BMW M3 Forum
BMW M3 Forum BMW M3 Gallery BMW M3 Reviews BMW M3 Social Groups BMW M3 Chat M3Forum Sponsors >>
Loading


Mobile M3forum
Go Back   BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X) > BMW M3 Discussions > E46 M3 (2001-2006)
Tire Rack Buy Winter Tires Now!
Not a member? Register Now!
Register Gallery All Albums Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Calendar FAQ

E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Wed, Aug-29-2018, 12:25:35 AM   #1
Cubieman
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 5
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 Cubieman is on a distinguished road

United States




Default How low can you go?

Hello everyone I am VERY new to this forum and BMWs, none the less I recently purchased a 2004 6MT M3 and am loving it! However I cannot help but notice that my M3 is MUCH lower than most other examples I have seen. For example my rear tires are up into the arch probably a full inch. Also the chamber on the rear tires has them slanted enough to notice. I do love the way it looks and the car rides great, not bumpy as one might expect from such a ride height.

I guess my general worry is if the "aggressive" stance of the vehicle should be of any concern to me beyond uneven tire wear and compromised ride.

This M3 has had some mods done to it and I've had it up in the air, from the looks of it both front/rear ride height is adjustable as well as other things such as chamber. Also I have ALL STOCK SUSPENSION COMPONENTS on hand.

Sorry for such a newbie post, I am reading and doing my research but I felt like posting now as well. Thank you for any comments you may have, I very much look forward to learning about this vehicle and becoming a part of this forum!

Here is some info pertinent to the suspension of the car and some photos:

- Front: 225/40/19R
- Rear: 265/35/19R

-PowerFlex Rear RTABS

-Fully adjustable BR Series Coilovers with Swift Springs and Off-Center Top Mounts

-OEM BMW Strut Tower Reinforcement plates

- Subframe reinforced by TKX Performance

- ECS tuning shock tower reinforcements

- Ground Control Rear Control arm reinforcement, with the FCABS being replaced with OEM bushings
Attached Images
File Type: jpg garage_attachment.jpg (474.0 KB, 89 views)
File Type: jpg garage_attachment (3).jpg (450.1 KB, 94 views)
File Type: jpg garage_attachment (2).jpg (435.8 KB, 98 views)
File Type: jpg 20180828_182024_edit.jpg (179.6 KB, 68 views)
File Type: jpg 20180828_181626edit.jpg (39.6 KB, 58 views)

Last edited by Cubieman; Wed, Aug-29-2018 at 12:42:31 AM. Reason: Pics wouldn't upload
Jump to top Cubieman is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Register now and remove these ads
Old Wed, Aug-29-2018, 12:39:36 AM   #2
Joshe46
Registered User
 
Joshe46's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 688
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 Joshe46 is on a distinguished road

United States




Default Re: How low can you go?

Definitely lowered and rear has more camber than necessary. Take some off, raise a hair if you have to. Do your real arches have rubbing? Imo most people that run Bc coils lower cars a lot( stance or at least track.) looks like po might have had aggressive wheels before.
Jump to top Joshe46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Wed, Aug-29-2018, 12:42:09 AM   #3
Cubieman
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 5
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 Cubieman is on a distinguished road

United States




Default Re: How low can you go?

Rear wheels are not rubbing and I've been over some bumps with it. I do like the look but wonder if it is harder on the vehicle and most certainly tire wear has to be an issue. The previous owner never tracked it (or so they said) but wanted a more sporty setup/look.

I forgot, here is some tire sizing info:
- Front: 225/40/19R
- Rear: 265/35/19R
Jump to top Cubieman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Wed, Aug-29-2018, 06:56:54 AM   #4
mrgizmo04
Registered User
 
mrgizmo04's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 2,370
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 mrgizmo04 is on a distinguished road
Location: Menlo Park

United States




Default Re: How low can you go?

Good setup to push the car in corners . As long as there is no tire rubbing and your alignment is good (not much toe, which wears out tires), I would not worry about height or amount of camber. If you dont like the way it looks/sits, sure, change them. One thing you do have to worry about is going over speed bumps and getting up driveways/getting into parking lots and scraping front/middle of the car riding that low.

Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
__________________
'85 528e 164k miles (sold)
'05 M3 6MT coupe

All DIY: 330 ZHP steering rack, diffsonline 4.1 diff with rem polish, E60 short shifter lever, AKG black diff bushings/subframe bushings, Rogue rtab, WPC rod bearings, Beyer driveshaft, full SS (SS stepped V1, catted S1, resonated S2, SS sport), Sachs clutch/flywheel, rear main, VANOS bullet proofing with anti-rattle, valve adjustment, cooling refresh, Ohlins R&T/Swift 448f 672r/GC street tops and camber plates, AFD E85 Proflex kit.

Happy to help with VANOS or any other DIY job around NorCal
Jump to top mrgizmo04 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old Wed, Aug-29-2018, 03:08:42 PM   #5
Cubieman
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 5
In the garage:
Reputation: 0 Cubieman is on a distinguished road

United States




Default Re: How low can you go?

Well that's good to hear and I really do like the way it looks so I don't think I will change it, and yeah I definitely need to slow down when it comes to driveways and speed bumps! Here in Nebraska we have the SORC open road race each year, it just got over a few weeks back. I went there this year as a volunteer, however I did take the M3 on the course at speed and damn that thing is planted!
Jump to top Cubieman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Fri, Aug-31-2018, 02:15:19 PM   #6
StancedE36M
Registered User
 
StancedE36M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Age: 33
Posts: 10
Reputation: 0 StancedE36M is on a distinguished road

United States




Default Re: How low can you go?

Rear looks like it is dialed in lower than the fronts. I would definitely level that out so it doesn’t look like it has a reverse rake


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Jump to top StancedE36M is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT. The time now is 06:15:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
M3Forum.com and M3forum.net is in no way sponsored, endorsed or affiliated by or with BMW NA / BMW AG or any of it's subsidiaries or vendors.
BMW and M3 (E90 M3 | E92 M3 | E93 M3 | E46 M3 | E36 M3 | E30 M3) are registered trademarks of BMW AG.
M3Forum Terms of Service
Copyright ©1999-2017 M3Forum.com
Discussing e46 M3 Maintenance Thread in the E46 M3 (2001-2006) Forum - Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006. at BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X)