf man problem after problem.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:52 PM   #191
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It's rubbing on the inner rim on the stut!!
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:54 PM   #192
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I didn't read the notes when I ordered them either, it said its recommended to use spacers, even with stock wheels
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:04 PM   #193
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Yeap. Need aggressive offset. A 5mm spacer should be able to fix that problem on almost all stock wheels.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:06 PM   #194
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I have 2mm of space between my tire and my strut. Dont have enough money for spacers, DIY inspection II first then spacers
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:49 PM   #195
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So I installed them today and I'm pissed. Not because it didn't go low enough, but because the effin 17x8 Et 40 rubs up front!!
Wtf man problem after problem.
I'm interested if the new springs fixed your problem.
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:16 PM   #196
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I literally had to run and buy autozone wheel spacers to do the trick. They're not nepenthe effing hub centric but I don't have a choice at the moment.... And the car sits pretty low and I'm not even all the way lowered. Probably have 3 to 4 full turns for it to be all the way lowered. And I'm using 60-200 springs.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:07 AM   #197
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:36 AM   #198
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I love the ride height on my ST coils. Glad you got them seated. I always use a jack and pump up the sleeve onto the strut after attaching the top strut mounting nut to allow the sleeve to set all the way, then tighten it down to torque spec
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My car is going back on the road this week.

Although I don't want to go any lower, I'm willing to take pictures from all the angles possible to hunt down this issue.
Could it be that my new (OEM) strut mounts are adding to the height? Doubt it, but prepared to consider all variables.
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I've read that OEM strut mounts added height, but never proven I believe
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