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Coilover Comparison Guide: KW Suspension & Stance

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Coilover Guide: KW Suspension & StanceThere's often a myriad of praise for both Stance Coilovers and KW Suspension Coilovers, and there's also a myriad of complaints.  Often the complaints come from the lack of knowledge by the consumer.  You can never go by the recommendation of your neighbor or listen to the gripes by your kid's teacher.  It really comes down to knowing what you want to accomplish with your car.  We examine the Stance GR+ Coilovers and the KW Suspension Coilovers, so you can avoid a case of the gripes and make a choice with a grin.

Question #1:  What is the car being used for? or why are you purchasing coilovers?  Normally people will fall into one of these three categories:

  • Street
  • Mix of Street & Track Racing
  • Pure track racing
Coilovers for the street
If you answered the question with STREET, then you'd start to look at a few questions:
1.  What do you want your comfort level to be?  Do you want to ride low, yet still not hit your head on your ceiling when going over bumps? Or do you still like the harsh ride.  Some people out there do, in fact, like to think they are racing every where they go on the street and want that harsh ride along with the better handling.

"I just want to throw the coilovers in my car and leave them at one height and never adjust them":  If this is the case for you, and money is an issue, the best bang for the buck would be the Stance Coilovers.  The Stance Coilovers are going to be much less in cost for the everyday driver, easy to use, and have a lower ride height than all KW Suspensions Coilovers. 

The next question one would ask is, "What's the difference between the Stance GR+, GR+ Pro and KW Variant 1?"  Well, the GR+ Pro has the added benefit of a helper spring in which the GR+ does not have the helper spring. "So what's a helper spring?"  A helper spring allows the shock piston to be placed in the optimal position within the shock body, increasing rebound stroke, and maximizing articulation on cars with minimum suspension travel. In laymen terms, it's going to make your ride a little smoother.

Now if money is not an object the KW Suspension Variant 1's are the choice.  This is the entry coilovers system from KW Suspensions.  The KW's in most cases are going to be smoother, but it also depends on your vehicle.  Ride height adjustability is not as good as the Stance GR series, and will not go as low as the Stance, but the KW's are known to be simple and very easy to use when lowering or raising the height.

  Street Coilover Recommendations:

 Coilover Guide: Stance GR Plus Pro Stance GR+Pro Product Description:
The Stance GR+ Pro coilovers have all the features of the GR+ but adds the benefit of a helper spring. The helper spring allows the shock piston to be placed in the optimal position within the shock body, increasing rebound stroke, and maximizing articulation on cars with minimum suspension travel.
 Coilover Guide: KW Suspensions Variant 1 KW Suspensions Variant 1 Product Description:
The Variant 1 has sporty handling with factory pre-set damping The ideal system for customers wishing to rely on the experience of our engineers to set the damper setting, yet determine their own degree of lowering. In extensive driving tests our engineers have set the dampers for the best balance between sporty driving, comfort and safety. The user is then free to decide the best height setting for their use and preference.
 Coilover Guide: KW Suspensions Clubsport  KW Suspensions ClubSport Product Description:
KW
ClubSport Coilovers are distinguished by motorsport applications for race track and road use with ideal performance.
 Coilover Guide: KW Suspensions Clubsport   KW Suspensions Street Comfort Product Description:
With KW Street Comfort Coilovers, KW has produced a newly developed coilover suspension line which allows individual lowering with the best driving comfort. The lowering, depending on the application, is from 5-45 mm. Therefore it offers a perfect look, with the best possible driving behaviour. Long distance, motorways as well as fast driven country roads will be a pleasure for every driver KW street comfort in stainless steel technology “inox-line” are developed especially for ambitious customers which demand comfort, safe driving quality and a discreet but individual lowering. The vehicle can be height adjusted from 5-45 mm on front and rear axle. All coilover kits are equipped with a shock absorber which can be adjusted in rebound damping for more comfort.


Coilover Guide: Street & Track
If you are saying to yourself, "I want to drive my car on the street and still maintain some smoothness in my life.GR+Pro SSD , Variant 2KW Clubsport Coilovers , or KW Street Comfort. would be some of your selections.  KW incorporates progressive springs, which are smoother that linear springs, but linear springs are more predictable and a little quicker in reaction to stearing imputs.  Variant is known for dominating the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, which us at THMotorsports, got to see first hand.

  Street & Track Coilover Recommendations:

Stance Coilovers GR+2 Stance GR+ Pro SS-D Product Description:
GR+Pro [SS-D] The Special Setting Dampers were developed to meet the special demands of the circuit. The SS-D is valved to work in conjunction with race tires to maximize traction. The GR+ Pro SS-D were used to win national titles in both drifting and time attack; setting the highest benchmark for itself - winning.
 Coilover Guide: KW Suspensions Variant 2 KW Suspensions Variant 2 Product Description:
The Variant 2 system intended for the experienced driver who does not only wish to determine the individual lowering of his vehicle, but also wishes to carry out setup adjustments. The adjustable rebound damper allows adjusting the pitch and roll behaviour of the vehicle and therefore the driving pleasure can be adapted to the own requirements.
 Coilover Guide: KW Suspensions Clubsport KW Suspensions ClubSport Product Description:
KW
ClubSport Coilovers are distinguished by motorsport applications for race track and road use with ideal performance.
 Coilover Guide: KW Suspensions Clubsport KW Suspensions Street Comfort Product Description:
With KW Street Comfort Coilovers, KW has produced a newly developed coilover suspension line which allows individual lowering with the best driving comfort. The lowering, depending on the application, is from 5-45 mm. Therefore it offers a perfect look, with the best possible driving behaviour. Long distance, motorways as well as fast driven country roads will be a pleasure for every driver KW street comfort in stainless steel technology “inox-line” are developed especially for ambitious customers which demand comfort, safe driving quality and a discreet but individual lowering. The vehicle can be height adjusted from 5-45 mm on front and rear axle. All coilover kits are equipped with a shock absorber which can be adjusted in rebound damping for more comfort.

Coilover Guide: Pure Track Racing
If you look behind you and your car is completely stripped of it's interior and your girlfriend can't ride in your car because there's no passenger seat, than you are looking for the
Stance GR+ Three Way & Two Way, GR+Pro SSD or KW Suspension Variant 3.

  Track Coilover Recommendations:

 Stance Coilovers GR+3 Stance GR+ Product Description: GR+3 is Stance's top of the line coilover. The GR+3 features 3-way adjustability, enabling the driver to fine tune low-speed and high-speed bump separately from rebound. An external reservoir is connected to the damper using specially designed fittings that allow the line to swivel and disconnect for packaging and servicing convenience. An optional tool is also available to adjust the gas pressure to give the driver the ultimate adjustment control.
 Stance Coilovers GR+2 Stance GR+2 Product Description:
The Stance GR+2 features 2-way adjustability, enabling the driver to fine tune compression separately from rebound. An external reservoir is connected to the damper using specially designed fittings that allow the line to swivel and disconnect for packaging and servicing convenience. An optional tool is also available to adjust the gas pressure to give the driver the ultimate adjustment control.
 Stance Coilovers GR+Pro SSD Stance GR+ Pro SS-D Product Description:
GR+Pro [SS-D] The Special Setting Dampers were developed to meet the special demands of the circuit. The SS-D is valved to work in conjunction with race tires to maximize traction. The GR+ Pro SS-D were used to win national titles in both drifting and time attack; setting the highest benchmark for itself - winning.
 KW Suspensions Coilovers Variant 3 KW Suspension Variant 3 Product Description:
The Varaint 3 derives it's State-of-the-art technology from motor sports for more performance on the road. The separate and independently adjustable rebound- and compression damping allows for an individual suspension setup for different uses and preferences. The unique patented system with its two-stage valves allows a rebound damping adjustment (comfort) and a compression adjustment (driving dynamics) in the low-speed range while the high-speed range which controls the driving safety, is fixed.


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0 KW Variant 3 2010-09-29 08:48 #1
A car's steering system enables the car to turn and its suspension system smooths out the ride. However things can go wrong, making the ride rough or steering difficult or dangerous. This means time to repair. Many types of steering and suspension systems have been used to control cars. Older cars use mechanical suspension that relies on springs and shock absorbers but new cars use hydraulic cylinders called struts. Besides this, many of today's cars rely on rack and pinion steering. Without proper care, a car's steering system should give 80,000 to 100,000 miles of smooth turns.
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