Announcements

Over the last couple years the priorities in my life have changed. Had Matrix Garage grown big enough to hire enough employees and leave them to running it while I pursued other things I would have happily taken that route but it has generally stayed just big enough to keep me working overtime. 
I have decided to start focusing my carreer and passions elsewhere and that means that supporting the AW, AE, 4A and related communities has had to be moved much lower on the priority list. I have decided to keep the store up to provide parts that only we offer, or other things that are hard to come by elsewhere. You will notice many big name, readily available products have been taken down and we will continue to do so. It's just not worth our time trying to compete with the big corporations selling at cutthroat prices and it just takes up more of my time. 
I will try to keep providing those parts that we make or that we have developed and sell as a service to the community but understand that now this is something I do in my spare time because I don't want to leave people hanging. 
I try to make shipments and process orders at least twice a week. If you want Amazon next day shipping buy from Amazon. I will do my best to keep order time and customer service at a reasonable level but have some understanding. I am not making money on this and it takes away from my other work and other issues that are very important to me right now. 
I have always wanted to make our designs and other information open source and available to the community but to do so properly would take a lot of time making sure that models and drawings were complete, accurate, or properly described. To go through everything and make sure it was something that I felt comfortable releasing to the community. I would love to find someone who was willing to help me do this. Someone in engineering school or passionate about this to help go through 3D scans, CAD designs, and information to prepare it. If you are interested feel free to email me. 


 

 


 

AW11 coilover and shock testing

We have our first shock dyno in. I will continue to add content and update this as time allows.

We decided to start with Koni yellows as they have long been considered the benchmark for performance in the AW11 world.
I was going to send them a front and rear until I realized the front I had gotten was the sealed type with no gland nut. We will be sending them a front soon and when that happens will also get testes for a front yellow and F&R Tokico HP/blues.
 

This first dyno is a rear Koni Yellow 8641-1072.

There is a surprising amount of adjustment in the first 1/16th turn of the valve. You can see the adjustment is very non linear.
I will also post the dyno testers comments below. This is not someone who has any special understanding of the AW11 or it's handling characteristics but does have a good understanding of shocks and their performance.

 

The graph shows compression on the top and rebound on the bottom. The setting start a -0 (full closed firm position) to -1 7/8 (full soft), and there are no detents the numbers are turns -1/16 turn, -1 ½ turns etc. of the knob from the full firm position. I tried – ½ first and saw the wide gap, so I backed up the -1/16 and the change is consistent. On these shocks when bleed is added there is a big change then it becomes consistent. Our experience is that Koni’s has a numb feel when steering and I would expect the same with these. We have found the if you have more low speed compression (1 to 4 ips range) the ride doesn’t suffer and it makes the steering response crisp.

courtesy of webmatter.de