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      09-05-2013, 02:47 PM   #23
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Anyone notice a jarringly harsh ride? Are these coilovers adjustable?
Not jarring or overly harsh. But you do feel the road more.

The KW v1's are only height adjustable.

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      09-05-2013, 06:32 PM   #24
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anyones rear settle faster than the front?
Mine didn't settle at all. Same right height from when they were installed to now a year later.
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Anyone notice a jarringly harsh ride? Are these coilovers adjustable?
The V1's are height adjustable only. Some of the overall stiffness you feel has to do with your wheel (size)/tire set up. Thinner sidewall + larger wheel = more firm ride. I've got 19's 35 front and 30 rear and love the ride. NT555. Just need to be aware of the lovely NJ potholes.
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      09-06-2013, 11:27 AM   #26
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The V1's are height adjustable only. Some of the overall stiffness you feel has to do with your wheel (size)/tire set up. Thinner sidewall + larger wheel = more firm ride. I've got 19's 35 front and 30 rear and love the ride. NT555. Just need to be aware of the lovely NJ potholes.
This is true. Where in central NJ are you? Do you come to the meets? Would like to go for a ride in your car sometime if possible!
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      09-06-2013, 07:56 PM   #27
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Ride is definitely very different.

On the positive side:

Way better handling!! I didn't fully appreciate what everybody meant when they said that the XI "floated". Now the car feels planted to the road and is super responsive. I also like the more aggressive look.

On the negative side:

You really feel the road significantly more! It's not necessarily jarring or rough, but it is going to take some getting used to.

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      09-06-2013, 10:36 PM   #28
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Are you set to max height, or min height, or somewhere in between?
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      09-08-2013, 09:41 AM   #29
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Are you set to max height, or min height, or somewhere in between?
Not exactly sure.

The guy who did the install set it at "10 threads" all around.

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Glad everyone likes the kw's. Im about to have mine installed this week. Maybe I'll ask for a 1 or 2 finger gap, so I could set it and forget it with winter around the corner.
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Glad everyone likes the kw's. Im about to have mine installed this week. Maybe I'll ask for a 1 or 2 finger gap, so I could set it and forget it with winter around the corner.
Mine is a little less than a true 1 finger gap. It is lower than I was originally thinking, but I really like the look.

Hopefully I won't regret going this low once the snow comes.

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      09-17-2013, 09:24 PM   #32
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So what I'm getting from this thread, Buy KW v1's they're freaking awesome.

Anyone try V3's or Street comforts though? They are all compatible with Xi's. I'm asking because I'm at 84K miles stock still... I need a replacement soon. definitely want to go KW, but anyone go from V1 to v3 or street comfort and notice any big difference?
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I am about to pull the trigger on a set of kw v1s.... I am running stock rft tires and I am looking for a lowered, better handling setup than stock but I don't want the car slammed as its still a daily driver over poor roads

what size spacer should I buy, I want a little extra width but I don't want to have to worry about my fenders

I guess my question is to all using the kw v1s, how low and wide can I go for a reliable dd setup?

thanks
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what size spacer should I buy, I want a little extra width but I don't want to have to worry about my fenders
It depends on your tire size and wheel offset.
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It depends on your tire size and wheel offset.
stock rft
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Anyone have issues with cv boots or anything like that since you are changing the ride height?
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Anyone have issues with cv boots or anything like that since you are changing the ride height?
I replaced my front left one but I hear thats a common issue.
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would really like thoughts on a rear spacer.... running stock rft and stock camber (and have no plans to change either), what size spacer will i need for a nice flush look (but not too extreme?) assuming i get the v1s

also, how low should i go on the coilover for daily drive application? how much drop is too much for bumps?

are the v3 any stiffer/less stiff than the v1s? any need for dampening adjustment?

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I've had both the V3 and v1 installed on my xi and I notice quite a different ride on the V1s. But, I figured that would be the case anyway. The possibilties with the V3 is quite impressive, while the V1 basically is your best bet for going low.

I also noticed during install some small design differences on the V3s vs. the V1. Nothing major, but obviously makes a difference.

My only gripe with the V1 is I cannot go as low in the front, unless I add perches or mess around with the bumpstop. Others here have done the same. If you daily drive your car, the V3 might be worth the extra money, but probably not. The V1 is more than capable when it comes to handling and overall driveability.
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I've had both the V3 and v1 installed on my xi and I notice quite a different ride on the V1s. But, I figured that would be the case anyway. The possibilties with the V3 is quite impressive, while the V1 basically is your best bet for going low.

I also noticed during install some small design differences on the V3s vs. the V1. Nothing major, but obviously makes a difference.

My only gripe with the V1 is I cannot go as low in the front, unless I add perches or mess around with the bumpstop. Others here have done the same. If you daily drive your car, the V3 might be worth the extra money, but probably not. The V1 is more than capable when it comes to handling and overall driveability.
thx... that's what i wanted to hear.... i am thinking the v3 now, i keep my cars for many years so i am not worried about extra cost

any more thoughts on v1 vs v3?
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idk the cost difference, but adjusting dampening seems a bit over my needs. the kwv1s do amazingly well. The worst someone can say is a little "harsh" (its lower, less room to bounce around), but I think it means that you feel the ground so much more accurately, handle corners sharper, and feel the road so much better. Boats are boats to make it feel like you are not driving but floating over the road. These ground you, and you ride the road and feel the road right along with your car.

As far as adjustability vs cost... I personally am only concerned with raising it up an inch in the winter and that's it. no matter what your view of the kwv1 is... rough, jarring ect ect... it is 10000x better than the stock 4" wheel gap floaty bad cornering stock XI suspension ever could be. Unless you are taking it around a track course and need to constantly tweak the suspension (IMO!!!) you will be fine with the preset dampening in the v1, because it truly is a very sporty feel.

And as far as the kwv1s not going so low in the front... that is true. IMO my rears are too low, they tuck too much and my spacers actually cause issues, yet the fronts at their lowest are a perfect fit. Again IMO. I like the tire just touching the fender look, not the tucked look. So if you are wanting to put the car lower than that... the v3s seem to have the advantage there.
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idk the cost difference, but adjusting dampening seems a bit over my needs. the kwv1s do amazingly well. The worst someone can say is a little "harsh" (its lower, less room to bounce around), but I think it means that you feel the ground so much more accurately, handle corners sharper, and feel the road so much better. Boats are boats to make it feel like you are not driving but floating over the road. These ground you, and you ride the road and feel the road right along with your car.

As far as adjustability vs cost... I personally am only concerned with raising it up an inch in the winter and that's it. no matter what your view of the kwv1 is... rough, jarring ect ect... it is 10000x better than the stock 4" wheel gap floaty bad cornering stock XI suspension ever could be. Unless you are taking it around a track course and need to constantly tweak the suspension (IMO!!!) you will be fine with the preset dampening in the v1, because it truly is a very sporty feel.

And as far as the kwv1s not going so low in the front... that is true. IMO my rears are too low, they tuck too much and my spacers actually cause issues, yet the fronts at their lowest are a perfect fit. Again IMO. I like the tire just touching the fender look, not the tucked look. So if you are wanting to put the car lower than that... the v3s seem to have the advantage there.
good advice... thx
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I have a question that not many will ask....i dont like it slammed, can the v1 leave a 2 finger gap (about 1.2 inches)??
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I'm considering the KW V1 setup as well, and am curious about the alignment done post-install. Did you guys have a BMW-specific shop do the alignment? Did they follow the BMW recommendations to the letter?
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