Hey everyone! Sorry for the long hiatus, but I took some time away from the internet and then procrastinated typing up my updates. I also lost the pictures I took when my phone went, but I'll try to make up for it this summer.
I picked up a set of Megan Racing Coilovers
second-hand from Jomar23M6 on this forum. If it weren't for price and opportunity, I probably would have just stuck to the Corksport Lowering Springs. To finish off the suspension upgrades, I wanted a set of summer wheels and tires. They had to be light, perform well in both dry and wet conditions, and look sexy. After much deliberation, I decided on Enkei PF07s
wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sports
. I was on the fence about picking up a rear sway bar
and rear motor mount
, but I pulled the trigger on these ones. I also picked up a set of camber bolts and rear camber arms in preparation for the alignment. Over one Sunday at the beginning of May, a team of legitimate mechanics and I (mostly them) put everything on the car. We ended up at a 3-4" drop. I adjusted the coilovers to be very stiff with the big drop, and loved how responsive the car had become. I ran into issues with the Minneapolis roads and harshness of the RMM under load, but everything else was perfect.
Here she is on the same day:
Since I didn't want to deal with potholes and "snowplowing", I decided to raise the car to a 2" drop. The RMM added incredible engine feedback and lightning quick shifts, but I was not willing to deal with the vibrations all winter. I removed it and swapped back in the stock RMM. I have it for sale here
. I am toying with the idea of trying out Corksport's RMM v2, since it reportedly has less harshness. Also, I swapped my summer wheels back for the stock 19" rims with Dunlops. At this point in time, I had 24k miles on the Dunlops. During a rainstorm a few days later, I experienced some hydroplaning. I called Dunlop and complained about the quick wear on the tires, and they sent me to a nearby shop for a check-up. Dunlop agreed with me that their tires suck and credited 40% towards a new set of tires. Unfortunately, the stock tires are a weird size and very few winter tires exist in it. I decided on Pirelli Ice Zeroes
, which cost just under $500 with labor. These tires don't have the best ride, but they carve through snow and ice like no one's business. I originally didn't believe the hype surrounding winter tires, but now I won't go a season without them. Nothing feels better than driving through an area with stranded cars and not losing grip. In the future, I might consider getting a set of cheap steelies in a more normal size to save on tires.
This season, I am going to get some cosmetic mods out of the way. I have an appointment on Monday for a resonator delete at a local body shop. Barring an outrageous estimate, I will be getting this done the same day. I already love the growl of the Racing Beat exhaust with the short ram intake. I am hoping for something a little more loud and not so ricey, but we'll see. My friend and I have a separate appointment on June 15th at a tint shop. My 6 and his white 2014 Chrysler 300 are getting tinted and black vinyl roof wraps. I have seen pictures on other silver 3rd gens, and I think it would look great. To match, I plan on blacking out or removing some emblems, as well as pick up a dark lip spoiler. Specifics haven't been decided yet. I am also having trouble deciding on if I should wait for the Corksport Turbo Kit, as they seem to have gone dark recently. I would happily shell out the money, but the OVTune is my backup plan. I'm really looking forward to this stuff, and I can't wait to post pictures!
Please feel free to hit me with questions here or DM. Thanks!