Project E39 M5: Part 3 – Installing and Adjusting KW V3s
In this latest installment of Project E39 M5 we will be outfitting our M5 with a set of KW V3 coilovers. We will not only be giving you our usual evaluation, but will also be spending some time explaining our basic theory of basic shock adjustments. It's no secret the grand majority of the MotoIQ staff are huge proponents of KW Suspensions' products. Either from personal experience in their own cars or from simply test driving one of our KW equipped project cars. I fell in the latter category.
Like any other long time car enthusiast, I have gone through the trials and tribulations of choosing suspensions. I've also played the dollar game and come out on the losing end by not getting the performance or longevity I wanted from my purchase. Upgrading the suspension on your car is not cheap and there are a lot of options. The decision you make will have a dramatic effect on the handling and dynamics of your car, so it is very important to have clear goals and the right expectations.
The goals for our E39 project are to tame the weight transfer it exhibits, while not sacrificing too much of its daily driven ride quality. With wheel and tire upgrades in our project's future. ride height adjustability would be important. Ride firmness tolerance varies tremendously from one person to the next. What some may find comfortable and sporty feeling, some may find harsh and unbecoming of a luxury sedan. I tend to like a sportier ride and are willing to give up a little more on the comfort side for extra cornering performance. So with that in mind, shock adjustability is a must.