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Beautiful car BYZZ...!!!

I love the Vintage side vents on yours, now you need to lower it a bit like I lowered mine...



...and a set of iForged wheels for a meaner look:



 

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Nope, I still have the original springs on mine... I just bought the necessary tools and in one afternoon I lowered it with my mechanic.

These are the tools:


and this is the suspension on our cars...

You lower it by loosing the lower nut on the calipers and allowing the spring to open more… just make sure to mark the exact position where they were and count turn by turn to lower it the same amount on each side. If I remember correctly I lower mine 20 turns on the rear and 15 turns on the front.

I did it little by little and then putting the car down to let it sit and then lifting it again until I reached the height I wanted, actually it is quite easy… just a bit time consuming but the difference in handling is tremendous and in looks is unbelievable.

I have to go now but if you need more details let me know and I would post them for you.
 

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You lowered the collars with the springs still under tension? - or did you also use a spring compressor? I have been told that a spring compressor is a must to prevent stripping the threads of the collar. I also hear that this makes the stock springs even softer, is this a myth too :) ?
 

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You lower it by loosing the lower nut on the calipers ...oooops ...sorry ...I meant to say coil-overs


Yes, I lowered it without using a spring compressor... but I must admit had I used one it would have made it much easier. I did use lots of WD40, the threads of the collar were not damaged at all, in fact I'm now thinking on going a few turns further down ;)

About making the stock springs even softer we can call that a myth as you say. I take my car to the track quite often and the improved handling on the curves after I lowered is sensational.
 

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How can lowering the car change the spring rate? Simple, it can't. The springs set the distance between the spring structure (body) and unspring (wheels).

The springs will always have the same spring rate, ability to push back (assuming nothing wears out). The car weighs the same so it compresses the springs the same amount. All that is changed it the springs attach point, relative to the wheel.
 

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What I was told is that by loosening the lower nut on the coil-over the spring will have more distance to travel thus making the ride softer... it had some logic but not paying attention to what I was told I went ahead and lowered it anyway and my ride turned out to be stiffer, the handling improved and what you Skidkid say as correct.
 

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You guys did a GREAT job of hijacking this thread... Thank you!
 

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PacoSaca said:
Sorry Buzz, I thought I was answering your question and never meant to take your thread.

I'mouttahea
OOPS! I meant :D :D :D :D Sorry Paco. I was trying to be funny. I do the same thing to Jennifer and it drives her crazy!!! You were answering my question and I printed out the entire lowering thread. Gonna have my BMW guy look at it.
 

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cool Buzz... no problema.


If I can be of further asistance on lowering your baby don't hesitate to contact me.
 

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PacoSaca said:
Nope, I still have the original springs on mine... I just bought the necessary tools and in one afternoon I lowered it with my mechanic.

These are the tools:


and this is the suspension on our cars...

You lower it by loosing the lower nut on the calipers and allowing the spring to open more… just make sure to mark the exact position where they were and count turn by turn to lower it the same amount on each side. If I remember correctly I lower mine 20 turns on the rear and 15 turns on the front.

I did it little by little and then putting the car down to let it sit and then lifting it again until I reached the height I wanted, actually it is quite easy… just a bit time consuming but the difference in handling is tremendous and in looks is unbelievable.

I have to go now but if you need more details let me know and I would post them for you.
Hey Paco, getting mine lowered this weekend.... did you go 20 and 15 FULL turns? or just turned them 20 and 15 times? Thanks Jim

PS. It does look like it made a HUGE difference! I love the lowered look!
 

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Thanks! Will post pics:cool:
 
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