After a lot of research, reading user reviews on this site and deliberation, I finally decided to go with KW V1 coilovers for my 2008 335xi coupe.
In my suspension I wanted a setup that would:
-Be fine for daily driving
-Not be too harsh driving in the city
-Keep the car planted during turning
-Reduce body roll
-Get rid of the sensation that the car is going to take-off like a plane with all of the air flowing under it
-Get rid of the rake
-Get rid of the 4x4 look
-Not be too expensive
At one time or another I was considering the following options: Eibach/Bilstein, H&R Sport/Bilstein, TC Kline coilovers, HPA coilovers and KW V1 coilovers. I don't track the car at all so I thought KW V3's would have been overboard and I didn't have a lot of interest in H&R coilovers.
I was very close to getting the Eibach/Bilstein set since it covered almost all of my suspension needs, but I couldn’t get over the fact that it still looked like there was a slight rake on the e92. H&R Sport/Bilstein would have been too harsh of a ride based off of reading user reviews, TC Kline’s were too expensive and HPA’s are not able to be lowered enough without compromising the suspension for my tastes. That left KW V1’s and I was concerned that they would ride too harsh, but after reading countless threads, I decided to give them a shot.
I’ve had them on for 2 weeks now and I have to say that I absolutely love them. I was concerned that they were going to be too harsh, but they aren’t at all. As many people have said, this is the way the suspension should have come from the factory. There are days where I forget that I’m even driving on coilovers. The KW V1’s fit all of my needs perfectly.
I also want to note that I am a driving enthusiast, not an expert. I had coilovers on my old A4 so I’ve had experience with an upgraded suspension, but I can’t tell you every tiny detail about the mechanics and physics of the suspension like others can on this forum (but I am trying to learn as much as I can!) My point is that I’m sure there are others on the forum that are in the same boat as me who want to get rid of the 4x4 look without compromising the ride quality of riding on a suspension that would jar you every time you hit an imperfection in the road. If you’re in that situation, I would highly recommend KW V1’s.
Ok, enough writing. Here are the pics! That’s why you clicked into this thread in the first place! (Oh, I also Plasti-Dipped my trim a few weeks ago too!)