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Old 04-09-2012, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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KW Street Comfort E60 Install

Wanted to share my coilover install with the forum. I recently purchased KW Suspensions Street Comfort Coilovers Part# 18020005 for my 2005 545i.

First I want to mention that this is install is going to take more than 1 person. Me and a buddy were able to get these knocked out in about 5-6 hours. I have dynamic drive so it took a little more time. I would recommend using a lift if you can gain access.

The coilovers and wheels



The Car Before


Taking Apart the Front Passenger Side


The had a lot of pretension forcing the lower control arms up. We used a spring compressor to compress the OEM spring. While my buddy removed the strut/coil assembly I pushed down as much as I could on the rotor to force the lower control arm down. After looking back we think the pretension was caused by the dynamic drive system. Be careful when using the spring compressor as you can easily damage your fender.


Getting the strut out of the spindle hub required some thinking. We shot it with WD-40 and let it sit for a few mins. We used a balljoint fork tool to spread open the hub. After a few tries it finally broke loose. My car had the original struts so it took some TLC for it to break loose.



The KWs next to the OEM


I reused my factory top hats since they were in good shape. Since we had em out we re-greased the ball bearings. To get the KW coilover unit back into its new home we again had to push down on the rotor and lower control arm. We also ended up using the spring compressor to help get the unit in. Be careful of the top hat bolts hitting your fender.


KWs installed. My "A" measurement for the front was 8". I am using a 19" x 8.5 wheel up front so I wanted just enough drop to close the fender well gap.


In the front I am running 19" x 8.5 VMR wheels with 235/35/19 FK452 Falken Tires with 18mm Macht Schnell Wheel Spacers.



The rear required to take apart the trunk panels to access the upper bolts. Be careful not to break the tie down hooks with removing. There will also be a cushion that covers access to the bolts. You will need to remove that as well. The rear required my buddy to stand on the rotor to allow me to get the assembly out. It is a very long spring/shock. Again we used a spring compressor to help get it out. Be careful not to damage your fender when removing your coil/shock assembly with the spring compressor attached.


KWs next to rear OEM


The KWs in their new home. My "A" measurement for the rear was 10".


In the rear I am running 19" x 9.5 VMR wheels with 275/35/19 FK452 Falken Tires with 5mm Macht Schnell Wheel Spacers.

The car after





Since we were already playing with the car I also installed aFe Cold Air Intake Part# 51-11081. Took about 30mins to install. The instructions were clear and photos easy to see. Overall I think the quality is better than K&N intakes I have used in the past.


While I was doing the install my M Style Front Bumper from Trinity Autosport arrived. It gets painted this week! Just waiting on my matte black 545i emblem to arrive.
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Those rims look awesome! I love black rims and those are great.
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Thanks. It's my managers car. She can't wait til the bodyshop is done with it.
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Compatibility with Dynamic Drive

Hey,

This is great. I'm a bit confused because every manufacturer of coilovers seems to say that it is not compatible with auto self levelling suspension, AKA Active Roll Stabilization or Dynamic Drive. Did you have any problems with this, or did you find any specific products from KW that stated were compatible with dynamic drive?


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Hi Wesleyong,

This car did not have auto leveling suspension, which is different than active roll stabilization or dynamic drive.

This car did have the active sway bar (aka Active roll stabilization or Dynamic Drive) but it gave us no issues with the install at all. Basically the car has an "Active" swaybar with hydraulic lines hooked up to it so its characteristics can be changed as the car's computer sees necessary.

As far as the install went it was a very straight forward process.

Usually what causes the issues are Auto leveling systems or cars that are equipped with an Electronic Dampening System or EDC as BMW likes to call it. But I believe KW does make something to work with most of them.

Let me know what car you have and what options it has and ill find something to work for you!

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KW V3 for X5-2010 with SLS

I have an X5 - 4.8i 2010 with self lveling system at the rear but without an adaptive drive option.

I have already contacted my KW local dealer for the procurement of KW V3 but before ordering I would like to confirm that I will not have a problem or error messages with the self-leveling system after the KW V3.

I am just thinking how I am going to convince the car that the SLS is no more fitted?

Appreciate your feedback

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Hi Wesleyong,

This car did not have auto leveling suspension, which is different than active roll stabilization or dynamic drive.

This car did have the active sway bar (aka Active roll stabilization or Dynamic Drive) but it gave us no issues with the install at all. Basically the car has an "Active" swaybar with hydraulic lines hooked up to it so its characteristics can be changed as the car's computer sees necessary.

As far as the install went it was a very straight forward process.

Usually what causes the issues are Auto leveling systems or cars that are equipped with an Electronic Dampening System or EDC as BMW likes to call it. But I believe KW does make something to work with most of them.

Let me know what car you have and what options it has and ill find something to work for you!

Thanks,
John
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