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      01-29-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Question HR Sport Springs vs ACS or KW coilovers V2

Questions for the experts, I’m a first time BMW owner I have a 535I 2011 6MT, I don’t have M or Sport pkg but I do have the DSC and DTC. Since I never owned the older models I can’t compare the differences in the ride. I would like to have a sportier ride, like the M5 2008 that I test drove three times, before I decided on the 535i. I have read all the threads on here, some people went only springs and other went coilovers. HR springs cost around $295 not including labor, haven’t checked on ACS yet and KW V2 around $1999 not including labor. I would like to get the best bang for my hard working dollars. With that all said how much of a difference is there between springs and coilovers?
FYI I live outside of Atlanta, commute everyday on I85, I do take trips to my in-laws up in the north GA mountains where I can have some fun.

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Ya thats my issues also. I have wheels on the way and dont know what to get. Its a harder choice now because my other car is a sports car compared to a sedan thats a crusizer
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Coilovers all the way
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Can you elaborate on the differences, as I stated I have a stock suspension and to be honest I can't feel any change when I go from normal to sport.
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Coilovers will give you the ability to tune your ride to exactly how you want it. You can dial in the exact ride height you want. Then how stiff or soft you want your dampers to be. Secondly if you want to change something at a later date you can.
With springs only changed you are stuck with what height the manufacturer suggests and you are stuck with factory dampers which are always a compromise. I have had and am currently deciding what coilovers to go on the F10. KWV3, Bilstein, Megan or BC. ULTIMATELY MY CHOICE WILL COME DOWN TO PRICE, EASE OF ADJUSTABILITY.
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Coilovers will give you the ability to tune your ride to exactly how you want it. You can dial in the exact ride height you want. Then how stiff or soft you want your dampers to be. Secondly if you want to change something at a later date you can.
With springs only changed you are stuck with what height the manufacturer suggests and you are stuck with factory dampers which are always a compromise. I have had and am currently deciding what coilovers to go on the F10. KWV3, Bilstein, Megan or BC. ULTIMATELY MY CHOICE WILL COME DOWN TO PRICE, EASE OF ADJUSTABILITY.
Thank you from what I've read the KWV3 seem the way to go, a little pricey though. Wouldn't the V2 work?
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Thank you from what I've read the KWV3 seem the way to go, a little pricey though. Wouldn't the V2 work?
V2 should be good, to adjust the ride comfort (rebound). You don't need K3 unless you're a very serious driver (a little road race and high speed drift) or track your car. Save the cash, get V2. I got V1, will install it in Spring. I got V1 b/c I trust KW tuning it vs myself. My nephew got V1 on his 3 series, the ride is "perfect" to me, and his car is slammed. No need to dick around with settings.
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KW's are the way to go!
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out of all the springs which one give you the most drop??

i cant afford coils ):
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out of all the springs which one give you the most drop??

i cant afford coils ):
Go with H&R, I did and got the most drop and the ride is same as a M car.... I paid for the springs $269 + $300 install can't go wrong. Good luck
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