justanotherdrunk
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Re: My 2016 i3 Rex Darth Vader

Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:28 pm

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Stancedi3
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Re: My 2016 i3 Rex Darth Vader

Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:12 am

Roadracer1977 wrote:Yes, I like the look 8-)

Can you let me know who the lowering springs are made by (or what model they are) with a link ideally! And also to the wheel spacers please?
BMW i3 20mm Wheel Spacers https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IRQIQEU/re ... Yxb9G1FF9Z

Pb617
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Re: My 2016 i3 Rex Darth Vader

Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:07 am

What tint do you have on your i3? I have a fluid black i3 on the way and i'm planning on doing 15% all around.
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I33t
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Re: My 2016 i3 Rex Darth Vader

Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:39 pm

Stancedi3 wrote:
Roadracer1977 wrote:Yes, I like the look 8-)

Can you let me know who the lowering springs are made by (or what model they are) with a link ideally! And also to the wheel spacers please?
BMW i3 20mm Wheel Spacers https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IRQIQEU/re ... Yxb9G1FF9Z
Adding wheel spacers with the same wheels etc are not a useful device, and they can increase wear on the bearings etc as well as altering suspension geometry. Have a look at the all the characteristics that a spacer can alter:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWijfooeSyU
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alohart
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Re: My 2016 i3 Rex Darth Vader

Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:16 am

I33t wrote:Adding wheel spacers with the same wheels etc are not a useful device, and they can increase wear on the bearings etc as well as altering suspension geometry.
It's always good to educate people about wheel spacers, but most people seem willing to trade a subjective better appearance and possibly better non-emergency handling for dangerous emergency braking instability, decreased wheel bearing life, and other problems. I certainly won't add wheel spacers, but I understand why some people do.
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KolorMeCarbon
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Re: My 2016 i3 Rex Darth Vader

Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:08 pm

hey OP, don't listen to the oldies about bearing wear and suspension geom compromise.

Metallurgy and bearing design has come a long way since that old scare story about mini coopers with 9J wheel rims were collapsing 20yr old ball n cage bearings.

Yes the increased offset does add more stress forces, but any wear will get spotted at the next Service.
bearings are cheap but kool stylin is priceless!

The added unsprung weight of spacers is the only thing that's preventing me from going phat.

There's one benefit for the suspension geom - the lowering springs are stiffer but by extending the 'lever' that acts on that spring, you're effectively restoring its rate back to original.

I have -30mm springs, and combined with my 50psi tyres and extensive lightening; throwing out the cup-holders, the printed owners manual, all weather carpets and anything else that isn't bonded permanently to the body - the ride in my car is slightly harsh.

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