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Old 09-29-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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lower priced coilovers VS 1LE suspenison

I'm trying to decide what to do. i want a better stance and unsure if i want the 1" drop, 1.3" drop or the 1.6" drop .... I bought some hotchkis springs and felt they would compliment the 1LE suspension nicely but now i'm wondering if i'd be better off with a set of Megan or BC coilovers. I'm mainly after the ability to set the ride height to my desired level but i don't want to lose the quality of the 1LE suspension. If i went with BC or Megan coilovers, will i be unhappy with the quality? i see the better coilovers are sitting in the 2500+ range
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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I can't speak for the 1LE bits, but I love my Megan Racing coilovers. Rides better than stock when you want them and feels like your on rails when you set them.


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Old 10-06-2013, 06:30 AM   #3
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I too have been looking a the megan coil overs, and wonder the same as you . hope to see some more people chime in on these????
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:51 AM   #4
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Well adjustability from the Coilovers is a big plus right away than stock struts
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:44 PM   #5
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Ya i know about ajustabilty on coilovers and all but was looking for what people though about the megan,s vs. the far more highly priced ones. I don,t look to be tracking my car but would like to drop it more than an inch and still have a fare ride without killing the stock struts and shock off at record speed. and wanting to still keep the quailty of the 1le suspention up also(seems it would be an upgrade to me but was wanting to see what others though that have tryed these.)
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:28 PM   #6
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guess no one uses these hay???
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:57 PM   #7
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I can't speak for the 1LE bits, but I love my Megan Racing coilovers. Rides better than stock when you want them and feels like your on rails when you set them.


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Old 10-09-2013, 10:56 PM   #8
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Any pictures of the current stance of your car? I assume you like the coilovers? They were a good investment? Did you go straight to coilovers or did you have springs first
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:05 PM   #9
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Any pictures of the current stance of your car? I assume you like the coilovers? They were a good investment? Did you go straight to coilovers or did you have springs first
I went straight to them. I had already installed new toe rods, trailing arms and solid subframe bushings. Its hard to explain the difference, but you can tell instantly when you adjust them. I highly recommend them.

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Old 10-09-2013, 11:18 PM   #10
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How often do you track the car, do you feel you need the adjust-ability of the damping settings. I kind of feel the car is so dialed in there is no need for coilovers for my use, however you do maintain full suspension of the struts with them compared to springs. Unless I was a hardcore track guy I think it might not be worth it, if you are a hardcore track guy you probably want to go with double adjustable coilovers.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:40 PM   #11
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+1 for coilovers.

I can't give you feed back from going from 1LE to coilovers but I went from 1" Hotchkis to BC coilovers and they definitely helped. From being able to lower my car more, to a better ride, to better ETs.

I'm going on 2 yrs with BC coilovers without any issues at all. I love the ability to make setting changes in about 2 minutes at the track. I have setting setup for drag racing and a setting setup for Auto-X/Road Course. I'm not a hard core racer of either drag or Auto-X but I definitely take my car out to have fun a few times a year for each type.

Without a doubt I think my BC coilovers make my car ride much better than it did with Hotchkis. Obviously that's with the coilovers set for the street.

I don't really have any pictures of the stock ride height but I know I parked in front of a stock Camaro the other day and my car made the stock one look like a 4x4.

Hotchkis vs about 1.5" drop on BC.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:51 PM   #12
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I went straight to them. I had already installed new toe rods, trailing arms and solid subframe bushings. Its hard to explain the difference, but you can tell instantly when you adjust them. I highly recommend them.

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How do you have it setup so you can adjust the rears? Also, what's your current drop?
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Bump, very interested in this
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:50 AM   #14
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Me to, looking to do this some time soon
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Old 10-12-2013, 09:20 AM   #15
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How do you have it setup so you can adjust the rears? Also, what's your current drop?
I drilled out two holes for the extenders to come through. Added a nice rubber grommet on both sides and it gets covered by the carpet. I haven't decided if I want them to extend through the carpet yet. Oh and also I did the entire install myself in my driveway on jackstands. Pretty easy stuff.

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Like this....Mike @ Whiteside did my install and cut the wholes for me. 2" round wholes and some 2" desk gromets from Lowes glued in works perfect.

Some people freak on cutting holes in their trunk. It didn't bother me. It's not big enough of a whole to cause structural issues. If you're super concerned about it you could keep the pieces that get cut out and have them welded back in some day.
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Old 10-12-2013, 07:11 PM   #17
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I drilled out two holes for the extenders to come through. Added a nice rubber grommet on both sides and it gets covered by the carpet. I haven't decided if I want them to extend through the carpet yet. Oh and also I did the entire install myself in my driveway on jackstands. Pretty easy stuff.

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How hard is it to DIY? Suspension is the only component I'm scared to do myself because I don't want to end up with a botched install and miserable ride. Well at least springs/coilovers. I've done my front sway and trailing arms myself.

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Like this....Mike @ Whiteside did my install and cut the wholes for me. 2" round wholes and some 2" desk gromets from Lowes glued in works perfect.

Some people freak on cutting holes in their trunk. It didn't bother me. It's not big enough of a whole to cause structural issues. If you're super concerned about it you could keep the pieces that get cut out and have them welded back in some day.
I'm not concerned at all about drilling the holes. I'd much prefer that than no holes so I can adjust the coilovers easier. Just want input from others that they're worth the money
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:48 AM   #18
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Well I am closing in on 40K with mine. And They seem to have gotten better with age. I daily drive mine about 60 miles per day and still enjoy them today as much as I did when they were 1st installed.

I have the BC Racing also bought and installed by Mike @ Whitesidecustoms.
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