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New Sport Lowering Springs Available!

Formula Dynamics (http://www.formuladynamics.com/) has now completed it's Sport Spring Package for the Maserati GranSport, Coupe and Spyder Models Equipped with the Skyhook Suspension.

These new performance and lowering springs yield an amazing improvement in handling with literally no body roll and offer a very acceptable ride for both street and track driving. Our Springs are Made in the USA and have a Durable High Temp Powdercoated Sky Blue Finish, other colors are available at an additional charge.

Our package offers a significant improvement and advantage vs lowering the stock coil overs which make your already plush suspension much too soft and may actually damage your SkyHook suspension over time. In contrast, our Sport Springs allow your suspension to ride at a firmer rate than stock even at a lowered ride height which creates a dramatic difference in turn in and overall handling. Previous owners who felt that their Maserati suspension was already very responsive were very pleased with the test vehicle and have made an immediate purchase in response.

These springs will lower ride height of all models so that your factory tires will be within 1" of your fender with the ability to raise the vehicle to stock levels if desired.

Pre-Orders are being taken now with an expected arrival date near the end of November.

Please let us know if you have any questions or wish to place an order by calling us at: 1-800-351-8757 or emailing: [email protected] .

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Background on Formula Dynamics:

Formula Dynamics is a privately held company that was rounded in 2002 and we began working with several CART / ALMS / Lemans, SCCA and NASA Pro Racing Teams in developing customized products in Telemetry, Data Acquisition, Software and Hard Parts. More recently we have moved into the Exotic Car market as many of our customers have requested that we develop products for their cars which are not currently on the market today or do not provide acceptable price vs performance by their estimation. Today we are excited to offer performance parts for the Maserati Market with other makes to follow shortly.
 

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Now The Car Handles!!!

Hey Guys,

I was Formula Dynamics first customer for the sport lowering springs. I had previosly lowered my car via collar adjustment like so many of you here have done before and was discouraged by a harsh ride and yet still sub par handling with undesirable body roll so I put it back to stock right away. Just when I thought that I was going to be stuck at stock height because I would not order $2000.00 + springs from Leonardo, somebody recommended me to Formula Dynamics.

After installing the Formula Dynamics springs which was realativly simple and straightfoward my car is a turn eating animal.

Not only does it have ZERO BODY ROLL, but it rides smoother than stock height/springs ((askmywife)it is as smooth as a lexus over rough pavement.

I have been taking twisted turns and exit ramps as 20-30 more mph with ease and NO BODY ROLL.

I just got them installed so I don't have pictures yet, but will post as soon as I take them this weekend.

if anyone has any questions or is in vegas and would like drive in the car please PM me.

I only wish I had them sooner at all my track days so that I could see what a race prepped GT3 looks like in my rear view mirror! :)

Robb
 

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Magic springs? How could they reduce roll and have a smoother ride at the same time?
 

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hey Robb,

how much did it run you with installation?
 

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DeaneG said:
Magic springs? How could they reduce roll and have a smoother ride at the same time?
That's the magic of Springs AND Skyhook. Adaptive suspensions are great but they can only work with the springs you have on the car.

Check out the new pictures we've added to our First Post!
 

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hey Robb,

how much did it run you with installation?
I actually installed the springs myself last weekend. I am no mechanic, but definetly can find my way around a tool chest. I had a friend of equal skill help me out who actually had the the spanner wrench I needed.

It was pretty straightfoward, just a matter of taking the wheels off, brakes, lower shock mount and a few more nuts and bolts.

I do know that Formula Dynamics is working on an installation kit to go with the spring system to make installation even more straighfoward. They say they are going to include the two specific wrenches needed along with instructions to make the install faster.

Robb
 

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A followon question on installation.
Does a full wheel alignment have to be done following installation? I had my car lowered with the stock springs, and a re-alignment was necessary.
Thanks.
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maserati of minneapolis said:
Are the springs a progressive or fixed rate?
These springs are a constant rate, not a progressive wind.
 

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MikeA said:
A followon question on installation.
Does a full wheel alignment have to be done following installation? I had my car lowered with the stock springs, and a re-alignment was necessary.
Thanks.
Mike
Alignment will be necessary if a ride height change is desired, so for most customer the answer will be yes.

If you've already lowered your car and wish to keep the ride height the same, you can install the new springs to the same ride height spec you have now and no aligment will be required.
 

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I've just installed these on my Gran Sport. They do work very well and are a BIG improvement over stock. I was worried that the ride would be harsh but it isn't. Now my Masi feels like it SHOULD feel. I was selling my car because I was unhappy with the performance, now I think I'm going to get the new chip and 20" IForged Wheels.
 

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O.K.

So where can a chap like me get these "magic springs" that seem to defy the basic laws of physics...

i really have no desire to have a better drive, like most of the people here i got a Maserati for performance not good ride quality. if i wanted to get a smooth ride i would have gotten a Lexus or some other fly by wire monstrosity that seeks to disconnect the driver from the machine.

i am interested in performance only. also, do you have any test results?

i.e. basic skid pad test before and after, lateral G's, slalom course, etc...

thanks,

willie

p.s. what is the difference in stiffness (rate, pounds)
 

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For those that have installed the springs - is the shock crimp or welded sealed, or does it have a threaded removeable cap on the top?
 

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Non Skyhook Springs

Abdulrahman said:
what about a NON-SKYHOOK maserati?
If someone is willing to send us their shocks, we can develop a sport spring for Non Skyhook cars as well, of course they will be given compensation in the form of a credit towards their purchase.

Turn around time for the shocks should not be more than 1 week, the prototype spring will take a few more weeks to complete.
 

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willie said:
O.K.

So where can a chap like me get these "magic springs" that seem to defy the basic laws of physics...
Just for the record, these aren't magical springs and they don't defy physics. They are precision engineered performance springs that work well with your factory Skyhook suspension.

What many people don't know about the Maserati is the True function of Skyhook. A brief explanation from Maserati is:

"Skyhook is comprised of six acceleration sensors: three that record the movements of the body and are positioned in the front struts and the right-hand rear strut of the dampers; two are inside the hub carriers of the front wheels; and there's also a lateral acceleration sensor in the front part of the chassis. The information from the sensors enables Skyhook's main processor to monitor the movement of the wheels and body of the Maserati with precision and adjusts the dampers to the appropriate setting.

All of this technology comes together to provide a ride that is on par with the best performance coupes in high-speed maneuvers, yet avoids the jarring pain commonly delivered by overtly sporty suspension tuning."

In the end it means that the suspension attempts to keep the dampening as Performance Oriented as possible when in Sport Mode but the true function of Skyhook is actually to improve the ride quality during high speed driving and reduce jarring over harsh bumps.

Our springs simply work with the Skyhook suspension to reduce body roll without destroying ride quality. Make no mistake about it, our springs do not make your car feel like a Cadillac. Rather they create a firm ride that isn't as harsh as many other cars, due to your Skyhook Suspension. This was an approximately $2500 upgrade that you all paid for. It works well but they did lean towards comfort more than all out performance. This modification will give you that tight "corner like you're on rails" suspension that many of you desire as well as safely lowering the car.

Maserati owners who have lowered their stock suspension by turning down the collars have reduced the preload on an already soft spring and will experience a suspension which is actually much too soft and is harsh over bumps giving the impression that it is stiffer. However if you travel over bumps at very high speed while cornering, the car will still unsettle easily due to the soft rate and can be dangerous.

Our springs do lower your car but are stiffer than stock and work within the range that the skyhook designed for. Thus it is still able to do it's job well and provide a sporty, predictable and compliant ride.

If you have any questions or wish to place a Pre-Order for shipment in 2 weeks, please call us at 1800-351-8757 or email us at [email protected]
 

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maserati of minneapolis said:
So does the spring itself lower the ride, or are you turning the collars down too? Are the springs set up for standard collar height (preload) or turned down?
Our springs are shorter than stock and do lower the ride, the height can then be raised from there with more preload if you desired a stock height. Your collars will be in a different position than with the stock springs.
 

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Right,

Can you send me an estimate with delivery to the UK (London)? PM me through my user profile. Might get a couple of other people interested as well.

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