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      02-20-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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There isn't a price difference between Bilstein + Eibach vs. KW V1

I've got an 08 E90 335XI and at 55K miles the suspension is rubbery and I hate it. After reading hundreds of pages and dozens of posts I've finally decided to go with Bilstein B8 + Eibach Pro Kit for the most comfort. However, when I'm checking the prices I was shocked at how much the total cost would be for this setup vs. a KW V1 (unadvertised, PM'd pricing from vendors here), which is to say, basically no cost difference.

Should I get a V1 instead?
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Of course!
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Definitely just get the KW V1 set up
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go for the v1
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Got my v1 for less than $1300 from a vendor here. PM me for deets.
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I'll throw a spanner in the works...

Having had the B8/Pro-Kit combo on a previous car, it is NOT comfortable. Probably brilliant for track work, but way too heavily damped for everyday use.

I'm currently running with B4(Sport) dampers and Pro-Kit springs, and it's sublime. The B4 sport dampers are shorter and a little firmer than the standard B4, but soft enough to work perfectly with the springs.

Bilstein part numbers:

Front Left Side Part: 22-135032
Front Right Side Part: 22-135049
Rears (x2) Part: 19-135052



Price up that combination and see if it's still comparable to the KW coilovers. I know there was no comparison for me.

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I'll throw a spanner in the works...

Having had the B8/Pro-Kit combo on a previous car, it is NOT comfortable. Probably brilliant for track work, but way too heavily damped for everyday use.

I'm currently running with B4(Sport) dampers and Pro-Kit springs, and it's sublime. The B4 sport dampers are shorter and a little firmer than the standard B4, but soft enough to work perfectly with the springs.

Bilstein part numbers:

Front Left Side Part: 22-135032
Front Right Side Part: 22-135049
Rears (x2) Part: 19-135052



Price up that combination and see if it's still comparable to the KW coilovers. I know there was no comparison for me.

Wow thank you for that info!!!
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V1's!

If you're really looking to slam your car they get less comfortable. At long as you're at a reasonable ride height they're great.
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Koni SA + Eibach pro kit come in at about 850-900. Should be the same for Bilsteins.
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Not looking to track the car or race it in any way, just looking for a slightly more solid feel for my daily commute - I agree with most everyone's comment about the XI feeling "floaty", but of course coming from my Cayman S just about anything would feel floaty

I'm going to try the B4/Eibach combo.
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Yes, I paid $1500 for my V1 installed
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V1's are by far the best daily driver set up. I have had mine for over 69k miles. Mix of highways and back roads and I live in central NJ. Not one issue so far and I am running 19's.
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I'll throw a spanner in the works...

Having had the B8/Pro-Kit combo on a previous car, it is NOT comfortable. Probably brilliant for track work, but way too heavily damped for everyday use.

I'm currently running with B4(Sport) dampers and Pro-Kit springs, and it's sublime. The B4 sport dampers are shorter and a little firmer than the standard B4, but soft enough to work perfectly with the springs.

Bilstein part numbers:

Front Left Side Part: 22-135032
Front Right Side Part: 22-135049
Rears (x2) Part: 19-135052



Price up that combination and see if it's still comparable to the KW coilovers. I know there was no comparison for me.

Do those Bilstein's lower the car? I have some H&R springs and I'm looking to match them up with the right shocks. I'm worried about my car becoming too rigid but I also want to get rid of the 4x4 look.
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V1's are by far the best daily driver set up. I have had mine for over 69k miles. Mix of highways and back roads and I live in central NJ. Not one issue so far and I am running 19's.
Damn 69k miles, any issues with them and did you have to have them rebuilt?


Btw go V1 op. I got mine on here used for $750 and they are amazing. Ride is perfect and completely transformed the car in terms of handling
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Do those Bilstein's lower the car? I have some H&R springs and I'm looking to match them up with the right shocks. I'm worried about my car becoming too rigid but I also want to get rid of the 4x4 look.
The dampers don't lower the car, the springs do.

The H&R springs are renowned for being harder than the Eibachs, so I'd say you're fighting an uphill battle if you want a comfortable ride.

The B4 sport dampers will fit just fine though
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