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gtdragon980 10-09-2012 01:31 PM

Solo Werks S1 Coilovers
 
So I was browsing around for coilovers and stumbled upon these. I searched on the forums and could not find a single thread on these coilovers so I figured I'd post a thread on it. They seem to be another affordable coilover set that is pretty popular with the VW kids. It seems to have pretty good reviews, though I haven't thoroughly researched them yet.

http://www.esetuning.com/Solo-Werks-...-p/s1bw003.htm
http://a248.e.akamai.net/origin-cdn....jpg?1349269851

Just seeing what you guys think of them for an affordable "low" solution, mainly for daily driving and some spirited driving. I'm starting to think I am wasting my time installing oe sports on my e46 since the improvement is not that much....and I'm kind of getting the itch for low!:4ngie:

sedanpowersc 10-09-2012 03:01 PM

I wouldn't put that much money towards an unknown brand, for around the same price you could buy some FK streetlines which are made by a known company that also make high end coilovers. Just my $0.02

gtdragon980 10-09-2012 05:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sedanpowersc (Post 14800327)
I wouldn't put that much money towards an unknown brand, for around the same price you could buy some FK streetlines which are made by a known company that also make high end coilovers. Just my $0.02

While that is true, these are actually a direct competitor with the fk's and actually have some people choosing these over the fk's. That's why I'm torn as to which might be the better of the two.

lucky_doggg7 10-09-2012 06:06 PM

Go Bilstein PSS9 or PSS10; for initial set up, use "4" in the front, and "6" in the back. Remember, the smaller the number, the stiffer the setting. The PSS system is universally liked by M3 and Porsche guys, because they work well, they hold together well, and they don't need rebuilding. You can't go wrong with these; that's my 2 cents anyways.

sedanpowersc 10-09-2012 06:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lucky_doggg7 (Post 14800900)
Go Bilstein PSS9 or PSS10; for initial set up, use "4" in the front, and "6" in the back. Remember, the smaller the number, the stiffer the setting. The PSS system is universally liked by M3 and Porsche guys, because they work well, they hold together well, and they don't need rebuilding. You can't go wrong with these; that's my 2 cents anyways.

I agree with what you're saying but OP is obviously only looking to spend ~$600 :read:

gtdragon980 10-09-2012 06:33 PM

haha yes, as much as I would love to have a bilstein coilover setup, it is just not in my budget.

Kris@TSS 10-15-2012 03:26 PM

I couldn't find anything on this brand either. How long have these been around???

gtdragon980 10-18-2012 09:59 AM

I don't know tbh, all I know is that they are competitors of the FK sportlines. They are probably pretty new though!

gtdragon980 10-18-2012 10:04 AM

BTW, just looking at your site Kris, I noticed you guys have a street coilover setup for the e46 going for $440. How are those as far as build quality and ride quality? Are they reliable and a quality product, or is it something along the lines of racelands, etc.? They are really cheap and can handle the lowering needs im looking for, but Im unsure how they ride, noisy, reliability, etc.?

Kris@TSS 10-18-2012 11:19 AM

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Originally Posted by gtdragon980 (Post 14825543)
BTW, just looking at your site Kris, I noticed you guys have a street coilover setup for the e46 going for $440. How are those as far as build quality and ride quality? Are they reliable and a quality product, or is it something along the lines of racelands, etc.? They are really cheap and can handle the lowering needs im looking for, but Im unsure how they ride, noisy, reliability, etc.?

Hear it from the customers

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...3#post14824193

veli510 10-18-2012 02:55 PM

Im actually in search for coilovers too.

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KILL3RD1SAST3R 11-19-2012 08:29 PM

I have the Solo Werks S1 system on my e46. I installed them about less than a week ago so i can't really say much until they have settled. But as of right now, the ride quality isn't bad, they are a little bouncy but can definitely go pretty low. I got em from AMI Motorsports for $500 shipped so I can complain!

bmwQ 11-21-2012 11:41 PM

I'm rocking them on my '04 325i sedan. Had them just about a month/3k miles now. The ride is firmer than the stock sport suspension, but I like it. I'm just about as low as they'll go in the rear, and have over an inch to go in the front. It's totally streetable, IMO. Years back I had GC coilovers and H&R sports/Bilsteins on another 3 series. The GCs were noisy, and I ignorantly chose a spring rate that was not well suited to a DD. The SoloWerks have so far been absolutely noise free. I would rate the ride quality subjectively, as noticeably stiffer than the stock sport suspension but entirely streetable. I've driven several KW equipped E46's over the years (I'm a dealer tech) and for the commuting I do and disdain for tinkering I have when I get home, these are perfect. No noises, as low as I think I can go and still rack the car at work, with help ;) and comfortable enough for a DD. I've brought the car in to work twice and racked it looking for leaks or anything weird, but so far, zero issues. When they have a setup for the E39, I will be ordering a set...

YOLO89 11-22-2012 01:09 AM

I'm looking for coilovers also these are def an option but has anyone ever heard of "NNR" coilovers?

bmwQ 11-22-2012 02:47 PM

If this helps... Rear is within 1/8-1/4" of as low as it can go, front has more than 1" of drop available. I've never rubbed with it set like this, but I'm certain that with my driving/commute roads and the wife occasionally driving it, any lower would be not good for the bumper up driveways, etc... Like I said above, zero complaints so far. I would absolutely buy them again. There is a warranty, but I don't have the paperwork in front of me. I will see if I can find the stock height pic for reference, but it might take a while.



http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...oppedfront.jpg

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...roppedpass.jpg

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...ppeddriver.png

bmwQ 11-22-2012 03:05 PM

Here is the only pre-SoloWerks drop pic. It's not a good picture, but it shows how high the factory sport suspension sits in comparison. I did not mention that I'm running 5mm spacers up front. This is with the 18's and OEM Michelin's. I'm not absolutely sure they are necessary, but no doubt the perch and tire were close to making sweet love. The 5mm spacers give me plenty of room. I think it looks better, too.


http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...30/predrop.jpg

visaliano_325i 06-07-2015 02:25 AM

I'm interested also in upgrading my suspension on my 325i and was wondering how one would rate the solowers s1 compared to BC be type coilovers, as far as driveability and reliability.. I found a authorized dealer of the solowerks in my area selling a set for just under $500 and I know the BC are a lil pricey bt I'm leaning more towards the BC based on the lil research I have found..

Rob43 06-07-2015 12:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by visaliano_325i (Post 16654501)
I'm interested also in upgrading my suspension on my 325i and was wondering how one would rate the solowers s1 compared to BC be type coilovers, as far as driveability and reliability.. I found a authorized dealer of the solowerks in my area selling a set for just under $500 and I know the BC are a lil pricey bt I'm leaning more towards the BC based on the lil research I have found..

BC are considered to be the "best" of the Asian C/O's, but that's NOT really saying much. The Solo Werks brand most likely comes out of the same factory that makes Raceland C/O's which I personally bought for static testing purposes 5 plus years ago, they tested Horribly when placed on a computer controlled spring & shock tester. Really Really consider buying something like the Koni Sports (Yellow / Adjustable) which are currently on sale for 25% off. Mix these with the quality lowering springs of your choice, the price with springs should come in at roughly ~$800 dollars.

Here's a quote that I remember reading on the "best" Asian built BC C/O's, I find it funny as to sum up their Lack of quality.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BMW WHP (Post 16626336)
I was crewing for a race team this last weekend in va, the team pitted next to us had a m3 that they ran on Friday with these BC BR coilovers. They bitched all day long because the shocks got to hot after half the session and the car couldn't be dialed in.


Rob43


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