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Old 09-28-2015, 05:44 PM
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KW Suspension Pics and Product Feature

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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Thanks Marcus! Unfortunately... seems like the CU2 scene has gone to bags and 22" wheels. Would've definitely picked these up over my TEIN Street Basis if I had done a bit more research a year and a half ago!
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Originally Posted by xtcnrice View Post
Thanks Marcus! Unfortunately... seems like the CU2 scene has gone to bags and 22" wheels. Would've definitely picked these up over my TEIN Street Basis if I had done a bit more research a year and a half ago!
They aren't for everyone but these are great dampers for sure.
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They're not meant for people who want to slam their cars into the ground and have 80 levels of adjustment to occupy their time. But as I said on your thread in the 1G forum....they're great in terms of quality and ride.
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