New from SSR: GTF01

SSR is widely known as one the top Japanese wheel manufactures. They are best known for their SSF technology in their Type-C and Type-F wheels that create a hybrid cast/forged wheel. Taking things one step further SSR has just released the GTF01 wheel. This wheel is a completely new design and one piece forged. It comes in two finishes and a wide array of sizes. Check them out for yourself and be sure to let KamiSpeed know if you are interested. Pre-orders are already taking place!!! SSR GTF01

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The Return of ARC

So as most of you know ARC closed down a few years back (ARC Files for Bankruptcy). After some hints and clues the JDM poster-boy has returned. This time around focusing on the Scion FR-S / Toyota 86. Here are a few of their new products:

ARC Induction Box

It looks pretty and works great. It was designed to beef up the low-to-mid RPM range. It does not come with the aluminum piping shown.

Model: SCION FR-S / SUBARU BRZ

Part Number: 1T401-AA001

MSRP: $950

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ARC Oil Catch Tank

More engine bay bling, but like everything it serves a purpose. Help keep your oil clean and catch all the gunk that may be building up, just remember to empty it periodically!

Model: TOYOTA 86 (ZN6)

Part Number: A1T401-AA010

MSRP: $560

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Mishimoto Toys…

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Mishimoto is proud to announce the release of our Baffled Oil Catch Can. With over a year of research and development time, Mishimoto has created the most effective oil catch can on the market. The Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can was designed to separate oil particles from the PCV air that would normally have just been routed back to your intake. Custom grooves in the catch can’s inlet turbulates the air longer and ensures all the oil sinks to the bottom of the can, leaving nothing but clean air to pass through the 40 micron bronze filter to the intake. An internal baffle keeps the collected oil from splashing around under race conditions.

The 100% billet, 6061 aluminum can accepts –AN fittings at the inlet, outlet, and drain area allowing over 27 possible configurations. For maximum fitment options, the top cog mounting setup allows the can to be mounted from multiple angles. To make maintenance easy, the drain plug can be removed to allow for –AN return to the oil pain. The can is also 100% washable, unlike many other cans that require you to replace your filtration system. The Mishimoto Baffled Oil Catch Can is available in a variety of colors as well, so it will be sure to match your style and taste!

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Email us :: Sales@Kamispeed.com for Prices!!

 

 

Swift Springs :: Upgrade Review for the M3

Official Review
Swift Springs, Vorshlag Camber Plates, M3 Front Control Arm Kit, M3 Strut Brace

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Before the review, I would like to thank Harold and Chris @ HPA for all the help and installation of these parts. HPA has been so helpful in the modification of my e90 and without Harold’s help I would not be as knowledgable as I am now regarding the capabilities of my car.

Before:
As you all know, KW suspension has been a leader in the coil-over market and is usually the first to be suggested to people looking for a drop or upgrade in performance. I loved my KW V2s when they were installed because they were extremely smooth around such rough roads in SoCal and they were on the cheaper side of coil-over kits. I happened to get mine for wholesale and therefore got a tremendous deal.

In respect to performance, I would give them (unmodified) a 4/10 with stock control arm and other such suspension components. The disappointment came when I first took my car to an autocross, where handling is the most important (with braking being second) aspect that will determine posting good numbers. I was confident when i showed up that my KW suspension would give me a significant edge over the competition. I did post up good numbers, however I was extremely disappointed in the performance of the V2s. The car had a ridiculous amount of understeer and really added seconds to my run.

I approached Harold with this issue and he chuckled and responded that KWs (unless they are V3s or Club Sports) are not very performance oriented at all. The problem lies within the progressive springs that come with the V2s. Having progressive springs means that the spring rate is not constant (linear) throughout the spring itself, and thus the ride is softer and is not able to handle the harsh cornering. In retrospect, a linear spring would eliminate most of the understeer.

This is when I was introduced to SWIFT, a leading competitor in the spring world. I read a post submitted by Tyler (who works at HP) on e46fanatics that compared the SWIFT spring to the progressive springs. What a difference! Compression and other qualities were significantly better.

I knew that I wanted the conversion after I saw the post and talked to harold for nearly an hour regarding the positives and negatives of the conversion. I decided on 400/800 spring rates, which is a perfect combination of track/street (more track oriented). In addition, I decided to add camber plates and the whole front M3 conversion. The camber plates would SIGNIFICANTLY help on the track and the M3 control arm kit and strut tower brace would give better feedback and stability in corners.

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After:

The results are incomprehensible. When I first picked up the car I noticed a slightly harsher ride on city roads, but not enough to complain. The best way to explain it is that you can really feel the road composition through the steering wheel. There is more vibration in the steering wheel, which I actually love. The car is 1000% more responsive even on the streets. Turning is now confident and very sturdy, as before it was sort of mushy and unresponsive, catering to smoothness over accuracy.

In terms of the twistys, lets not even get me started. As soon as I hit a couple turns in the e90 with these modifications it instantly brought a smile to my face. I fell in love with my car again. The KW suspension, as stated above, was mushy and inaccurate, where as the spring keep you firm and confident around corners. Body roll is limited, stability is increased, and overall feedback is better. The car is so much more predictable and responsive to your commands. I know this is hard to put into words but if I had to start modifications all over again I would definitely throw a great suspension on first. Speed is fun but gets boring. Swinging through corners at a somewhat high (but safe) velocity is way more invigorating.

In conclusion, this conversion is not for everyone. The ride is harsher and road bumps do become rather vocal through your seat and steering wheel. However, the driving experience is heightened immeasurably, and for that reason I highly recommend this conversion. Although I do not have experience with other springs as an option, I trust harold and his opinion. If anyone in SoCal is interested, I would be happy to let you test out the springs for yourself.

I only have a couple weeks of experience with the springs, but I absolutely love them and am confident that you would to. Please contact Harold for any further questions. Hopefully this review sheds some light!

Mike

Swift Spring Review located at MaxRev.Net

Source Found on :: MaxRev.net

Vehicle:: S2000

Subject:: Swift Spring upgrade on Tein Coilovers

 

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Its been about a year and a half since I installed my Tein Super Racing Dampers (SRC Review) and I decided to take them off the car and clean off the dirt that has accumulated. . Since they were going to be off the car, I ordered some springs from Evasive (Swift Spring Order Link) to test some stiffer spring rates for the summer / fall track season.

Why Swift? Well Swift has a good reputation for manufacturing springs that has a linear rate though its compression. I was also able to order then locally and the lead-time was not a issue.

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Installation is not too difficult. You just need to carefully disassemble the coilovers using hand tools. I don’t really like to use power tool to take off the top nut of the shocks as it could damage the piston seals.

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Impressions:

Impression: It took me a week to set the right amount of preload on the car but everything is working well with out any issues. I would describe these springs as “Compliant, almost bordering on “Hyper Active” but in a positive way. The springs are very compliant in a way that a driver can easily transfer weight on the springs. The springs are very “Gentle” in the way it feels through out its compression. I would suspect that these springs are easier to drive over surface irregularities and will offer driver less driver fatigue when compared to other springs with the same rate. Its interesting to see how the springs make such a big difference in how the suspension feels.

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Note: I will update this review once I track my S2000.

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