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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 03-21-2013, 03:15 AM   #1
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Question coilover opinions?



ok so before the forum nazis start ranting ive searched all over and yet to find an answer to my question, that being said.
im looking into possible coilovers for my m3, im currently running hr lowering springs with 19x10 wheels in the rear and 19x9 up front with average grip tires. im comparing hr coilovers and kw varient 2s.
my car handles pretty darn good as is. my previous 2 cars had coilovers and stil dont compare to my m3. the question i guess im asking is 2k-2500 really worth it to up the suspension? or is that 2500 best put elsewhere for performance?
any useful information would be appreciated. thanx
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Old 03-21-2013, 03:29 AM   #2
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I really wouldn't recommend KW v2s, V3's would probably be your best bet but if that's too much for you I would still go for v1's over v2's
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:05 AM   #3
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i was looking to stay in the 2500 range, if its really worth it i can spring the extra 200/300 for em, from the research i did i didnt think the v3s were that much more performance wise than the v2s.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:21 AM   #4
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i would get some ASTs, way better than the kw's imo.

what's your driving style like? i think coils are way better than just having springs. but you have to push it around a little to feel the benefit.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:34 AM   #5
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i do a lot of canyon driving with tricky corners and sometimes i dont feel as confident in the suspension but in autocross it feels ok but i think a little better suspension would help in lap times. i dont care to much for daily ride comfort, to me pushing my car harder and faster is more important than a bumpy/stiff ride lol
I havent looked into the AST yet might have to take a gander. a lot of the reviews ive read compare kw, bilstein, and h&r
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:53 AM   #6
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yea i would go with coils. just make sure you actually adjust the dampers lol cause if you're not going to use that function, just go with something that is only height adjustable to save some money. also sways will make the biggest difference suspension wise if you want to look into that
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:58 AM   #7
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ya i was planning on getting sways as well and all poly bushings, thats why i wanted to stay in the 2500 range cuz i planned another 500 in sways and bushings, idealy i wanna stay under 3k for suspension. but if its gonna be worth it to spend a little extra i will.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:28 PM   #8
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Check out ground control coilovers, that's wat ive been runnin on my M3, setup is reasonable 1700ish.. lifetime warranty..fully adjustable, couldn't be happier
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:42 AM   #9
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You would gain a lot from a square 18" wheel setup and good tires. The staggered setup will make your car under steer, and will be difficult with any suspension to dial out. You won't get the full potential out of coilovers, IMO.

Edit. I run a street track GC setup on my track car. Love them. I'm also running the UUC swaybars and full urethane, including subframe. Very neutral and fun car.

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Old 03-23-2013, 02:22 PM   #10
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Check out BC racing. Only $1000 and has great adjustability. Even comes with camber plates and you can choose your spring rates.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:01 PM   #11
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+1 for BC Racing. I have those and I set the adjustability to half hard and half soft. Very comfy ride for coils and comes with camber plates!
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:09 PM   #12
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nah don't pick up bc racing, they break easily lol should google it. a friend ordered a set, and they came already broken
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:18 PM   #13
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Check out ground control coilovers, that's wat ive been runnin on my M3, setup is reasonable 1700ish.. lifetime warranty..fully adjustable, couldn't be happier
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+1 I have ground control coilovers and the car feels a lot better than my friends m3 on kw2's
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:48 AM   #14
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All listed are mainstream and over priced for what they are. I have had v2s, PSs 9 and 10, ast w/swift, h&r street, and tein.

None come even close to fortune auto. Adjustability and options are amazing for price less than v2s are as high as motons. Rebuild prices are far more reasonable and swift custom spring rates standard. Service is impeccable. Setup is completely diff than competitors who use a perched setup. This setup is suspended allowing u to get the rear wheel to lift in hard cornering. If u want to feel your sides ache in the corners go with fortune.
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Go with "Kw Variant 2" change ur RTAB's and live your long life! best for street/track and winter time, well worth the money. PERIOD
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:41 AM   #16
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+1 I have ground control coilovers and the car feels a lot better than my friends m3 on kw2's

How many miles you have on them?
How low you are?
How low your friend is?
What wheels your friend have?
What wheels you have?
what tires?

18' are perfect for performance/look
19' are good more for the look than performance
(20' LOL which some ppl do) ruined the car

It all depends, but if you put a new suspension to your car and your RTAB's are bad, the car still ride like a crap, and goes side ways.
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How many miles you have on them?
How low you are?
How low your friend is?
What wheels your friend have?
What wheels you have?
what tires?

18' are perfect for performance/look
19' are good more for the look than performance
(20' LOL which some ppl do) ruined the car

It all depends, but if you put a new suspension to your car and your RTAB's are bad, the car still ride like a crap, and goes side ways.
I have 15k on them. He has 22k
We're both at 12.5
He has Stock 18s
I have arc8's
I have federal 595.
he has general gmax uhp.
My car has 78k miles on it
His car has 83k and he has a rear strut bar.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:56 PM   #18
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i have Kw V2, they are pretty smooth with regular driving, but when im feeling spirited they are more than enough to get the job done.
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