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      03-15-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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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.
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Done right, sitting pretty..
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      03-15-2013, 12:22 PM   #3
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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?
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Looks great, please update with settings and ride impressions
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Let us know how do you find the clearance for day to day driving with that drop? Going to be installing mine soon...
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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
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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.
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Thanks...I have to agree
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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
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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
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Looks very nice! do they make any noise? I read in a previous thread that the KW clunk when the springs compress
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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.
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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.
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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
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Here's a shot of one of the camber plates installed. Beautiful things.
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Here you go Thibs
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after double checking mine, they didn't come with those silicone sleeves... good thing I didn't install them yet
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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.
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What kind of noise?
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