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Old 09-29-2017, 03:11 AM   #1
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Coilovers vs Lowering Springs

I am currently running BMR 1.4in drop alll around, the ride quality isnt that great. I was wondering if anybody has gone from lowering springs to coil overs and seen a great improvement in ride quality or any improvement. Feel free to post pics of your car with coil overs as well. Been debating for a while now about getting them, are rhey worth the money or should i stick with drop springs
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Old 09-29-2017, 05:41 AM   #2
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If your car is primarily street-driven, then unless you have extra money to burn I wouldn't bother with coil-overs, especially since you already bought springs - but that's just me, of course. Maybe consider shocks such as Bilstein B6's or Koni to help with ride quality.
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Old 09-29-2017, 09:50 AM   #3
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If your car is primarily street-driven, then unless you have extra money to burn I wouldn't bother with coil-overs, especially since you already bought springs - but that's just me, of course. Maybe consider shocks such as Bilstein B6's or Koni to help with ride quality.
Good advice IMO. I went from OEM to CO's on my 1LE, so I can't answer your question specifically. I have used lowering springs on my 370Z (Swift's), and was happy with them for the street. What I will say is, for the vast majority of us, I think the "improvements" are very subjective because most don't really push their cars to the limit, and suspension feel can be very subtle. A 1.4 inch drop with stock struts/shocks is pretty substantial, and I can understand the ride would feel pretty firm.
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Old 09-29-2017, 04:53 PM   #4
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If budget permits, I’d look into Coil-overs. I went from stock to Bcracing BR coilovers and couldn’t be happier, I can adjust ride height easily, and I can adjust for soft ride, or stiffer if I choose. Couldn’t be happier! I wanted to do lowering springs with bilstein. But the lack of adjustments, made me go with coilovers.
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Old 10-02-2017, 11:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help guys
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Old 10-03-2017, 12:41 AM   #6
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Coilovers dont ride too hot either.
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Old 10-05-2017, 11:31 AM   #7
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I went from Hotchkis springs and my fe4 shocks to Pedders supercars. The Hotchkis springs rode well, but still a stiffer spring ride. Comfortable other then bumps, and on bumps was a a bit bouncy as shocks at their limits I guess. I went to the coilovers to get a better ride, and adjustability and for autocross use.Once dialed in to your liking the ride is smother, more controlled(no bounce) even with the stiffer springs and valving. Can be softer then stock, but will get bouncy it more soft in the rear like springs do. If you look at bc single adjustable shocks read all the comments on this site. They can be soft but seem to be to bouncy in the rear if set softer. But note also that the coilovers on bumpy roads will show their stiff spring and valving and shorter travel. Takes awhile to set them up to your liking
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:14 AM   #8
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A couple of things to think about. The 5th Gens are a performance car which means they are made to ride stiffer than say an Impala. When you add performance parts (drop Springs, Coilovers Suspension Arms, etc) you will make the car even stiffer. A Coilover will give you more adjustability, but that doesn't guarantee a better ride!
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Old 10-17-2017, 03:49 PM   #9
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when i bought the car i wanted it lowered but with a performance edge to the steering. I bought a pedders stage 2 suspension kit came with springs, front and rear sway bars.

If i were you and wanted to lower but not hurt its performance look into packages that are designed to be used with the right sway shock spring combo.

MOST of the time when i sit in a car with CO's they honestly all drive stiff and handle like crap because folks do not really know how to dial in dampers.
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Old 10-17-2017, 04:03 PM   #10
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After going from stock to coilovers. My ride performs and feels less stff then stock. I did dial in the rebound/dampening to the best settings i felt were perfect for me. There’s no going back. I am satisfied with my coilovers. Less harshness on Bumps. Steering feels the same. I’m using bcracing coilovers and have my settings at front 20 clicks from Soft.
Rears are set at 15 clicks from soft.
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