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 KamiSpeed.com (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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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