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      10-29-2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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The Absolute Best Coilovers

So I'm trying to find the best performing coilovers for my 335i. Ride comfort is of no concern since if anyone complains about the ride they can walk :P Anyway I've been looking at the HKS Hipermax 3, Tein Euros, and KWs. I'm really into drifting and track events so performance and being fully adjustable are my only concerns. Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated thanks.

Also I realize there are several threads about coilovers already but for just strictly performance what would be the best.
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      10-29-2010, 03:49 PM   #2
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Well what would you recomend for the best coilovers then im asking because I don't know and I just recently got my 335i. On my friends IS300 the Tein Flex are amazing beyond belief and another one of my friends is running HKS with incredible results. So any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Motons, Íhlins, JRZ. AST if money is a concern. Remote reservoir or bust.
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Motons, Íhlins, JRZ. AST if money is a concern. Remote reservoir or bust.
Definitely and I think you mean if money is not a concern.

OP- you don't necessarily need this intense of a setup but I would check into KW V3s.
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      10-30-2010, 06:28 PM   #7
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The overall setup is more important than the money spent on coilovers. You can spent literally $20k on coilovers and make the car handle worse than the stock suspension if you don't know how to setup the car and adjust them.

What is your budget?
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So I'm trying to find the best performing coilovers for my 335i. Ride comfort is of no concern since if anyone complains about the ride they can walk :P Anyway I've been looking at the HKS Hipermax 3, Tein Euros, and KWs. I'm really into drifting and track events so performance and being fully adjustable are my only concerns. Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated thanks.

Also I realize there are several threads about coilovers already but for just strictly performance what would be the best.
A coilover suspension basically gives you a matched lowering spring and shock absorber combination with the added benefit of adjustable ride height and spring rates through a moveable spring perch or perches. Coilovers are to your car's advantage by reducing unsprung mass, increasing suspension travel, and allowing the car to be corner balanced.

The KW Variant 3 is state-of-the-art technology for the skilled and experienced driver. The separate and independent compression and rebound damping options allow a truly individual driving set-up. These unique systems with the 3 individually adjustable components, allows for adjustment of the compression of the damper in the low-speed range, while the high speed set-up, so decisive for driving comfort, has been preset by our engineers.You will have the ability to adjust the height of your vehicle as well as adjust both rebound and damping characteristics.

Rebound adjustment, with the exception of specified vehicles, can be performed with the kit installed via an adjustment spindle on the end of the piston rod. The rebound damping primarily, controls pitch and roll of the vehicle, especially in the low speed damping range which directly influences handling and comfort. Therefore vehicle can be adjusted to the needs of the driver, making the ride variable from comfortable to sporty and stiff, both with improved road handling.

The compression characteristics are adjusted utilizing a new, patented valve at the lower end of the damper casing. The number of pre-installable parameters available for this valve allow for settings for just about any application required. The unique low-speed pressure adjustment is the decisive feature of this technology. In this absorption area the handling of the vehicle is greatly influenced. An increase in the damping force supports the vehicle even during compression, thereby preventing pitch, roll and notably improving cornering behavior.

My track oriented customers have all been extremely happy with their KW V3 setups and have nothing but great things to say about the system in general. I cannot shoot you over a PM due to your low post count so shoot me over an email here at Alan************.com and I'll get you some more information!

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KWv3's are nice, but there are much better options out there that uses more advanced and new technology.
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KWv3's are nice, but there are much better options out there that uses more advanced and new technology.
+1

Coming from a guy who had KW V3's, I'd spend a little more and look into Ohlins, TCKline, AST.
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OP really needs to state a budget. What is the MAX you want to spend? $3k? $5k? $10k? throw out a number, so people can steer you in the right direction.
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AST 4100 if you don't need double adjust. Great deals now -- MSRP at $1899 w/ Swift springs or equivalent.

Need more info, other suspension mods. LSD?
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coming from motorsports, stick with brands that are involved in professional levels of motorsports....

Ohlins, JRZ, Moton, Penske (they dont have an application for our cars, but if they did....
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coming from motorsports, stick with brands that are involved in professional levels of motorsports....

Ohlins, JRZ, Moton, Penske (they dont have an application for our cars, but if they did....
This. AST is also good.

You want the top end? Koni Double-Adjustable struts all around with your choice of Swift Springs coil over conversion. I've been testing this setup on an E93 and let me tell you, this is about the best you can get before you go remote reseviour. It will also set you back about 24-2500. Harold is the man to speak to about it.

I wouldn't recommend KWs or FKs. Too failure prone considering they blow easily, have sway bar tabs shear off, the welds break on the bottom and blow the insert out, squeaking springs or internal noise from the piston assembly. I went back to selling H&R coil over kits to my customers and have never had an issue yet in 2 years.
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Ohlins, JRZ, Moton, Penske (they dont have an application for our cars, but if they did....
While they might not have an off-the-shelf setup for our cars, you can still get them - you just have to get them custom made. The guy that does my alignment had a set of JRZ's with remote reservoirs made for his track car. He got them at a pretty good discount - $8,500.
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stay away from KW V2's imo
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the v2s is what most competition 1ers are using

i know the berkley 1er is using the v2 kw
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Kw v1-3 are street setups. There is definitely more performance to be had elsewhere.
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coming from motorsports, stick with brands that are involved in professional levels of motorsports....

Ohlins, JRZ, Moton, Penske (they dont have an application for our cars, but if they did....
Motion seconded.

If you are serious about drifting your 335, your going to need a LSD also and at least. Swaybars also, upgraded bushings - in the rear for sure.

If its more of a street and show kind of deal, maybe you slide around the neighborhood or something - KW V3 will do it all day and H&R will put up to some abuse also,it really depends on the true use of the car.
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where'd the OP go? Did you pick any yet?
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If you're looking for the absolute best performing shock/damper/coilover it ain't any of those brands.
what he said... lots of threads about what kind of coilovers to get...

big difference between street and track
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