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Old 10-04-2017, 05:07 PM   #1
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Comfort Performance KW v3 vs HKS Hypermax IV GT

Hi All,

I've been scouring reviews and comparisons about different coilover setups for the twins (or is it triplets now?).

What my goal is:
To have coilovers that can be adjusted to be more comfortable than stock (girl is complaining), but can be dialed in for more high-performance sessions like AutoX and 1-2 track days a year.


Currently, I have stock struts with eibach pro kit lowering springs. There are no other suspension modifications.

Am I looking at the correct coilovers? (KW v3/HKS Hypermax IV GT)
I picked these two due to decent reviews and reputation. I also have read that these two coilovers are comfortable for daily driving, but what I have failed to find was a comparison to comfort levels vs stock.

I have seen the ST XTA coils but I live in Vancouver where we may get the occasional snow and salted roads -- which might corrode the body quicker.


I don't need a full discussion, although it would be welcome. It would also help if you guys are aware of threads that have a more direct comparison that I am looking for, and I may have missed.
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I'd recommend having a look at the Tein Flex A CSG spec coilovers. They're Flex A coils that have had the dampening adjusted as per Counterspace Garage to remove the range that's too soft and unused.
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comfortable does not mean low performance, not many people test coilovers back to back so everything will be subjective

Maybe Bilstein B16 fits the bill
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comfortable does not mean low performance, not many people test coilovers back to back so everything will be subjective

Maybe Bilstein B16 fits the bill
Yeah, understandable.

I actually read that higher performance coilovers usually have a pretty solid and comfortable ride as they need a good base to give that higher performance needed.

The type of coilovers I'm looking for will simply have a range from being more comfortable than stock, and has the ability to be a decent choice for the occasional sporting event.

I'll look into the B16 too
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Search for reviews on the Flex Z. Not sure how it will hold up against road salts. Better yet, got go a meet and try to find someone with a set installed and ask for a ride.
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Not sure what you budget is but the Ohlins R&T might work for you, especially with the softer spring rates they now have.
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KW V3 can be very comfortable...if the dampers are set up correctly. The spring rates would work nicely for you and they have a lot of travel.

I've not ridden on the HKS GT, but the shock dynos looked like they'd be relatively comfortable. I'd want to see how much travel they have though.

Bilstein B16 would be a good choice as well.

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Not sure what you budget is but the Ohlins R&T might work for you, especially with the softer spring rates they now have.
Am in the same boat and considering the same coils, Ohlins Road and track, Flex Z, Flex A (CSG spec), Racecomp T2s.

WOuld love to hear more about the Ohlins and the Flex A CSG spec.
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Am in the same boat and considering the same coils, Ohlins Road and track, Flex Z, Flex A (CSG spec), Racecomp T2s.

WOuld love to hear more about the Ohlins and the Flex A CSG spec.
The new Ohlins are very very soft. We liked the old ones (and ran them on our old shop car for a while).

No first hand experience with the Teins.

T2s aren't uncomfortable IMO but if comfort is a main priority I'd have a different recommendation.

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T2s aren't uncomfortable IMO but if comfort is a main priority I'd have a different recommendation.

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KW V3 can be very comfortable...if the dampers are set up correctly. The spring rates would work nicely for you and they have a lot of travel.

I've not ridden on the HKS GT, but the shock dynos looked like they'd be relatively comfortable. I'd want to see how much travel they have though.

Bilstein B16 would be a good choice as well.

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When you mentioned travel, is this the shock travel?
I'm just trying to get more info to research this myself.
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I'm just adding this as a reference to the Teins mentioned earlier.
http://www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81829

Putting this in here in case for easier linking.

CSG Mike does mention that it is good for comfort, but AutoX/Track may wear the Teins very quickly.
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When you mentioned travel, is this the shock travel?
I'm just trying to get more info to research this myself.
Yes.

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The new Ohlins are very very soft. We liked the old ones (and ran them on our old shop car for a while).

No first hand experience with the Teins.

T2s aren't uncomfortable IMO but if comfort is a main priority I'd have a different recommendation.

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