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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Sat, Jun-17-2017, 06:43:42 PM   #1
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Default Is anyone here using KW Variant 3's

TMS/ECS are selling them at a price that I can't really refuse. I was going to use a set of GC's but for a set built the way I wanted them they are more money than the Variant 3's.

I know they stand up well and they warranty their products, but would you buy them again?

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I only have V1s, but with how satisfied I am with them, I'd definitely pick up a set of V3s if they presented themselves. They fell in my lap, so I went with them, but the dampening for a street/occasional track jaunt is amazing. I'd love the extra adjustability of the v3 however.
Not a huge help, but definitely I can comment on the quality of the product being there.
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plus one. Had my v3s on my E46 for over ten years. After a little adjustment experimentation and a little lowering, noticed the difference to OEM immediately and haven't really had to touch them since. I have my Alpine roads and hill climb conditions that confirm every time how good the KWs are.

Light weight rims and tires make the whole suspension system work and wear better too
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I have Clubsports on my E36, the dampers themselves are actually the same between the Clubsport and V3. The springs are probably more street friendly on the V3, and you'll need to get an adjustable upper mount, but I would jump on the deal. Extremely good quality from KW. You will need to tinker with them a little, but once you're dialed in you won't ever really have to mess with them again.
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I have V3s on my car since 2011. Got them rebuilt October of last year due to leaking rears with about 60k of hard use. My leaking shocks were covered under their lifetime warranty and I only paid out of pocket of $300ish to rebuild the fronts which were still fine when inspected. For the price that they are I would buy them again unless I want to spend more and get JRZs.
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They appear to be $2250 right now with a $200 gift card. KW is a fantastic brand but for that price, I'd be looking into a single adjustable kit from TCKline.
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Default Re: Is anyone here using KW Variant 3's

Ones I am looking at at are for a Z3 2.8 roadster, they are going on a 332Ti which weighs 40 pounds less than the roadster Z3 and Compact's have the same suspension and pretty much exhaust setups but you need to add some length to them or use an e46 330i rear.

My 95 runs the old Bilstein/H&R and as we know those are too bouncey and jarring. At some point I will replace that set up with Koni's most likely.
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Oh yeah! I love them! The comfort of them is wonderful and the handling is great!
The dampening and the spring rates are different from the Clubsports to the V3's. I would get the V3's for the street.

Most people don't get to test them back to back with other coilovers, but I have, and the comfort and ease of adjustment is where the KW's shine.

The compression valve is the ticket on ride quality, and that valve is particular to the V3 and Clubsport. It is magic is all I can say... I only used to work there, so what do I know...
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