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Old 04-13-2004, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so i have been reading all this about just getting lowering
springs and then getting better shocks such as bilstien.

But then i read about coilovers and here they are great... so what is the
best suspension set up for a daily driver, but loves to DRIVE!!

Lowering springs (h&r, eiback,) with (bilstein shocks/ koni shocks) OR to
go with coilovers??

I understand that coilovers are better and cost more but are they worth it?
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Old 04-13-2004, 08:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Check past threads and FAQ, there are many discussions on the matter...

BTW yes, buy the PSS9 system
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the pss9's run about $1300 with bavarian autosport, they are easily adjustable and have a lifetime warranty.
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Old 04-13-2004, 11:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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for daily driving , coilovers are pretty rough, especially if your roads are not in the best of shape. as for the performance aspect coilovers are much better. because systems like PSS9 you can adjust everything from dampening, height, etc etc. price wise coilovers are obviously more expensive
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I would go with a good shock and spring combination, and use the money saved on sway bars.

Coilovers are better for performance, but they require a wheel alignment anytime the height is changed, and the ride quality on less than perfect roads for a daily driver would get old very quick.
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BTW, what are coilovers?
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The PSS9 is not $1400.00US. They may be found for about $900.00US most anywhere.

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You really do have to consider a lot of things when looking at suspension. Sure it is nice to have ride height adjustment and things like that. But if your not on the track you can't take advantage of the performance of the coil overs. If your on the street but still want the option of good performance. Get springs and adjustable struts. This is the best all around combo you can get. You can adjust the struts for normal driving and then with a few turns of a screw driver your ready for "fun" or track use. I would really consider this before you throw around the money for coil overs.
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Kid, you have a valid point. However, i must point out that while coilovers do subject one to a much firmer ride, so do many of the other "mods" or "upgrades" that a lot of you guys so eagerly slap onto your cars. Adding 17 or 18 inch wheels with a profile of 45 or less will certainly induce a much more harsh driving experience. Also, sport shocks and lowering springs are not going make a huge difference in comfort versus coilovers. Yes it is true that for everyday driving, coilovers are not going to make a big difference versus sport shocks and springs, but neither would a CAI, sport exhaust, short shift kit, or any of the other mods that we all love. All of these can only be appreciated when driving a car in a spirited fashion.

So, for one to make the claim that coilovers aren't worth the difference, you should also forget adding a CAI, K&N, sport exhaust, better plug, improved sway bars, or anything else that constitutes a moderate improvement in performance!
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ok those are all good points, so if i went with springs and adjustable
struts which ones would best...?
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