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      10-07-2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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Are Spacers needed with stock wheels and coilovers?

Before I accidentally decommission my wife's car, I wanted to ask a stupid, but necessary question.

I've had a set of bc coilovers laying around for weeks, that if wanted to install. I recall my e36 m3 required running spacers up front after installing the coilovers. Do I need spacers to run coils on the 1er (with stock wheels)?.

Yes it's easy to check after it's installed...but that does me no good since I'd have to sit and wait for spacers to come in the mail after I found out the bad news
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      10-07-2014, 10:10 PM   #2
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nope.
Not unless you use wider wheels

Spacer in this care are just for looks.
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it depends. If you get the lower spring perch out of the space of the tire, no spacer needed. If you're slamming your car with tapered springs (KW, 65mm to OEM thickness), you may run into issues depending if you have a spring - tire interference.

If you're at reasonable 1.5 to 0" drop, you're good.
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it depends. If you get the lower spring perch out of the space of the tire, no spacer needed. If you're slamming your car with tapered springs (KW, 65mm to OEM thickness), you may run into issues depending if you have a spring - tire interference.

If you're at reasonable 1.5 to 0" drop, you're good.
Without doing it, i have no idea if the lower spring perch is out of the space of the tire, that's why I was asking. BC Coilvoers (just as in all coilovers) have a lower spring perch than OEM. The OD of the coil is less though.

I'm assuming those of you that responded run coilovers on stock wheel/tire sizes without issues? It sounds like I'll be ok.
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I dont have coils, I said what i said based on the people around me with e90 and e82
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