Vivid Racing has been busy giving a unique makeover to their Ford Focus ST. While waiting for their new 18×10.5 wheels, they decided to get the suspension dialed. VR’s preferred suspension of choice is the KW Variant 3 or, in general, the KW Suspension product. Their design and function of the coilover, which is built in Germany, has always impressed Vivid Racing. What they like about the KW V3 is the separate rebound and compression adjustments, which make the ride great for street, but aggressive when the car is pushed. The adjustments allow you to fine tune how the shock reacts from compression into a bump and rebounding from a bump. Setting this to take into account driving style, vehicle use, and tire choice allows you to have an exceptionally well balanced ride. Unlike typical coilovers, which just have one adjustment called dampening, the ability to control either or is what makes this superior. It’s not the number of clicks but what those clicks are doing.
In addition, KW has a patented bump stop material that is used on its shock absorbers. This material acts like a third spring, which is why the spring rates tend to be softer than standard coilovers. With this bump stop, the car won’t jar you to death but simply soaks up the bumps like a well oiled luxury sedan. With the suspension and the car slightly lowered, the handling part is just beginning. Vivid Racing (vividracing.com) is also in the middle of developing rear adjustable toe arms and camber arms with Agency Power. These front and rear sway bars will complete the entire Ford Focus ST package.