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Old 12-11-2007, 04:54 AM
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Manthey just use a custom valved V3 in their regular Manthey KW kits, I am sure they have more expensive versions in their race cars.....

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I have tried Bilstein on a 993 and now have KW on the 993. The KW is the better kit and much better on the road. I havent done enough road miles in the 968 with KW as the car is not 100% complete so cant comment, but it is by far the most popular option for suspension here in the UK on a 968. The quality of the body on the strut is second to none and after 2 years of hard all year round use they clean up like new.
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Old 12-11-2007, 05:19 AM
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dont understand how other cars can have full coil over kits for 6-800 dollars and we can barely buy one coilover shock for that price..
They are made somewhere else than Europe or the USA
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ledas have provision to later upgrade to external resivour ( not thats tents my trousers)and i did spell check that 3 times Pat no suggestions. also surly on that big budget there is bilstien PSS9 whitch is the quickest Porsche around nubugering to date i think its 7:22 or so even ohlins are comparable
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[QUOTE=daigo;4867196]
Originally Posted by pole position View Post
Flying Lizzards = KW

Manthey Racing = KW

Lamborghini FIA GT = KW

etc etc etc

These are far from the V3 units that are being discussed here.
http://www.kw-suspension.co.uk/
Scroll down the page to see article re 996 breaking record at N'ring with V3's.
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When I chose KW I had heard of some people who had not received good customer service from them directly, however I decided to go with them on the basis that the v3 is clearly the best off-the-shelf coil over kit for our cars and that there are a number of very good suppliers in the UK that, from my experience at least, have good communication links into KW and I got all my queries answerd through them. Also I believe KW are relatively new kids on the block so service should get better as their reputation and customer base grows.
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by nick_968 View Post
Manthey just use a custom valved V3 in their regular Manthey KW kits, I am sure they have more expensive versions in their race cars.....

Raj

I have tried Bilstein on a 993 and now have KW on the 993. The KW is the better kit and much better on the road. I havent done enough road miles in the 968 with KW as the car is not 100% complete so cant comment, but it is by far the most popular option for suspension here in the UK on a 968. The quality of the body on the strut is second to none and after 2 years of hard all year round use they clean up like new.
I've been in that 993 and I can testify to it's handling. Nick is a good driver alright but the KW's really helped that car feel ROCK SOLID. Made me want one Nick.
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:27 AM
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OH TOOCHAY PAT
well it appears they were fitted to the roof and the bilstiens were still underneath . seems you can't get to see see the article
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I use my KW's with no t-bar, so far so good!

I have tried cheaper coilover kits as well on the same type of cars.. sadly you get what you pay for very often.

I have sevral friends with manthey kw setups for their 996's and 997, all are very happy. one actually changed his 3 way ohlins for a 2way manthey kw setup since noone could ever set the ohlins right for him.

another reason for me choosing kw is the fact that they know the ring, which is my "main" track
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Originally Posted by gt37vgt View Post
OH TOOCHAY PAT
well it appears they were fitted to the roof and the bilstiens were still underneath . seems you can't get to see see the article
Yes you're right, I thought that linked to the article. Anyway it says what I meant. There are proper racers using V3's. I'm sure they're modified but still. If you want modified, pony up and pay for the race versions like I did. lol
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:15 AM
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A couple questions regarding springs for those with the KW suspension.
1. The V3 kit for the 944 turbo comes with 340# front spring and 285# on the rear, for those running torsion bar delete did you up rate your springs, if so to what rates?
2. Are KW springs linear or progressive?
3. Is it possible to use an Eibach or Hypercoil spring on the KW system or are you limited to KW springs?
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by 333pg333 View Post
I've been in that 993 and I can testify to it's handling. Nick is a good driver alright but the KW's really helped that car feel ROCK SOLID. Made me want one Nick.
It cetainly is a fun car, also helped by M030 roll bars but other than that its just the KW, no camber plates or anything else. The KW eliminates any of the problems the car had before due to the rear weight bias of the 911. It now drives like a point and squirt go kart with almost factory comfort levels unless the roads get rough, but even then its bearable. The control at high speed of the KW on real roads is very impressive and confidence inspiring. Thanks for the compliment Patrick but the car flatters so I cant take all the credit!! For me its all about being able to drive fast in all conditions and the KW certainly ticks that box.
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Originally Posted by anders44 View Post
I use my KW's with no t-bar, so far so good!
I assume rear helper springs are totally compressed when deleting TB ?
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Old 12-11-2007, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Thom View Post
I assume rear helper springs are totally compressed when deleting TB ?
yes, and ofcourse a much stiffer spring.
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Old 12-11-2007, 03:36 PM
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Are there advantages/disadvantages to deleting the torsion bars? I really want the KWs, and if deleting them will best, the I need to know what to buy!

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well, i didn't like the idea of a reindex to adjust ride height... and its a lot of weight gone.
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