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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 like it

Great Job!!
 

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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.

kw.....

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!)

Go, Flames, GO
 

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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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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. :lol:

Looks great! :dthumbs:

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. :cool:

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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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Now all you need to is paint your headlight surrounds black so they match the rest of GXP grills.
 

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Looks great.

Appears to have too much negative camber up front for the street. That's natural when lowering, but it should be able to be adjusted. It's something to think about...you may get uneven tire wear if it has as much negative camber as it appears to have in the pics.

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Yeah, Scca is right. I had to align mine after I put my KW's on too. I would drive it around for a little bit to break in the shocks, then get it set up. mine changed considerably in the week I drove it to when I took it back in to be aligned again.
 

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Lot's of questions to answer. Keep them coming. :)

The car looks deadly now. I'm getting a lot more rubber necking and admiring looks and conversations. I'm really glad I did this.

I'm now noticing a lot more lowered cars. It is a lot more common than I realized, and it makes them look so much better.

The car is quite low. My front air dam (underneath the car to get more air into the rad) is around two fingers off the ground. I'll post a pic later when I get a chance.

There has been no rubbing so far. I am going to a high performance driver training course this weekend; Autocross. I'll report back.

Looks great just the real question is how does it ride? Is is a harsher ride does it handle even better, etc?
Yup - looks about 1 1 /2" lower. Nicer fit inside the wheel wells. How does this setup compare against the club sport (FE3) suspension? I have the FE2 (firm ride) suspension on mine and it sits higher than yours.
I am very impressed with the ride. I've been out some more. I definitely get more road feel, which is cool. I can literally feel coarse pavement versus smooth pavement. But in bumps the car feels just like stock (from memory the gxp has the FE3 stock). No more harshness over rough pavement and bumps than stock. There is less body roll with hard cornering too.

I am surprised how much the handling has improved. The coilovers combined with the more aggressive alignment (important) has really made a big difference. The car feels much more planted in aggressive cornering, and the tendency to push that the car displayed prominently stock is much more muted.

The coilovers are set at the factory recommended adjustments right now. Which is right in the middle for compression and again for rebound.


Looks great.

Appears to have too much negative camber up front for the street. That's natural when lowering, but it should be able to be adjusted. It's something to think about...you may get uneven tire wear if it has as much negative camber as it appears to have in the pics.

Nice.
Yeah, Scca is right. I had to align mine after I put my KW's on too. I would drive it around for a little bit to break in the shocks, then get it set up. mine changed considerably in the week I drove it to when I took it back in to be aligned again.
It's neat to see you noticed the camber. It is definitely there, but I'm sure many don't notice.

The car had an alignment done to my specs as soon as it was done. So I don't think things are too extreme. Comments are always welcome. I did a lot of research here before selecting my settings. I went with -2 degrees of camber up front. It will lose a little mileage off the tires but not much from what others have said. I selected that number because of feedback on the forum. Hard core autocrossers go for more from what I've read on the car. I selected this # because I'm not a hard core autocrosser. It is for toy use, the odd track day, and a low mileage street car stored for winters. It's an aggressive street alignment, but within the Z0K spec's for camber.

The suspension will settle with a bit of time, but that doesn't concern me with the alignment. I took careful measurement of the amount the car was lowered right after the alignment (to confirm what I asked the shop to do). I will tweak the ride height if it settles significantly back to where it first was. Hence the alignment will still be valid.

You can see more of my suspension settings in the autocross section. http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/f48/definitive-thread-alignment-specs-44573/

thx

kw........
 
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