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September 15, 2013

Nissan Leaf Blitz Coilover Install

Installed some Blitz coilovers in the Leaf this weekend (thanks to Jesse Streeter for the export from Japan!!). Install was pretty straight forward, standard McPherson struts up front and torsion bar rear suspension, I was even able to make sense of the Japanese instructions included with the kit. I didn't take the time to do a full how-to but got some in process photos to share.

The kit came very well packed and shipped super fast thanks to Jesse! I've never used Blitz before but I know back in the day they used to be the brand to get from Japan so after my failed attempts to get KW to develop something I went with Blitz over other brands. I was mostly looking for quality and reliability, I've mostly dealt with KW though, those of you who know me from the Volvo world know that. (I run KW on my race car build and love them!) but I have dealt with B+G, Koni, and K-Sport (I do not recommend K-sport).

As mentioned before, install was straight forward and very easy, from what I can make out the Blitz kit came preset at a 38mm drop, I ended up lowering the rear shocks by 10mm and the spring perches by 8mm. The shocks and struts on the Blitz kit can be raised or lowered to compensate for shock travel depending on the ride height of the springs, this adds a little bit of complexity for ride height/suspension adjustment but overall once you've set it where you like you're good to go. One thing to keep in mind though is you want to make sure you have your shocks set at the proper height otherwise you'll run out of travel (you'll either bottom out on the shock too soon or run out of travel at rebound) if your shocks and springs are not set correctly.



Instructions and decals included with kit


Sheet showing factory preset details


Factory strut assembly next to Blitz front strut assembly



Shot of the factory rear suspension, passenger side



Blitz rear spring next to factory spring



  Overall I am very happy with the Blitz kit so far (two days! HAHA), the large bumps are def. felt quite a bit more, and I've got the front struts set 12 clicks from full soft (front struts are 32 way adjustable for firmness), currently I'm planning to drive it like this for a week to allow the suspension to settle a bit and then take it to get aligned .

Next upgrade- I've got my eyes on a set of G35 wheels to correct the offset to push the wheels out towards the fenders and then I am done for a while, I've got to get back to work on the Volvo!!! I'll update in a month or so to let you know how the Blitz setup is doing and how my range may or may not have been affected!




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