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well...........this could be long so I may have to break it up in parts, forget the grammar too and the punctuation. Now, I drove the 76 miles all today and I know Jeff said give it 100 miles, hell I could not wait! I went back to Franz Blam racing that did all the mods after getting off the freeway today and saw Franz, he looked at me smiling and I said,"we have a problem", Steve and Peter the techs looked up from their benches and all said "OK, tell us".....my response, " I do NOT want to get out of the car"!!!!!!!!!! We all laughed......guys.........let's start with the springs:
If you cannot afford any other mod now, for me, this is the one!!!!!!!! Those that know Atlanta know of Spaghetti junction and 285/85; there is a sharp curve that I always do about 62-63 mph, it is steep and high, I looked down and I was at 79 mph, now it may not sound fast but given the increase in speed on this curve that is significant! NO ROLL, NO DIVE, even the straight ride down the road is MUCH more compliant, you guys have to toss those factory springs, now Franz corner balanced my car as well, got it to 50.6 and he says race cars are at 50 so he was quite surprised to get this car that close! The car was lowered 1.25 inches only;looks much better too! Even simple lane changing is more defined and direct, turning in is much quicker to me as well, enough said.
Next, I will say the brake pads have cured the noise and feel smoother, the SS lines are coming. The air filter I cannot say how it affects but I am sure it helps the exhaust and ECU combination.
Now, the Larini..........as those of you that remeber in the USA the sports caster Keith Jackson on ABC college ball he would yell on a runaway play" whoa NELLIE" well once I put my foot in this girl it was whoa nellie and then some; the sound is awesome,folks looking and pointing; now there is a mild droan to me at low speed /walk at about 2000-2500 rpm, once on it it is beautiful! I took it to the Maserati dealer BTW and they loved it; it has a nice "burble" on the decelerate side as well. I made the right choice for me on mufflers only and not the X pipe, just the right sound/noise for me in the cockpit.
Now, the ECU.........the car IS much more responsive by FAR! I will not say "throw you back in the seat" as Jeff told me to NOT expect this BUT it does respond quicker to the foot input and the acceleration is much smoother and linear if that makes sense; 3rd gear is awesome which is where Jeff said the chip was dialed in for BUT I think 4th and fifth coming on for me around 45-4700; it just takes off as if she has PLENTY more to give is where its at; at one point in 4th I was at 103mph and had to back down for traffic ahead...........guys, I really feel that the producst that Jeff has are awesome and DO work; Franz told me to get the stabilizer bar(Jeff you listening) when available as he said the car would be PERFECT in his German accent! He is a Porsche man but really liked this car; it is NOW a VERY different car than what I bought 8 weeks ago. As far as install Jeff's opinion was the time units they charged were longer than average, but I am very happy with the car and that is what counts; he gave me an estimate upfront and was over by $225 dollars but told me this after he started; I did speak to Maserati regarding some units of time and they agreed with Franz so my point is everyone does things differently and some slower and some faster...in the end the invoice was NOT a surprise but the car was so I am VERY HAPPY, as one of you guys posetd I won't review the car here 'cause I will be TOO busy driving it; he was RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am trying to get my buddy to get a video clip AND AUDIO for you guys to look at and listen to help you see and hear the results! PS BUY IT ALL BUT GET THE SPRINGS!:D PSS I would buy it all again if I could!
 

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Dog - I'm droolin'......I was on the phone a couple of weeks ago with Jeff ordering pads, SS lines & the BMC and at the last second, decided to spring for the springs.....Based on your feedback, I can't wait to get mine & on the car. Thanks for the report..... :D
 

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You did the right thing!

It WILL NOT BE YOUR IMAGINATION; the springs make this a whole different car; wish you could drive two side by side in one and then the other; Maserati needs to be buying from Formula Dynamics; let me know when you get them ; keep in mind most folks are probably NOT doing corner balancing but Franz sugggested it and I went for it; do not know how much difference this makes...dogdoc
 

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I am a few weeks away

That sounds totally awesome. I have have the springs and BMC now and am waiting for delivery of the SS lines, pads, and the ECU. Depending on the results of the spring install, I am pretty sure that I will also get the sway bar as soon as it is ready. Can you elaborate on the corner weighting (e.g. what exactly was done).

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Corner weighting, in simple terms

You asked so let me try; there are 3 components in doing this; rear wt, left wt and cross wt. what you need to think about is that in a left hand turn there may be more steering wheel to come around and track that "corner line" you picked out than when making a right hand turn; makes sense if you look at the car, so the left side is said to "push or understeer. The goal in corner weighting is to get 50% weight distribution all the way around after lowering the car; some simple things as relocating the battery are done for example. However, the collars can be dialed in to to make for this adjustment. The car is driven onto scales usually with the driver in the car,each tire sits on a scale;if the rear scales are even the problem is in the front, etc. Then they check the corner weights to see if there is balance on opposite corners; I believe that this technique is huge in the setup of the car; BTW, once your car is fitted with NEW springs it MUST be SHIM ALIGNED! Make sure the shop knows this........Jeff may be able to jump in, hope this helps......dogdoc
 

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...hmmmm. And I thought I was going to try to install these springs myself. Need to get three more bathroom scales. :D
 

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Vincenzo,

If you do install the springs on your GS, please let us know what you think. I'm curious how they will compare to the stock GS setup, which is lowered compared to the stock Coupe.
 

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Vincenzo,

If you know about cars, you can install it yourself... Just get someone to do the alignment :)

Not worth the hassle in my opinion... I paid $400 for install + alignment. Great deal!
 

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Max,

Thank you for the kind review and thoughts, I'm pleased that you're enjoying our services and the upgrades. It was a pleasure working with you and Franz Blam Racing.

As to corner weighting...

The maserati is already a very balance car from the factory, 48 / 52 if I recall correctly. So it will make a difference but not a huge difference on the street. This is usually a technique used on the race track. The basic idea is to produce the same downward pressure on all 4 tires. As a result your ride height usually isn't *perfect* all the way around however its a difference that most people would never notice. With a corner balanced car and our springs you're ready for a fun day at the racetrack, add the stabilizer bars that we are developing and you'll have a very competitive package.

A properly setup and corner weighted car will handle the same in a left hand corner as a right hand corner, it will be more balanced and predictable, everywhere.

However the maserati ( like many other cars ) has an uneven front / rear balance built into the suspension design. The car will naturally understeer ( push the front wheels, first ). This is a designed *feature* which helps to keep a lesser experienced driver safe. As you approach the limits the front wheels will push or slide first, usually the driver gets off the gas a bit and the car starts to hook again. This is because the front end has less traction than it *could* have.

A more experienced driver wants the car to be more neutral so that the front / rear have a nearly equal amount of traction and thus raises the overall traction as compared to the factory setup. Our new sway bar kit will help achieve this balance and keeps the car even tighter in the corners by further reducing body roll without being too harsh.

People often ask us, why wouldn't Maserati build the car this way... they have a hard time believing that we can make such a significant impact on the car. The truth is that manufacturers have a different agenda and their own business reasons for doing what they do. It's our job to help you get the most out of the car. Really to get all of what you paid for.

-- Jeff
 

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Vincenzo,

If you do install the springs on your GS, please let us know what you think. I'm curious how they will compare to the stock GS setup, which is lowered compared to the stock Coupe.
We get this question quite a bit as well, that is... will this upgrade make a difference on the GS? The truth is you will see a huge difference over a stock GS, coupe or spyder with the upgrade. It's a night and day difference.

The GS has only a small drop in height over stock and improved wheels, tires. Although this is a noticable difference, it's still far off the mark from where your suspension will be with our springs. Many GS owners feel that they must already have the "sport setup". While the GS is beautiful and worth every penny IMO, it's differences in suspension are not a significant improvement in handling and it's springs have all the same problems as the 4200 coupe and spyder.

I'm confident, you will be very happy with the spring package you ordered... as myself and others have said. It's the single biggest improvement you can make to the maserati.

-- Jeff
 

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Dean - I will definitely let everyone know what the set-up is like on the GS. I'm assuming that DogDoc doesn't have the GS? Dog? I also plan on taking lots of pics and (with Jeff's help) will post my experience with the A-Z install process.
 

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Vincenz, I have a coupe!

yes, the 4200, 2004 6 speed manual, NOT CC, I hope to get pics and sound up too, Dogdoc
 
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