In a short time the suspension in the SW11 has undergone several changes.
The suspension is now all held snuggly in place by Prothane bushings from twosrus.com. There is also an SW20 turbo rear sway bar waiting to be installed, I just need to relocate and exhaust hanger because it fouls it at the moment.
- When purchased, the car was fitted with cut springs, dodgy front shocks, but quite interestingly 4 way adjustable KYB Gymkhana shocks (for circuit use only!).
- After failing a warrant of fitness, the springs were replaced with Jamex lowering springs, and the front shocks with KYB stock replacement shocks
- During the engine swap, coilover conversion parts were purchased, and the old suspension sold. The coilovers were fitted to SW20 turbo rear struts, from the donor car, along with, coincidentally, KYB 4 way adjustable Gymkhana shocks (for circuit use only!) from an SW20. Unfortunately the SW20 struts are longer than AW11 struts, and the use of them didn't really allow much suspension travel, so they were ditched, and eventually the coilovers were sold because I decided I didn't really need height adjustability!
- Currently, the suspension is just stock shocks with Jamex lowering springs (again). The eventual aim is to get some Koni adjustables for it, which is going to cost about $1,000
- Wheels are 3 piece "Duke Project" 16"x7.5 wheels. I've been desperately trying to find some outer rim sections for these to turn the rears into 9" wide, with a nice 2.5" dish, but have so far been unsuccessful
- Rear tyres are Pirelli P7000 245/35R16s. I got these for a ridiculously good price, and have no complaints at all (certainly grip better than the old 195's did with the 3S in there!)
- Front tyres are Dunlop Direzza D101 205/45R16s. Seem to be stickier than the rears, definitely a nice tyre.
- Front brakes use an ST185 twin piston caliper, with the stock AW11 SC disks and Lucas semi-metallic pads
- Rear brakes are currently stock - I was going to put the SW20 brakes on but the rotors have 2 sets of 5X114.3 stud patterns drilled into them, so there's not really enough meat to drill 4X100 into them too.
- System has been thoroughly flushed, and uses DOT 5.1 fluid