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Old 02-26-2005, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hello all,
may sound dumb but can anyone tell me if there is a difference between "coil springs" and "coil-over springs"?

are they the same thing?

or are all springs called coil springs? and "coil overs" are springs that surround struts and shocks?

i m asking bcuz i ordered a Bilstein BTS kit and the box says they are coil springs..
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hello all,
may sound dumb but can anyone tell me if there is a difference between "coil springs" and "coil-over springs"?

are they the same thing?

or are all springs called coil springs? and "coil overs" are springs that surround struts and shocks?

i m asking bcuz i ordered a Bilstein BTS kit and the box says they are coil springs..
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The BTS kit has coil springs like you have on the car now. Coil over springs cover the shocks and have collars to adjust the ride height. They are both "coil" springs. There is just a difference as to how they are placed. BTW, the standard springs on the strut is a "coil" spring as it doesnt have the ride height adjustment. If you want "coil over" Bilstein's PSS kit what you want.
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coil springs ride better but are non-adjustable. coil overs are stiffer and dont ride as well but are fully adjustable.

more aggressive drops are usually achieved with coil overs

hope this helps
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thanx guyz...
i already have the bts kit and wanted to make sure before i opened the box... i had heard coil-over springs give you a more stiffer and bouncier ride and so did not want that.. i just got alarmed when i read the description on the box saying coil springs...

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