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Old 11-09-2008, 03:55 PM
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ahh tramline! thanks for clarification!!

and good to hear shaunv74!
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Old 11-09-2008, 04:06 PM
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Hmm, my car feels weird going in a straight line. It feels off compared to stock alignment.

Any turn at all, even changing lanes feels downright magical. At the last rotary meet in Houston, almost nothing but FD's showed up. The few that grabbed rides with me now want an RX-8. Although when I did this I still had my front shocks turned up to ~80%. The difference between 60% and 80% is so night and day its unreal.

I finally turned them back down for my trip to Dallas.

Too bad Shaunv74 is in Seattle, too far away to meet up and compare settings.

Quick Edit: When the front shocks are turned up the car doesn't turn smooth at all. It turns extremely sharp. The sharp feeling is even present simply touching the steering wheel to keep the car in the lane.

Also it seems I have a popping noise on left turns. Does it around 45mph in what I can best describe as a tight sweeper. I don't have any paint coming off the racingbeat springs so I'm not sure what the noise is. It sounds like a loud THUMP.

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Old 11-09-2008, 11:04 PM
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For those folks wondering here is how the car sits with the Swift springs and Koni shocks.



Originally Posted by HeavyMetal699 View Post

Too bad Shaunv74 is in Seattle, too far away to meet up and compare settings.

Quick Edit: When the front shocks are turned up the car doesn't turn smooth at all. It turns extremely sharp. The sharp feeling is even present simply touching the steering wheel to keep the car in the lane.

Also it seems I have a popping noise on left turns. Does it around 45mph in what I can best describe as a tight sweeper. I don't have any paint coming off the racingbeat springs so I'm not sure what the noise is. It sounds like a loud THUMP.
Agreed. Too bad, I'm always up to meet up with a fellow rotorhead and compare rides.

hmm. I'm not sure about your noise. Maybe try the zip tie trick and see if your shocks are bottoming out. If so you might be encountering some suspension component interference. Also check the inside rim on the passenger side to see if it's rubbing on anything.

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Old 02-15-2009, 04:32 PM
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I wanted to post up an update.

I went to a driving skills day yesterday at Bremerton with the springs and new alignment. I must say it handles wonderfully now at the limit.

Around the turning circle I could switch from understeer to oversteer with the right application of throttle. I was attempting to learn how to drift the car around the circle and could get the back end to come out when I wanted. I still can't catch it and keep it going but now at least I can kick it out.

through the slalom as I would increase speed I could feel the back rotate more at turn in. It was very communicative and manageable at the limits with application of the throttle and weight transfer front or back. I definitely love this setup!

I wasn't able to get meaningful tire temp. reading though to get some data on my camber settings. The exercises were not long enough to get much heat in to the tires. They were only around 80 degrees coming off a run and only about 10 degrees different from inside to out so not really meaningful. I'll try to capture some data at the next skills day in March.
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:56 PM
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If your springs are to compressed can you just cut a coil off??? lol
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:13 AM
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I was actually thinking I would just put spacers in!!

Those old springs are long gone. I just wanted to let everyone know my spring saga now has a happy ending!! (not THAT kind of happy ending)
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:21 AM
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Thought I would bump this with an update

I bought the springs off shaun awhile back and I've been riding them on stock shocks for awhile with absolutely no problems (coils aren't touching/binding, no clunks, etc.)

Recently installed Tokico D-spec's (also low-gas twin tubes) and I was somewhat expecting similar results as shaun, but to my surprise, they work just fine! no coil bindings, they sit pretty close to what OEMs sat at. Haven't measured ride height, but looks to be pretty similar to what it was on stock shocks, maybe just a tad bit lower. Getting no clunks.

Admittedly, espelir designed it pretty poorly with too many coils, but tokico's seem to be compatible so far.
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:21 PM
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Just saw your update. Glad they are working well for you and you aren't having any issues!
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:54 AM
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Bumping this thread

So I'm having the same issue with my driver rear except I'm on Stance coilovers...the coils are too close together and binding on certain bumps and dips...after reading this thread, maybe my spring is to blame? The rear spring rates are 6k and it only does this on my driver rear...passenger rear is fine
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Possibly but the stance also have ride height adjustment. Do you know if your ride height on that side is too low?
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shaunv74, did you upgrade/replace/trim your bumpstops when switching to the swift springs?
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shaunv74, did you upgrade/replace/trim your bumpstops when switching to the swift springs?
You do know that you bumped a 5 year old thread?
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You do know that you bumped a 5 year old thread?
Yes, I was aware. Why does 5 days or 5 years matter? I'm saving another thread and keeping info in one place.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:37 AM
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Hi All.

Been a while. I wanted to let anyone know I am now selling this spring/shock combo. I replaced them with a set of Ohlins coilovers. Here is the link to the thread if interested PM me.

https://www.rx8club.com/rx-8-parts-s...2/#post4893529
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