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Old 11-05-2012, 06:55 PM   #1
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PSS10s vs KW V2 E46 coilover reviews:

Hey everyone,
I am interested to upgrade my suspension in my 325ci and love to feel connected to the road dont mind it to be a little firm, but still retain ride quality. I have limited it to PSS10s and KW V2s because they both adjustable dampering. I am open to other options just would like to hear some opinions on each.

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Old 11-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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Haven't heard much positive buzz about the Bilsteins on BMWs. I would be looking at KW v3s or AST 4100/4200 if you're wanting a high-end coilover setup.

For 90% of users, a good damper/spring combo will be most of the handling "feel" at a greatly reduced cost. No need for trackworthy coilovers on a DD imo.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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I have never heard anything bad about the Bilsteins only good things? and I understand that but from my experience there is just a feeling of disconnection when its not a coilover system designed to work perfect as one. Idk if its just me but that's how I feel, if I'm going to get something I'm going to do it right.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:26 PM   #4
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Hey everyone,
I am interested to upgrade my suspension in my 325ci and love to feel connected to the road dont mind it to be a little firm, but still retain ride quality. I have limited it to PSS10s and KW V2s because they both adjustable dampering. I am open to other options just would like to hear some opinions on each.

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What's your budget?
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:35 PM   #5
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:05 PM   #6
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Haven't heard much positive buzz about the Bilsteins on BMWs. I would be looking at KW v3s or AST 4100/4200 if you're wanting a high-end coilover setup.

For 90% of users, a good damper/spring combo will be most of the handling "feel" at a greatly reduced cost. No need for trackworthy coilovers on a DD imo.
agreed. You're looking at a large chunk of the car's value on those coilovers. You can get a great setup for a lot less going with a set of springs, shocks, and sway bars.

It's your money, though. Don't let us old farts tell you how to spend it.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:09 PM   #7
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I've heard that the PSS10's ride great. I would reccomend them, and get some sway bars too. You'll be golden.

I have KW V2's on my M3. With the original springs the ride was not great. "connected to the road" is one way to say... very stiff.

Now I have linear rate springs which are approaching race stiffness. I would consider the ride "bad".
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:13 PM   #8
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I had these sways on my 330 and they were pretty awesome. http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-10...y-bar-set.aspx
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:14 PM   #9
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Haha I know I just want want to do it right. What would be the best spring strut combo? I am not opposed but just would really rather an adjustable coilover.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:15 PM   #10
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Unless your car is going to live on a track, you don't need PSS10's...

I have the basic Bilstein PSS kit, and it does everything I need as far as giving enough adjustability to handle plus sized wheels and my drop...

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:21 PM   #11
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The Eibach pro-kit springs and Koni FSD dampers were pretty much made for each other. They're a good option too, but they're less aggressive than a coilover kit.

Seriously, Go PSS10's w/ Turner sways and never look back.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:10 AM   #12
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I'll second this: Seriously, Go PSS10's w/ Turner sways and never look back.

I have that setup and love it. I can adjust the struts/shocks to softer than the original or to much firmer.
A setting of about 2/3 is about equal to the original suspension (struts/shocks) when new. I normally run 6-8 for track sessions.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:50 AM   #13
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the sways are adjustable too, but leave them in the soft or in between setting unless you want to be a tokyo drift star. (there are two holes on each end. you can out one endlink in stiff and one in soft.)
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:52 PM   #14
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Im in need of help. im currently on set of racelands and need to move one asap. my problem is i live in new york city meaning the roads here are so bad. but i work in upstate so once im in the high way its all great and i go over the speed limit. like about 50 miles over lol(no cops on that highway i swear). so the point im trying to put out is i need something that does not feel like crap because the city roads suks but feel still stiff enough so i don't lose control. budget is about 2K OR LESS. please help
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:29 PM   #15
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I fitted my V2's two weeks ago and i must say that the ride quality is very good.

My front coils are lowered to the max and the car is still more confortable than with the H&R sport springs I had previously.

But bilstein is bilstein...
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:44 PM   #16
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Unless your car is going to live on a track, you don't need PSS10's...

I have the basic Bilstein PSS kit, and it does everything I need as far as giving enough adjustability to handle plus sized wheels and my drop...

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If you bought the PSS10's for heavy track use then you're doing it wrong. If you want something that's less aggressive than the PSS10's, then see below:

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The Eibach pro-kit springs and Koni FSD dampers were pretty much made for each other. They're a good option too, but they're less aggressive than a coilover kit.

Seriously, Go PSS10's w/ Turner sways and never look back.
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