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Lowering Ride Height


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I have a 76 and right now the front end sits way higher than the back which causes my headlights to point into the sky. Alright thats a little bit of an exaggeration but it's still a problem. I was told that cutting the springs was the only way to lower the suspension but i was wondering if anybody on this forum has found a better or easier way to do so. I am willing to cut them if need be but i would rather not. Any advice is appreciated. thanks.

 

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What are you starting with for springs? All stock? All H&R's? Half something, half something else? It sounds strange that your ride height is that off to start with and I'd think something either needs to be fixed, or that you need to get a full set of springs before anything further (lowering springs?).

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Have the spacers that sit between the top of the front struts and the underside of the fenderwells been removed? These were added to U.S. cars to increase the front bumper height to legal limits. If already removed there are plenty of aftermarket springs in various heights and stiffness (both linear and progressive) that allow you to change ride height. But first, you need to know what you want to accomplish in terms of height, handling, and ride quality.

 

--Fred '69 & '74tii

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ill upload photos tonight. The front is all stock but it looks like new bilstien shocks in the rear which might have done it. I like where the back ride height is i just want to level it. Also i think i have the spacers. I am preparing to disassemble the front end to work on it. HAve it up on jacks since i just did a oil pan gasket change the other night.

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Here are a couple of links that discuss this.  The 2nd one has a diagram from c.d. that shows the alum. spacer (top left; labeled "Ride Height Spacer") that you might want to move to the top of the fender where the shock comes up through.

 

http://www.bmw2002faq.com/topic/127001-spacers-over-struts/?hl=front+aluminum+spacers

 

http://www.bmw2002faq.com/topic/75586-front-height-spacers-on-76-2002/?hl=front+aluminum+spacers#entry433158

 

 

Bob Napier

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