The Case for Lowering Springs

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When lowering your vehicle, sometimes the cost effective solution is the best solution.

Aftermarket springs provide advantages that stock coils lack, primarily because manufacturers are more concerned with cost as opposed to performance. Just like coilovers and airbags, lowering springs provide improved aerodynamics by reducing the amount of air that passes below the car. A lowered car has a lower center of gravity which in turn improved tire traction, handling, and stability.

A lowering spring kit from KamiSpeed provides you with the the balance a set of coilovers or air bags can’t provide. Apart from the improved performance aspects, springs will maintain OE-like comfort all at an affordable price. Coilovers maximize performance but comfort and affordability is lost. Air bags maximize comfort and improve some performance but affordability is completely lost. Most importantly however, springs are readily available to fit most types of car models. Lexus, Honda, Infiniti, Subaru and Ford are just some of the name brands we cater to. Buy our high-quality lowering springs and give your car the OEM Plus boost it needs!

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New Product Showcase: Spring Preview

With February coming to a close (btw Happy Leap Day everyone?), we can all expect Spring to be around the corner. Spring is a marvelous time, filled with thawing snow, warm sunshine, and car men from all over the land leaving their hibernation to display their shiny cars.

So with 3 weeks left in Winter, now is the perfect time to start planning once show season rolls around. Here is a brief preview of what to expect this Spring:

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AUTOart Models: We will be carrying the full line of Japanese Die-cast models from AUTOart. These are the best quality models in the industry and if you are a car nut like we are you can’t not lust over the amount of detail poured into each and every model. This Spring we will be bringing these in so be on the look out.

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BC Racing: 2015 was a big year for BC Racing. They released 3 new series of coilovers and a whole line-up of Forged wheels and the 2015 SEMA Show. However, since then BC has been playing catchup to prepare for all the new products they released. Starting this Spring you can expect more information and applications on the BC DR, HR, and ZR series of coilovers. You can expect the 62mm ID Swift x BC Racing Gold Springs to start rolling off the shelves and into the market. And lastly you can expect more on the BC Forged line of wheels, here at KamiSpeed we are teaming up with BC to release special sizes on vehicle specific applications so stay tuned!

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Beatrush: Beatrush has been teasing us with chassis parts for the new Miata ND without much update on official release dates. You can expect a full release of chassis products for the Roadster this Spring along with a sprinkling of products for the FR-S / BRZ, 2015+ WRX / STi, and 2015+ Honda Fit GK5.

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Buddy Club: Earlier this Winter Buddy Club revealed plans for their new Racing Spec Ti Series of exhaust systems made of 100% Titanium. Few details have been released, but this Spring we can expect the first batch to arrive along with more information. The first release for this line will be for the 2015+ Honda Fit GK5, pricing is also up in the air, but for the Fit the axle-back system has an MSRP of $699.

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HPI Competition Gear: Rumor has it that KamiSpeed will be the only US based shop bringing in HPI Competition Gear. Rumor has it that this Spring they will have a nice shipment of Harnesses and Tow Straps. Stay Tuned!

Prices: The Dollar to Yen exchange rate has held steady at about 120 Yen to 1 Dollar since 2015, which has been favorable to the market and allowed for cheap JDM parts lol. As of about 2 weeks though the exchange has shifted slightly in favor of the Yen with the exchange floating around 110 Yen to 1 Dollar. While that change isn’t major, you should expect a price increase on most Japanese products. Special order items should be ideally ordered now rather than later to lock in the lower price.

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Rays: Unlike most Japanese wheel manufactures who drop new wheel design at the Tokyo Auto Salon, Rays likes to debut designs as soon as they’re available. About 2 weeks ago Rays unveiled their special edition TE37V SL for 2016, featuring sized in 15, 16, and 17 inches. They come in Double Pressed Black faces with diamond cut lips and exclusive Tan spoke decals. Since they were released 2 weeks ago, you can expect the first batch to arrive later on this Spring.

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Tein: At the 2015 SEMA Show Tein, previewed their new Z line-up of coilovers. With no frills they were able to massively reduce cost and manufacture affordable Japanese made suspension setups. This Spring you can expect the first batch of Street Basis Z and Street Advance Z to make it stateside. Both are simple twin-tube coilovers where height adjustment is tied to dampening but prices start staggeringly low $400 and $500 respectively!

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Weds: Earlier this year Weds USA dropped the bombshell that the Kranze Bazreia and LXZ were being discontinued. What we didn’t know was that the Bazreia and LXZ had been already discontinued in Japan, but a few extra faces were made for the USA market. Stock is running low, but we are expecting the LXZ and Bazreia to be completely out of stock this Spring. If you plan on ever owning a factory built set of these wheels now is the time to jump on them!

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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Subaru Dominates Isle of Man TT

Subaru WRX STI Sets New Record Lap at the Isle of Man TT Circuit
Driver Mark Higgins sets all-time fastest production car lap of 115.356 MPH on historic Mountain Course

DOUGLAS, Isle of Man, June 10, 2011 — Subaru driver Mark Higgins set an all-time fastest lap of averaging 115.356 MPH today on the iconic Isle of Man TT Mountain Course driving a US specification 2011 Subaru WRX STI. The previous record of 100 MPH stood for 21 years. The lap took 19 minutes 37 seconds and the WRX STI hit speeds in excess of 162 MPH.

“This was the most thrilling and frightening thing I have ever done,” said Higgins, a Manx native. “It has been my dream to drive this course since I was a little boy and I am just elated that we were able to hit the speeds we did. The Subaru was just rock solid through the mountain section and took an amazing amount of punishment on the course.”

On his first practice run of the demanding TT circuit, Higgins averaged 113 MPH on the 37-mile course. “It was difficult because we really had no idea what speeds we would be able to do on the course as we were unable to run a full lap at speed,” Higgins said. “Today we were unsure if we would be able to run because of the weather. There was hail on part of the course this morning, and heavy rain, but we were able to get a run off and it was a great lap.”

The WRX STI was a production US spec car running a standard 305 HP turbocharged boxer engine. Some safety modifications were made. The Subaru was equipped with a Lifeline fire suppression system, Hockley Motorsports roll cage, motordrive competition seats, Mintex brake pads (but stock calipers and rotors), and an open exhaust to warn spectators of the on-coming car. The speed limiter was turned off to allow a higher maximum speed; springs and dampers were changed to accommodate the numerous high-speed jumps on the circuit, sending the WRX STI almost four feet off the ground. The car ran on street legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tires.

“We could not be more pleased with the result of this week’s drive,” said Dominick Infante, National Manager, Product Communications, Subaru of America, Inc. “The WRX STI performed incredibly well at near flat out speeds and Mark drove impeccably. His save at Bray Hill at 150 MPH was some of the best driving any of us have ever seen.”

Subaru is the official car partner of the Isle of Man TT Races.
Follow the action on the Subaru of America Facebook page.

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Subaru North America