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Calling all lowered zeds! post a pic please..

Postby Z3cade » Wed 05 Jan, 2011 14:14

As the title says can you post a side view of your zed if its been lowered please.. Stating how much youve lowered front and rear?
As im wanting to lower mine but unsure of what drop to go..
Pref if yours has 17" alloys too

Thanks, looking forward to seing some nice zeds!!
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Postby yalden » Wed 05 Jan, 2011 14:41

Initially I purchased a set of Jamex lowering springs (-30mm rear
, -45mm front), they rode really well and gave the car a nice drop...

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Over time I came to realise the front still wasn't low enough! So I installed some adjustable Jamex coilovers, costing approx. £200 new, which I bought for £50 on the forum.

I was unhappy with the ride quality on the rear so ended up reverting back to original sports shocks and Jamex rear lowering springs! As the story unravelled I found out that the kit actually had been supplied with E36 coupe rear shocks, which is what threw it all out! So if purchasing a kit, do a side by side comparison on your standard shocks and the Jamex shocks, in my case the Jamex were about 1" longer, which lead to them bottoming out constantly!! :head:

Whilst refitting the rear lowering springs I also fitted a set of BMW spring pads (the rubber pad that sits on the lower wishbone to cushion the foot of the spring), as standard the one fitted to my car was 10mm, BMW sell an alternative 6mm iirc.

So, the rear is dropped -34mm. I can't really state how much it's lowered by on the front as the coilovers were manually adjusted, but I'd say it's about as low as it can go given the tyre sizes (255/35/17 rear, 225/45/17 front).

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With my 18" AC's fitted with slimmer tyres I can go much lower though! Clicky...

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Postby Bouldy » Wed 05 Jan, 2011 14:43

Hi, see below 30mm eibach progressive springs all round on 18" wheels 8-)
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Postby Tori » Wed 05 Jan, 2011 23:28

Bouldy wrote:Hi, see below 30mm eibach progressive springs all round on 18" wheels 8-)
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My 30mm rear springs dont lower the car that much at the back :(
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Postby Z3cade » Thu 06 Jan, 2011 08:16

Thanks so far guys, looks like 30 rear and 40 front would be a good way to go on my 17s.
Ive been and ordered some 5mm rear spring pads from bmw as the way your rears sit yalden is what im after.
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Postby Tori » Thu 06 Jan, 2011 23:36

After re-reading this post im wondering if I have the wrong rear shocks, there is a sticker on them that says e36/z3 and the bump stop is three times the size of the original.

Hubby is not happy he now has to remove a rear shock, if they are wrong the whole kit is going to have to come off the car and be returned :(
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Postby seasurfer » Fri 07 Jan, 2011 00:58

As per title only :D on 16"s



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Postby Bouldy » Fri 07 Jan, 2011 08:17

Tori wrote:After re-reading this post im wondering if I have the wrong rear shocks, there is a sticker on them that says e36/z3 and the bump stop is three times the size of the original.

Hubby is not happy he now has to remove a rear shock, if they are wrong the whole kit is going to have to come off the car and be returned :(


Oh dear, thats well and truly frustrating, hope you get it sorted......
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Postby Z3cade » Fri 07 Jan, 2011 09:07

[quote="seasurfer"]As per title only :D on 16"s



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Thanks Seasurfer, what drop are your springs?

Oh and why have you got one black gill and one chrome gill? Have you lost one?..... :wink:
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Postby Z3cade » Fri 07 Jan, 2011 09:23

Tori wrote:After re-reading this post im wondering if I have the wrong rear shocks, there is a sticker on them that says e36/z3 and the bump stop is three times the size of the original.

Hubby is not happy he now has to remove a rear shock, if they are wrong the whole kit is going to have to come off the car and be returned :(


I think the E36 and Z3 rear shocks are the same. I think Yalden had a problem as his rear shocks were coilovers, Spring and shock in one. It didnt suit him so he changed back to standard set up, Shock and seprate spring.

I could be wrong but i think your shocks have a bigger bump stop as there ment to be shorter barrel shocks, made for lowered cars.
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Postby seasurfer » Fri 07 Jan, 2011 14:04

Z3cade wrote:
seasurfer wrote:As per title only :D on 16"s



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Thanks Seasurfer, what drop are your springs?

Oh and why have you got one black gill and one chrome gill? Have you lost one?..... :wink:



It never ceases to amaze me of the level of scrutiny there is on this forum :wink: many a time i read a post then have to back track to see something pointed out.

No i havent lost one, i just like a different look from either side :wink:

only kidding, the first one was with his bling outfit and the second one was with his beautified look a few weeks later - i certainly got told off for that move :wink:

What drop have i got - no idea :D :D you only asked for a pic of a lowered zed :oops: of course i would like 17's at some point but i like him as he is just now.
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Re: Calling all lowered zeds! post a pic please..

Postby Miller_102 » Wed 08 Feb, 2017 22:10

Any more lowered z3s?

I'm trying to decide between coilovers and springs... anyone on here really low?
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Re: Calling all lowered zeds! post a pic please..

Postby Joycey » Wed 08 Feb, 2017 22:30

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Postby c_w » Thu 09 Feb, 2017 21:12

seasurfer wrote:
Z3cade wrote:
seasurfer wrote:As per title only :D on 16"s



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Thanks Seasurfer, what drop are your springs?

Oh and why have you got one black gill and one chrome gill? Have you lost one?..... :wink:



It never ceases to amaze me of the level of scrutiny there is on this forum :wink: many a time i read a post then have to back track to see something pointed out.

No i havent lost one, i just like a different look from either side :wink:

only kidding, the first one was with his bling outfit and the second one was with his beautified look a few weeks later - i certainly got told off for that move :wink:

What drop have i got - no idea :D :D you only asked for a pic of a lowered zed :oops: of course i would like 17's at some point but i like him as he is just now.


Looks so much nicer with the black gills. The chrome ones just don't work (on any colour) IMO. If there was just an element of chrome on the actual slats then it might look ok, but just a square block of chrome just highlights that they are in actual fact just fake side coveres.
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Re: Calling all lowered zeds! post a pic please..

Postby Bonzo » Thu 09 Feb, 2017 21:45

Are there any Z3 owners on here who haven't lowered their suspension or fitted wheel spacers? :shock:

:cheers

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Re: Calling all lowered zeds! post a pic please..

Postby Joycey » Fri 10 Feb, 2017 08:23

Bonzo wrote:Are there any Z3 owners on here who haven't lowered their suspension or fitted wheel spacers? :shock:

:cheers

Bonzo.

(Apart from me that is.)


You'll find them all on the non lowered Z3 thread.
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Re: Calling all lowered zeds! post a pic please..

Postby Bonzo » Fri 10 Feb, 2017 20:06

Yep, found it! Thanks!
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Re: Calling all lowered zeds! post a pic please..

Postby John Wilson » Sat 11 Feb, 2017 11:22

Looking back on this post, its nice to see Tori's Z3 back in 2011. Tori was a regular contributor on the site back in those days and I always thought that was the best looking Z3 I have seen. I wonder who bought it (for £6000?) and whether it's still around.
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Re: Calling all lowered zeds! post a pic please..

Postby Antm72 » Sun 12 Feb, 2017 11:42

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18's lowered on Apex springs 15mm rear spacers
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18's same springs correct offsets no spacers :)
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