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      09-29-2009, 12:51 AM   #1
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E92 with D2 Coilovers (Install, Review, and Pictures)

After buying new wheels & tires, the urge (or push) to lower the car comes shortly after. Aside from driving to & from work, my E92 is used for in-house test fitting of different width and offset wheels. One of the main questions we get is whether certain wheel/tire combos rub at so and so ride height.... what better excuse can I get, to purchase a set of new coilovers

My car should be one of the first few to have D2's (i haven't seen very many posts about them). I wasn't afraid to try it out because I've had indirect experience with the coilovers (have a few friends with these coilovers installed on a E46). With access to most of the large brands (H&R/Bilstein/etc) and install knowledge, I wasn't really afraid to be a guinea pig, LOL.

Initial Impression- For a set of coilovers costing less than $1000, the kit did not disappoint. It met/exceeded my expectation in terms of build & ride quality. On my E60, I switched suspensions three times in less than a year (people say im picky). I think these D2's will probably stay on for some time. And even if I discover an issue down the line, I'm sure they will sell replacement springs if I want different spring rates.

I haven't had the chance to get alignment/corner balancing but I will add a follow up review later. If I get my car dialed in before Friday, I'll be visiting a local track on Saturday to test these out. But knowing that D2 has won a few competitions on various Asia-Pacific racing series, these should do just fine.

Anyways here are some pictures:

Out of box pictures- The "height adjustment" needs some adjustment to fine tune the shock travel. Make sure this is adjusted properly, otherwise the shocks might bottom out causing premature failure.



Rear Dampers... very good construction and attention to detail.



Front Camber Plates & 32 way adjustment Strut bar needs to be unbolted to adjust dampening. And you may need to remove the coilover to adjust camber. Don't trust that the "0" is zero degrees. It just means the CENTER of the camber plate, lol.



Front Coilovers Installed. In terms of camber, this is the most negative you can go before cutting into the frame, which I dont plan on doing. I'll take a camber measurement later to let everyone know what this setting is. Note that the nut does not look "lined" up. This is because this is a slotted hole, allowing for a small degree of front camber adjustment for the E92's. Its somewhat annoying that I need to take the strut bar off to adjust dampening, but I don't think this needs to be done much after things are "dialed in."



OEM Rear vs D2 Springs- Coiled precisely the same way to allow reuse of factory bushings.



I just realized that I didn't take pictures of the coilovers installed on the car... I'll snap a few shots next time I swap wheels (which wont be long) .

BEFORE (with factory Sport Package)





AFTER:





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      09-29-2009, 01:30 AM   #2
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      09-29-2009, 01:40 AM   #3
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Nice!

I had D2's on my STi and I liked them.
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      09-29-2009, 11:49 AM   #4
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I assume you're running 235/35-19f and 265/30-19r, right? Any rubbing? Those 701s look You guys selling the D2s? If not where do you suggest I look?
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BTW, which kit is this, the pro spec?
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I assume you're running 235/35-19f and 265/30-19r, right? Any rubbing? Those 701s look You guys selling the D2s? If not where do you suggest I look?
I'm running 245/35/19 and 275/30/19 in the rear. It rubs in the back over huge bumps with NT-05 but it will probably not rub with a different tire, because NT-05's are wide. Plus the camber is at -1.8* so I think if it were 2.25-2.5 the rubbing will go away. Lastly my fenders aren't rolled (yet). You can probably call up D2 for some pricing, they are on the east coast.
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Just adjusted the camber to -2.5* in front, and increased the dampening in the rear to 12. Feels great so far, almost ready for a track test
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that looks good!

im actually going to get some full coilover's test fitted on my e90 next week by F2 Function/Form. Major in the JDM import scene but they are moving towards euro's and plus, my buddy is the owner of it so we'll see how it goes with a set for my car pretty soon!
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how much room is there to do down all around on your setup right now?
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I would say a good inch... I had raised it from the original height because the lip was scraping on every driveway. Plus, after the car gets below a certain height, handling starts getting worse.
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As of today, have about 1500 miles on the D2's. So far so good, and here are the changes I've made thus far:

- Increased front dampening to 28 clicks.
- Increased the rear dampening to 30 clicks.
- Minor height adjustment/tweaks as they settled.

Another set of wheels/tires on, another set of photos coming up!
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Does this coil-over fit the 135i as well??
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wow it looks amazing, thanks for the write up
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Does this coil-over fit the 135i as well??
I dont think this exact set can be removed from the 335i and installed on the 135i, no. They might have an 135i application, you'd probably have to check the site

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wow it looks amazing, thanks for the write up
Thanks for your compliments. Hope my feedback provides some information to assist others in purchasing coilovers. Even if ride quality is subjective, at the very least we can examine the materials and construction.
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Anymore updates on this set up? (track or DD usage?)
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who sells this
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Man VMR makes a nice looking wheel !!

Nice write up and job on this, car looks very nice !

How does the car drive with the D2s on ? Any reduction in understeer?

Please list any other mods on the suspension.

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Oh wow, thread revival. I actually don't have this setup (or car for that matter hahaha). I played around with these coilovers for a couple months in summer 2009 but ultimately switched over to Eibach/FSD's before finally selling the car in May/June of 2010.

I thought it'd be great to have adjustable camber plates (always wanted them) but it gave me more problems than benefits mainly because of the labor to adjust the camber. You need to pull the suspension off to adjust the camber, then put it back in.

We've got a few other projects in the works so definitely stay tuned!

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well definitely nice to hear your final thoughts! thanks
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