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      06-11-2011, 10:36 PM   #1
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how far should I drop this e93?

Hi peeps

I have recently purchased some kw v1 coilovers for my e93. I want some advice as to how low I should go

I like the lowered look but much prefer the car to be drivable. I do not mind driving slowly over speed bumps etc, but I do not want to have to drive at right angles over bumps or fear the slightest incline will scrape the bottom of the car. I drive all collection of urban, highway and rural, although none of the roads are 'that bad'; there is of course the occasional pothole like anywhere else in the developed world.

So the main concern is that the car is drivable over 'slammed' looks. I also do not want to have any issues with rubbing, or needing fenders rolled, or any of that stuff. I do like the 'raked' look - with the front being lower than the rear.

I realise the beauty for the coilovers is you can adjust the height at any time you wish, but I really would like to just get it right the first time (or very close to it) I also realise the initial ride height will 'settle' a little. I do not want to use spacers.

If it's important, my rims are 19" VMR 710 19X8.5 front ET35 19X9.5 rear ET33

My tires are continental extreme contact Dry/Wet
(2 - 235/35R19 CO EXTR CONT DW XL front
2 - 265/30R19 CO EXTR CONT DW XL rear)

My current suspension is standard non-m sport. If it's important, I am also going to get an aero front lip soon (+m3 side skirts + mtech rear bumper + CF diffuser+ quad tips)



thanks for the help e90 collective!

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im getting my KW V2 coils installed on my e93 2morrow morning. i think the perfect drop to me is if you put your foot(with a sneaker on) the front bumper should hit your toe. thats the perfect ride height but of course you would go slow on speed bumps and try to dodge potholes. with your et 33 rear offset , you wont need to roll your fenders im pretty sure.

ill post some pics of my drop on my stock 189 wheels,(my work t1's with step lip should be done being made in july)
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drop it until theres no gap
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Why not go for a subtle drop at first and drive it around for a while to see how you go (bearing in mind your requirement for driving all road types). I think the minimum drop for the KW coilovers is 1.2" / 30mm on the front, so maybe try that as a starting point.
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heres my E93 dropped on KW V2 Coils

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Any tricks on installing coils in the rear? I'm doing mines next weekend.
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