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      11-20-2017, 05:21 PM   #1
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Front wheel gap...

I want to get rid of the ridiculous front wheel gap for my E92. Im fine with the back. I have my stock coolant tank over on the left side with the inlet relocation. Unfortunately the coolant sensor on the bottom sticks out pretty far, and if i make a sharp right turn and hit a dip, I'm afraid i will break it off. What are my options?
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Not this again...

You can lower the whole car or you can leave it stock. The idea of lowering the front and ONLY the front has been discussed here several times, and you can browse those threads at your convenience. TL;DR don't run different spring rates between the front and rear axles or you're asking for trouble due to unpredictable handling behavior.
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I understand that much. If i lower, i can move my coolant tank farther in, no problem. The issue i have is my wheel looks so much smaller than the size of the fender arch. All i want is for it to look like the M3 fender gap. Clean, level, fills in the gap on all sides.. How does one get that look for a 335i? I know lowering alone won't do that.
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First, why would you relocate the Expansion Tank? Secondly, why black wheels? It's not like you drive an M3 or more exotic car. If you want to fill in the wheel gap, you must lower the vehicle and that means front and back plus a tire/wheel combination that fills in the space for a tucked look. The Suspension/Brake/Chassis forum would be the place to learn about solutions. Perhaps a Eibach or H&R Cup kit would be a good place to start.
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At least in 19s, M3s have slightly larger diameter tires, 225/35R19 vs 245/35R19. Also, the fenders are different.

A set of coilovers will allow height adjustment by corner while maintaining matched performance. Spacers may have a visual impact.

Colors (black wheels on white car) may be impacting how the size looks as well.
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I relocated the expansion tank because i felt it absolutely must belong on the left side of the car. In fact, i moved the power steering reservoir too!

For the wheels, i didn't think about the optical effect they had on the look of the car. You say the fenders are different but I wonder if the max horizontal length of the M3 fender well is less than that of the 335i fender well? That would certainly change the "tucked" look.
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If you only need to lower the front end, get supremepower front lowering perch. Should drop it about .50". I didn't know black wheels belong to exotics and M3 only!?!
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If you only need to lower the front end, get supremepower front lowering perch. Should drop it about .50". I didn't know black wheels belong to exotics and M3 only!?!
This.

It helped me even out the height on my 335i.

https://www.supremepower.com/70848/6...perch-bmw.html

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I want to get rid of the ridiculous front wheel gap for my E92. Im fine with the back.
The rear as you mention is fine on these cars. Actually perfect for my taste.

The front however is too high.

Your options to drop the front to close that gap are as follows (in ascending cost of modification):

1. Cut the strut locating tab in half. Will give you about 1/2" drop.
2. Add lowering perches. Will give you about 1/2" drop.
3. Add Lowering springs. Will vary on brand. Expect anywhere from 1" to 1.5" drop.
4. Add Coil-overs. Will give you adjustable drop.

Personally I ended up grabbing a set of lowering perches for a really good price and I increased my tire sidewall profile (front and rear tire).

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The rear as you mention is fine on these cars. Actually perfect for my taste.

The front however is too high.

Your options to drop the front to close that gap are as follows (in descending cost of modification):

1. Cut the strut locating tab in half. Will give you about 1/2" drop.
2. Add lowering perches. Will give you about 1/2" drop.
3. Add Lowering springs. Will vary on brand. Expect anywhere from 1" to 1.5" drop.
4. Add Coil-overs. Will give you adjustable drop.

Personally I ended up grabbing a set of lowering perches for a really good price and I increased my tire sidewall profile (front and rear tire).
Interesting choices i didn't know i had.
Cutting the perch cannot be safe...
Lowering perches would be good.
If lowering springs, i would be forced to lower the rear as well? Is there some aspect of springs i could get where the front would be lowered, and the rear would behave? I.e. some spring rate for the rear that would agree with the front without actually having to lower the rear? I rub enough as it is.
Im too broke for coilovers. Maybe one day though.

One real concern i have is that the wheel well diameter is actually larger on the 335i than the M3, leading to a tighter look on the M3. Can anyone confirm or deny?

Your fix Is what i would consider. Do you have before/after pics of your car or a similar documented build?
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Interesting choices i didn't know i had.
Cutting the perch cannot be safe...
Lowering perches would be good.
If lowering springs, i would be forced to lower the rear as well? Is there some aspect of springs i could get where the front would be lowered, and the rear would behave? I.e. some spring rate for the rear that would agree with the front without actually having to lower the rear? I rub enough as it is.
Im too broke for coilovers. Maybe one day though.

One real concern i have is that the wheel well diameter is actually larger on the 335i than the M3, leading to a tighter look on the M3. Can anyone confirm or deny?

Your fix Is what i would consider. Do you have before/after pics of your car or a similar documented build?
I wasn't suggesting to cut the perch. The cut is made on the locating tab of the strut (pic below circled in red). You would be removing the right side of the "T"

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There are threads on here where this was discussed.

Unfortunately I don't have any before and after pics.
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