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Old 10-06-2010, 09:09 PM   #1
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new toys came today. Variant 3 coilovers, weekend install

hello c5 freinds. my car is 4 weeks old tomorrow. i have been looking and talking to many vendors on the forum and talked with many very nice people on how to lower my car a little and keep ride comfort the best possible and still be able to go agressive if needed. after reading all i could find and talking to the brand reps. i chose to go with the KW variant 3 coilovers. i will be installing these soon and post results. it was a hard choice as there is many very good coilovers out there to choose from. any one with these let me here your opinions.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:40 PM   #2
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good choice we have now officially tried every system

KW shock bodies are really good and offered the best compression and rebound combinations we felt and so did some Pro drivers who tested them with us. Best value out there by far.

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Old 10-06-2010, 09:42 PM   #3
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Every system? Pedders, Pfadt?

OP, nice system btw, I was thinking of going with KW V1 =p
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:58 PM   #4
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Every system? Pedders, Pfadt?

OP, nice system btw, I was thinking of going with KW V1 =p
Every system but Pfadt. Costly testing but we usually install for clients afterwards at a super discounted rate.

We just completed some testing on the Eibach R1 and R2. Both nice systems but we felt the shock bodies on the KWv3 offered more precise adjustments.

The KWV1 are very good if your not a die hard maniac doing track events and autocross don't hesitate get them.

We are installing 3 more V3 kits over the next week or so we keep them in stock now.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:58 PM   #5
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coilovers installed today

hey all. installed my coilovers today. i love them. i was very leary about putting coilovers on my car. i did not want to make it ride like a 2x4 board. my main concern was ride quality. i installed these as recommended by kw. 9 clicks out on compression and rebound. the car is stiffer than stock. but you dont feel bumps in the road like you did with the stock suspension. i am now going to loosen it up and try it out again. these things are sweet. thanks to JT at X LEVEL for the great price.
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wow looks great. Eventhough I'm going with the red and black motif lol. But I'm really considering the V1s =D
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:38 PM   #7
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just got back from a drive. loosened up the compression on the front. these things are smooth. the stock vibrations are gone with these the car is much smoother even with 22s.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:49 PM   #8
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:37 PM   #9
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Every system but Pfadt. Costly testing but we usually install for clients afterwards at a super discounted rate.

We just completed some testing on the Eibach R1 and R2. Both nice systems but we felt the shock bodies on the KWv3 offered more precise adjustments.

The KWV1 are very good if your not a die hard maniac doing track events and autocross don't hesitate get them.

We are installing 3 more V3 kits over the next week or so we keep them in stock now.
Can the V1's go as low as the V3's on ride height? I like to drive my cars pretty low and normally like the fender lip to be just on top of the tire wich = ZERO tire to fender gap

Can this ride height be achieved with the V1's and is the ride still decent? I don't mind a stiff riding car, looks take precident
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:53 AM   #10
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Can the V1's go as low as the V3's on ride height? I like to drive my cars pretty low and normally like the fender lip to be just on top of the tire wich = ZERO tire to fender gap

Can this ride height be achieved with the V1's and is the ride still decent? I don't mind a stiff riding car, looks take precident
Yes they will. I have the V1's on mine and have the tires close to the fender and still could drop it more. My ride is excellent in my opinion and the stance is great. I have gotten alot of compliments.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:19 AM   #11
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Looks good.

With the prices i've been finding, its getting harder and harder not to go with KW V3's
I've never installed something like this, was it fairly easy?

I'll probably do Sway's & toe links @ same time of my coilover install.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:33 AM   #13
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Yes they will. I have the V1's on mine and have the tires close to the fender and still could drop it more. My ride is excellent in my opinion and the stance is great. I have gotten alot of compliments.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:24 AM   #14
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You can't go wrong with the KW's. The colors are a little ricey but the functionality and price more than make up for it!

We have used the V3's on the street, road course, and drag strip on our test car. They are very adaptable and work well in all 3 scenarios. The V1's are just as nice and offer the same ride heights as the V3's, they just don't the valving adjustability. That being said the pre-set valving in the V1's is much improved over OE and matched for a lower ride height as well. Buy KW's here.
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Old 10-20-2010, 07:51 PM   #15
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I will try and get one up in a day or two my wife does this for me and won't be here for a couple days but I will post one as soon as I can.
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:48 PM   #16
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hey all. just a little update on the coil overs. these things are phenominal. the car rides so much better than it did stock with the 20''wheels and tires. every time i get on a new road and see bad bumps coming or come up on a railroad track i crenge. but they leave me smiling on the other side. the car is so much smoother just thought i would do a follow up on the post. any one looking at buying these you want regret it. i was worried about the car having a harsh ride and beating you to death. but it is better know than it was stock and i am running o'rings on 22''. these things are awesome. ok im stopping now.
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:08 PM   #17
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Sounds like KW is the value to be had here. With the V1s coming in at a grand under Pfadt and about 300 less than Pedders. Looks great.
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:30 AM   #18
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Has anyone or can someone verify that the KW V1 and V3's will clear a stock SS rear 20x9" wheel with the Pzero 275/40/20 tire mounted on the front ?
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ed M. the wheels on the rear of mine have over 1.5'' more backspace than the stock 20 ss wheel. with a tire nearly 1'' taller than stock and they clear very good. the stock ss 20'' should have a lot more clearance than my 22'' do.


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Old 11-04-2010, 12:02 PM   #20
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Can the V1's go as low as the V3's on ride height? I like to drive my cars pretty low and normally like the fender lip to be just on top of the tire wich = ZERO tire to fender gap

Can this ride height be achieved with the V1's and is the ride still decent? I don't mind a stiff riding car, looks take precident
The BMR Camaro (Project TriloG) uses the V3's and we dropped the car 1.75". The look is awesome and there are no issues with bottoming out the car or the shocks.

The V1's ride great also, but we haven't tried running them at 1.75" drop yet so I am not sure how good the ride quality will be at that height.

The KW's seem to be the best performance for the price.
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ed M. the wheels on the rear of mine have over 1.5'' more backspace than the stock 20 ss wheel. with a tire nearly 1'' taller than stock and they clear very good. the stock ss 20'' should have a lot more clearance than my 22'' do.
Thanks. But my question had to do with clearance between the front coil overs ( specifically the springs ) and the inside of the front wheel/tire assembly. When running the factory rear wheel/tire ( 20x9" w/275/40/20 Pzero tire ) mounted on the FRONT of the car, the clearance between the strut assembly is reduced. I know of one person who ruined a set of tires as they rubbed the front Pfadt coil overs springs with the factory SS 20x9" wheel mounted on the front.
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The BMR Camaro (Project TriloG) uses the V3's and we dropped the car 1.75". The look is awesome and there are no issues with bottoming out the car or the shocks.

The V1's ride great also, but we haven't tried running them at 1.75" drop yet so I am not sure how good the ride quality will be at that height.

The KW's seem to be the best performance for the price.
Thanks! Do you know if there is any room to go lower than the 1.75 inches of drop that you went with? Could you go another half an inch lower if you wanted? Also I thought I read somewhere that to adjust the V3's a access hole has to be cut in the trunk??? Is this true? Thanks!
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:53 AM   #23
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Thanks! Do you know if there is any room to go lower than the 1.75 inches of drop that you went with? Could you go another half an inch lower if you wanted? Also I thought I read somewhere that to adjust the V3's a access hole has to be cut in the trunk??? Is this true? Thanks!
Yes, you could physically run them lower, probably another 1/4" but I am not sure about another 1/2". At 1.75" lower the car rode really nice but we haven't went further than that only because we were satisfied with the look at 1.75".

Yes, the top adjustment (rebound) is inside the frame so an access hole must be cut in the trunk pan in order to access the upper adjustment. I haven't decided if this is a good or bad thing though. You could definitely say that having to cut a hole is a bad thing but it does provide very simple adjustability without having to crawl under the car as other brands require. You still have to adjust compression on the bottom though...
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Very very nice! And colorful too! I'm jealous......can't wait to get my coilovers installed after listening to the great results with the V3's!
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Those are nice and the price beats most others on the market. I ended up going with the Pfadt's over the KW3's primarily due to the color scheme. I simply could not get past that yellow and purple...
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