Okay, I made a mistake. I thought dailying a Honda CR-Z would be a good balance to my GT-R weekender. Boy, was I wrong. Going from liberal amounts of power, handling and features to an underpowered hybrid was a jump I just didn’t have the stomach for. And so, 3 months into CR-Z ownership and one month into GT-R ownership, I traded in my efficient ride for a cushy drop top.
I went for a pre-owned Infiniti G37 convertible. It’s a base model. I keep her clean, though.
While I love my new daily, I immediately recognized it as the calling card for housewives across America. Being a red blooded, Swanson-song singing American male, I had to make my mark on the vehicle. She had to go lower and sit prettier to avoid the thumbs-up from Moms everywhere. (No offense, Mom! I love you!)
Putting Baby In A Corner
We called up Corner 3 Garage in Lake Forest to help rectify this problem. They recommended Swift Springs, so that’s what we went with.
The experience with Corner 3 was simple and straight forward. They have top notch gear so a spring installation wasn’t an issue. They had her up on the lift and the springs installed in about an hour. A brief alignment and test-drive later and we were on our way. Although an admittedly smaller job, we had a fantastic experience. Check out their showcases on CarNinja if you need further proof of their abilities.
Swiftly Taking Over
I’ll be honest – I had never heard of Swift Springs until Corner 3 brought them up, which is a shame because of their history in motorsports. As it turns out, they’ve been around since 1997 with roots going back to 1924. They’ve even won at LeMans. Enough about that, though. How do they perform?
In a word – clean. Although my application was intended for the G37 coupe, the ride height on my drop turned out perfect. The standard lowering for the coupe is –1.3/–1.0. I’m getting about –1.5 all around on my convertible due to the extra weight needed to strengthen the chassis. It worked out perfect for me, as I wanted a more aggressive drop.
The handling is on point, as well. I didn’t opt to upgrade the shocks and struts, so bounce-back is a little more than it should be, but that’s on me. The body roll was reduced drastically and lateral grip overall feels improved. I really should do those struts, but for now I’m more than satisfied with the performance of these springs.
Them Dubs Tho
The last upgrade I had to do was the wheels and tires. My only stop for wheels, as always, was Wheel Warehouse. They have a huge online presence (and a great website for window shopping, fyi), but they’re also based out of Anaheim, so it was only a quick drive to go see Gene and the crew over there.
I went with a set of Niche Verona’s in 20“, which is a nice looking cast monoblock wheel. Two things about this wheel blew me away. The first being the finish – I can’t believe these are single piece cast wheels, with as nice as they look. I opted for the ”dark tint“ finish, which basically means ”dirty machine part“. It’s pretty mechanical looking, and I love it. The second thing about these wheels that I couldn’t believe were the price. Coming in right around $250 per wheel for a 20” staggered set up is pretty impressive. Hats off to Niche on these wheels, I get compliments on them all the time.
The car came with Hankook Ventus Evo V12s, which I’ve never been a fan of. Although the price on the tires is good, calling them performance-oriented is a stretch (pun acknowledged but not intended). Instead of re-upping on the Korean rubber, I decided on Toyo Proxes. Up front we fitted a 245/35ZR20 over the 9“ rim with a 25mm offset for a flush fitment. Out back, the 30mm offset on the 10.5” rim fit nicely with a set of 275/30ZR20s, which is mildly stretched and a bit thin, but I wanted an aggressive look. The offset on the wheels combined with the new ride height gave my G the perfect mix of stance and drivability I was looking for.
I set out to replace my daily with a comfortable, aggressive looking hard-top convertible. Mission accomplished. Between the ride height, ride quality and the perfect fitment of the wheels and tires, I got exactly what I was looking for. I even take my daily to meets now.