Slaying The Mountain Dragon with KW V3 Coilovers

We look to feature one car a month as our “Car of the Month” here at ModBargains. But this month is a little special. Rather than just talk about the car, this month we would also like to talk about the owner. This month we are featuring SGT. Christopher Rigas of the 2/112 Infantry, and his Genesis Coupe with his killer KW V3 Coilovers.

Blue Hyundai Genesis Coupe Modification

Gramlight 57Xtreme 19×8.5 / 19×9.5 on KW V3 Coilovers

Blue Hyundai Genesis Coupe Modification

Gramlight 57Xtreme 19×8.5 / 19×9.5 on KW V3 Coilovers

This post will be a little different. Instead of us talking about the owner and his relationship with his car, we will let the owner tell you his story himself. These words are from SGT. Rigas:

Car Mods Heal War Wounds

As a soldier fresh back from the heaviest and last combat zone in Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division, I didn’t do well with an idle civilian life. I still experience heavy symptoms of PTSD, such as hyperfocus and refusal to settle for average. Once I discovered that the genesis coupe market had such a limited supply of modifications in comparison to other markets, I set out to do my part in helping the Genesis Coupe market grow. And, twice a year, April and October, I get to join hundreds of other members of GenSport United for a little vacational therapy.

Blue Hyundai Genesis Coupe Modification Decals Black Rims

Gramlight 57Xtreme 19×8.5 / 19×9.5 on KW V3 Coilovers

When I work on the car, install parts with friends, or tear through the Tail of the Dragon, I don’t think about the war. I don’t think about all the violence. My hyperfocus is centralized on that line, apex, and setting up for the next turn. Nothing else goes through my mind. With each session of Slaying Dragons, every turn I carved out of that mountain, the war is one more turn left farther behind in my rearview mirror.

Blue Hyundai Genesis Coupe Modification Front View

Gramlight 57Xtreme 19×8.5 / 19×9.5 on KW V3 Coilovers

Drag Queen to Mountain King

When I came across  Modbargains. I had a history of 4G63’s, LT1s and LS1s. All I knew was how to make a car go fast in a straight line. Ironic because I grew up daily driving in the mountains, but it was always at the strip where differences were settled. In my head coiloverss were for getting a better launch.  A staggered setup of Gramlights 57Extreme with fat rear tires, and as much horsepower as possible was all that mattered.

Blue Hyundai Genesis Coupe Modification Front Bumper

Genesis Coupe on KW V3 Coilovers Slaying the famous Tail of the Dragon

My mod expert sat me down over the phone and broke it all down. He taught me everything I needed to know about setting my ride up. With the right coilovers from KW Suspensions its unreal what they actually do in the corners. He is incredibly knowledgeable.  And to be even more honest, I never would have picked up my sponsorships, and this car wouldn’t be featured on a highway billboard before the Tail of the Dragon on US129 in NC/TN, the same spot where our 2 biggest events of the year are in the Genesis Community.

Blue Hyundai Genesis Coupe Modification Front

Gramlight 57Xtreme 19×8.5 / 19×9.5 on SKW V3 Coilovers

One on One

My mod expert is on point. The best of all the reps, and the most knowledgeable. He personally handles every discrepancy, and makes sure I get exactly what I want at the right price every time. Modbargains has worked with me after hours and has built a personal relationship with me. My mod expert has worked with me personally, even on his own time to make sure I get exactly what I need. To help me take things to a different level.

Blue Hyundai Genesis Coupe Modification Side Front

Gramlight 57Xtreme 19×8.5 / 19×9.5 on KW V3 Coilovers

My mod expert’s always upfront, brutally honest, and then when there is nothing out there he goes straight to contacting resources in Japan or where ever I need parts from directly. If need be, he would have gotten me the last set of wheels made in Japan if I needed them and if they’re not right when they are shipped, He’ll make it right! I wouldn’t go anywhere else for those hard to find special needs.

In The End

This event, Run of the Dragon, does a great job of bringing the Hyundai Genesis Coupe community together. Its racing events like this that provide so much value to their local community of automotive enthusiasts. It’s also worth mentioning that at ModBargains we do offer a Military Discount for those who serve.

With KW V3 coilovers on the car, the Genesis Coupe Suspension is better than ever.

If you have a Genesis Coupe, or would like to learn more about this great automotive community, check out! Of course, if you want to learn more about modding, check out our guide to the best mods for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe here.

Thanks for the kind words SGT. Rigas, and thank you for serving our country!

If you are interested in more info and parts for your GenCoupe, check out the Genesis Coupe section of the website. You can also shoot us a call during normal business hours, sent us a text, find us on our social platforms or email in.


Original Post Date: 4-25-2016
Updated: 10-12-2018