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Old 11-08-2007, 10:04 AM   #21
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i have been wondering what those rims looked like from the side for awhile now....unreal, honestly...velocity makes some stylish stuff, man
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:15 AM   #22
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Great thread, keep the info coming. My only complaint/suggestion we need a baseline for the comfort rating. I know everyone has their own preferences and opinions on how comfortable or stiff a ride they like, but a baseline would help; for instance the stock non sport suspension is comfort level 10 (cushy) stock sport setup is 9-9.5 (little stiffer than non sport) compared with a race setup would be like a level 2-3 (very hard). Otherwise great thread.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:26 AM   #23
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Yeah, great idea for a thread.

The only thing I would suggest, is to add a picture also. And just one or two pics. No pic whoring.

I'll make sure to do this once I put mine on....
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i'll be back in here once i put my v3's on and have them dialed in... in the spring
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:34 AM   #24
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year and body style: 2002 330 Conv
setup being rated: TEIN SS coilover suspension
adjustments: Ride Height & damping
additional aftermarket components: EDFC, UUC swaybars, UUC rear control/camber arms, rear reforcement plates
additional info: car has 77k miles on it. About 13k with this setup
preferred ride style: I like a bit of a still ride most the time. I do travel alot in the city so I got the EDFC for quick dampering changes.
would you recommend this setup? Yes
price paid, including installation (if applicable): Just Coils & EDFC installed $1600. I got everthing install at the same time so this is just an est.
ride comfort: 9
handling: 9


I'm assuming by other aftermarket components you meant only for the suspension.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:41 AM   #25
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I'm assuming by other aftermarket components you meant only for the suspension.
correct, sir...just what may change your experience with that specific suspension setup, regarding specifically the shocks and springs... or coilovers, in your case.

That's two for the Tein SS...i'm surprised there havent been any reviews of some Bilsteins yet....curious what people have to say about them.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:44 AM   #26
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How about some KW..
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:44 AM   #27
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correct, sir...just what may change your experience with that specific suspension setup, regarding specifically the shocks and springs... or coilovers, in your case.

That's two for the Tein SS...i'm surprised there havent been any reviews of some Bilsteins yet....curious what people have to say about them.
Dont worry Im sure them and the KW's will be on here soon
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:50 AM   #28
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this thread has sticky potential
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:55 AM   #29
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setup being rated: H&R Cup Kit
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additional info: 160K+ miles
preferred ride style: Low and responsive without being uncomfortable or too low for driveways.
would you recommend this setup? Yes
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:48 AM   #30
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if enough people post their setups i will gather them up and recompile them into a master post, free of other comments and my bumps, etc. then i will push to get it made into a sticky.
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Old 11-08-2007, 12:11 PM   #31
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Great thread, keep the info coming. My only complaint/suggestion we need a baseline for the comfort rating. I know everyone has their own preferences and opinions on how comfortable or stiff a ride they like, but a baseline would help; for instance the stock non sport suspension is comfort level 10 (cushy) stock sport setup is 9-9.5 (little stiffer than non sport) compared with a race setup would be like a level 2-3 (very hard). Otherwise great thread.
+1 Guys. when youre rating comfort level, think 10 as stock non-sport and 9 as stock sport. no freekin way are these coilovers getting a 9 on the scale I have the UUC Stage 3 suspension, and coming from the stock non sport id rate it an 7.5, not to mention its one of the less harsher ride suspensions out there.

ill write my review up once i install my swaybars,ca+bushings, and get an allignment cuz my car is riding a lil funky now,
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:09 PM   #32
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Old 11-08-2007, 07:23 PM   #33
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My Ride: 2002tii, 540i, 330i
year and body style: 2004 330i
setup being rated: ZHP Suspension
adjustments: None
additional aftermarket components: Factory
additional info: Firmer springs (front +6%, rear +8%), Firmer shocks (Jounce: front +50%, rear +20%), (Rebound: front +35%, rear -8%), Larger diameter anti-roll bars: 23.5 mm front (v. 23.0), 18.5 mm rear (v. 18.0), More rigid forward bushings, Lower ride height by 15 mm (.6 inches) utilizing shorter auxiliary springs, -.5 degrees of camber (for a total of -1.1 degrees)
preferred ride style: A step up from the Sport Package, but not as aggressive as Coil Overs
would you recommend this setup? YES!!!! If you don't want to install a suspension setup. Best Factory Suspension
ride comfort: Driving is extremely comfortable. Harsh roads are bearable and not brain rattling. 8
handling: Compared to Coil Overs, this is nothing. But given its setup, it handles extremely well. Cornering is amazing 7.5

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Old 11-09-2007, 12:03 PM   #34
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Old 11-09-2007, 12:11 PM   #35
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This is an excellent thread! I'd like know how the stage 1 Koni system Dinan recommends compares to the Bilstein PSS coilover and spring combo. I know many folks here in this forum love the coilovers. I have the sport package on my car and when I have my 17" rims on for the summer, I'm not sure I'd want to get too much more stiff. The roads in Maine are nasty compared to those of you who don't have winter salt and frost heaves to deal with. I'd also like to hear someone compare the difference in compliance between the sport setup and Koni of Bilstein.
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Old 11-09-2007, 01:30 PM   #36
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setup being rated: FK Coilovers
adjustments: Slammed all the way down
additional aftermarket components: +1 wheel, 18" running 225/40 zr's and front and rear strut bar
additional info: n/a
preferred ride style: A great handling setup; willing to sacrifice some ride comfort
would you recommend this setup? Yes. Had the stock sport setup, but that was too loose when performing agressive turns - lots of body roll.
ride comfort: On good roads, driving is extremely comfortable. Harsh roads are bearable, not brain rattling, but you can feel some of the imperfections. 8.5
handling: I feel the handling is extremely well. Cornering is very good. Still tweaking the air pressure to get it "just right." 8.5
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Old 11-09-2007, 02:04 PM   #37
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My Ride: 2003 330i ZHP
year and body style: 2001 330i sport
setup being rated: SCCA DS Autocross prep - Koni double adjustable shocks from TC Kline, (koni doesn't make double adjustable themselves) a 28(?)mm H&R front bar, and ground control adjustable endlinks
adjustments: adjustable front sway & endlinks, and both compression & rebound on all four shocks - bar is set to soft setting, shocks are set to 7 front, 5 rear compression, and full rebound for autocross, and no rebound for street. Full soft for both in the winter. (MN)
additional aftermarket components: HPS front / HP+ rear pads, extra set of sport wheels w/ Hoosier A6's in 245/40/17
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preferred ride style: D Stock Autocross, and daily driven
would you recommend this setup? Yes.
price paid, including installation (if applicable): $1900 for shocks, $120 for endlinks, $300? for swaybar, DIY install
ride comfort: if stock is 7, this setup is probably 6 for "comfort", in that my girlfriend doesn't like it as much.
handling: if stock is 7, this setup on the street is an 8, and a 9 for autocross use/settings.

The autocross settings are very unstreetable, but totally transform the car for that use. It's certainly not as good as a coilover setup, but it's stock-class legal, and quite a bit better for autocross. Reduces body roll significantly, and helps facilitate weight transfer to the rear, resulting in less inside rear tire spin and more grip.
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:19 PM   #38
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