New Releases SEMA Edition: Suspension Guide

Like most of you know last week was the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Aside from the usual debauchery associated from a week in Vegas… we have quite the update for new product releases from your favorite suspension companies.

BC Racing

BC Racing North America came out big this year with the release of their BC Forged line of wheels (more on this later). While that took up most of the attention there were a few updates from BC Racing that should excite us all!

Type DR: Similar to Type BR, these coilovers use a digressive valving design versus the usual linear valving in BR. This means a steep increase in dampening force at low travel speeds with a smoother dampening force at high travel speeds. Typically this provides more support and stiffer ride at slow travel speeds and smooths out at high speeds if you hit a bump or something. Applications should match those of the BR and will be priced slightly higher too.

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Type HR: Similar to Type ER, these coilovers use an 2-way inverted monotube twin-piston design. But unlike the ER, the HR’s external reservoir is not connected to the bottom mount, allowing the reservoir to be placed anywhere via a steel braided teflon coated line. These coilovers also come standard with Swift Springs! Applications are also similar to the ER and can be customized on a case by case bases.

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Type ZR: These are the new top of the line race spec coilovers. 3-way inverted monotube coilovers with external reservoirs and Swift springs standard. Not much else to say except they’re the only way to go if you need a purpose built set of track coilovers.

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BC Racing X Swift Springs 62mm ID Metric Springs: You might have noticed those fresh new Gold Swift Springs on the HR and ZR coilovers. They’re actually a new line of 62mm Inner Diameter springs available exclusively through BC Racing North America. They’re gold because of course and fit perfectly on the mounts for their coilovers (previously 65mm springs were used but there was a 3mm wiggle room). These new springs fit perfectly and also just look great! They’re already up on (because we are awesome), though some specs may be missing. Oh and if you have KSport, D2, or Megan these bad boys will also fit perfectly.


Fortune Auto

Right before the 2015 SEMA Show Fortune Auto debuted their new 510 Series coilovers with their awesome Concave Flow Digressive piston. Not only that but a preview of their Air Piston Lift System was also debuted.

510 Series: The new 510 Series coilovers stands the same as their previous 510, but use a new Concave Flow Digressive piston design. So what do all these big words mean? It means a higher range of dampening and compression adjustment, and ultimately means that revalving has become a thing of the past; the initial valving setup has such a wide range of adjustment that pretty much all spring rates from low to high will work. To the point where you can over power the spring rates from the valving alone.


Air Piston Lift System: Previewed right before the SEMA Show, the new Air Piston Lift System by Fortune Auto replaces their previous Muller Cup system. While they may seem like the same old air cup system, their new lift system has been completely redesigned to be superior. With a minimal diameter, these air cups will work with most applications that were previously impossible. The Cups have a 2 inch range allowing the aired up setup to be 2 inches higher all around with a minimal loss in ride comfort. The Cups come in a full set of 4 with a small 2 gallon air tank and a VIAIR compressor. The kit is sold alone, with Swift Springs, or with as a complete kit with 500 Series coilovers.


KONI Shocks North America

Koni X Eibach Collaboration: Remember how the Koni Sport 1145 and STR.T shocks came as kits with H&R Springs? Well Koni has now exclusively signed with Eibach to include their Pro Kit Springs with their these two shock kits. So if you order the STR.T Kit or Koni Sport Kit expect a set of Eibach pro kit springs rather than the previous H&R Springs.



Mazda Miata Roadster MX-5

We saw a few examples of the new MX-5 at the SEMA Show. Japan got their hands on one before anyone in the US so they’ve been quietly developing parts for the car. Only problem is the JDM model comes with a 1.5 L motor rather than the 2.0 L for the USDM. In terms of chassis components you can expect the same parts, maybe some changes in springs rates though. But for now hold tight, though if you are in a hurry… Tein, HKS, and Cusco all have coilovers which could do with slightly stiffer rates.



Kami Speed 10-year Track Samurai T-Shirt


In case you haven’t heard, we are kind of a big deal these days. As such we decided to pass down the torch to our loyal, smart, and dapper customers by offering the first of many T-Shirts from our own personal Kami Speed label.

These Tees symbolize out 10-year Track Samurai status as one of the industries leading online retailers. Show us some love and let us know what you think fam.


Kami Speed 10-year Anniversary T-Shirt Competition


In celebration of our 10-year Anniversary we are having a little competition. We have a new celebratory Kami Speed T-Shirt coming along but would like our second design to be up to our customers. The competition is for the best T-Shirt Design, we will filter through all submissions to pick the top 5 and allow our wonderful and loyal customers to vote for their favorite. From there we will have the T-shirts made in time for Wekfest MIA.

Oh and we forgot to mention, the design winner also receives a free GoPro HERO4 Session Action Camera! So start working on your designs and have your submission in by November 13th.

For more information follow @KamiSpeed and @KamiSpeed10Year on Instagram or if you still have more questions email me ( ).

Good Luck Everyone!

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NEW Limited Edition SSR SpeedStar 71 T-Shirt

Celebrating SSR’s founding in 1971, the Vintage style SpeedStar artwork on symbolizes the original SSR culture.  Show your pride in authentic, quality wheels while keeping cool in this SSR SpeedStar 71 short-sleeved t-shirt. Available in sizes ranging from small to double extra-large. These t-shirts are a limited run so make sure to place your order before they are gone!



Why Autumn is also Turbo Season

The first day of Autumn has passed and gone. Here in Florida we still have beach weather and scorchingly beautiful heat lol. But for most of the country, Autumn is the foreshadowing of winter with temperatures starting to fall. Still it’s not too bad and by most standards it’s quite enjoyable (as one of my friends likes to put it, Shorts and Hoodie weather).

And with Autumn, comes Halloween, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and fall foliage, and most importantly Turbo Season. It’s during this part of the year that our forced induction brethren can strive. Cool temperatures means cold intake air, low engine temps, and ultimately more power. But what exactly comes into play for making this ideal Turbo weather?


So Turbochargers work by compressing incoming air and basically forcing as much air as possible into the intake chamber for combustion. By doing so you assume more air means more oxygen and therefore a stronger combustion for more power. So ideally you want as much oxygen as possibly. The same concept applies to Naturally Aspirated engines, but since a turbo compresses more air, the change is greater for them.

Now the Ideal Gas Law (PV=nRT) states that Pressure X Volume is equivalent to the number of Molecules X Ideal Gas Constant X Temperature. So for Turbocharged cars this means the following:

  • Pressure is basically your Boost
  • Volume is fixed as you only have a fixed volume in your combustion chamber
  • number of molecules in this case is Air/Oxygen, which should be maximized
  • Ideal Gas Constant stays constant
  • Temperature is well more or less intake temperature

At max boost, pressure and volume are constant. You can’t physically control the number of air/oxygen molecules, therefore temperature is the variable factor. In order to keep the equation equivalent, to increase oxygen molecules your temperature has to decrease. Therefore colder air has more densely packed air and oxygen molecules.

To summarize, cold air means more oxygen, and more oxygen means more power!


Honda Japan Parts



You may not know it, but we are still a large imported of Honda Japan products. If you ever need anything Japanese Domestic, be sure to make us your first stop!