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  1. #126
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    I asked them to check for anything loose and was told everything was good and tight. Maybe the alignment dude didn't tighten the bolt on the tie rod tight enough, so the threads backed out a little bit.
    Current: 2001 740iL Sport (black/black)
    Previous: 2000 528i Sport (black/tan), 1995 318is (black/black), 1991 318is (white/black)

  2. #127
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    Well boys and girls, I finally pulled the trigger on some BC Racing coilovers: Extreme low version with the Swift springs upgrade (kept the suggested 9k/6k spring rates).

    Hopefully later this Spring I will swapping them in!
    Current: 2001 740iL Sport (black/black)
    Previous: 2000 528i Sport (black/tan), 1995 318is (black/black), 1991 318is (white/black)

  3. #128
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruskii View Post
    Well boys and girls, I finally pulled the trigger on some BC Racing coilovers: Extreme low version with the Swift springs upgrade (kept the suggested 9k/6k spring rates).

    Hopefully later this Spring I will swapping them in!
    I have an E31 and converted over to modified coilover struts from Ground Control with threaded perches on back of car. I am very happy with the results and looking forward to driving my car again after pulling rear suspension out for a rebuild. I am running 450/550 lb springs which is fine for everyday driving and car also felt pretty good on the track, but with a little too much body roll. I have the rear suspension out right now for a rebuild and i modified subframe slightly to accommodate a larger sway bar and then I will install the larger bar on front so I should see a big improvement with reduced body roll. The E31 requires a stiffer rear spring since they are inboard and not a true coilover. Right has been lowered apprx 1.5". I also have a 3.91 LSD to install at the same time. I hope to complete rebuild in the next couple of weeks. I am missing the SCCA TNIA event today, darn it!

  4. #129
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    I love your garage JDP530! I wish I had at least one of them (a 2002 in a roundie style though )
    Current: 2001 740iL Sport (black/black)
    Previous: 2000 528i Sport (black/tan), 1995 318is (black/black), 1991 318is (white/black)

  5. #130
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    Just got a text message from my wife, "What is this large and heavy box that says it's for BMW. And how much did you spend!?"

    My coilovers are here!! (that was quick)
    Current: 2001 740iL Sport (black/black)
    Previous: 2000 528i Sport (black/tan), 1995 318is (black/black), 1991 318is (white/black)

  6. #131
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    Finally opened the box

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    Front springs are 5.5" and rears are 9" tall (extreme low version). Curious to see how they will feel...

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    I am planning to install them during the week of April 15th. Still tossing ideas in my head about going with a square set of style 95s or 231s.
    Current: 2001 740iL Sport (black/black)
    Previous: 2000 528i Sport (black/tan), 1995 318is (black/black), 1991 318is (white/black)

  7. #132
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    Cool! What spring rates are you using? I wonder how a staggered set of wheels would look?

  8. #133
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    Standard: Front 9k, rear 6k.
    Current: 2001 740iL Sport (black/black)
    Previous: 2000 528i Sport (black/tan), 1995 318is (black/black), 1991 318is (white/black)

  9. #134
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    I finally caved in and got akebono front brake pads, as I am just so sick of nasty brake dust the current pads produce. And while I am there, might as well change the oil.

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    Today, I've replaced the rear shocks and hopefully tomorrow I'll do the fronts.

    The rear shock mounts and bump stops are completely destroyed, but the shocks themselves may still be fine and EDC worked!

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    Current: 2001 740iL Sport (black/black)
    Previous: 2000 528i Sport (black/tan), 1995 318is (black/black), 1991 318is (white/black)

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    A solid day’s work right there. Looking forward to seeing the new stance!
    2001 740i Sport | 1997 328i | 1988 325i Vert | 1995 Ford F150 | 2018 GTI

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    Long overdue pictures (excuse the dirty car). Also, some numbers for curious minds (measurements from fender arch to floor):

    Front:
    • Before = 28 1/2"
    • After = 26"
    • Total drop = 2 1/2"

    Rear:
    • Before = 27 3/4"
    • After = 25 3/4"
    • Total drop = 2" (had to raise the coils 10mm from the factory preset)

    Currently damper settings:
    • Front = full soft
    • Rear = 10 click from soft

    Before shots for comparison (front wheel gap is insane!):

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    After shots:

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    With coilovers fitted, I can now say that ALL of the suspension parts have been replaced. Also had to replace front left brake caliper, since the piston wouldn't collapse all the way to fit new pads.
    Current: 2001 740iL Sport (black/black)
    Previous: 2000 528i Sport (black/tan), 1995 318is (black/black), 1991 318is (white/black)

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    That looks awesome! Some spacers would kick it up another notch I think, but really looks much better than the high rider OEM look. Nice work!
    2001 740i Sport | 1997 328i | 1988 325i Vert | 1995 Ford F150 | 2018 GTI

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    Thank you! I really like the way it sits so far. I may get a square set of style 95 or 231 and then add spacers.

    Also, what should I do with my EDC shocks? I am hesitant to throw them away since they worked and EDC functioned properly...
    Current: 2001 740iL Sport (black/black)
    Previous: 2000 528i Sport (black/tan), 1995 318is (black/black), 1991 318is (white/black)

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