Thanks Alex, I'll definitely consider the KW ST XTA's when on market for coilovers.Coilovers made a HUGE difference in terms of ride quality. Full soft is much smoother than stock and full hard is back breaking. I once made the mistake of driving to a track on full hard and my headlights were useless as they were vibrating all over the place as the car reacted to every road imperfection.
I have to say, of all the mods I've done, the coilovers were probably the most "game changing" for me. It really changed the feel of the car for the better.
I personally use KW ST XTA, but I was also tempted by BC Racing, but the former were in sale at the time and I could get them tax free.
Two things to note though. The rear damper adjustment will require slits cut in the carpet assuming adjustment is on the top.
The front adjustment will require that the strut towers are widened to allow access to the adjuster.
Let me know if any photos of that would help
I imagine yours being like my sons 2R, big slug of torque very low down and pulls very strong through midrange but because there's that hit low down it levels off and doesn't seem to get stronger further up the rev range because the stock turbo is already maxed out, with the S280 above 3k it is relentless and where the stock turbo has maxed out this just pulls aggressively to the limiter which I think is around 6750rpm, I know some tuners go to 7200+rpm to get max power.Good write up, glad you're happy. I can't imagine how fast it feels, I already think mine making 242hp/296lbft is too fast for the road.
I would love to have a ride in it one day if you're ever in the South West. I've never been in a turbo swap ST.
Might be worth looking at Renault Brembos if you feel you want more brakes. Very cost effective and 4 pots should have a nice stopping ability to match the extra pace of the car.
Power has to be fed in, even on a hot dry day with decent PS3 tyres in 3rd gear you can't just plant your right foot, it will lose traction which is a bit scary at national speed limit and then there's the torque steer, basically you need your wits about you.
I'm not usually down your neck of the woods but we'll hopefully be attending some shows this year so maybe there's a chance of meeting up.
Not sure what I'll be doing with the brakes, I'll be keeping with the 15" 1.2's so I guess these will limit which BBK fit underneath without using thick spacers.