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Ride quality on 19's w/ stock suspension or mild drop
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I'm deciding between a few wheel options 18/19 and wondering how bad the ride is with 19's and either stock suspension or a mild drop.

Anyone in the 703 area have this setup and can chime in, or perhaps meet up for a quick impression?
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      08-31-2012, 08:17 AM   #2
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I'm running 19s and I am lowered you will be fine on 19s.
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19s on ZSP, its completely fine.
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19's on KW V1s....had to roll fenders but the car rides great and handles very well.

the only time I find it harsh is in the winter when the weather drops into the low 20's or below. shocks and struts really firm up hard during that period.....
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on 19s and kw v1s not bad at all. i like it
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Thanks all.
What springs give a mild drop, I will keep them on all year and drive in DC.

(while the 19's will be swapped out for stock 17's for winter)
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don't do just springs, spend some money and get a good suspension setup; i.e. coil overs. If money is an issue, buy slightly used. I did that and it works fine for a lot of parts.
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Also, if you are still on the stock runflats, going to 19s wont be an issue at all. The runflats are pretty bad for ride quality.
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Also, if you are still on the stock runflats, going to 19s wont be an issue at all. The runflats are pretty bad for ride quality.
+1 Runflats suck
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Yeah I'm on 17" stock wheels and runflats.. which will end up relegated to winter use.

I don't need an aggressive drop and will never track the car so coilovers might be overkill -- but I understand that aftermarket springs + stock dampers is not a great combo. Anyone know if sport suspension components can be a direct replacement to non sport-package E9X's?? if so I may go that route, and get a slightly firmer / lower ride without compromising ride. (basically adding factory sports suspension)
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Remember one thing, the factory shocks and struts are only good for about ~40k mileage....seen it on three German cars now. They just get worse with time/mileage
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don't do just springs, spend some money and get a good suspension setup; i.e. coil overs. If money is an issue, buy slightly used. I did that and it works fine for a lot of parts.
19's on H&R Sport Springs only... no issues here. Nice drop and still has the feel of a stock car.
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Remember one thing, the factory shocks and struts are only good for about ~40k mileage....seen it on three German cars now. They just get worse with time/mileage
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Aren't the front fenders plastic?
The front fenders are plastic, you can only roll the rears.
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don't do just springs, spend some money and get a good suspension setup; i.e. coil overs. If money is an issue, buy slightly used. I did that and it works fine for a lot of parts.
19's on H&R Sport Springs only... no issues here. Nice drop and still has the feel of a stock car.
Interesting... I wouldn't think that to be the case. How many miles on this set up?
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The front fenders are plastic, you can only roll the rears.
Not true, there is a metal lip that can be rolled, we did it on my E90.

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Yes. OEM shocks and struts don't last long. You tend to get use to the degradation in firmness, but they definitely don't last long term.
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The fenders must be different on E90 than E92. Regardless, I am going to double check mine for a metal lip this morning!
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The fenders must be different on E90 than E92. Regardless, I am going to double check mine for a metal lip this morning!

Charles the E92 front fenders can't be rolled as they are plastic. The E90 is different where you are able to roll the front fenders. Don't ask me why bmw made one rollable and the other one not.
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E90: you can roll front and rear fenders
E92: you can only roll the rear fenders

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Interesting... I wouldn't think that to be the case. How many miles on this set up?
Car has 65k miles now, so 65k on the struts. Springs installed around 55k.
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