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Offline HSCoach

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Newbie to the group - in MD
« on: November 07, 2017, 12:32:54 AM »
Hello all - I'm new to the Kappa crowd with the purchase of my NA 2007 Z0K Solstice in BR Green. It has around 60K on it and someone has swapped out the stock Bilstein's with Koni's. It seems quite a bit low in the front, so could also have had a spring change.

I recently tracked it at the new Dominion Speedway near Fredericksburg, VA twice and found the handling not up to par. Not enough oversteer to make it neutral enough for my taste at speed.Front Koni's are at soft, rears are full hard.

I believe my "Starting Point" will be to determine what springs it has on it currently. I'm likely going to lower the rate in the front, reduce the front bar size or increase the rear spring rate to get my Koni's back to somewhat closer to a middle setting all around.

BTW, my "stage name" HSCoach, is due to my propensity to help unsuspecting students get the most from their track-day experiences. I work mostly with the SCCA in Washington D.C., at Summit Point, South Jersey, Pocono, Watkins Glen, and soon VIR.This coaching has been a habit for the past nine years. I have 17 autos and one truck. Looking forward to learning from this bunch! Thanks!!

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Re: Newbie to the group - in MD
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2017, 06:21:29 AM »
Great to have you here and part of the forum, welcome!
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Re: Newbie to the group - in MD
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2017, 06:51:19 AM »
Thank you Sly Bob - I'm interested in understanding the model nomenclature of the KAPPA lineage - can you point me in that direction? FE2, FE3 none of this makes any sense to me yet!


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Re: Newbie to the group - in MD
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2017, 10:25:49 AM »
I hate sending you to a different forum, but this message on solsticeforum has a table in it that details all the suspension parts and pieces that were supplied by GM for our cars. The message was written by the Ride/Handling engineer that developed the Solstice/Sky suspension.


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Re: Newbie to the group - in MD
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2017, 10:42:24 AM »
Welcome, a stock ZOK should be fairly neutral.  FE2 is the stock NA suspension, FE3 the GXP suspension.  ZOK was a limited edition club racer built for the track.  What all has been done to yours besides the shocks?
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Re: Newbie to the group - in MD
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2017, 12:04:35 PM »
If I remember correctly the ZOK for the NA = FE3 and the ZOK for GXP was an even higher performance set up.
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Re: Newbie to the group - in MD
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2017, 01:43:24 PM »
Welcome Coach!!  :yay:

The base Solstice with Z0K is the same thing as a GXP with the FE3 suspension  :slap:

 GXP with Z0K is the stiffest setup from GM, and not the same thing as the base with Z0K.
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Re: Newbie to the group - in MD
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2017, 11:22:59 PM »
Hello and welcome to the group, thanks from Norm

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Re: Newbie to the group - in MD
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2017, 09:03:44 PM »
Welcome track coach, no pictures yet??? Indeed newbie.  :rofl:
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