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Hello,

Today I noticed that the right-rear side of my car sits lower than the opposite side. Upon closer inspection it seems as though one shock was replaced while the other side wasn't. :banghead:

I'm now out to fix this and I was wondering if I should do all 4 corners, or just the rear. If I do all 4 would it be worth the extra money over OE shocks+Struts to go with an after market set of Konis, Bilsteins, or something similar? If possible, I would like to lower the car just a smidgen so the wheel gap is not as prominent, any recommendations for springs (Currently on 18" VMR VB3s)?

I've never done serious suspension work before so any help with required additional parts, special tools, ect. would be greatly appreciated along with a quick overview of what has to be done.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Apparently, this is normal and engineered this way on purpose. Don't worry about it. By the way, your stock dampers have nothing to do with ride height.You can remove your rear shocks altogether and throw them in the dumpster and drive to canada. your ride height wouldn't change one bit.

Click the suspension link in my sig. I'll be updating my links soon.
 

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Apparently, this is normal and engineered this way on purpose. Don't worry about it. By the way, your stock dampers have nothing to do with ride height.You can remove your rear shocks altogether and throw them in the dumpster and drive to canada. your ride height wouldn't change one bit.

Click the suspension link in my sig. I'll be updating my links soon.
I'm not sure it was necessary to write 5 sarcastic sentences in response to someone genuinely requesting help in a field they aren't familiar with (That's what forums are for).

I have read your suspension guide before, but i'm not sure about a few bits (Hint: That's why I made this thread). What should I replace my ageing struts+shocks with? The fronts seem new, hence my question of only replacing the rears. Should I go OEM, or should I go aftermarket (similar price range as the OEM bits)? Are there any springs to eliminate the wheel gap while retaining the driving characteristics. What other parts do I need to complete this job if I go aftermarket.

Thank you for the information you provide, but the sarcasm is a bit unnecessary.
 

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I fail to see much sarcasm from Mango there. Lighten up.

Your ride height difference could be as simple as the spring pads on one side being slightly out of location or maybe even just newer/older and more compressed.

Also, you might check to see if the car levels out with you in it.

As far as what to buy, that depends on your budget. How much can you spend? Koni Yellows and Eibach Pro-Kit are popular. Personally, I'm going with Koni Orange and Eibach Pro-kit springs.

See this list of mine. It includes everything I need for a full strut/shock replacement.
 

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In all fairness, I don't think it was all sarcasm. The passenger side (the rear in particular) does tend to sit very slightly lower on our cars. I know mine sits a few mm lower. Mostly likely to compensate for a driver being on the driver side during operation. Changing shocks won't necessarily change ride height, simply because the springs are what carry the weight of the car and are the main factor in ride height. If it's significantly lower, I'd be more worried about potential subframe damage than mismatched shocks.

That said, there are plenty reviews on here with regards to aftermarket replacements. I personally ran the Bilstein HD shocks and loved them. But, if in doubt, and you're not going with lowering springs, I would stick to OE. The only other parts I might suggest are new washers and gaskets or one of those refresh kits from ECSTuning.
 

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My apologies to Mango; I didn't realize that I forgot to attach images. I thought it would be ridiculous that this is normal; therefore I thought it was sarcasm.

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If you look you can see that the rear-right side is an inch+ different in height than the left. The Shocks are completely different and the springs are too. Should I just replace the rear pair, or replace all 4 corners, and go for some aftermarket bits. The wheel-gap on the rear-right side is actually what I'm looking for all around. Sorry for the confusion, and sorry Mango that was my mistake.
 

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I recently installed Bilstein Sport shocks/struts and H&R Sport springs, it's a similar ride height and much more responsive. If you're planning to keep the car for a while, just go with those.
 

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I'm not sure it was necessary to write 5 sarcastic sentences in response to someone genuinely requesting help in a field they aren't familiar with (That's what forums are for).

I have read your suspension guide before, but i'm not sure about a few bits (Hint: That's why I made this thread). What should I replace my ageing struts+shocks with? The fronts seem new, hence my question of only replacing the rears. Should I go OEM, or should I go aftermarket (similar price range as the OEM bits)? Are there any springs to eliminate the wheel gap while retaining the driving characteristics. What other parts do I need to complete this job if I go aftermarket.

Thank you for the information you provide, but the sarcasm is a bit unnecessary.
There is literally no sarcasm in his response.

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Always replace suspension parts in pairs.

Also, you said the springs are different? Well there's your problem. Sounds like a good time to do a little upgrade.
 

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Believe that BMW were built with the driver side being sligtly higher from the passenger so that when the driver gets in the car is level :hmm:
Please correct me if im wrong haha
the ground being not level makes a huge difference! Im lowered on coilovers and depending on where i park i can either tuck a bit of tire or have a 1 finger gap between tire and fender on the same wheel.

Also you mentioned that the springs in the rear are 2 different once. you might have one stock spring and the other is maybe a "sport" spring
 

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I just don't know what to upgrade to. What are you guys running and on what springs? I hear good things about Koni Yellows ans Bilsteins Sports. Thanks for the help.
 

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There are lots of options. Should start searching the forums and reading threads and browsing Google.
 

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it all depends on your budget and what you want to do. If you want to go low than go coilovers, but if you want to just a slight drop and stiffen up the ride than go springs
 

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BTW, what are your wheel offsets?

and are those Michelin Pilot Sport AS3?

225/40-18 Front + 245/35-18 Rear?
 

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BTW, what are your wheel offsets?

and are those Michelin Pilot Sport AS3?

225/40-18 Front + 245/35-18 Rear?
Wheel Specs:

(Front) Rim: V703 18x8.5 ET35 5x120 Tire: 235/40/18

(Rear) Rim: V703 18x9.5 ET45 5x120 Tire: 265/35/18

Both wrapped in Michelin Pilot SuperSport tires.
 

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I like my fsd/eibach pro-kit setup. Its a little soft, but honestly prob the best for daily driving, even though I want to be racecar lol. Koni yellows open up some adjustability, whether you want/need that I don't know. The Eibach Pro-kit springs are a nice small drop and don't make the ride worse, but the car deff handles better.

And by the way Im running pretty much the same wheels. 710, 18x8.5 +35 on 255 wide all around.
 

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Believe that BMW were built with the driver side being sligtly higher from the passenger so that when the driver gets in the car is level :hmm:

Please correct me if im wrong haha

the ground being not level makes a huge difference! Im lowered on coilovers and depending on where i park i can either tuck a bit of tire or have a 1 finger gap between tire and fender on the same wheel.



Also you mentioned that the springs in the rear are 2 different once. you might have one stock spring and the other is maybe a "sport" spring

I'm from Indonesia, and here we drive on the right side.. And yup still the left side (rear) is higher than the right side.. I don't know why, but mostly bmw lean to the right (rear), from e36, e46, e90.. I've done measurement and sometimes i'm using a spring pad on right side to make it level..
 
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