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Old 09-05-2012, 04:34 PM   #1
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Coilovers, some advice?

I have a 2001 325ci with the OE sport suspension, at a little over 154k miles. Had this car for 7 years now! Also i am on stock sport 17" rims, style 44's. Been really noticing the shocks/struts are at it's end of life. so after some research I've pretty much decided to go with the KW V2. I do not track, just spiritual driving. I have drove cars with coils on them nd i like that stiff fealing it gives. I am more just afraid going for the V1's and not getting that stiff feel I am looking for. Which is why I will probably go for the V2 and get the dampening adjuster thingy!

The advice I really need is do I need to replace the rear shock mounts and get some front camber plates? I will probably go for the rear ones but camber plates are $300+ and I just don't want to pay for that. And would you guys recommend changing the control arm bushings while I am in there? Or would it be even needed?

Anything else I will need to install these V2's?

Will probably do the install myself and maybe grab a friend.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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- Rear shock mounts
- Strut pinch bolts
- Shock mounting bolts
- Front strut mounts
- Front strut reinforcement plates


The front mounts are not always needed but make you job a LOT easier (no need to compress springs or take apart old front suspension)

And as far as I know, no camber plates are needed. Not sure what made you think otherwise.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:07 PM   #3
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- Rear shock mounts
- Strut pinch bolts
- Shock mounting bolts
- Front strut mounts
- Front strut reinforcement plates


The front mounts are not always needed but make you job a LOT easier (no need to compress springs or take apart old front suspension)

And as far as I know, no camber plates are needed. Not sure what made you think otherwise.
Agreed. When I did my car I just did a check of the the parts that could be replaced. New top mounts do make the job easier but in some cases you can just re-grease and using a spring compressor.

Great choice on the KW V2s. If you need a price let me know.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:14 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, I don't know why I thought to beleive that I needed camber plates. Must have been just from all the DIY or videos I watched on Coilovers and saw most putting up camber plates. But I will be get front and rear mounts but were can I get the strut pinch bolts and shock mounting bolts, dealer?

Also forgot to mention if anyone else knows with my stock style 44 rims will I need any spacers to keep them clear?
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Thanks for the replies, I don't know why I thought to beleive that I needed camber plates. Must have been just from all the DIY or videos I watched on Coilovers and saw most putting up camber plates. But I will be get front and rear mounts but were can I get the strut pinch bolts and shock mounting bolts, dealer?

Also forgot to mention if anyone else knows with my stock style 44 rims will I need any spacers to keep them clear?
Footnotes for the kit: When using original tires, wheel offset spacers may be required

On my KW Street Comforts I had to use spacers with my VMR wheels. The housing/spring come pretty damn close to the wheel without spacers.
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5mm is typically plenty
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Great choice by going with the KW V2's you are going to love them!



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I am also getting coilovers soon and was wondering where to buy new hardware? Or is it ok to use the old hardware?
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