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E90 LCI M sport ride height /shocks
08-02-2018, 06:52 AM
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E90 LCI M sport ride height /shocks
Hi All, I bought my car recently and I did notice the back was quite low, but it didn't look too worrying. Recently after driving the car about 2500km, I noticed the ride height seems even lower, and on the right is worse and the tyre is close to tucking under the fender. What would be a "normal" fender gap at the back on the E90 LCI M Sport?

I suspect the shocks may be gone, as the car has 138k on it and I doubt it was changed previously. Could it also be the springs?

In terms of shocks, I've read some of the posts on the forums, I'd like it as close to stock as possible, which shocks do you have experience with and would recommend?

Thanks!
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08-02-2018, 06:59 AM
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RE: E90 LCI M sport ride height /shocks
(08-02-2018 06:52 AM)shark111 Wrote:  Hi All, I bought my car recently and I did notice the back was quite low, but it didn't look too worrying. Recently after driving the car about 2500km, I noticed the ride height seems even lower, and on the right is worse and the tyre is close to tucking under the fender. What would be a "normal" fender gap at the back on the E90 LCI M Sport?

I suspect the shocks may be gone, as the car has 138k on it and I doubt it was changed previously. Could it also be the springs?

In terms of shocks, I've read some of the posts on the forums, I'd like it as close to stock as possible, which shocks do you have experience with and would recommend?

Thanks!

Can you post a pic? I have an e90 lci msport with 18s...with a stock suspension, the rear wheel gap is about +-20mm (the car key does fit horizontally in this gap)Hammerhead

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08-02-2018, 08:09 AM
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Here's some pics I took this morning https://photos.app.goo.gl/MQW9PndZMndfvaps2

I also tried the key fob, doesn't fit in so definitely lower then usual.
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08-02-2018, 08:32 AM
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Hi there,

If your springs are still stock, you would not really need to change that. You would only needs to do Shocks,

However, open her up and see if your springs were not heated\compressed. Something so drastic seems that the springs were fiddle with in, What does not make sense is why only the rear.

If the springs are fine and your shocks are just shot, You might not need to change the springs, Just do shocks. I once add a little argument with a guy on the forum saying he has not ever experience difference in ride height with shocks.

Once you do shocks, remember to do alignment as well.

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08-02-2018, 09:04 AM
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That looks normal to me, but what do I know Rofl Hammerhead
Best would be to use Bilstein B4 if you want to keep it as close to stock. I've got B4's on my E92 and I can't even tell the difference.

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08-02-2018, 09:21 AM
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To me it looks to be normal give or take a 1mm or 2mm ....... also the key fob test as stated need to be horizontal ...not vertical, it should never fit vertically.

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08-02-2018, 09:49 AM (This post was last modified: 08-02-2018 09:50 AM by shark111.)
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E90 LCI M sport ride height /shocks
Thanks for all the responses my bad on the key fob test, I was reading in a hurry on the way to work already missed that lol

Will try it again the right way

I don't have any issues with ride or, noises from the shocks at the moment, but yeah I'm sure they are worn badly if they are the originals.

(08-02-2018 09:04 AM)SubLoaded Wrote:  That looks normal to me, but what do I know Rofl Hammerhead
Best would be to use Bilstein B4 if you want to keep it as close to stock. I've got B4's on my E92 and I can't even tell the difference.
I would need the B4 for M sport right? How's the pricing on those?
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08-02-2018, 09:57 AM
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(08-02-2018 09:49 AM)shark111 Wrote:  Thanks for all the responses my bad on the key fob test, I was reading in a hurry on the way to work already missed that lol

Will try it again the right way

I don't have any issues with ride or, noises from the shocks at the moment, but yeah I'm sure they are worn badly if they are the originals.

(08-02-2018 09:04 AM)SubLoaded Wrote:  That looks normal to me, but what do I know Rofl Hammerhead
Best would be to use Bilstein B4 if you want to keep it as close to stock. I've got B4's on my E92 and I can't even tell the difference.
I would need the B4 for M sport right? How's the pricing on those?

I think I paid about R1100 each for the rears (I also have the M sport variant). I may be wrong with the pricing. Probably still have the invoice in my boot so I'll check it out later. You may need shock mounts/saddles as well. Perhaps you may only need the mounts? Hmm Fencelook

Why don't you just do a visual inspection for leaks and if you suspect anything - send it for a shock test. They're inexpensive and give you a good representation on what lifespan the shocks have.

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08-02-2018, 11:18 AM
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(08-02-2018 09:57 AM)SubLoaded Wrote:  
(08-02-2018 09:49 AM)shark111 Wrote:  Thanks for all the responses my bad on the key fob test, I was reading in a hurry on the way to work already missed that lol

Will try it again the right way

I don't have any issues with ride or, noises from the shocks at the moment, but yeah I'm sure they are worn badly if they are the originals.

(08-02-2018 09:04 AM)SubLoaded Wrote:  That looks normal to me, but what do I know Rofl Hammerhead
Best would be to use Bilstein B4 if you want to keep it as close to stock. I've got B4's on my E92 and I can't even tell the difference.
I would need the B4 for M sport right? How's the pricing on those?

I think I paid about R1100 each for the rears (I also have the M sport variant). I may be wrong with the pricing. Probably still have the invoice in my boot so I'll check it out later. You may need shock mounts/saddles as well. Perhaps you may only need the mounts? Hmm Fencelook

Why don't you just do a visual inspection for leaks and if you suspect anything - send it for a shock test. They're inexpensive and give you a good representation on what lifespan the shocks have.
When I bought the car they did have a look when they did the roadworthy, but I'm going to take it to my mechanic to have a look under and see if there's signs of issues besides the slightly lower than normal ride height I'll also make a few calls to get some prices on the shocks as I might want to do it for maintenance purposes anyway if it hasn't been changed before
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08-02-2018, 01:18 PM
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RE: E90 LCI M sport ride height /shocks
(08-02-2018 06:52 AM)shark111 Wrote:  Hi All, I bought my car recently and I did notice the back was quite low, but it didn't look too worrying. Recently after driving the car about 2500km, I noticed the ride height seems even lower, and on the right is worse and the tyre is close to tucking under the fender. What would be a "normal" fender gap at the back on the E90 LCI M Sport?

I suspect the shocks may be gone, as the car has 138k on it and I doubt it was changed previously. Could it also be the springs?

In terms of shocks, I've read some of the posts on the forums, I'd like it as close to stock as possible, which shocks do you have experience with and would recommend?

Thanks!

the prob with the car being lower on the right.. is your fuel tank full? my car also does the same thing and i was told that its how the fuel tank is situated that causes that

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08-02-2018, 01:25 PM
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RE: E90 LCI M sport ride height /shocks
(08-02-2018 01:18 PM)AndreX Wrote:  
(08-02-2018 06:52 AM)shark111 Wrote:  Hi All, I bought my car recently and I did notice the back was quite low, but it didn't look too worrying. Recently after driving the car about 2500km, I noticed the ride height seems even lower, and on the right is worse and the tyre is close to tucking under the fender. What would be a "normal" fender gap at the back on the E90 LCI M Sport?

I suspect the shocks may be gone, as the car has 138k on it and I doubt it was changed previously. Could it also be the springs?

In terms of shocks, I've read some of the posts on the forums, I'd like it as close to stock as possible, which shocks do you have experience with and would recommend?

Thanks!

the prob with the car being lower on the right.. is your fuel tank full? my car also does the same thing and i was told that its how the fuel tank is situated that causes that
I actually ended thought of that, it's not full but it is on about 3/4 full, which is probably why it is lower, thanks for the heads up on that, i also read that it's partially due to the battery placement there but that seemed unlikely to be the sole cause. But fuel makes sense.
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08-02-2018, 01:33 PM
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(08-02-2018 01:25 PM)shark111 Wrote:  
(08-02-2018 01:18 PM)AndreX Wrote:  
(08-02-2018 06:52 AM)shark111 Wrote:  Hi All, I bought my car recently and I did notice the back was quite low, but it didn't look too worrying. Recently after driving the car about 2500km, I noticed the ride height seems even lower, and on the right is worse and the tyre is close to tucking under the fender. What would be a "normal" fender gap at the back on the E90 LCI M Sport?

I suspect the shocks may be gone, as the car has 138k on it and I doubt it was changed previously. Could it also be the springs?

In terms of shocks, I've read some of the posts on the forums, I'd like it as close to stock as possible, which shocks do you have experience with and would recommend?

Thanks!

the prob with the car being lower on the right.. is your fuel tank full? my car also does the same thing and i was told that its how the fuel tank is situated that causes that
I actually ended thought of that, it's not full but it is on about 3/4 full, which is probably why it is lower, thanks for the heads up on that, i also read that it's partially due to the battery placement there but that seemed unlikely to be the sole cause. But fuel makes sense.

the thought did not cross my mind either until i was told but yes you have a point its prob the combination of the battery and the fuel weight that causes that. and considering the roads we drive on combined with those things prob cause the right rear shock to work in and wear out faster Thumbs

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08-02-2018, 01:49 PM
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(08-02-2018 09:21 AM)graan13 Wrote:  To me it looks to be normal give or take a 1mm or 2mm ....... also the key fob test as stated need to be horizontal ...not vertical, it should never fit vertically.

yeah...looks normal to me...lower the betterBiglol
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08-02-2018, 06:56 PM
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Took a walk outside. Looks the same as mine. Unless mine is also not right hahahaha

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08-02-2018, 07:03 PM (This post was last modified: 08-02-2018 07:10 PM by shark111.)
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(08-02-2018 06:56 PM)ajbalie Wrote:  Took a walk outside. Looks the same as mine. Unless mine is also not right hahahaha

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22-03-2019, 01:52 PM (This post was last modified: 22-03-2019 02:05 PM by Mrcloc.)
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RE: E90 LCI M sport ride height /shocks
1 year not too long ago to dig this up, hey?

I'm glad mine's not the only one. The front of my car rides quite a bit higher than the rear. Is this correct? I phoned BMW today to find out cost of rear springs (non-sport) and they're R3k each!

OE spec Bilsteins for the front (strut + spring) is R1100 each, so I'm guessing the rear absorber to be less, but I can't find the springs (and they're an easy DIY, I think).

Does anyone know where one could find a set of rear springs to OE spec, but not at OE price? As far as I know we manufacture a lot of car springs in SA, so surely for such a popular vehicle there must be a good alternative?

I suppose I could also ask, any thoughts on full kits? Something like Bilstein B16, but not as expensive? Where does one buy or check out such kits?

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22-03-2019, 01:55 PM
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Following intently.

Next steps on my list of "to do's" is also springs and shocks on an msport e90.

Another feasible option it seems is coilover kits.
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22-03-2019, 02:05 PM (This post was last modified: 22-03-2019 02:11 PM by Mrcloc.)
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RE: E90 LCI M sport ride height /shocks
Would something like this be any good? I mean, for R15k delivered, that's a whole lot better than R6k for rear springs...
https://www.schmiedmann.com/en/bmw-e90/1...0200140222

Here's rear springs:
https://www.schmiedmann.com/en/bmw-e90/1...t=SU-06274

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22-03-2019, 04:17 PM
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Get Koni S.TRTs (Orange) and call it a day.

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25-03-2019, 08:30 AM
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(22-03-2019 04:17 PM)Steph745 Wrote:  Get Koni S.TRTs (Orange) and call it a day.

But would this be just for springs or complete kit? dunno anymore
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