Saved from Mishap

A very good customer of ours had a small mishap at a local track not long ago.  Amazing to see what losing control and hitting nothing can do (other than going over a ditch).  What was a shame was seeing the Z getting towed hurt and somewhat destroyed from what was supposed to be a fun day at the circuit.

A majority of the front and rear suspension were destroyed along with some body damage.  I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked but here are some from the rebuild process.

The subframe suffered catastrophic  failure along with the upper control arms and HICAS tie rod.

This rear coilover located on the driver side wasn’t so lucky either.

Damage caused by this ditch.  Due to poor drainage planning at the track.  tisk tisk

To the rescue KW!  We opted to go with KW’s newly released V3s for the suspenion rebuild.

Nice case for the manual and wrench.

The V3s reuse the factory top mounts (fronts shown here) to keep things more comfortable and quiet for the street.  The Clubsports use pillowball mounts.

The top mounts need to be modified for them to be used on the V3s.  A simple drill was all that was required to separate the bottom flange from the top hat.

Ready to go on the Z.

The brand new subframe, SPL rear upper arms, lower arms and other misc. suspension bits.

Not shown in the picture is the damaged rear driver fender.  Damage to the Z was highlighted.  The entire car ended up getting repainted and 3 out of 4 wheels needed repairing.

The Z done in not so glamorous lighting.  Impressions of the KW V3s were very good.  My biggest pet peeve is comfort for everyday driving and these are amazingly comfortable (the most comfortable I’ve ever ridden) for an ultimate coilover.  KW V3s are available from us here.

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Comments (2)

  1. Mark Holtzman (Louisiana)

    Very interesting. I have never seen how the hicas motor looks on a 94 and up car.

    Another awesome build/repair from SZ!

    Also that case that the suspension tools come in is awesome, very convenient.

  2. Yeah, the 94+ HICAS system is much cleaner than the old hydraulic system.

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