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Old 28-11-2020, 06:46 PM
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Default Drizzle Day

Though it was raining today, it eased off, and after having my mood lifted after my E46 flew through its mot, I thought may as well have a look at fitting the rear springs.


Removing the ARB mount bolt made it an easy job, as the springs literally popped out.



Springs look a similar size.



The arms were cleaned of and tidying up under the arches and rest of subframe was addressed whilst car was up in the air.

Rubbers cleaned up.

Arms looking a bit more presentable.

New spring ready to go home.

Installed and arch cleaned up.
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Old 28-11-2020, 06:52 PM
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In and settled.

New measurements are as follows

Rear:
Floor to edge of arch lip (after a quick drive) 64.4CM
Top of alloy to edge of arch lip 11 CM

So far front is 64.2CM/10.9CM to the same measurements.
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Old 29-11-2020, 11:00 AM
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Looks much better than stock




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Old 29-11-2020, 05:14 PM
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Cheers, I think they look better when the gap is tighter around the wheel.
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Old 03-12-2020, 01:12 PM
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Default Stop.... Wiper time.

Thank you black Friday, overpriced spoiler wipers 45% off, so treated the old girl and the M3.


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Old 05-12-2020, 09:25 AM
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One week in and the rear of the car has settled about 1mm more into the standard 7.5mm spring pads. The gap between the wheel rim and highest point of the rear wheel arch is 10.9 cm and the car sits at 63.9 cm so going in the right direction.
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Old 08-12-2020, 04:19 PM
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Default Worht a try

Though happy with the new lower height I was curious to see what a difference the 5mm 33531136385 spring pads would make.

So I got some and fitted them last night even though it was -1 degrees

There is quite a noticeable difference.

Though I would say the 7.5mm ones are softer.

After fitment, and a quick drive the car is actually sitting 2mm higher than with the 7.5mm ones, so it will be interesting to see if the car settles back to as it was with the 7.5mm pad or if in fact as the pad is now stiffer it doesn't seat as low.
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Old 14-12-2020, 12:34 PM
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The car did not settle any longer on the 5mm spring pads, after 1 week of sitting and 50 miles of hard-driving, so popped the 7.5mm ones back on, and after a day, back to 10.9 cm wheel rim to the rear arch and the car sits at 63.9 cm. At least I know now...
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Final job of the year???
Wash and dry

and covered up.
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