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Old 02-24-2014, 10:59 AM   #761
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Well, his front tire profile is 35 instead of the correct 40.

But under no circumstances would I recommend changing tire profile just to alter appearance if it was already correct.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:00 PM   #762
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By changing or removing any of the components you will void your warranty.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:17 PM   #763
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Ugh tire size will not affect anything other than appearance in this case. A 235/40 would fit slot better that a 225/35, that's a pretty skinny tire


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Old 02-24-2014, 01:10 PM   #764
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Ugh tire size will not affect anything other than appearance in this case. A 235/40 would fit slot better that a 225/35, that's a pretty skinny tire


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Im running 245/40/19 in the front and still got 3 threads before I hit lowest setting.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:46 PM   #765
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That is what is being said.

In any way 225/40/18 is the correct tire size for the front, he has the wrong size right off the bat.
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:10 PM   #766
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By changing or removing any of the components you will void your warranty.
Rightfully so.
Anyone who intends to use a shorter helper spring should be mindful of this fact.

By running a strut/shock within a range it is not designed for, you will significantly shorten its lifespan.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:39 AM   #767
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Does anyone else think my front should be lower? @Kris, what do you think? Does that height look right to you?

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Old 02-25-2014, 10:48 AM   #768
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Does anyone else think my front should be lower? @Kris, what do you think? Does that height look right to you?
Can I have your HUB to fender measurements?
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Height is right, you need taller tires. Then you'll prob rub lol


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So it'll sit lower on a 40 tire up front?
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I have 2 kits that were returned and rebuilt.

E46 M3 $250
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Only one of each. First come first served. Comes with a full 2 year warranty.
this a long shot but is the M3 set still available? PM if so, thanks.
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So it'll sit lower on a 40 tire up front?
The car isn't gonna sit lower. It's just that the 40 is a taller profile tire so it'll fill up the gap giving the appearance of the car being lower. Scroll up and look at my touring. I have 40 in the front with about 3 more threads before I'm at lowest setting and 30 in the back with only about a quarter way down on the collar. Also check that nipple on the strut that slides inbetween the pinch mount. I know for sure I had them in during install but after my left side wasn't sitting as low as my right, I rechecked and sure enough the left side nipple was sitting on top of the pinch mount. The way your picture is looking is exactly how mine was riding on that side.
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this a long shot but is the M3 set still available? PM if so, thanks.
Good try but LOOOOOOONG gone lol
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:30 PM   #774
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@Kris - So after some research I noticed that you have a front spring rate of 345lbs and a progressive rear spring rate, which is the same as the ST Coilovers! Since you sell both and recommend both all the time, where would you say the difference in quality lies from your product to theirs to justify double the price? Shocks, Springs Materials, etc.?

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@Kris - So after some research I noticed that you have a front spring rate of 345lbs and a progressive rear spring rate, which is the same as the ST Coilovers! Since you sell both and recommend both all the time, where would you say the difference in quality lies from your product to theirs to justify double the price? Shocks, Springs Materials, etc.?
Here ya go:
Warranty 5 years w/ ST
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Ride quality is better w/ST
ST can handle more beating like Autocrossing

Those are things I can honestly speak to. Overall ST is a solid kit with a great following of thousands of customers.
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@Kris - So after some research I noticed that you have a front spring rate of 345lbs and a progressive rear spring rate, which is the same as the ST Coilovers! Since you sell both and recommend both all the time, where would you say the difference in quality lies from your product to theirs to justify double the price? Shocks, Springs Materials, etc.?
Better valving, better warranty, better paint coating on the springs with ST.
Street Edge are basically a budget version of ST's (which are already a budget version of KW V1's)

I own kits from both companies.

Still curious why my order from The Suspension Source came with a signed commercial invoice from KW. Kris, I asked you the affiliation between your company and KW over the phone. What is it?
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Better valving, better warranty, better paint coating on the springs with ST.
Street Edge are basically a budget version of ST's (which are already a budget version of KW V1's)

I own kits from both companies.

Still curious why my order from The Suspension Source came with a signed commercial invoice from KW. Kris, I asked you the affiliation between your company and KW over the phone. What is it?
Sent ya an email about it Alex. My shipper was running behind and dropped off his shipments at KW to ship out since he was already there picking up our stock order. Their pickup is later in evening when ours is around 330pm. He was thinking of how to make sure the international orders went out without causing any delays.
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Old 03-02-2014, 11:04 PM   #778
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What suspension hardware is everyone buying with their coil over install?

Reinforcement plates?
Front and rear top hats?
Paper gaskets?

I'm planning to do the rear trailing arm bushing too, and need to know what other necessary parts needs replacing. My car has 150k on original suspension.
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What suspension hardware is everyone buying with their coil over install?

Reinforcement plates?
Front and rear top hats?
Paper gaskets?

I'm planning to do the rear trailing arm bushing too, and need to know what other necessary parts needs replacing. My car has 150k on original suspension.
I just bought the front and rear top hats and new gaskets for the back. I didn't do the reinforcement plates. It never was mentioned that it was necessary so I didn't bother. Plus, someone correct me if I'm wrong, but don't think you can mount a strut tower bar if you put the reinforcement plate on.
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I've tried to search and haven't found a kit for the xi. Do you guys have anything in the works or something that I can't seem to find?

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