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      01-05-2008, 09:52 PM   #1
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How much did your KW coilovers settle after install?

Hey guys... i'm adjusting my coilovers now to set the ride height, and I was wondering how much your suspension settled after installing your coilovers? After setting the height to right in the middle of the "min" and "max" that KW recommends, my car had the same 2 finger gap as it did stock with the sport suspension. I just lowered it down another few turns where its now at .75" from "min" ("min" actually means the max drop that they recommend for the rear, which would be slightly more than .5"). I was just worried that if I set it to the lowest drop that they recommend than it would be too low once it settled. Anyone have any experience with this?
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my rears settled about half an inch once i drove around the block.
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My V2 settled down 1/8" at all 4 corners after 3 weeks.
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Yes my installer said it would take about 2 weeks for the springs to fully settle. I'm hoping they settle in the opposite direction. My back looks a little lower than I would have wanted, and the front looks like I can fit about two fingers in the gap. I had my lowered an inch all around.
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This is my drop with V2 after fully settled. I think the stance is perfect.
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^ Your car's stance does look perfect IMO.

Thanks for the responses guys. I set it another 1/4" lower then where I had it. I'll let it settle for a few days and then readjust it if I have to. Adjusting the ride height on the rears after they are installed isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would have been either.
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With my KW V2's set at the lowest point in the rear, there is a 2 finger gap between the tire and feder well. Lools perfect, but is only about .5" lower than stock, which seems kinda odd since I can't adjust them any lower!
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With my KW V2's set at the lowest point in the rear, there is a 2 finger gap between the tire and feder well. Lools perfect, but is only about .5" lower than stock, which seems kinda odd since I can't adjust them any lower!
That's not right. With my no gap setting, the rear can still go down another 1.5"
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That's not right. With my no gap setting, the rear can still go down another 1.5"

In the rear, did you reuse all the stock shock plates, etc? Have any pics of the upper and lower mounts of the shock installed?

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That's not right. With my no gap setting, the rear can still go down another 1.5"
Agreed, you should theoretically be able to tuck the wheels with the KW V2s.
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I had the same problem as faintreality... I also had a two finger gap no matter how I adjusted the springs. The problem ended up being that I needed to tighten down the rear struts more.
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Out of all the coilovers I've done and seen.......Tanabe, Tein, JIC, etc...these KW's settle quite a bit. I've had to adjust the front after several days because I was too low and rubbed on big dips.


With the rear...I'm at exactly half way with the same number of threads on top and on the bottom. And in the front, I'm away 28 threads from the bottom. With the 19s on, I still have no finger gap all around after everything settled.
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Agreed, you should theoretically be able to tuck the wheels with the KW V2s.
Agreed. When we put in the fronts..I didn't know how low they would go so I put them relatively low, I forgot how many threads it was at..but it was towards the bottom, but NOT at the lowest point possible. I had to raise it up because i was rubbing. :P
This is how it looked right after the installation...I couldn't imagine how much lower it'd be after the settling, lol.
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I lowered mine 1.5" in the front and 1.25 in the rears and they settled another 1/8-1/4 inch and it is perfect.
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I had the same problem as faintreality... I also had a two finger gap no matter how I adjusted the springs. The problem ended up being that I needed to tighten down the rear struts more.

Yup, once I torqued the struts to specs, all is fine now.
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To be honest with you... not much. I have some pics of my car right after the install. When the weather clears up, I'll post some recent pics to compare.

I've had the coilovers for over 2 months, have driven it up the California coast, and have tracked it for a full day.

Not much settling in terms of height.
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hows the ride on the kwv2? is it somewhat smooth like the stock suspension on the e92? or a lil bit og both smooth yet can still feel everything on the road?
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You guys that keep tweaking your height in the front, did you have to take your wheel off to get to it? And how much of a drop needs to happen before it effects the alignment?
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You guys that keep tweaking your height in the front, did you have to take your wheel off to get to it? And how much of a drop needs to happen before it effects the alignment?
For the front, you can do it without removing the wheel however removing the wheel gives you more room.

If you're anal about it, every time you adjust it, it should be aligned however I've read on here that .25" - .5" is probably ok.
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hows the ride on the kwv2? is it somewhat smooth like the stock suspension on the e92? or a lil bit og both smooth yet can still feel everything on the road?
It's smoother than the ZSP package and rides better to boot.
I just hate that I have to remove all of the lining in the back to adjust firmness
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^ is it really smoother than stock sports suspension? cause someone told me that you its still bumpy & can feel everything on the road. just wanted to clarify before i decide to purchase.
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^ is it really smoother than stock sports suspension? cause someone told me that you its still bumpy & can feel everything on the road. just wanted to clarify before i decide to purchase.
I just installed mine and would def. say that the ride is better than stock sports. Mine is set to KW's default settings (I think half way between stiff and soft) and it feels great! But I also love the fact that I could make it stiffer or softer if needs be.
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