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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 04-22-2008, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Pic of my GXP with KW V3 coilovers installed

I finally got my KW V3 coilovers installed. The drop is supposed to be 1.4 inches and will settle a little bit more. The car is stock otherwise at this time. Except a more aggressive alignment to go with the suspension.

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I haven't driven much so far, but I notice more road feel and the car is not really any harsher than it was stock. That is great. I need to do more driving to form more opinions.

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I think someone needs to clean up their backyard.

Looks great!

Any scraping issues?

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I like it

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I finally got my KW V3 coilovers installed. The drop is supposed to be 1.4 inches. The car is stock otherwise at this time. Except a more aggressive alignment to go with the suspension.

What do ya think?









I haven't driven much so far, but I notice more road feel and the car is not really any harsher than it was stock. That is great. I need to do more driving to form more opinions.

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Have any before pics to compare? It seems like a noticeable gap reduction above the tires especially the front. And these coil covers..Are they just coil compression vs. coil replacement with shorter tighter wound springs? Please explain... Would love to see the pics of devices under the carriage.

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Good questions.

I'll try to get some pics under the carriage if I can by the end of the week. There is a definite gap reduction as can be seen.

KW V3's are considered the best readily available coilovers for the solstice on the market right now, AFAIK. They have independently adjustable compression damping, rebound damping, and ride height. A few manufacturers can do similar by custom order or may be made available in the future.

Some pics of it stock and the coilovers in the box.....

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Very Nice!

They look really low - let us know if you have any problems with rubbing at all.

And, in the mean time, enjoy the nice weather Eastern Canada is having - we re still watching the snow here in Calgary (although the sun has finally broken though!)

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About time, see ya on the weekend

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I love the look and would love the better ride but I'm scared of what a small pothole might do......

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Love the way it looks. Too bad I could never drive it lowered it my area.

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What are the spring rates, front and rear?

Do you know how that compares to the stock springs?

Would you share a ballpark on the pricing?

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Word of caution if you have front splashguards. I would think you could not have them. DarkSol has stock N/A suspension and you should see the bottom of my guards from speed bump scrapeing. If fact I folded one over on a very high speed bump the other day..put a crease in the guard. I would think they would have to be removed if car lowered or maybe they could be trimmed the lowered differance.

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What are the spring rates, front and rear?

Do you know how that compares to the stock springs?

Would you share a ballpark on the pricing?
KW suspension notes Front=400 / Rear=285 lbs/inch for the KW V3's on the solstice. I don't know what stock is, perhaps someone can post. Or ask that question on the forum here.

This suspension is for sale from a variety of dealers as well as from site supporting shops. Gravana and performance autowerks immediately come to mind. Retail is $1995. I got mine from a forum member here.

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I think someone needs to clean up their backyard.

Looks great!

Any scraping issues?
LOL. That is what happens when they build suburbs into farm land without getting rid of the farm houses. Neighbour hazard, not mine.

The front air dam (underneath the car to get more air into the rad) is extremely low to the ground. Around 2 fingers off the pavement. That will rub when going up driveways, etc, unless I'm real real careful. Other than that I don't think there will be any issues. That air dam is spring loaded anyways so it was designed for scraping things. I've hit the odd sunken manhole cover, etc, with no issues so far.

Having driven the car more I am really impressed. The coilovers and alignment have made a big difference to the car. I really recommend this.

The car is getting a lot more rubbernecking, looks, and conversations now.

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I really like how the big gap in the wheel wells is gone. As long as they don't rub.

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Looks great just the real question is how does it ride? Is is a harsher ride does it handle even better, etc?

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