Again and again, JDM-enthusiasts speak to us asking whether there are coilovers for the Nissan Skyline GT-R. Least of them seem to know that we already sell KW coilovers for the Nissan Skyline GT-R models R32, R33 and R34.
These kinds of KW coilovers are custom-made and are based on our KW Competition and KW Racing coilovers. They can even be registered in the vehicle documents in markets like in Germany; but it is a little challenge at the home of Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Porsche and Volkswagen.
To get your hands on these special KW coilovers it can get a little complicated: Most times they are directly sold at the retailer store. Specially manufactured coilovers won’t be found in our online shop.
Available in certified KW retail stores: ST coilovers for the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32)
Our coilover brand ST suspensions is now offering a coilover kit with a German parts certificate (TÜV documents) for the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) and finally you can get in Germany your hands on a road legal aftermarket kit for the R32 GT-R!
Not only people who are interested in the JDM but also simple car lovers value the cult character of the 1989-1994 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32). This is one of the reasons why we couldn’t resist developing adjustable ST XTA plus 3 coilovers for this car.
After its launch, the all-wheel GT-R with 280 hp outpaced some of the most successful cars in the sportscar segment. In year 1989 the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 took only 8:22.38 minutes to circle the world-famous Nordschleife at Nurburgring – this was already over three decades ago!
In times gone by, Nissan developed the GT-R (R32) to compete against other Group A racing cars. The two-door car was offered for the Japanese market only. Every Nissan GT-R (R32) seen in North America, Europa and Germany were imported vehicles from JDM enthusiasts.
According to that given fact, it was difficult to purchase a coilover with included parts certificate in Germany. Cheap alternatives often led to a downgrade of the performance or didn’t meet the expectations of its owners. The registration into vehicle papers without existing parts certification turned out to be difficult as well.
The ST XTA plus 3 coilover is manufactured directly at the KW automotive headquarter in Germany. The coilover kit with its dampers can be adjusted to three different stages. Linear racing sports springs and aluminium top mounts are included. We assemble all our products order-related in Fichtenberg.
On both axles, the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) has MacPherson struts. This is why every ST XTA plus 3 coilover has aluminium strut mounts. Cambering is therefore not possible.
Every ST height adjustable springs and ST coilover suspension kit is part of the so-called “Make it Yours” customization program. This is why our colleague Michael Dyballa from the development department demonstrates the ST XTA Plus 3 with red springs.
When purchasing an ST coilover suspension kit you can choose between 18 different RAL-color tones. Furthermore, the springs can be labeled individually.
In the course of the ST “Make It Yours”-Programme selected coilover kits such as the ST XTA plus 3 for the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) can be equipped with optional spring kits. With help of different spring lengths and spring rates, they enable further adjustments to the driver’s preferences.
But even without an extra spring kit, the plain ST XTA plus 3 offers endless possibilities for the GT-R. Similar to KW V4 clubsport or KW V4 coilovers they have three-way adjustable dampers. This leads to a smooth and modern driving dynamic in the 1989 to 1994 Japanese Coupé.
Within a few clicks, the high-speed and low-speed compression can be adjusted individually. Separately adjustable high-speed and low-speed compression forces are beneficial: the spring deflection characteristic between fast and slow vertical acceleration can be taken into account.
Those fast movements occur when driving over short bumps, transverse grooves or bad pavement. There’s an old saying in the racing segment that goes as follows: When setting the coilover the low-speed is everything the driver does, the high-speed is everything the street does.
Via the small black wheel, the strut tension of the high-speed compression force valve can be adjusted with several clicks. To adjust the low-speed needle valve the golden wheel needs to be turned. Both can be adjusted within up to 24 clicks. When the compression valves are opened, deflecting becomes easier. When the compression valves are closed, strut deflection becomes tighter.
Compression forces are also influenced by the body roll when turning in and the pitching behavior when braking and accelerating. The 16 clicks in the rebound force help to adjust the handling of the Skyline GT-R (R34) more directly. This should not be mistaken with the often cited firmness adjustment.
The included parts certificate covers a continuous lowering of the Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) from 45 to 65 millimeters on the front axle and 35 to 55 millimeters on the rear axle. Of course, the ST XTA plus 3 will be launched for more models.