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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 02-14-2013, 12:31 PM   #1
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Lowering with springs

Just got some csl wheels last month and just wanted to know is it that bad to go with springs lower your an inch instead of buying a whole suspenion
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:57 PM   #2
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It's not as ideal as doing a "kit" as the damper is designed to have a certain amount of travel - by adding a shorter spring, the damper is being compressed more than it would with a standard spring so you damper will now have less travel than before. Not detrimental by any means, just may wear them out a little quicker and not have as nice of a ride.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:13 PM   #3
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Have you looked into coilovers?
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:07 PM   #4
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Been looking into coil overs and someone told me that kind of messes with the handling of the car I just basically want to lower my car and keep the handling good as it is with out spending over 3k for a new suspenion
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
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Coilovers (unless a cheap brand) will not mess with the handling of the car, if anything they improve/accentuate the handling of the car. Is your car going to be a pure daily driver (normal/spirited drives) or will it see the occasional track day/autoX ?
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:52 PM   #6
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Daily drivers never launch it but I do rip it sometimes
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:59 PM   #7
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if you do springs, youll eventually end up buying shocks, then mounts, then bushings. save up and get ST coils their good enough for what you need.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:59 PM   #8
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For DD usage, Eibach / HR springs and Koni shocks will be enough.

Using lowering springs will wear out your stock shocks quicker, but if your shocks are in good shape, you can wait before replacing them.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:12 AM   #9
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Springs limit wheel travel and provide minimal improvements. As said above pair springs with quality shocks. Coilovers can greatly improve handling IF you get them adjusted and balanced correctly.
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