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Stock Suspension Question (archive)

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Posted by 080///M3 on May 20, 2001 at 14:30:29:

In the process of taking my car back to stock.. Spent yesterday afternoon putting the stock suspension back in and ran into a slight problem.. I had no problems with the rear suspension..

For the front, I put everything back together with the stock struts and springs and I noticed that the car's still pretty slammed.. it's about 0.5" above the top of the front tire.. instead of the approximately 2.5-3" I was kinda expecting..

The two things I think it can be: I still have the aftermarket upper strut mount in there and/or I somehow have a set of race springs instead of the stock springs... it's been so long since I had my coilovers in there that I don't remember what the stock front suspension set up is supposed to look like..

So my questions are:
1.) does the H&R sports spring/bilstein strut setup use the factory upper strut mount or did it come with it's own?
2.) do the H&R coilovers come with its own upper strut mount assembly? (i can't remember)
3.) does the stock M3 1999 upper strut assembly look like the standard E36 (nonM3) assembly?
4.) are there any markings on the stock M3 springs that I can use to figure out if they're the stock springs or a different set?
5.) anyone know how much it's going to cost me to buy a pair of factory upper strut mounts? or is this the right time to just get adjustable (caster/camber) versions instead of paying for factory ones?

Any help appreciated.

john 080///M3

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