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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, Jul-27-2016, 01:33:23 AM   #1
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Default CAtuned Coilover Review

I wanted to give a short review of the CAtuned (street) coilovers. I'll disclose that I am friend's with Igor, the owner of CAtuned, but will give the most unbiased opinions and review that I can. I want to also note that I waited around 6 months before writing this to make sure that I thoroughly used them before endorsing them.



The CAtuned coilovers that I have are FRONT 12/672, REAR 10/560 spring rates with 36-way damping adjustment. You can custom order other spring rates, but I wanted to go with the standard setup that they suggested as I trusted Igor's knowledge and judgement. I'll be the first to admit that suspension is not my area of expertise, I simply know what I like as a driver.



I'll quickly go through past suspension setups that I've run for comparison reasons. On my E30 325i and E46 330i I went with H&R sport springs on stock shocks. I'm not a fan of this approach, but at that time I was younger and on a budget. I later upgraded the 330i to FK Konigsport coilovers. That was when I realized the value in purchasing coilovers over sport springs. I was very happy with the FK's. Later I ran BC Racing coilovers on my E53 X5 3.0i and have to say that I honestly didn't care for them as much. I don't know if it was because it was a heavier vehicle, but it was very stiff for daily use and a little uncomfortable. My wife often complained of getting headaches when I drove.



When I first got the M3 I was very hesitant to even touch the suspension, because in my opinion the stock ride felt so perfect... already very planted yet comfortable. But I just couldn't leave well enough alone and craved a slight drop to sit the car exactly how I wanted it. I originally thought about getting some springs in hopes of keeping that stock feel while obtaining the drop I desired. I quickly told myself to just do it right the first time though and decided that I needed coilovers. So I jumped on here to see what others recommended and it didn't really help I was still undecided on what brand to go with. I talked to Igor and figured I'd take a chance with his (even though we're friends, I still would've felt better to hear what other owner's said about them first).



The coilovers were installed with the default damping settings which I believe is right in the middle of soft & hard. I was pleasantly surprised that the car rode almost exactly as it did on the stock suspension. It was still comfortable, but felt even more planted in the turns. The best part is the wife doesn't complain



I eventually stiffened the rears all the way out of curiosity. I would not recommend that setting for daily driving, that was too much IMO. So I turned them back 2 full turns (which I think was 1 turn away from the middle where it was originally). Just a tad stiffer... I like where it's at right now. The car was lowered 1.5" from stock height by the way or 13" measured from edge of fender to middle of center cap.



I won't say that these coilovers are better than any others out there, but I will say that I would personally recommend them to someone looking in that price range. I like them a lot and they do ride great.







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Default Re: CAtuned Coilover Review

CA tuned seems to have come a long way since I had my E30.
I've heard nothing but good things about their product.

Also let me get one of those key chains you posted on IG the other day lol
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Haha they'll be added to the store hopefully this week or next

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CA tuned seems to have come a long way since I had my E30.
I've heard nothing but good things about their product.

Also let me get one of those key chains you posted on IG the other day lol
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Are those ZCPs?

Are you running spacers?
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What size spacers you running?
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Old Wed, Jul-27-2016, 08:23:05 AM   #6
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That's a good looking car
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Old Wed, Jul-27-2016, 11:39:37 AM   #7
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Car looks nice, enjoy!
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Thanks for the review.
Your pictures are spectacular !
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I appreciate the review, I'll have to do new coils in the next few years and there are so many on the market now it's hard to keep track. The ST coils I have are just to stiff for my liking these days.
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Default Re: CAtuned Coilover Review

great pictures..

The really downside of the full adjustable bodies is that you miss a lot of stroke from your shaft. Especially when you are a driver and not a "hardparker".

Check out other more high end coilovers... their shafts are way longer and give you more travel.

Only downside is that the high end coilovers also High end prices have!
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