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      03-14-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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Ohlins Road & Track DFV

Taking my car to BPC (Bimmer Performance Center in Raleigh, NC) to get these babies installed. Just in time for VIR HPDE with THSCC on April 6th/7th.

Huge thanks to Harold @ HP Autowerks for all the product information and answering my questions.

Just sharing some unboxing porn for now. Will post detailed install photos from the shop in a few weeks.















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fucking nice! ohlins are one of the best suspension you can buy...
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I know this is very subjective, but the build quality is just amazing. They exude quality. I feel bad about getting these things dirty. Maybe I should just wall mount them hopefully they perform half as good as they look.
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I know this is very subjective, but the build quality is just amazing. They exude quality. I feel bad about getting these things dirty. Maybe I should just wall mount them hopefully they perform half as good as they look.
LOL its not really subjective when youre stating the truth... Ohlins are amazing in general... when i was shopping for coilovers and knew ohlins were gonna come out with an application for our cars, i wouldve waited forsure! i mean i dont regret my purchase as i think my coilovers arent bad themselves but i wouldve prefered ohlins..
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Ohlins have some of the most beautiful build quality for suspension parts! Precision made in Japan. Very few components these days are built in Japan due to the high labor costs.

Wait until you drive on these. The ride quality and handling is exceptional. It's no wonder that many top end exotics like the Lamborghini, Ferrari and Pagani uses Ohlins.

I miss my Ohlins DFV from my previous car.
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My Ducati and Suzuki track bikes both had Ohlins front and rear. That's all I needed to know to buy these.
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these are straight beautiful
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hmm... someone buy my JRZ RS coils from me! hahah
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It's too bad they don't offer those without springs for those of us who see heavy track use. I wonder how these perform vs my AST's
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It's too bad they don't offer those without springs for those of us who see heavy track use. I wonder how these perform vs my AST's
One should be able to buy struts and dampers as replacement components soon according to Ohlins USA.
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I know this is very subjective, but the build quality is just amazing. They exude quality. I feel bad about getting these things dirty. Maybe I should just wall mount them hopefully they perform half as good as they look.
That is an excellent idea!

Enjoy your Ohlins!
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Congrats on a stunning looking setup! I can't wait to hear your track impressions.

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One should be able to buy struts and dampers as replacement components soon according to Ohlins USA.
This is great news!
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I finally resolved my noise problem and the Ohlins are
now handling like a dream. The racket was caused by the spring shifting
under load rubbing and popping against the camber plate perch.
The shop who did the install didn't use the rubber spring isolator from
stock struts and this is most definitely necessary!

Had my first track wknd with the Ohlins and was stoked on the performance,
much tighter and controlled than stock zcp. I think they really nailed it for
road and track dual duty setup.
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I finally resolved my noise problem and the Ohlins are
now handling like a dream. The racket was caused by the spring shifting
under load rubbing and popping against the camber plate perch.
The shop who did the install didn't use the rubber spring isolator from
stock struts and this is most definitely necessary!

Had my first track wknd with the Ohlins and was stoked on the performance,
much tighter and controlled than stock zcp. I think they really nailed it for
road and track dual duty setup.
Good to know. I'll make sure my shop is aware. Thanks.

Can't wait to see for myself how it does on track.
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Good to know. I'll make sure my shop is aware. Thanks.

Can't wait to see for myself how it does on track.
The black rubber isolator over the spring seat is the part in question. That must be transfer over to the Vorshlag plates.
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hmm... someone buy my JRZ RS coils from me! hahah
I highly doubt these are better then your JRZs, the RS1s are awesome.
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I highly doubt these are better then your JRZs, the RS1s are awesome.
honestly i just wanted to try these out, i heard only good things about them...
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I really like that adjustable front lower mount where the strut sits in the knuckle
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I highly doubt these are better then your JRZs, the RS1s are awesome.
You should drive them back to back and find out for yourself...I did!

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I really like that adjustable front lower mount where the strut sits in the knuckle
Yes, this is an excellent feature as it prevents the loading and unloading of the spring to adjust ride height. The only other system with this feature is the AST 4200/4250.
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You should drive them back to back and find out for yourself...I did!

Yes, this is an excellent feature as it prevents the loading and unloading of the spring to adjust ride height. The only other system with this feature is the AST 4200/4250.
With the lower front height adjuster preloaded in the steering knuckle, are you able to adjust the ride height or do you have to loosen the main steering knuckle bolt to change ride height? If you switch to a Swift setup, does the front only use a main spring? If it uses a helper or tender spring then you basically lose the benefit of the lower height adjustment.

Did you compare the RS1 and DFV on the street AND track?

What are the max spring rates the F and R e92 M3 DFV dampers capable of handling?
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