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      01-24-2012, 03:48 AM   #1
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Poll: what would be your next mod?

I can't decide what mod to do next.
Debating between full coilovers or FMIC.

My current mods are:
Cobb stage 2
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Thanks for your feedback :-)
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These are fairly different mods...I could understand dp vs. fmic or lowering springs vs. coilovers...

What exactly are you looking for? FMIC will be a great addition to the Cobb, you'll be able to switch to the much more aggressive Stage 2+FMIC maps. Not only will you get more power, but you'll consistently get more power.

Unless you track it, I doubt you will notice the full potential of coilovers. If it's purely cosmetic, you could just lower it with springs and get an ETS intercooler as well for the price of KW V2 coilovers. I personally switched from H&R Race to KW V1s because the drop was too aggressive and way too rough. The ride on the V1s is great, I noticed a huge difference in ride quality, but I really only got them because of a great local deal. KW V1s are great if you want to fine tune the height, V2 if you need more control over the characteristics of the handling.

But it ultimately comes down to why you think you need them and what your actual goal is.
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i already have coils so FMIC is next and actually on its way
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      01-24-2012, 07:02 PM   #6
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I've got KW V1s on my mind
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What is the budget? I just want to know so I can suggest something that costs a lot more.

I vote - none of them, get a limited-slip differential + M3 subframe brushings.

If I had to pick from your list, I would do FMIC for sure, on an N54 it is a very important mod (especially w/ engine mods). Get the Helix one.
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Thanks for your response. With the increase in power from Cobb stage 2, the handling of the car is exposed, esp on the E93. So I my initial line of thought was to lower the vehicle with coilovers (I opted not to do just the springs b/c I did just springs on my e36 back in the day and it ruined the OE shocks). It seems that the consensus is to get coilovers.
From what I have heard from others putting in the FMIC really creates quite the beast, but without some of the support mods to go with it, it could be an accident ready to happen. Thanks for the V1 suggestions, as I never really thought of those, I was going to go full V2 but as you said it might be overkill for my application - spirited road driving is all I will ever do.

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These are fairly different mods...I could understand dp vs. fmic or lowering springs vs. coilovers...

What exactly are you looking for? FMIC will be a great addition to the Cobb, you'll be able to switch to the much more aggressive Stage 2+FMIC maps. Not only will you get more power, but you'll consistently get more power.

Unless you track it, I doubt you will notice the full potential of coilovers. If it's purely cosmetic, you could just lower it with springs and get an ETS intercooler as well for the price of KW V2 coilovers. I personally switched from H&R Race to KW V1s because the drop was too aggressive and way too rough. The ride on the V1s is great, I noticed a huge difference in ride quality, but I really only got them because of a great local deal. KW V1s are great if you want to fine tune the height, V2 if you need more control over the characteristics of the handling.

But it ultimately comes down to why you think you need them and what your actual goal is.
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Lol thanks its always easier spending other peoples money :-) thinking around 2k.
Thanks for the LSD suggestion and subframe bushings. Curious if you have experienced those mods you indicated and how it helps with handling vs coils. Helix sounds good, as does the ER. I have heard that the ETS product is just ok but it is popular due to price and marketing/availability.


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What is the budget? I just want to know so I can suggest something that costs a lot more.

I vote - none of them, get a limited-slip differential + M3 subframe brushings.

If I had to pick from your list, I would do FMIC for sure, on an N54 it is a very important mod (especially w/ engine mods). Get the Helix one.
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Poll results thus far is straight down the pipe! no help here yet lol.
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Thanks for your response. With the increase in power from Cobb stage 2, the handling of the car is exposed, esp on the E93. So I my initial line of thought was to lower the vehicle with coilovers (I opted not to do just the springs b/c I did just springs on my e36 back in the day and it ruined the OE shocks). It seems that the consensus is to get coilovers.
From what I have heard from others putting in the FMIC really creates quite the beast, but without some of the support mods to go with it, it could be an accident ready to happen. Thanks for the V1 suggestions, as I never really thought of those, I was going to go full V2 but as you said it might be overkill for my application - spirited road driving is all I will ever do.
It's almost always recommended to pair springs with new shocks as well. That's why a lot of people opt for coils because it does the guesswork for you. I think V1 is a great upgrade for those who aren't tracking.
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