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My apologies for the lame cell phone picture, but I wanted to share my results on yesterday's Swift springs for my 2012 GT-R.

First off, the install was somewhat challenging because the rear of the car requires massive removal of trunk panels and back seat parts to actually get to the suspension. I felt sorry for the installer at Sonic MS who carefully removed all of the parts just to get to the suspension....the front's, however, went in very quickly!

I am very pleased with the drop, approx 1.5" which is exactly what I was hoping for because I hate wheel well gap. I am more amazed and enthused about the ride quality. The car rides smoother than the stock OEM springs in both the <Normal> and <Comfort> suspension settings and more aggressive than the stock OEM springs in the <R> mode setting! Personally, I was expecting a rougher ride in all modes as I have in my Porsche and many other lowered vehicles because of the shorter "lowering" spring. Surprisingly, these Swift springs actually made my car ride smoother than stock and when I want to drive aggressively I can hit the <R> mode and it jumps into action. Amazing!

So net-net, a BIG thumbs up on the Swift springs and a great install by the great folks over at Sonic MS in Mountain View, CA!

Better pics to come after I get the 15MM spacers installed!


 

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Your car looks fantastic and will look even better with the spacers. By any chance do you know if now after the drop your car sits level? Some of with swifts have seen the passenger side sitting a bit lower.
 

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Thanks for the comments, the car seems pretty level. Sometimes Spring manufacturers drop passenger side a little lower to compensate for the fat driver, haha. No seriously, I will measure both sides and let you know.
 

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hmmm i keep reading everyone saying the ride isnt affected much with springs only, yet every other time ive fitted springs with stock shocks its ruined the ride

i have swift springs sitting in my garage awaiting install
 

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I like the look! I want pics after the spacers as well!
 

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hmmm i keep reading everyone saying the ride isnt affected much with springs only, yet every other time ive fitted springs with stock shocks its ruined the ride

i have swift springs sitting in my garage awaiting install
Same here. I have never had an improvement in ride quality from springs. It is always worse. I am wondering now that the shocks are more compressed from the lower ride height, is there need for aftermarket bump stops? I wouldnt want to blow out the OEM shocks.
 

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Same here. I have never had an improvement in ride quality from springs. It is always worse. I am wondering now that the shocks are more compressed from the lower ride height, is there need for aftermarket bump stops? I wouldnt want to blow out the OEM shocks.
I have literally lowered ten plus cars with lowered springs, from Porsche to Lexus to BMW, all springs rode rough compared to OEM. In this case, however, the car rides better in COMF and Normal mode which seems very strange (in a good way). I'm going to put another 100 miles on the car tomorrow and will advise further, but I was hoping some other Swift owners will see this post and comment on how they feel Swift is performing from a ride quality standpoint.
 

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looks good! Are these the "new" swift springs with the stiffer spring rates?
 

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are there 2 versions?

i had to wait for swift USA to re-stock purchasing from maperformance, so if there is a new version ill most likely have them

not happy if they're even stiffer now
 

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I bought my 09 with Swift springs and was told the same thing from people who have driven stock GT-R's, the Swifts drive nicer than stock. I love the drop and they also seem great on the track in R mode. I can also feel a very noticeable difference between Comf, normal and R mode, something I guess stock 09's didn't have.

My car also has 20mm spacers in the rear and 15mm spacers in the front so I thought I'd post some pisc so you can see the difference.





Here's a good comparison next to a stock 09.

 

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are there 2 versions?

i had to wait for swift USA to re-stock purchasing from maperformance, so if there is a new version ill most likely have them

not happy if they're even stiffer now
Yep there are two versions now. The new Swifts with higher spring rates were made since the old springs are softer than OEM spring rates on 2012s. One of the main reasons I went with KW Sleeves instead since I didn't know at the time the new versions were out.
 

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so does that mean they're softer or firmer now

i use my comfort mode often on my 2011, and i can tell a difference especially at higher speed where the car feels floaty on rebound

i thought about the sleeve kit, but i really cbb with any noises after battling 2 years of noises with my PSS9s on my M3

hmmm think ill put them in and leave the rear interior out until ive properly tested them
 

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so does that mean they're softer or firmer now

i use my comfort mode often on my 2011, and i can tell a difference especially at higher speed where the car feels floaty on rebound

i thought about the sleeve kit, but i really cbb with any noises after battling 2 years of noises with my PSS9s on my M3

hmmm think ill put them in and leave the rear interior out until ive properly tested them
They're firmer now. I'd give the sleeves another look. I've had them on for a week now, and there hasn't been any noise at all beside whatever sounds the car already made stock. I use the comfort mode on the daily as well, and there is still a drastic change between the three modes with the sleeves.
 

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I have the new Swift springs supposedly, but like I said the ride is not firm in COMF or normal mode. The ride is awesome!
 

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Synergy any new pics with the spacers? And is the passenger and driver side level?
 

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for some reason i liked the old wheels than the 2012.

I bought my 09 with Swift springs and was told the same thing from people who have driven stock GT-R's, the Swifts drive nicer than stock. I love the drop and they also seem great on the track in R mode. I can also feel a very noticeable difference between Comf, normal and R mode, something I guess stock 09's didn't have.

My car also has 20mm spacers in the rear and 15mm spacers in the front so I thought I'd post some pisc so you can see the difference.





Here's a good comparison next to a stock 09.

 

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Spacers are still on order, will update the thread with pics when they arrive :)
 
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