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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 08-27-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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Status gruppe coilovers review

Ok so as promised, I will write my review.

A couple months ago I blew a strut on the highway and since my suspension had about 135k miles, I figured I might as well go ahead and replace the whole suspension as opposed to just replacing the bad strut. I decided to go with status gruppe coilovers and was very happy at first.

The handling is amazing, I can take 90 degree turns at 40 miles an hour and I get virtually no body roll and very minimal understeer even with the oem staggered wheel setup. The struts are holding up very well and I haven't had any problems with it so far except for one thing.... My sway bar end links have literally fallen off. I have no idea how such a thing happens but both the driver and passenger side front sway bar end links have fallen off completely and I need to replace them. I will most likely put my oem non adjustable end links back on if I can get them on. Right now my away bar is completely disconnected from the suspension of my car. I live down a somewhat bumpy road but honestly there's no excuse for such a thing to happen in my opinion. I am very disappointed that this happened so for those of you looking into the status gruppe coilovers, I would strongly advise you to check and tighten your sway bar end links quite often. I have put about a thousand miles on the suspension and everything except for the end links has been wonderful. Installation was a breeze and I've had no trouble with any of the components except for the end links.

I will continue to post the good and bads as they occur and I'm really hoping that nothing like this happens again but, I am very shocked and disappointed that this occurred. But aside from that, the status gruppe coilovers have proven to be very well designed and they handle extremely well without sacrificing ride quality. I have the stiffest spring rates available from them and even with those, the ride is still smooth and suitable for daily use.

I have the car lowered about an inch on the front and 1.5 inches in the back and am nowhere near the maximum drop. I have experienced no rubbing or bottoming at all and can still go over most speed bumps without scraping the skirts.

Overall, I am happy and satisfied with my purchase from status gruppe, but as previously stated, I am still disappointed in the quality of the sway bar end links. Personally, for the money I spent, I think I made a good decision with the status gruppe coilovers and the customer service was amazing. Even after the purchase, they still continue to help you out if you have any issues with anything and that goes a long way in my book.

So for those of you looking into suspension upgrades for your m3, I definitely recommend status gruppe coilovers. Just make sure you check your components frequently to avoid any issues.

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Old 08-29-2013, 07:19 AM   #2
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I'm thinking gruppe, bc racing, or st coilovers right now. All are around the same price. Currently on Koni/Eibachs. Ride is great with this setup. Wonder if the coilovers will make my car more noisier/bouncier since they are coilovers.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:50 AM   #3
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I'm thinking gruppe, bc racing, or st coilovers right now. All are around the same price. Currently on Koni/Eibachs. Ride is great with this setup. Wonder if the coilovers will make my car more noisier/bouncier since they are coilovers.
Well status gruppe has a lifetime warranty and if something happens, like say you strip/break a bolt during install or damage something or do what I did and somehow manage to lose your sway bar end links after installation, they will replace them for you. And their help/customer service even months after the purchase have been invaluable. For the money you're spending, you can't go wrong with status gruppe. But I would stay away from st and bc; there's a reason they don't have a lifetime warranty on their suspension.

Status gruppe has treated me very well and overall I'm more than satisfied with my choice. And as far as the ride quality, you can adjust the height of the coilovers and the stiffness, so you can essentially make it ride like a race car, or you can make it ride like a Camry. It all comes down to how you adjust it.

Honestly, go with status gruppe. You won't be disappointed.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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90 degree turns at 40 miles per hour; epic review.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:14 AM   #5
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90 degree turns at 40 miles per hour; epic review.
Sarcasm? I'm just trying to help people out that's all lol
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:31 PM   #6
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OP, The links could have became loose and came apart because they might not have been tight. The reason I say this is if you installed them at the shortest height its very easy to confuse them being tight or not as the lock nuts will spin towards the joint and not the rod in the center. Shoot us your address and we can send you new parts.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:02 PM   #7
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I really don't see how they would come apart unless they just weren't tightened completely... but I think I'll put some threadlock on mine, just to be safe.

I installed mine a month ago and have to second this. Excellent handling and they don't sacrifice a lot of comfort, even with the stiffest spring set (8/9kg). And you won't get any other coilovers at the same price that have lifetime warranty and are completely anodized/powder coated so that you don't have to worry about corrosion.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:36 AM   #8
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:53 AM   #9
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Did you use the current OEM droplinks or new ones?
I used the status gruppe end links. The stock ones aren't compatible with lowered setups because the end link will actually make contact with the control arm. I have the stock sway bars and control arms (both front and rear) but my other suspension components are all from status gruppe's coilover package
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:56 AM   #10
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OP, The links could have became loose and came apart because they might not have been tight. The reason I say this is if you installed them at the shortest height its very easy to confuse them being tight or not as the lock nuts will spin towards the joint and not the rod in the center. Shoot us your address and we can send you new parts.
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Thanks mike, I'm sure I just didn't torque them down enough and they came loose. I doubt it's any fault of yours. Just a simple error and luckily an even simpler fix. Sorry I haven't gotten back to you in a while I've been getting settled in my new place but I'll go ahead and give you a call either today or tomorrow with my new address so we can take care of the issue.

EVERYBODY LOOK!! Proof that mike cares about his customers! The guy has continued to help me out even months after the purchase/install. Customer service at its finest!

Thanks again man, talk to you soon.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:12 PM   #11
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:22 PM   #12
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great set of coilovers, with awesome customer service and life time warranty included in the price. I have had mine on for a couple of months and no complaints here, the ride is stellar. I would have made a mistake had I went with another set. Thanks again mike!
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Did you get your SG coils with the springs that come with it or did you upgrade yours to swifts? Im trying to get a comparison on them to determine if they're worth it or not. Heard good things about swift springs that they are linear and dont bind.
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Did you get your SG coils with the springs that come with it or did you upgrade yours to swifts? Im trying to get a comparison on them to determine if they're worth it or not. Heard good things about swift springs that they are linear and dont bind.
I have the standard 8/9kg springs. All the spring options they offer are linear, that just means that there isn't a weaker/smaller section in the spring to make bumps softer at the cost of handling.

As for the swift springs, I really have no idea what difference they will make. Should give Mike a call/pm about them, he won't bullshit you about them.
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:45 AM   #15
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I have the SGT coilovers with the softest spring set available.

Both the driver and passenger side front sway bar end links were detached when I was changing the oil in January this year. I believe that it might have been installation error, never the less, the car was fine and Mike sent a new set over to me pronto without hesitation. I actually got a chance to check out San Diego Motorsports and see my coilovers before they were shipped earlier last year. Mike is the man. period.
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:25 AM   #16
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Hi All,

Recently, I bought these coilovers from Status Gruppe with the following options:

Coilover setup
Camber plate
Swift spring
Camber set to 0
Rear spring adjuster set to 1 1/2 inch (per Mike's suggestion and it works like a charm)
#3 Spring setting 7kg/9kg

my wheels setup are:

Front - 19x9.5 wheels
Tires - Falken 452 245/40ZR19

Rear - 19x10.5 wheels
Tires - Falken 452 275/35ZR19


I mainly use this car as a daily driver (56 miles a day) east bay to inner san francisco
and I carpool with 2 women weighing 112lbs and 107lbs
and both sit on the right side of the car so no going crazy on ride height.

We finished the setup with 1 1/2 inch clearance on rear and 1inch in front.
shock stiffness is set to 16 clicks from soft on all corner, camber setting is set to 0 and tell you boi this **** is amaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaazzzzzziiiiiiiiiing g!!!!!!!


me and my mechanic and a co-mechanic test drove it to see if it will rub and it didn't at all and my fenders aren't rolled either.

Passengers:

Driver (Me): 173lbs
Right passenger: 168lbs
Rear left passenger: 166lbs
Rear right passenger: 178lbs

with all that weight inside, the car, it only went down less than an inch.
drove it around as fast at 65mph (aggressively) and no rubbing issue at all
noted, my fenders aren't rolled in yet.
As for bump test.. .. I am not really sure what wizardry Mike worked on these as each bump we pass through around 15 - 25mph of speed. each bump just seemed to be flat.. driving through those bumps, sagged and cracked pavements seemed to be more comfortable than my mom's SUV (nissan murano).

As for the parts itself even though I have not experienced other known brands such as KW, TCKline, Koni, Beilstienne, Ground control and some other high end stuff not for peasants and with no knowledge about this stuff.
Per my mechanic's and other co-mechanics that are experts on tuning specially on dedicated track and drift cars. they are totally amazed and wowed by what these products from Status Gruppe (Mike Migs and team) can do. they are more worth, more properly engineered, more logically designed (double bearing that holds the pillow ball) for the price range as compared to what have they worked on (mentioned above).
not to mention, my mechanic actually tore appart their wheels on a dedicated 2 drift car and 1 track cars and 1 part time track car using KW, Koni v3, Beillstein PSS10, and Beillstein PSS9 just to actually show how each function of SGT coils excels on each corner compared to the one they have and worked on.

another thing that needs to be highlighted about this product Status Gruppe BMW e46 m3 SRS Coilover kit
is that you don't have to re-use old parts such as shock mounts as they come in standard and a lot more solid and well planted once installed (thanks to Mike Migs for using his own car as a guinea pig) however, I'd still recommend buying the following parts:

E36, E46 Rear Shock Tower Mount Reinforcement Kit
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-34...ement-kit.aspx

Rear Spring Pad - 5mm - E30 E36 E46 X3 Z3 Z4 (TOP)
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-53...-x3-z3-z4.aspx

Rear Lower Spring Pad - E46 E83 X3 E85 Z4
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-30...x3-e85-z4.aspx

Rear Trailing Arm Bushings (RTAB) - OEM Rubber - E36, E46, Z4 (Pair)
*NOTE* I decided to use these ones instead of the harder other version as it will help cushion and dampen shock a bit more since coilover setup is already harsh (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but I chose it this way)
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-36...6-z4-pair.aspx

there's also this one that I didn't manage to buy but I'd recommend it
Rogue Engineering E46 Rear Spring Perch Reinforcement
http://www.rogueengineering.com/rogu.../RSP_REIN.html


Below is a link that shows comparison of the product over the stock and how it looks like once it's installed.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/108512258@N08/

I hope this helps even just a bit.. please do let me know if you wish to see specific spots and details of the setup and I'll take pictures.

I will take the car back to the shop tomorrow for alignment check and will take some pictures to share.

Thanks Mike!
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