Industry Insider: KW Suspension Factory Tour, part 1

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 KW Suspension Factory Tour
KW’s street coil overs use these fiber reinforced polysulfone spring collars.  Polysulfone is an engineering high strength plastic that is totally corrosion resistant.  No seizing of the collars to the body, even in a slushy and salty German winter.

KW has excellent valving technology and high quality features like rust free stainless steel bodies and non seizing anti corrosive engineering plastic spring collars to assure that their coilovers are truly every day all weather and climate practical.  Anyone in a rust belt area who has tried to keep their coilovers functional after a winter of salt exposure will know what I am talking about.

 KW Suspension Factory Tour
We inspect various components of KW shocks.  Most impressive were the stainless steel shock tubes used throughout the product line up.  No rusting or seizing.

KW has quality credentials to back up their parts.  KW is an OEM supplier to several prestigious German manufacturers for certain high performance limited production editions who we can’t mention but you can probably guess.  Being an OEM supplier means very stringent quality control.  KW carries ISO/QS 9000 and TS16949 internationally recognized quality certifications for the automotive industry. To obtain and keep these certifications requires a cultural commitment to quality by upper management and stringent internal systems to track and continuously improve quality in all aspects from manufacturing defects to warranty rate.  These processes must be continually audited by a certified and registered third party. 

 KW Suspension Factory Tour
 KW Suspension Factory Tour

Much of the KW magic is within the valving which is designed to give excellent flow control and easy external adjustability.

Needless to say, few performance oriented companies can reach this level of quality, we can think of only two other examples.  It is really awesome to see performance and racing products being assembled with OEM levels of quality and control, a rare sight indeed in the industry.

 KW Suspension Factory Tour
 Dai Yoshihara’s winning Formula D Team Falken drift car uses KW Motorsports 3-way adjustable dampers.

These are the reasons why KW suspension has found its way onto so many MotoIQ project cars, as well as race and pro drift programs that we are involved with. KW stuff flat out works, and works exceedingly well.  With a wide range of applications and exceedingly high quality, we really like what KW has to offer.

 KW Suspension Factory Tour
 Our Project Spec V time attack car uses Motorsport 3-ways as well.  Our EVO X, S2000 and STI all ride on KW.

 

KW Suspension Factory Tour
Some warranty and rejected production parts await analysis.  Every part is inspected and the root cause of any problem is determined.  This is fed back to engineering and production to prevent the issue from happening again.  This sort of quality control is part of ISO9000 certification.

 

KW Suspension Factory Tour
This rubber bladder keeps the fluid separated from the gas inside Variant III and Clubsport shocks.  Motorsports shocks use a floating piston.

 

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