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Old 01-06-2010, 12:27 PM   #1
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Question FK Coilovers from ECS Tuning...who's running em?

I've been trolling these suspension threads for a while now, looking for details that set one brand of coilovers from another.

Being that I want the most functionality, comfort and reliability at the least amount of money I think I'm going to go with FK Coilovers.
Specifically the Silverline X.

The questions I have are...
Who on here are also running these?
How are you liking them?
Approximately how many miles have you logged with them on?

Your input is greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:39 PM   #2
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Ran the SilverLines on our E46 328Ci and they were a solid setup. Cheaper alternative to KW but the SilverLine setup was good quality and performed well.
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:44 PM   #3
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Hey Nick, if I wanted to go a little cheaper and opted for the Cadmium Plated version (w/ adjustable dampening of course), would that be a wise choice?
Since I'm in sunny San Diego, I figure stainless wouldn't be such a necessity.

What do you think?
I might only save me another $100-$150.
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I think stainless is worth the extra cost, if nothing else, for peace of mind. We ran the stainless option here in NorCal and we do get rain but nothing too drastic...it was still worth it to know that we would not have to deal with rust issues down the line.
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:53 PM   #5
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I just checked in with ECS Tuning's site and it appears they've knocked 36% off of their FK Standard Series, Sport Edition Plus (fully adjustable).
They're not making this easy for me!
Aarrggghhhh!

What do I do?
Extreme corrosion resistance (w/ SilverlineX) or BIG money savings (w/ Standard Series)?????
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.....What do I do?
Extreme corrosion resistance (w/ SilverlineX) or BIG money savings (w/ Standard Series)?????
Save your money, get the standard series.

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Are all the dampers Koni's?In the fully adjustable standard one they don't mention if the shocks are from Koni.
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NO. They are FK.

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The questions I have are...
Who on here are also running these?
How are you liking them?
Approximately how many miles have you logged with them on?

Your input is greatly appreciated!
TIA.
I am personally running these on own E46 330i. I currently have the Sport Edition Plus setup. I am running them at the second softest setting and nearly as low as they will go. I can not say enough about these, they really are a great coilover setup for the cost.

We are also running FK coils on out shop E36 M3 and E92 335i, and they hold up to the workout all shop cars go through!

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Are all the dampers Koni's?In the fully adjustable standard one they don't mention if the shocks are from Koni.
The Silverline's and the Silverline X both feature Koni built shocks, as does the Konigsport coilovers.


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Is it true that they have basically no CS in the US and the lifetime warranty crap is basically BS?
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Is it true that they have basically no CS in the US and the lifetime warranty crap is basically BS?
We handle all warranty claims as well as take care of all customer service issues.

So if anyone would ever have a problem we will personally take care of it here in house.

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thanks Joe, thats good to know, im seriously considering coilovers later this year after i do my clutch
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:54 PM   #13
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I wish i ordered a set of these, you guys are running such a great sale on them instead of buying springs.
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Old 01-25-2010, 12:32 AM   #14
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Joe...would the softest setting on the coilovers give a more comfortable ride than the stock sport suspension?
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thanks Joe, thats good to know, im seriously considering coilovers later this year after i do my clutch
Sounds good keep me posted!

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I wish i ordered a set of these, you guys are running such a great sale on them instead of buying springs.
You still have time we have a few sets still in stock, you can always sell the springs!

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Joe...would the softest setting on the coilovers give a more comfortable ride than the stock sport suspension?
I can not comment on if it will be exactly better then stock. However I can tell you that I have mine set very low and on the second softest setting and it had great ride quality for my daily driving!


Please let me know if I could help with any other questions!

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Joe...would the softest setting on the coilovers give a more comfortable ride than the stock sport suspension?
First off, I'm running the same ones as Joe and I'm in no way affiliated with ECS Tuning. I just saw this sale and nearly started crying a bit since I paid full price a few months ago.

With that said, I was in the same dilema as many of you in choosing. I've run Bilsteins, Koni OTS, OEM Sport Package along with various spring combinations for a couple various E46 models. I've also ridden in cars that have had Eibach, KW, Bilstein, H&R CO's.

From my observation, the FK does a great job at dampening better than the stock sport suspension. Even at the 2nd softest setting, it seems to ride more comfortable than the stock sport suspension even with the harsher FK springs. The pistons are also beefier out back vs. oem as well which can only help in dampening.

I wondered also about the dampening characteristics of the non-Koni versions and took a chance and decided to try them. Honestly, the FK branded shocks seem very similiar to the Koni Yellow OTS I've had before and has very similiar ride characteristics in terms of broad and refined shock curve(based on my butt shock dyno) and the bad roads I drive on.

I was also struggling with getting the Silverline series but having had previous cadium plated shocks and driving through a few winters, I didn't see a need for the added SS versions considering I wasn't going to be keeping my car for more than a few years.

I would definitely recommend the SS Silverline series if you plan on keeping your car for the long haul and/or also want to show off your car parts if you enter shows.

One thing I have noticed is that at the upper most spring perch limit, I'm at where the stock oem sport package suspension was in height. I was hoping to raise it a bit higher for the snow season. But for people living in the warm climates or people wanting to "dump" their rides, these can definitely do that. I had it only halfway down during the summer months and that was already pretty low and couldn't imagine going any lower in the city I live in.

Lastly regarding customer service, Joe has been very helpful at answering any questions I had both pre sales and after sales. I haven't had to do any warranty work so I can't comment but he seemed very enthusiastic about the products he sells and seemed to believe in them 100%.
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I'm really liking that deal on the Sport Edition Plus, but wondered if I might be better off with an H&R Touring Cup Kit. I have an 01 325 Ci Sport Pkg with a blown front shock, so I need to do something. Not looking for extreme drop, the roads in Tampa SUCK, but would definitely like a little firmer ride and a reasonable drop. Seems to me the FK is a heck of a deal at @$100 more than the H&R.

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First off, I'm running the same ones as Joe and I'm in no way affiliated with ECS Tuning. I just saw this sale and nearly started crying a bit since I paid full price a few months ago.

With that said, I was in the same dilema as many of you in choosing. I've run Bilsteins, Koni OTS, OEM Sport Package along with various spring combinations for a couple various E46 models. I've also ridden in cars that have had Eibach, KW, Bilstein, H&R CO's.

From my observation, the FK does a great job at dampening better than the stock sport suspension. Even at the 2nd softest setting, it seems to ride more comfortable than the stock sport suspension even with the harsher FK springs. The pistons are also beefier out back vs. oem as well which can only help in dampening.

I wondered also about the dampening characteristics of the non-Koni versions and took a chance and decided to try them. Honestly, the FK branded shocks seem very similiar to the Koni Yellow OTS I've had before and has very similiar ride characteristics in terms of broad and refined shock curve(based on my butt shock dyno) and the bad roads I drive on.

I was also struggling with getting the Silverline series but having had previous cadium plated shocks and driving through a few winters, I didn't see a need for the added SS versions considering I wasn't going to be keeping my car for more than a few years.

I would definitely recommend the SS Silverline series if you plan on keeping your car for the long haul and/or also want to show off your car parts if you enter shows.

One thing I have noticed is that at the upper most spring perch limit, I'm at where the stock oem sport package suspension was in height. I was hoping to raise it a bit higher for the snow season. But for people living in the warm climates or people wanting to "dump" their rides, these can definitely do that. I had it only halfway down during the summer months and that was already pretty low and couldn't imagine going any lower in the city I live in.

Lastly regarding customer service, Joe has been very helpful at answering any questions I had both pre sales and after sales. I haven't had to do any warranty work so I can't comment but he seemed very enthusiastic about the products he sells and seemed to believe in them 100%.
Thanks for the kind words! Please let me know if there is anything I can do!

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I'm confused.... do all of the FK Coilovers come with Koni dampers or only certain versions?
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