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      10-24-2015, 03:11 AM   #1
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lower it or leave it?

I've got a 2011 335i and have been debating whether or not to lower the car or leave it the way it is. It has 18" Apex wheels on the factory M-sport suspension. The rear gap is about 1 finger and the front is about 2 finger or so. From different angles, it doesn't look bad the way it sits now at this height. The ride now is pretty comfortable for my daily 70 mile round trip commute. I've been worried to do the eibach pro kit spring/shock combo as I don't want a bumpy ride while having 2 kids in the back seats. Then for coil overs, is it worth to spend the $1200 or so to lower the car to remove the gap, on a car that probably will never be tracked and I've read that coil overs have a stiff ride and harsh?

Should I lower it or leave it?
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      10-24-2015, 03:38 AM   #2
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I wouldn't lower it if I were you First of all, your car shall fit your needs and it will be a more stiffer ride with springs or coils. So if you're worried about that, don't do it.
Secondly I think it looks real good as it is. Looks like the wheels are flush and that makes an illusion of less gap.
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      10-24-2015, 05:22 AM   #3
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I would say lower it.
Much better looks and handling.
You're in Pleasanton, right? Roads should be nice there.
Black Friday is coming up as well so you can get a set for even cheaper.
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      10-24-2015, 06:42 AM   #4
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If you don't want Springs and Coilovers are too expensive get Solo Werks S1 Coilovers they are on sale usually for 499-599 and are amazing for the price. They are a reputable and reliable brand also sold on a site that starts with mod and ends in bargins. E90post spam filter blocked the full name lol

I just had mine installed and the ride is comfortable and sits nice.

For a more aggressive and better look the front the should be lower than the rear.
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      10-24-2015, 07:54 AM   #5
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I would leave it alone. Your wheel gap to the fender looks fine.
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      10-24-2015, 09:20 AM   #6
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I would leave it alone too. That's what I have for my E90 as well.
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      10-24-2015, 09:31 AM   #7
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Leave it. With 18" black wheels visually it won't change much. I love the stiffer rude but that's me. I drive 500-1000 miles a week on mine typically.
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      10-24-2015, 09:49 AM   #8
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      10-24-2015, 10:09 AM   #9
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my bc coilovers are actually more comfortable than the stock suspension. but that is preference cause i hate hitting a bump and bouncing.
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      10-24-2015, 11:23 AM   #10
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      10-24-2015, 12:12 PM   #11
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My favourite lower it or not answer
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Leave it alone. Your explanation is logical. Walk away
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I wouldnt lower it, that rubber looks good. Maybe a bit more on the spacers? Hard to tell.
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      10-24-2015, 03:48 PM   #14
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Anyone who has upgraded to proper coil overs or springs/shocks combo will tell you..the handling and cornering ability alone is enough to lower it and if you do it right the comfort will slightly increase also
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      10-24-2015, 04:29 PM   #15
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Do you drive the car hard around turns and want more out of it because you can do coil overs and adjust it to the same ride height which I prefer or is it just aesthetics?

Personal any lower is to much hate when the tire is covered by the fender

If you are worried about comfort don't they have adjustable for the dampening and return ?

Performance wise do it and leave it at the current height or leave it alone
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Leave it. Looks fine.
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      10-24-2015, 09:54 PM   #17
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looks fine, but lowering it will make it look better...lol
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      10-24-2015, 10:00 PM   #18
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Lower it!
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      10-25-2015, 01:10 AM   #19
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Thank you everyone for your replies and for your advice. Really helps me decide what to do next. My previous ride was a 07 328i sedan which I had the eibach pro kit with oem zsp shocks from a 335i and it wasn't too bad except it was a little bumpy and I got tired of it after a while. But a friend of mine has the tc kline coil overs and when I sat in his car, it was very comfortable and was not bumpy at all. Of course these are way more expensive than the ST Coil overs I was thinking to get but I really don't know how they will be unless I try it. I'm still on the fence but more towards leaving it alone at this time. Maybe I can try more performance stuff instead.

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I wouldn't lower it if I were you First of all, your car shall fit your needs and it will be a more stiffer ride with springs or coils. So if you're worried about that, don't do it.
Secondly I think it looks real good as it is. Looks like the wheels are flush and that makes an illusion of less gap.
I actually just put in 12mm spacers in the front a few weeks back and it really helped make the wheels more flush. I don't have any on the rears though, but am thinking to add a 5mm.

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I would say lower it.
Much better looks and handling.
You're in Pleasanton, right? Roads should be nice there.
Black Friday is coming up as well so you can get a set for even cheaper.
Yep, pleasanton. Its not too bad I guess. I'm on 680 everyday and some parts are bad but for the most part its doable. If there are any deals for black friday for suspension, I'll definitely consider it

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If you don't want Springs and Coilovers are too expensive get Solo Werks S1 Coilovers they are on sale usually for 499-599 and are amazing for the price. They are a reputable and reliable brand also sold on a site that starts with mod and ends in bargins. E90post spam filter blocked the full name lol

I just had mine installed and the ride is comfortable and sits nice.

For a more aggressive and better look the front the should be lower than the rear.
Thanks, I will have to check these out and read up on them. that price is pretty attractive though!

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Leave it alone. Your explanation is logical. Walk away
Actually my 4.5 yr old son liked my previous car which was lowered on the eibachs and always wanted me to take him out in the bmw instead of our van when going out. So I kinda think he will be fine with it again in my 335. But for sure the wife hated the ride and kept complaining about it lol.

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I wouldnt lower it, that rubber looks good. Maybe a bit more on the spacers? Hard to tell.
Yeah, I have a 12mm spacer in the front but not the rears. Will try to add a 5mm spacer or can get a 265 series tire verses my current 255.

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Do you drive the car hard around turns and want more out of it because you can do coil overs and adjust it to the same ride height which I prefer or is it just aesthetics?

Personal any lower is to much hate when the tire is covered by the fender

If you are worried about comfort don't they have adjustable for the dampening and return ?

Performance wise do it and leave it at the current height or leave it alone
Nope, I hardly ever do that. Maybe once in a while. For me to lower it would just mainly be for the looks.

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looks fine, but lowering it will make it look better...lol
Yep, I agree. Some days I miss driving a lowered car because of the look and feel of a stiffer ride but some days I am glad that its just the stock sport suspension and its already a little bumpy but ok.
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      10-25-2015, 09:17 AM   #20
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You could always just get the lowering perches for the front that are only $100 and won't affect the ride quality they lower it half an inch.
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      10-25-2015, 11:06 AM   #21
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I would of said get coilovers if it was a bit higher but with your ride height now and the black wheels you won't gain much visually . I lowered my xdrive because I was able to fit a fist in the wheel gap, I hated the 4x4 look.
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      10-25-2015, 10:53 PM   #22
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It looks fine, no need to lower it.
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