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      04-16-2010, 03:13 PM   #1
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"Settle" With FKs or buy KW V2s?

This has been bothering me for months now...


So I was wondering what other's think

FKs have nothing but great reviews
but same with V2s

However, there is a pretty big price gap...

KW V2s are the only Coils that have spring specifically designed for the e93's extra weight

But I don't track my car... and not sure how much I'll track it in the future

I kind of want to get the FKs as the price difference will allow me to get something else too (like DVs, or a BOV, or LCI Tailights)

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change that konigsport to silverline x as the price difference is now $116 versus $160 as it was before

before I was going with the konigsport versus the silverline as in SoCal we don't have salt
but it'll help with the resale value

because before I could get them installed for the price difference, now I can't
and yeah..
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If this is only for street use, I would go with the FKs. Only buy what you need. I learned with my last car when I bought coilovers w/ adjustable shocks and ended up only adjusting them twice. Wasn't worth the extra $$$ to buy adjustable.
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So you want V2's, but dont want to pay the price for them. Solution: buy a used set. Used v2's are so cheap now-a-days.

What are you so worried about with spring rates? The difference will most likely be negligible on the street to be honest. Plus, you could always pick up e93 specific springs from KW at a later time.
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i have KW v2's and the rear srings are crap. I'd upgrade to the HP Autowerks Swift springs right away. I'm actually getting rid of my KW's and going to Ohlins now. If you were to buy KW's new, they are not bad for the first year. After that, it starts to degrade as the springs are progressive. Won't make that mistake twice.
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So you want V2's, but dont want to pay the price for them. Solution: buy a used set. Used v2's are so cheap now-a-days.

What are you so worried about with spring rates? The difference will most likely be negligible on the street to be honest. Plus, you could always pick up e93 specific springs from KW at a later time.
I've had bad experience buying used

Otherwise, I'd be able to get the KW V2s new no problem.

So I've decided to not go that route again.
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Ended up going with the FKs

I'd rather use the difference and get an exhaust or LCI Taillights or a BOV.. or something :P
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If this is only for street use, I would go with the FKs. Only buy what you need. I learned with my last car when I bought coilovers w/ adjustable shocks and ended up only adjusting them twice. Wasn't worth the extra $$$ to buy adjustable.
+1 Only street mine so that was the only reason i didnt wanna pay anymore for useless adjustablity. So konisport i went! the money saved i bought some ground control camber plates.
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Ended up going with the FKs

I'd rather use the difference and get an exhaust or LCI Taillights or a BOV.. or something :P
Let us now how they work out, a good review would be brilliant!
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Hopefully FK's are better quality..
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Let us now how they work out, a good review would be brilliant!
Sure thing!

After I get them I'll have to ask long when he's free



I've seen that picture before when I was researching kw
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Good to see you made up your mind.

I am also in the market. So far I have found a couple of issues with the FKs. I read a post saying that you need spacers with these coils bc the spring can rub against the tire. I also read numerous posts from people having problems with the end links and ultimately purchasing aftermarket adjustable end links. Waiting to hear back from a vendor on these issues before I make my decision
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Good to see you made up your mind.

I am also in the market. So far I have found a couple of issues with the FKs. I read a post saying that you need spacers with these coils bc the spring can rub against the tire. I also read numerous posts from people having problems with the end links and ultimately purchasing aftermarket adjustable end links. Waiting to hear back from a vendor on these issues before I make my decision
yeah I saw that too

but I read that the new ones were fixed regarding the end links

A lot of coils say you may need spacers

there are a few people on here running FKs without spacers
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Good choice going with FKs, I like mine and the ride is comfortable for daily usage.

+1 on the spacer problem though, yes for 8.5 width front rims offsets higher than +30, (okay maybe +31, but that's really pushing it) the rim will rub the struct. I don't know why and I have checked my installation with my buddy but apparently there is some kind of design flaw. Still I just rolled my fenders and I can easily run +25 without rubbing (except on deep dips).
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yeah I saw that too

but I read that the new ones were fixed regarding the end links

A lot of coils say you may need spacers

there are a few people on here running FKs without spacers
I am running FKs on my E93 with OEM 179 19inch rims and no problems...I was one of those people also that had endlink defective, but I had the earlier version which was gold in color, but upgraded to the new ones which are black...I have to say that other than the endlinks problem, they are worth every penny...I have my car lowered slightly and its not dumped, but thats the look I was shooting for! Get them you wont be disappointed
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Would I need spacers if I decide to run the stock 189s again?

How about an 8in rim in the front? would it need a spacer? (offset I'm unsure, rear is 8.5) [they're BBS reps by Privat)

how about iForged Emotions, 18x9 front, 18x10 rear??

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Would I need spacers if I decide to run the stock 189s again?

How about an 8in rim in the front? would it need a spacer? (offset I'm unsure, rear is 8.5) [they're BBS reps by Privat)

how about iForged Emotions, 18x9 front, 18x10 rear??

Thanks!
Dude you just need to try it out, I have a feeling that the stock 189s will need spacers but you will never know until you put it on.
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Dude you just need to try it out...
+1 since you already bought FKs...
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Would I need spacers if I decide to run the stock 189s again?

How about an 8in rim in the front? would it need a spacer? (offset I'm unsure, rear is 8.5) [they're BBS reps by Privat)

how about iForged Emotions, 18x9 front, 18x10 rear??

Thanks!
Im running 18x8.5 / 18x10 BBS CHs on my car and I have to run a 5mm spacer up front to actually ride "low." On my stock 162's I didnt need anything tho... it just depends on your wheels et... 18x8.5 et 35 riding low, buy spacers

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i love my fk's and choose them over the kw's so i don't feel you settled at all!
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