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Old 09-28-2015, 05:45 PM
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Some details and info about KW V1 Damper kits

Hey there folks. We know there are some people running KW dampers in the forums here, but lower cost systems tend to get the attention. We wanted to post up and let people know a little bit more about the benefits of a highly-refined KW damper kit. Check it out!

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We recently had an opportunity to take some nice beauty shots of a KW damper system, Variant 1 version, for a 2004-08 Acura TL. We'd like to share some of our observations here!




The KW Variant 1 is constructed with stainless steel damper bodies. While avoiding corrosion is a huge benefit for suspension systems, stainless steel is also more rigid that normal steel, allowing for truer damper performance. See some great salt-spray test results for more info on "inox_line" coilover benefits. Dampers are of twin-tube construction, allowing for consistent and compliant road feedback with good comfort.





KW Springs are made of chrome-silicon steel and features many layers of coating to prevent corrosion which could lead to failure. KW selects the spring rate and dimensions specifically per application, even employing linear or progressive springs where it makes the most sense. KW also employs "helper springs" which are the large, flat springs that are used to keep the main spring seated regardless of spring position. Read a little more about helper springs here.

Spring seats on KW kits are constructed of a composite material that helps dampen vibration and noise from the road without dulling the feel. Also note the incorporated set-screws for a strong, positive lock of the seats to prevent loosening.




Many people realize that the bump stops protect dampers from the potentially-damaging consequences of "bottoming out" the dampers. In very sophisticated suspension systems, the bump stop is not only a protective element of the suspension, but it is also item that can be used to "tune" the suspension. It is not uncommon for a suspension system to bottom out under aggressive driving. When the bump-stops are impacted sharply, the impact can unsettle the chassis, and give a very harsh, unpredictable feedback. KW bump stops are compliant and made to a specific firmness to allow for smoother, more predictable handling when large bumps are encountered when driving "at the limit."




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I have a set of ST-X's on a 2011 TSX wagon. ST-X's are the zinc plated version of V1's. The damping is phenomenal. Its very controllable and firm without being uncomfortable at all. The car rides better than stock, and these shocks are built really well. The welds and finishing are top notch. There's a reason these cost what they do for a relatively low amount of features. There's a lot of engineering in a kit like this. While I love my Tein SA's on my 2006 sedan...KW's do feel more refined. I also have a set of KW V3's on another car.

There's a lot of technical mumbo jumbo up there from KW lol. I'm wondering ....what'd you guys think of the ride and how does the TL look now?

I think these shocks blow Koni Yellows out of the water in terms of blending refinement and control.

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Believe it or not I actually typed all that. Not copy-paste KW text. But yea I had to interpolate a bit as we have not actually installed these on a car yet. I had half a mind to toss these on my HTSpecTSX.
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