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Old 09-30-2016, 01:14 PM
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lol. So pricey in comparison to other brands.

$1k for a service :dabs sweat off of forehead:. my my my.
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:34 PM
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lol. So pricey in comparison to other brands.

$1k for a service :dabs sweat off of forehead:. my my my.
Wish I considered that before buying a used set and putting 10k on them before tracking the car. Oh well, the things we do for love haha
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:50 PM
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I put a little over 20k miles on my first set of DFVs with 10kg/10kg HyperCos and dampers will still working well when I took them off.
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I've been a little surprised that no one has made tophats and either bolt-on or weld on lower arm adapters to use standard racing shocks with spherical bearings in shock eyes on both ends. I think it would work...but don't know for sure.

That would allow a wide range of racing shocks that are available at relatively low prices and easily rebuild-able to overhaul or change valving, pistons, etc. including a Schraeder valve to change nitrogen pressure. They are available from Penske, Ohlins, Bilstein, and a variety of others including JRI, Integra, QA-1, etc. and usually available with shafts and bodies to create shocks with travel from 5" to 9".

This is a QA1 rebuild video. They are all similar, with differences such as QA1 is using a screw where others have the Schraeder valve or use a needle through a fitting.

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Hello Jason,

thank you for the great review.

Currently I am also thinking about buying the Ohlins.
The only negative comments I could find are about the little travel of the rear dampers:

SakeBomb Garage even offers a Long Stroke kit:

I was wondering if you ever noticed any negative effect from the restricted travel. Is the KW V3 damper travel so much bigger than the one of the Ohlins?
Thank you for your help.

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Ive never noticed hitting rear bumpstops and I'm on r-comps and stock 10k/8k setup. I probably need to drive harder
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To clear up an earlier question of where it is made..

DFVs for European Models are manufactured by Ohlins Sweden.
Ohlins Japan manufactures the JDM Cars for the World Wide Road & Track Brand. Road & Track Brand is mostly DFV based and is sold globally and covers about 15 JDM models.
Addiotnally, Ohlins Japan makes Build to Order Models for many more JDM cars (not including the S2000) and also offers 15 other JDM models DFVs for the Japanese Market Only.

To my Knowledge there is only one Model of DFV made by Ohlins and that is in Road and Track Line and offered World Wide with set valving.
In Japan, you can order the S2000 DFVs with custom valving, with out Springs or Shocks only. That is not available outside of Japan.
There was another S2000 Ohlins model PCV (Parallel Compression Valve), this was the precursor to the DFV and no longer sold.

So all S2000 DFVs kits are made by one manufacture to the same Specs.
In Japan Only, they offer customizations options direct.
Outside of Japan, the S2000 DFVs are shipped direct to Ohlins Sweden and then distributed to the rest of the world. Back to North Carolina in the case for Ohlins USA.

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