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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 07-18-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
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Coilover Choices - Opinions - Searched already

First I am not a newb. I have been on the forum for many years. I have searched plenty on the first set I purchased on my old M3. I have additionally done a bunch of research lately. I am looking to redo my suspension and get a decent coilover. I currently have Tein springs on OEM shocks. I like the drop although want it lower with no wheel gap. The ride is actually not bad, but feels soft. I could get new shocks, but that won't give me the ability to go lower. It's been a good 5 years since I got my first set of coilovers. Since then a ton of brands have come onto the market. What are your opinions? Here is my list so far that I have come up with within my budget (less money the better - 1-2K max). I do not track the car, but want it to ride decent and be stiff, but not teeth shattering. Car is not my DD.

Not in any order
1. Stance GR+ - seems like a decent setup - not overly expensive - has decent reviews
2. Fortune Auto - seems like a decent setup - not overly expensive - USA rebuildable - heard of earlier version leaking - now Gen 4
3. KW V2 - they are a great choice and get great reviews - would like V3 but get expensive - no camber plates
4 BC Racing - seems decent and get ok reviews - cheaper
5. ST - ok reviews - cheaper
6. Tein SSP - I bought these for the first setup - not best quality but rode fine - had no issues
7. Status - heard good things - not too expensive

I know there are more options out there. What are people using now that they are happy with? I know coilovers are not necessary for the street, but I want to control height adjustment and rebound. All opinions are welcome and don't want this to turn into brand bashing so keep your opinions positive if possible. Thanks
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:57 PM   #2
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i have ST's they are made by kw and have a 5 year warranty. i like how they ride, also you can clam the car with them. got them for around $850.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:41 PM   #3
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Thanks for responding. I am trying to save money as much as possible, but willing to splurge if I know the ride will be nice. Heard good things about the ST's. KW's have a great reputation. Anyone else have opinions?....
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:26 PM   #4
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There is a recent thread on ST. Many say that their rear springs sit crooked and they compress so much that the coils end up touching. Check it out.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=996419
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:29 PM   #5
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Pass on the ST's. KW's would be good.. BC Racing and SGT would be my top two pics on your list.

Considered the Koni/gc setup? The mid line kit I believe is like $1800, comes with camber plates, and custom spring rates and all the good ****.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:03 PM   #6
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grab some used BCs, a few for sale...
i wouldt touch the STs, seems compromised by KW to cu the price and im dead set on having height adjustment independent of preload if i go coils...
I would fux with SGT coils too, or fortune if i wanted to spend more than $1k.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:20 PM   #7
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Im biased to KWV2s as I had them on my old 325 and now on this M3. I love them and everyone that rides in my car is impressed with the comfort (especially cuz im really low) and the handling.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:11 PM   #8
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BC/ST/KW

For your tempo and non-track mentality I suggest those in that order.

BC has the camber adjustment plates already...
ST does not have adjustment plates but are cheaper
KW are great for street and track
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