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      12-29-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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Thoughts on stance

It's apparent that to many of us (including me) the stance of their car is an important factor. Not only are we looking for increased performance out of our wheel/tire/suspension setups, but also for an improved/more aggressive appearance. In paying attention to this for the last few years, I've noticed some interesting things: my E60 M5 came from the factory with a horribly large front fender gap, which was corrected to my satisfaction by a Dinan stage II suspension; curiously, though, the E60 550i sport package comes stock with very little fender gap--the stance looks fantastic OEM. How can this be explained that the sportier/more motorsports-oriented M5 sits higher in the front than a more run-of-the-mill 550i? I've seen some suggest that BMWs and Porsches come stock with a fender gap and tucked-in wheels because of arcane European regulations involving the need for extra room for tire chains or studded tires in the winter. But this doesn't explain the 550i/M5 disparity, and it also doesn't explain why the bread-and-butter entry-level Mercedes C300 sedan comes from the factory with a fantastic, low-slung stance with hardly any fender gap and the wheels pushed out flush. Any thoughts?
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The m5 has larger wheel wells than the 550i to accommodate more travel and larger wheel circumference. The wheels are taller so the axle is higher off the ground. The fender gap is larger because the fender is in fact cut further away from the wheel. On purpose.

The 550 looks flush because there is no room to move. The fenders are not rolled, either, making it that much tighter.

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