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You have different tiers of coilover kits: |
1) Garbage dampers without adjustment, with garbage springs at fit-all rates that you don't pick. These are basically springs and shocks with adjustable ride height.
2) Garbage dampers WITH adjustment, with garbage springs at fit-all rates that you don't pick.
3) Bilstein based kit with without adjustable dampening and fit-all spring rates (eg H&R)
4) Bilstein based kit WITH adjustable dampening and fit-all spring rates (eg PSS9)
5) Off the shelf Koni based kit with fit-all spring rates (eg FK SIlverline)
6) Off the shelf Koni based kit with different spring rate options (eg Ground Control Street kit)
7) Koni based kit with custom valved, shortened shaft Konis and different spring rate options (eg TC Kline SA, Ground Control Street/School, etc)
8) Custom made dampers with different spring rate options (eg AST, Moton, etc)
When buying a coilover kit, ask yourself a few questions:
1) Do I need the adjustability, over a spring and shock setup?
2) Who makes the dampers, and are they adjustable?
3) Do the dampers have shortened shafts, custom valving,
3) What are the spring rates, are they fit all, do I get to pick my own?
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