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      09-18-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Creaminz visits HP Autowerks

Okay, few months back I have done Quaife LSD installed by HPA in the past and they did an excellent job. So again I PM'd Harold@HPA about making my already great KW CS to an even better coilover. I got a reply back from him in few hours saying He suggest me to swap out KW linear springs with Swift linear springs rated @ 400/800 for Stree/track dual purposes. Most of you will say "that is pointless going from similar linear spring rate to one another." Well not quite.

"It will ride better from the proper rates, higher quality springs and the addition of the thrust sheets." - Harold

Arring at HP Autowerks in Santa Barbara California


Inside the office


This says it all


Work area in the shop is very well organized



Swift spring installed




All done. Ready for test drive.


First thing I noticed was how smooth my car felt on the road. Even at same identical settings with both CS springs & Swift springs, I could tell right away that these Swift Springs felt superior. Body roll seems to be reduced a bit and dispite of the better/comfortable ride quality, car felt even tighter around the corners!

Few weeks later, I met up with the photographer/writer from Bimmer magazine who showed up in his Porsche Boxter Spyder. Sick sick car by the way. He asked me about my suspension setup and took it out for a spin. He was amazed how well my car handled and couldn't believe how well it took turns through the Mulholland Drive. He loved the torque on N54 but was very impressed with KW/Swift combo. This means alot since what he drives probably has even better handling than 335i's big brother M3. After the photoshoot, I followed his Boxter Spyder down the road of Mulholland, I can't say I was on his rear the whole time but I did kept up with him pretty darn good. I am sure with better driver, my car could have done better. Car just took turns so comfortably yet precise. I loved it...except my wife screaming from time to time

To sum it all up, do you want to improve your coilover setup? Simply give Harold @ HP Autowerks a call. He will pick you the right spring rates for your needs and completely transform your handling characteristics...in a very good way It takes about 7 hours but his shop is near the downtown state st. of Santa Barbara where you can go eat, the beach, shopping, and movie theater as well.

Thank you Harold & HP Autowerks!
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      09-18-2011, 09:55 PM   #2
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once again very nice, darren
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      09-18-2011, 09:58 PM   #3
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Bump for Harold and Swift springs..

Got my whole suspension from him..AST 4200/ Swifts and all M3 bits

Great to hear another positive review about these springs..have heard nothin but great things and look forward to putting em on and posting a review myself..
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Off Topic..but is that the Gruppe M or Simota Intake you got in there?
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      09-18-2011, 10:08 PM   #5
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once again very nice, darren
Thanks Riz. I got this done few months back but wanted to take my time before I write some input. 100% satisfied

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Bump for Harold and Swift springs..

Got my whole suspension from him..AST 4200/ Swifts and all M3 bits

Great to hear another positive review about these springs..have heard nothin but great things and look forward to putting em on and posting a review myself..
You haven't installed it yet? You will love'em. Suspension/Handling mods > Go Fast mod

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Off Topic..but is that the Gruppe M or Simota Intake you got in there?
Authentic GRuppe M.
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      09-18-2011, 10:12 PM   #6
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You haven't installed it yet? You will love'em. Suspension/Handling mods > Go Fast mod

Yep Im def looking forward to it.

Authentic GRuppe M.

Whooa..ganster..lol
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Thanks Riz. I got this done few months back but wanted to take my time before I write some input. 100% satisfied


yeah, i was looking for your CF roof. haha
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nice, do u still have the gruppe m on? Your car must handle like a beast
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nice, do u still have the gruppe m on? Your car must handle like a beast
I have DCI installed at the moment but soon going back to GRuppe M. Car handles pretty darn good!
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      11-15-2011, 03:56 PM   #10
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I have DCI installed at the moment but soon going back to GRuppe M. Car handles pretty darn good!
How did the helper springs work out for you?
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      11-16-2011, 11:00 AM   #11
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Awesome writeup but 7 hours for a spring install?!?!
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      11-16-2011, 01:39 PM   #13
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Wow, gotta save up money to do that setup. Looks sooo clean, wish is was closer to arcadia though =/
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Awesome writeup but 7 hours for a spring install?!?!
The Swift spring conversion is 4 hours. Corner weigh the car is about 2 and another 1 hour for alignment.
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damn that coilover looks delicious
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nice write up


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damn that coilover looks delicious
Swift and KW makes a great combo!
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This is too good! Might have to pay HP Autowerks a visit.
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How did the helper springs work out for you?
Thanks for sending the out so fast Harold! I was out of country and didt get to drive the car yet I'm picking her up on Wed. I will report back! Oh and gotta install the battery as well
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haha you sir are a true modder never satisfied saw your car at LT a while ago looks amazing keep up the good stuff! ps if you have money to blow send some my way ahahha
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car looks hawt

swift springs sound like the way to go.
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