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      12-27-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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Finally decided on a set of coilovers

After researching and going over tcks, nitrons, jrzs, ohlins, moton s/a, asts, and sachs, I was sure I didnt want kw since they are mass made and you get set spring rates. I really wanted to get a something nice but within reasonable cost.

Price wise tcks sa or da were a steal but once you add on camber plates they are not really a bargain. They have great reviews...hell all the brands listed above have great reveiws, but one other drawback to these coilovers are the finish. From looking at the photos, they look very unattractive. I know it shouldnt be a big factor since they have a long proven history of great performance but I still had a hard time dealing with the aesthetics.

Nitrons, badazz kits that no really runs in the U.S. Rebuildable, 2 way adjustable from a single knob like the JRZ RS1s. And priced very well $2700 for the R1 and $3200 for the R1+ with camber plates and monoball mount. However, there is not much support in the US and it would be a pain having to get the revalving done. Also, im not sure I wanted a real coilover rear setup.

Finally the flagship! The stuff I really wanted. They are sooo pretty. MCS, Moton, JRZ, and ASTs all seem reasonably priced until you start adding all the little components needed to get it right...helper springs, adapter sleeves, rear height adjusters, helper springs, helper couplers, springs, camber plates, thrust sheets/torrington bearings, and etc...At first I thought I could be get one of these set ups for a reasonable price of ~$3k but after pricing a decent setup together I was in the $4k ballpark.

Although I almost pulled the trigger on the JRZ RS1 i really couldnt justify paying $4k for a suspension that I will rarely track. I might see the track at most 4 times a year. My car is not even a DD anymore. Its my weekend car that will barely see much track.

So what did I end up picking? .....drum roll.....

KW Clubsports

why? for ~$2.5k I get camber plates, linear alloy springs, ~500/800lb rates, helper springs, bump comp and rebound settings, ...nothing else needed. Also the new versions are easier to adjust since they have knobs instead of needing a dang allen wrench. Also I wanted an adjustment that gives click feedback an they do.

Also, I picked CS over V3s because of linear springs, the weight (CS are about 5lbs lighter than V3s), and camber plates.

Hopefully I made the right choice and wont have any buyers remorse.

Thanks to all for the help and advice, especially M3SQRD.

Anyway, i figure this post may help others in the decision making progress. I will give a review after I get it installed.
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      12-27-2012, 04:13 PM   #2
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Good luck. Sounds like you did thorough research.
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Nice post. Good luck with the setup
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      12-27-2012, 06:00 PM   #4
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CS are 2500? I thought more like 3k-3200
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      12-27-2012, 06:14 PM   #5
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CS are 2500? I thought more like 3k-3200
Contact Hendrik @ Baan Velgen he can give you a pretty sweet deal. He is a sponsor of the forum.

I couldn't pass up his offer.
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      12-27-2012, 06:32 PM   #6
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Contact Hendrik @ Baan Velgen he can give you a pretty sweet deal. He is a sponsor of the forum.

I couldn't pass up his offer.
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      12-27-2012, 10:18 PM   #7
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Good job--sounds like you were honest with yourself regarding your needs.
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      12-29-2012, 10:43 AM   #9
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Congrats on finally selecting a suspension
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      12-29-2012, 03:32 PM   #10
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      12-30-2012, 07:59 AM   #11
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Sounds like you are barely driving the car at all!

If I were you I'd consider just getting springs and camber plates for ~750 and spend what you saved on more track days
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      01-02-2013, 09:39 AM   #12
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Congrats! $2500 for a KW CS is awesome! I think it beats all other kits at this price range. I will definitely consider it when i shop for suspension.
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Congrats! $2500 for a KW CS is awesome! I think it beats all other kits at this price range. I will definitely consider it when i shop for suspension.
I agree it was the best value. I will report back once I recieve them from Baan Velgen and I will post a quick review after installation.
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How has your experience with Baan Velgen been in regards to your order / shipment? (Price factor aside)

They are a relatively new vendor on the site and I could barely find any reviews for them..

Reason being I might take a look at them for a set of V3s..
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that's a great price for CS!
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Me and my friends have used baan velgen numerous times and ordered serveral thousand euros worth of parts from BMW OEM parts like steering wheel and carbon spoiler to full akraprovic EVO exhaust and rims/tires combo.

Their communication has been excellent and hendrik always seems to reply emails almost immediately.

Shipping is always fast and updates forthcoming. I'm a baan velgen fanboy for sure.

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How has your experience with Baan Velgen been in regards to your order / shipment? (Price factor aside)

They are a relatively new vendor on the site and I could barely find any reviews for them..

Reason being I might take a look at them for a set of V3s..
Im still waiting on shipment. Hendrik of Baan Velgen has been communicating promptly and says the order will take a couple weeks due to the holidays. I will updated as soon as I recieve the coilovers.
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I went to order them today. Then as I added them to the cart, I noticed the tax is $519.62. I guess that must account for shipping to the US and negates any real "deal" that they offer.
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I went to order them today. Then as I added them to the cart, I noticed the tax is $519.62. I guess that must account for shipping to the US and negates any real "deal" that they offer.
That's VAT, once you specifiy that you are shipping outside of Europe its removed. I paid zero tax and just a ~$100 for shipping.
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After a few nice chats with Hendrik and his confirmation of a couple of my concerns with the logistics side of things...

I have also pulled the trigger on a set of V3s
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Update 1/18/2013

KW CS are on there way from the Netherlands! Should be in the States by the end of the month.
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