Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 15:55:28 -0400
From: Dexter J <lamealameadingdongnopsamlamelame.org>
Subject: Re: how far off the ground should an '88 900i 8v be ??


Salutations: tom wrote: > > "Grunff" <grunffnopsam.com> wrote in message > news:b4popd$21hnjj$1nopsam52899.news.dfncis.de... > > tom wrote: > > > > > I mean, do you think I need to look at the springs or something ? > > > > Does it have original springs? You should have a gap of at least > > 1" between the top of the tyre and the bottom of the wheel arch, > > front and back. > > > > Having said that, I've not seen a sagging 900, I'd be surprised > > if yours is sagging. > > > > -- > > Grunff > > > there is good gap from top of type to wheel arch: > thing is > I cant get my trolley jack underneath as well as I used to, > I could get to the front cross member real good before, > now I have to use (one of the two) junction between > cross member and forward strut. Weird. What you are looking for is the 'factory ride height' - which is likely in a manual somewhere and would probably be measured from a fixed suspension point - I've given my old 900 manual to my wrench miester as a christmas gift - so I don't have it at hand.. There are a couple of reasons this may be happening - your shocks are wearing out and not providing any resistance when stopped.. - your tires are wearing and lowering your height - you have low profile tires and they are wearing - your having some motor mount issues - or - you have a rust problems (although this is way from likely) - your garage floor is heaving in the cold weather (check with a marble).. - any combo of above Given how low it sounds - the big issue is to now drive - very - carefully to avoid the spring frost heaves or greater pot holes until you can figure it out and if you are in the southern states or out west - you are going to want to watch the rut depth.. I'm was hoping for a 92 9000T TCS CDE deal wherein the owner put on a very sexy set of low profile ice tires - then appears to have hit a frost heave at speed and cracked the windscreen - snapped and drained the tranny lines (and kept driving until the auto tranny melted into goop) - cracked the header at the turbo flange and very probably (although I didn't check further) - badly damaged the engine mounts and braces.. They were kinda of insulted by my cash offer - so I fear they will be picking up the $7,000 or so Canadian this little incident is going to cost them instead and keep on driving. Their water pump and timing chain sounded very bad too - so I guess they'll fix that up when they fix the mounts.. Folly - but I understand it.. My take - unless you are in LA or somewhere in Europe where the roads are like billiard tables as compared to here - borrow as big a set of tires on it as you can - or - make a cheap galvanized skid plate and bolt it on (there are extra holes for this) until you can replace the springs and shocks (depending on the years - it could also be struts I understand).. -- J Dexter - webmaster - http://www.dexterdyne.org/ all tunes - no cookies no subscription no weather no ads no news no phone in - RealAudio 8+ Required - all the Time Radio Free Dexterdyne Top Tune o'be-do-da-day Dave Mason - Only You Know and I Know http://www.dexterdyne.org/888/126.RAM

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