318ti.org forum

Go Back   318ti.org forum > Technical, Maintenance and Modifications > Suspension

Notices

Suspension Springs, sway bars, shocks.

.
» Recent Threads
Happy Birthday graymae
Yesterday 06:00 AM
Last post by graymae
Today 02:34 AM
1 Replies, 234 Views
m42 misfire and smoking
11-05-2018 01:55 AM
Last post by B1p0larbear
12-13-2018 11:11 PM
7 Replies, 1,376 Views
1996 318ti Part Out
09-13-2018 08:43 PM
Last post by Sbim
12-13-2018 07:12 AM
18 Replies, 3,499 Views
95 318ti in Albuquerque
12-11-2018 07:26 AM
Last post by dynagroove
12-13-2018 05:01 AM
6 Replies, 509 Views
MOD Request - Vote for...
12-12-2018 07:06 PM
Last post by 1996 328ti
12-13-2018 04:13 AM
1 Replies, 170 Views
Belt squeaking after...
11-27-2018 11:56 PM
Last post by BRADESTAR
12-12-2018 02:47 AM
6 Replies, 754 Views
FS: '98-Manual-169k...
12-11-2018 08:04 PM
Last post by Boston Green
12-11-2018 08:04 PM
0 Replies, 202 Views
WTB 5 speed 318ti, am...
12-11-2018 05:53 PM
Last post by KASZ
12-11-2018 05:53 PM
0 Replies, 150 Views
New here so lets arc you...
11-09-2018 08:56 AM
Last post by 318tiFatherFigure
12-11-2018 10:59 AM
2 Replies, 654 Views
Oil Filter Housing Leak...
02-14-2008 09:21 PM
Last post by Locus7
12-11-2018 01:06 AM
118 Replies, 81,043 Views
Reply Share/Bookmark
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-05-2015, 05:01 PM   #1
BlackBMWs
Senior Member
 
BlackBMWs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 2,442
Vehicles
iTrader: (7)
Thumbs up Installed CA Tuned Coilovers for 98 Cali Sport

This weekends project was a CA Tuned Coilover suspension upgrade for my 1998 Cali Sport. I acquired the Coilovers from a friend who's recently restored DASC TI was T-boned at an intersection. The Coilovers had less then 500 miles on them.


I am replacing Bilstien HDs on M-Tech springs. They were a comfortable ride, but I wanted a but more cornering stability. I'll move the HD's to Wifey's Active.





The previously installed front and rear Mason strut braces with the lower OEM X-brace finish up this project.




I'll likely raise the front of the Cali 1/2" from a practicality standpoint as it's my DD.

Front:



And drop the rear 3/4"
Rear:



The TI on the right has the Coilovers, the TI on the left has Billy Sports with HR Super Sports.


I have the valve dampening adjustment at the midpoint. Firm, but not spine jolting. I'll need to read up on adjusting the camber plates. I'll see how it rides after I get over this stomach flu or whatever it is. I suspect I'd make myself puke driving like I stole it...

Next project is a M3 brake booster and Master Cylinder in prep for 330CI front brakes.
__________________


1998 318ti Sport - "Cali" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, Cali top
1998 318ti Sport - "Max" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, S52
1997 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior
1995 318ti Active - "Blanca" Alpineweib III/Schwartz leather interior

Other Current Bimmers: 2000 2.3L Z3 / 1997 1.9L Z3 / 1991 318ic / 1999 540it

1997 318ti Sport - "Huera" - RIP
1995 318ti Active - RIP
1995 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Sold
1994 325i Sedan - "Jade" - Sold
1985 635csi sold
1984 533i "Max" Sold
1984 318i sold

BMWCCA #160411

SUPPORT 318ti.org! CLICK THE LINK ABOVE!
Hosting a forum like this is not free. 318ti.org is one of the best BMW forums on the web because it is member supported, not vendor supported. The cost to become a Supporter is a nominal $10.00... A YEAR! DO IT! NOW!

Last edited by BlackBMWs; 04-06-2015 at 05:16 AM. Reason: Better photos
BlackBMWs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2015, 05:31 PM   #2
handballallday
Senior Member
 
handballallday's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: NYC Queens
Posts: 225
Vehicles
iTrader: (1)
Default

very nice. Looks damn good.

Questions.... your TI on the right with the Billie's and H&R Super Sports.... are they H&R Sport springs that drop 1.4" front and 1.0" rear? Did you install strut mount reinforcement plates and new springs pads?

if you did install new rear spring pads were they 5mm, 7.5mm or 10mm? And why? Thank you sir.
__________________
92 Nissan Stanza - Backseat Shenanigans and Tom Foolery - sold and would pickup another
94 Del Solo SI - The Go Get Her - sold
94 auto Prelude "S" for slowww - Daily schmaily - sold
91 MX-5 Miataz - Silversurfer - Weekend Bandicoot
96 5-speed 2dr RAV - Purple baby monster - New Daily
handballallday is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2015, 07:18 PM   #3
wolferj-RIP
Senior Member
 
wolferj-RIP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: norcal - 94590
Posts: 3,190
iTrader: (16)
Default

Give them a few days driving to let everything settle, but I suspect that you should bring the rear down on the Cali a little bit.

I don't see reinforcement plates for those front towers, I recommend them.

Looks great otherwise!
__________________
James 95 active w/leather interior and sport interior conversion, Vaders, full M-Tech exterior conversion. Now m50 swapped* Eibach sway bars, D2 Coilovers, Depo's w/AE's, blacked-out sides and grills, LeatherZ console and door armrests, 1 series starter button mod, and custom finished Style 5's <--- in this color! Named "Roddy": *M50 6 cyl. swap with fan delete, S50 cams and chip, AFE stage 2 intake, M3 clutch and 11.5 lb Fidanza flywheel, 3.15LSD, battery relocated to rear and complete custom exhaust. Sweet! 97 318ti sport, Alaska Blue, Contours, coilovers, Dove Vaders and custom black/grey interior named "Max" 95 318ti Active in Cosmos, S50 swap in progress... named "Pit" SUPPORT 318ti.org! CLICK THE LINK ABOVE! Hosting a forum like this is not free. 318ti.org is one of the best BMW forums on the web because it is member supported, not vendor supported. The cost to become a Supporter is a nominal $10.00... A YEAR! DO IT! NOW!
wolferj-RIP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2015, 08:39 PM   #4
MINIz guy
Senior Member
 
MINIz guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: NJ
Posts: 373
Vehicles
iTrader: (1)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolferj View Post
I don't see reinforcement plates for those front towers, I recommend them.
Plates on in there. Just look at the first picture!

Looks like a great suspension setup! I had MAJOR thoughts about getting rid of my 318ti, but the loss I'd take has made me once again look for a better suspension system for autocross. I gotta spend about $500 to make me happy with the 318ti, plus a coilover system. It never ends!
__________________

2000 M5 -> 1996 318ti -> 1997 328i
Instagram: ndrewchow YouTube: MINIzguy
MINIz guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2015, 09:29 PM   #5
Trusted-1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: San Diego
Posts: 150
iTrader: (1)
Default

Good Thread on the brake upgrades on Bimmerforums

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...-Brake-upgrade

Looks like the trick is getting the correct front/rear bias.

Please post up how the brake upgrade goes too.
__________________

98 318ti MSport (DASC), 88 M3, 97 M3/4
Trusted-1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2015, 09:58 PM   #6
E36 TI-M
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 444
iTrader: (0)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trusted-1 View Post
Good Thread on the brake upgrades on Bimmerforums

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...-Brake-upgrade

Looks like the trick is getting the correct front/rear bias.

Please post up how the brake upgrade goes too.
E39 rears are bolt on and perfect bias for the 330 brakes
E36 TI-M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2015, 10:43 PM   #7
BlackBMWs
Senior Member
 
BlackBMWs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 2,442
Vehicles
iTrader: (7)
Default

- James, I left the reinforcing plate out as the camber adjustments barely fit. I'll grind down the inner lip of the reinforcement plates so they will fit and still allow camber adjustment. It'll be done before fest.

Ya, I'll drop the rear 3/4" and raise the front after all settles in.

- Nice, thanks John. All years E39 or select years?

- Thanks Bryan! I know I will enjoy the improved handling. I trust you are doing well!

- James, (in NYC). Kept the stock spring pads knowing I could adjust in the height I wanted. If I didn't have the upper strut brace, I would definitely use rear e46 tower reinforcement. As such, the Mason brace is the rear reinforcement plate. As mentioned above, I will modify the E36 reinforcement plates to work with my CA Tuned camber plates.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________


1998 318ti Sport - "Cali" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, Cali top
1998 318ti Sport - "Max" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, S52
1997 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior
1995 318ti Active - "Blanca" Alpineweib III/Schwartz leather interior

Other Current Bimmers: 2000 2.3L Z3 / 1997 1.9L Z3 / 1991 318ic / 1999 540it

1997 318ti Sport - "Huera" - RIP
1995 318ti Active - RIP
1995 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Sold
1994 325i Sedan - "Jade" - Sold
1985 635csi sold
1984 533i "Max" Sold
1984 318i sold

BMWCCA #160411

SUPPORT 318ti.org! CLICK THE LINK ABOVE!
Hosting a forum like this is not free. 318ti.org is one of the best BMW forums on the web because it is member supported, not vendor supported. The cost to become a Supporter is a nominal $10.00... A YEAR! DO IT! NOW!

Last edited by BlackBMWs; 04-06-2015 at 05:30 AM.
BlackBMWs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2015, 01:06 AM   #8
handballallday
Senior Member
 
handballallday's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: NYC Queens
Posts: 225
Vehicles
iTrader: (1)
Default

ahhh i see but why rear E46 tower reinforcements? I didn't know E46 ones fit ours.
__________________
92 Nissan Stanza - Backseat Shenanigans and Tom Foolery - sold and would pickup another
94 Del Solo SI - The Go Get Her - sold
94 auto Prelude "S" for slowww - Daily schmaily - sold
91 MX-5 Miataz - Silversurfer - Weekend Bandicoot
96 5-speed 2dr RAV - Purple baby monster - New Daily
handballallday is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2015, 03:37 AM   #9
BlackBMWs
Senior Member
 
BlackBMWs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 2,442
Vehicles
iTrader: (7)
Default

The sheet metal for the rear tower fatigue over time and accelerates the metal fatigue with firmer shocks. The reinforcement plates provide extra support for way less the the repair to fix it. I use them on the rear of all the cars where I don't have a rear brace.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________


1998 318ti Sport - "Cali" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, Cali top
1998 318ti Sport - "Max" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, S52
1997 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior
1995 318ti Active - "Blanca" Alpineweib III/Schwartz leather interior

Other Current Bimmers: 2000 2.3L Z3 / 1997 1.9L Z3 / 1991 318ic / 1999 540it

1997 318ti Sport - "Huera" - RIP
1995 318ti Active - RIP
1995 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Sold
1994 325i Sedan - "Jade" - Sold
1985 635csi sold
1984 533i "Max" Sold
1984 318i sold

BMWCCA #160411

SUPPORT 318ti.org! CLICK THE LINK ABOVE!
Hosting a forum like this is not free. 318ti.org is one of the best BMW forums on the web because it is member supported, not vendor supported. The cost to become a Supporter is a nominal $10.00... A YEAR! DO IT! NOW!
BlackBMWs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2015, 04:02 AM   #10
handballallday
Senior Member
 
handballallday's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: NYC Queens
Posts: 225
Vehicles
iTrader: (1)
Default

right.... i got alil confused when you said rear E46 tower reinforcement plates as if they were different compared to rear E36 tower reinforcement plates but i just found out both chassis use the same tower reinforcement plates.

Just found it weird you mentioned E46. Sorry.
__________________
92 Nissan Stanza - Backseat Shenanigans and Tom Foolery - sold and would pickup another
94 Del Solo SI - The Go Get Her - sold
94 auto Prelude "S" for slowww - Daily schmaily - sold
91 MX-5 Miataz - Silversurfer - Weekend Bandicoot
96 5-speed 2dr RAV - Purple baby monster - New Daily
handballallday is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2015, 04:49 AM   #11
E36 TI-M
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 444
iTrader: (0)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackBMWs View Post
Nice, thanks John. All years E39 or select years?

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Actually, it's the E34 rears. NOT E39

I believe all years.
E36 TI-M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2015, 05:23 AM   #12
BlackBMWs
Senior Member
 
BlackBMWs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 2,442
Vehicles
iTrader: (7)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by E36 TI-M View Post
Actually, it's the E34 rears. NOT E39

I believe all years.
Ah, yes, I run the E34 rears now on a couple of the TI's. I've been watching for a E34 wagon. Dual rear pistons per caliper. Only certain years fit. I forget which years.

Anyway, I watch for those as well.

James: No worries, I mentioned E46 as that's what I purchased. Both E36 and E46 fit.
__________________


1998 318ti Sport - "Cali" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, Cali top
1998 318ti Sport - "Max" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, S52
1997 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior
1995 318ti Active - "Blanca" Alpineweib III/Schwartz leather interior

Other Current Bimmers: 2000 2.3L Z3 / 1997 1.9L Z3 / 1991 318ic / 1999 540it

1997 318ti Sport - "Huera" - RIP
1995 318ti Active - RIP
1995 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Sold
1994 325i Sedan - "Jade" - Sold
1985 635csi sold
1984 533i "Max" Sold
1984 318i sold

BMWCCA #160411

SUPPORT 318ti.org! CLICK THE LINK ABOVE!
Hosting a forum like this is not free. 318ti.org is one of the best BMW forums on the web because it is member supported, not vendor supported. The cost to become a Supporter is a nominal $10.00... A YEAR! DO IT! NOW!

Last edited by BlackBMWs; 04-06-2015 at 05:26 AM.
BlackBMWs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2015, 06:18 AM   #13
wolferj-RIP
Senior Member
 
wolferj-RIP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: norcal - 94590
Posts: 3,190
iTrader: (16)
Default

I didn't have any fitment issues with the D2 camber plates, fortunately...

Just don't forget about them down the road...
__________________
James 95 active w/leather interior and sport interior conversion, Vaders, full M-Tech exterior conversion. Now m50 swapped* Eibach sway bars, D2 Coilovers, Depo's w/AE's, blacked-out sides and grills, LeatherZ console and door armrests, 1 series starter button mod, and custom finished Style 5's <--- in this color! Named "Roddy": *M50 6 cyl. swap with fan delete, S50 cams and chip, AFE stage 2 intake, M3 clutch and 11.5 lb Fidanza flywheel, 3.15LSD, battery relocated to rear and complete custom exhaust. Sweet! 97 318ti sport, Alaska Blue, Contours, coilovers, Dove Vaders and custom black/grey interior named "Max" 95 318ti Active in Cosmos, S50 swap in progress... named "Pit" SUPPORT 318ti.org! CLICK THE LINK ABOVE! Hosting a forum like this is not free. 318ti.org is one of the best BMW forums on the web because it is member supported, not vendor supported. The cost to become a Supporter is a nominal $10.00... A YEAR! DO IT! NOW!
wolferj-RIP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2015, 08:03 AM   #14
BlackBMWs
Senior Member
 
BlackBMWs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 2,442
Vehicles
iTrader: (7)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolferj View Post
Just don't forget about them down the road...
They'll be done before our meet on the 18th. Just gotta get a proper grinding wheel.

Thanks!
__________________


1998 318ti Sport - "Cali" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, Cali top
1998 318ti Sport - "Max" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior, S52
1997 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Schwartz II/Schwartz sport interior
1995 318ti Active - "Blanca" Alpineweib III/Schwartz leather interior

Other Current Bimmers: 2000 2.3L Z3 / 1997 1.9L Z3 / 1991 318ic / 1999 540it

1997 318ti Sport - "Huera" - RIP
1995 318ti Active - RIP
1995 318ti Sport - "Tiny" Sold
1994 325i Sedan - "Jade" - Sold
1985 635csi sold
1984 533i "Max" Sold
1984 318i sold

BMWCCA #160411

SUPPORT 318ti.org! CLICK THE LINK ABOVE!
Hosting a forum like this is not free. 318ti.org is one of the best BMW forums on the web because it is member supported, not vendor supported. The cost to become a Supporter is a nominal $10.00... A YEAR! DO IT! NOW!
BlackBMWs is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
ca tuned coilovers , suspension


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1999 318ti M Sport bought in Japan hudwa Suspension 19 02-01-2010 09:07 AM
98 cali sport back on ebay 318TItalia US and North America 5 09-27-2009 11:21 PM
1998 Cali roof sport ti for sale in MA StealthBimmer US and North America 10 01-26-2008 06:30 PM
99 Sport w/ Cali sold for $9,800 2002mcs eBay and Craig's list listings 5 02-27-2007 04:26 PM
For sale 97' ti sport with cali top.... sublimeti US and North America 7 12-19-2006 01:43 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:25 PM.


.
Powered by site supporters
vBulletin Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1999 - 2018, 318ti.org
© vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2
[page compression: 157.24 k/182.74 k (13.95%)]

318ti.org does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or products discussed.