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      12-22-2011, 09:34 PM   #1
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coilovers or springs? opinions

hi guys i need some help trying to figure out what to do to get my car dropped. i have been debating whether to put full coilovers such as kw v2 or jig magic or if i should go for the more economic way of springs. my main goal is to drop the car for a sportier look but also to have a COMFORTABLE yet stable ride...


so can u guys help me out and let me know your experience with springs and if you can tell me if i should go with springs or coilovers to achieve my goals?


i have a 2007 e90 with sports package/suspension
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      12-22-2011, 11:31 PM   #2
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Coils ride like crap on the street. If you arent going to track the car, save yourself the money and buy a good spring/shock combo. My KW V1 coilovers have been nothing but a headache. Nothing but noises and weak valving in the struts. I regret ever purchasing them.
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Don't take short cuts. Either buy a set of coilovers or buy springs and a strut/shock combo that are meant for each other. Putting aftermarket springs on your stock strut/shocks will not only give you an uncomfortable ride, but you will blow your suspension rather quickly and will cost you more in the long run.

KWV2 is not necessary if you only want to lower your car and maintain a comfortable ride. KWV1, KW Street Comfort, or ST coilovers will all be fine, but keep in mind that none of these are really performance oriented (if you're hoping for a better driving experience).
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A couple ideas for dropped ride height and decent comfort: Eibach pro kit springs with Koni FSD dampers or KW Street Comfort coilovers
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Thanks for the help guys, so if i buy just springs on my stock sport shocks it would give me an uncomfortable ride? What combo would give me a nice ride at an affordable price? I dont want it to be bouncy
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Thanks for the help guys, so if i buy just springs on my stock sport shocks it would give me an uncomfortable ride? What combo would give me a nice ride at an affordable price? I dont want it to be bouncy
Koni Yellows and H&R Sport springs will give you a much improved ride, but still be pretty comfortable. The Koni FSD's and Eibach Pro springs are supposed to be more comfortable, but I'm not sure how big the difference is.
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A couple ideas for dropped ride height and decent comfort: Eibach pro kit springs with Koni FSD dampers or KW Street Comfort coilovers
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I'm going to get ST coilovers. Heard a lot of good things for their price
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H&R Coilover, so far trouble free and great ride + affordable.
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no question, on a budget, get stv1 coilovers. It will feel like a new car that is 10x more fun to drive. Talk to Tam or Eric at Supreme Power, they can hook you up at a great price.
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H&R Coilover, so far trouble free and great ride + affordable.
how do they ride? how is the drop? and how long have you had them?
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1+ on the H&R Coils
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how do they ride? how is the drop? and how long have you had them?
They ride at about the middle range of the M, that is, firm but not harsh.
The bounce is gone, body roll is greatly reduced. I set the ride height at conservative and it has since dropped a little more. Looks nice but I may bring it up for the snow. Had them for a couple of months. The ride height in the picís is stock and right after the install.

Bought them at Tirerack, drop shipped to Matt at CamberToe in Lynbrook L.I. for install. They are really great!
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In the pictures is that the lowest height they go? And how much are they?
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