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The wheels arrived this week... finally. I ordered the wheels on July 1 so it was a long wait but worth it. I took the car down to Gran Turismo East for the installation of all the new pieces (except for the already done engine tune). 

  • Renick RP 556 Wheels Gloss Black
    • Front: 19x9.5” with 265/30-ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
    • Rear: 19x11” with 305/30-ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
  • Renick front and rear adjustable sway bars
  • Eibach Pro springs
  • Track alignment
  • Trifecta Tune

Some people like to take their car to the drag strip while others like the twisty turns or maybe even both. I'm a twisty kind of guy. I've autocrossed since 1973 so I've driven a lot of cars and know what feels good and what doesn't, and I know what modifications need to be done to most any car to get the most out of it. Fortunately this car started off with all the right pieces, it just needed a little tweaking. 

Right now this car feels incredible. The steering is quick and responsive with plenty of feedback. The grip is incredible for a street tire. I'm used to autocrossing on bias ply race slicks that are squishy and flexible and these new tires are nothing like that at all. The tires are more quiet, have a better ride, and have a lot more grip than the OEM Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires that came on the car. I know part of that increase in grip is increased wheel width along with a corresponding increase in tire size, but what I feel is even more. The zero body roll and instant steering response is confidence inspiring. I couldn't be more pleased with how this car handles. In case you didn't know, the car has the magnetic ride shocks, so you're not going to get better than that. The car has three modes, Tour, Sport, and Track, and as you go up in modes the shocks get firmer and more controlled. These shocks sample the road surface 1000 times a second and can react to every imperfection, so I have no need to ever mess with the shocks.

I got her (yes, this is Grace so be nice) cleaned up and took some pictures. 
















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