BMW 1 Series Coupe Forum / 1 Series Convertible Forum (1M / tii / 135i / 128i / Coupe / Cabrio / Hatchback) (BMW E82 E88 128i 130i 135i)
 





 

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      03-15-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
EIN M
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: BMW 1M
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dallas, TX

Posts: 279
iTrader: (0)

Another KW v3 install

On my way to pick it up from the shop. Here's a preliminary shot from Vorshlag. 1.75" front / .75" rear.
Attached Images
 
EIN M is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 12:16 PM   #2
SDD
 
SDD's Avatar
 
Drives: BMW 1M
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: San Diego

Posts: 219
iTrader: (0)

Done right, sitting pretty..
SDD is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 12:22 PM   #3
Mahlzeit
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 1M
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Location Location

Posts: 543
iTrader: (0)

Perrrrrfect!

Be sure to report back ride compared to stock at your settings. Seems to me KW is the best coilover value out there right now.

Did you get their camber plates?
Mahlzeit is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 12:59 PM   #4
KennyPowers
Brigadier General
 
Drives: .....
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Gulf Coast

Posts: 4,257
iTrader: (13)

Looks great, please update with settings and ride impressions
KennyPowers is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 01:03 PM   #5
Ender_
Lieutenant
 
Drives: BMW 1M VO
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ottawa

Posts: 464
iTrader: (0)

Let us know how do you find the clearance for day to day driving with that drop? Going to be installing mine soon...
Ender_ is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 03:51 PM   #6
Dan Parker
Major
 
Drives: 2012 Golf R
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Georgia

Posts: 1,421
iTrader: (0)

Needs 22's...
__________________
Dan Parker
Dan Parker is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
M3 Adjuster
Brigadier General
 
Drives: 1988 M3 gone .. 1M HERE!!
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Dallas, Tx

Posts: 3,504
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan Parker View Post
Needs 22's...
OUCH!
__________________
Lone Star BMW CCA Chapter president, Chief Driving Instructor
M3 Adjuster is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 03:59 PM   #8
M3 Adjuster
Brigadier General
 
Drives: 1988 M3 gone .. 1M HERE!!
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Dallas, Tx

Posts: 3,504
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by EIN M View Post
On my way to pick it up from the shop. Here's a preliminary shot from Vorshlag. 1.75" front / .75" rear.

What made you go with KW over... . for example.. AST since both are sold by Vorshlag.

nice photo btw
__________________
Lone Star BMW CCA Chapter president, Chief Driving Instructor
M3 Adjuster is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 07:09 PM   #9
EIN M
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: BMW 1M
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dallas, TX

Posts: 279
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mahlzeit View Post
Perrrrrfect!

Be sure to report back ride compared to stock at your settings. Seems to me KW is the best coilover value out there right now.

Did you get their camber plates?
Yes on the camber plates plus 10mm spacers all around. The car hasn't received it's final alignment yet but...

I got to drive it for an hour today. Initial impressions are that the ride is superior in compliance (less harshness on bumps on the recommended settings) yet the car feels more planted and stable. For sure the dampers react quicker. There also appears to be increased side loading on the steering wheel when turning (more steering feel) although that is probably a function of the new alignment specs.

It just feels freaking awesome going down the road.
EIN M is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 07:10 PM   #10
EIN M
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: BMW 1M
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dallas, TX

Posts: 279
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by SDD View Post
Done right, sitting pretty..
Thanks...I have to agree
EIN M is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 07:10 PM   #11
EIN M
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: BMW 1M
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dallas, TX

Posts: 279
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan Parker View Post
Needs 22's...
...a least it doesn't need an engine
EIN M is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 07:23 PM   #12
EIN M
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: BMW 1M
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dallas, TX

Posts: 279
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by KennyPowers View Post
Looks great, please update with settings and ride impressions
You got it. I will post specific alignments specs once it goes on the laser rack. Right now I picked it up with a "racing alignment" (???)
-2.0 of camber up front I think. Sounds kind of extreme for the street so I think I'll dial it back down to -1.5. Damper settings are the ones recommended in the owner's manual.

As far as ride impressions go, much has been written on the topic but I can concur that the ride is indeed superior. It feels and drives in a more "sporting" manner yet it is more compliant and refined. Nice trick KW
EIN M is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 07:30 PM   #13
EIN M
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: BMW 1M
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dallas, TX

Posts: 279
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by M3 Adjuster View Post
What made you go with KW over... . for example.. AST since both are sold by Vorshlag.

nice photo btw
Thanks !. The picture was taken by the guys at Vorshlag.

The truth is that I could have gone with a number of different brands but...

a) I used to drive a E46 M3 with PSS9s and one day I got to drive one with the KWs. The difference was readily apparent and I promised myself to get a set one day!

b)I got a killer deal on these from one of our forum members so it was a no-brainer
EIN M is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-15-2013, 11:12 PM   #14
Thibs
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: 2011 VW GTI
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Canada

Posts: 46
iTrader: (1)

Looks very nice! do they make any noise? I read in a previous thread that the KW clunk when the springs compress
Thibs is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      03-16-2013, 07:09 AM   #15
beemer
force fed Member
 
beemer's Avatar
 
Drives: BSM 1M
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: sydney

Posts: 1,033
iTrader: (0)

KW V3 are sensational, good choice, the front end looks good lowered that low, but from experience on the track and daily driving its alot better 10mm higher, closer to stock.
beemer is offline   Australia
0
Reply With Quote
      03-16-2013, 07:57 AM   #16
EIN M
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: BMW 1M
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dallas, TX

Posts: 279
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by beemer View Post
KW V3 are sensational, good choice, the front end looks good lowered that low, but from experience on the track and daily driving its alot better 10mm higher, closer to stock.
Thank you for the insight. I was trying to balance functionality with aesthetics. It doesn't look or feel too low to me, but it's only been one day. If I find it necessary to pick it up a bit I'll have no problem doing so.
EIN M is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-16-2013, 08:05 AM   #17
EIN M
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: BMW 1M
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dallas, TX

Posts: 279
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Thibs View Post
Looks very nice! do they make any noise? I read in a previous thread that the KW clunk when the springs compress
No, absolutely no noise. On the contrary, they feel very refined (as well they should in a BMW). These came with the update that prevents the "coil slap" that I think you're referring to. Drove it hard again this morning and not a peep out of them
EIN M is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-16-2013, 08:23 AM   #18
EIN M
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: BMW 1M
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dallas, TX

Posts: 279
iTrader: (0)

Here's a shot of one of the camber plates installed. Beautiful things.
Attached Images
 
EIN M is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-16-2013, 11:22 AM   #19
EIN M
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: BMW 1M
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dallas, TX

Posts: 279
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Thibs View Post
Looks very nice! do they make any noise? I read in a previous thread that the KW clunk when the springs compress
Here you go Thibs
Attached Images
 
EIN M is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-16-2013, 01:51 PM   #20
Thibs
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: 2011 VW GTI
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Canada

Posts: 46
iTrader: (1)

after double checking mine, they didn't come with those silicone sleeves... good thing I didn't install them yet
Thibs is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      03-16-2013, 03:03 PM   #21
fastauto
Captain
 
fastauto's Avatar
 
Drives: AW 1M Coupe
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Long Island, NY

Posts: 623
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by EIN M
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thibs View Post
Looks very nice! do they make any noise? I read in a previous thread that the KW clunk when the springs compress
No, absolutely no noise. On the contrary, they feel very refined (as well they should in a BMW). These came with the update that prevents the "coil slap" that I think you're referring to. Drove it hard again this morning and not a peep out of them
Mine make noise from time to time. I have the same setup.
fastauto is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-18-2013, 12:17 AM   #22
Mahlzeit
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 1M
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Location Location

Posts: 543
iTrader: (0)

What kind of noise?
Mahlzeit is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

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


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:33 PM.




1addicts
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST