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Old 06-05-2013, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default Coilover suspension "this vs. that"

i have three cars requiring coilovers (i have too many projects, i know)

They are:

1. daily toy GSLSE w/ FC subframe
2. GSL rally car thing w/ FC subframe
3. RX-2 w/ FC subframe

This presents me with three seperate "needs" from a coilover as well. Ill break it down a little but what i am looking for is experience with different companies. Perhaps start forming a suspension FAQ sticky of some sort...

I have been looking at Stance, TEIN, etc to fit my applications. How are they for rebuilding? valving options? adjustment?

most of my experience has been with Bilsteins, and I have loved them. For the dirt/gravel, i have som 8" travel 40mm inverted bilteins on custom bodies and a 225lb spring w/ 5lb helper. But for pavement rally / hillclimb i need something shorter stroke, higher spring rate but still very durable. I might end up making another set valved and a higher spring rate but still of the 40mm bilstein variety.

For the GSLSE, its a daily toy, but i still like to have fun with it. Im considering the Stance option for the price honestly. The coilover option gives me the adjustment i need with the FC subframe (pillowball mounts, ride height) and the 2.5" spring clearance is nice.

The Rx-2 is somewhat of a half hearted track car. Not sure what route to take here. She is very light so the FC coilovers as shipped might not have a suitable spring rate.

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Old 06-08-2013, 12:01 AM   #2
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Bilstein's 3000GT struts are valved really well for tarmac stuff. I'm running them with 700# springs up front and they feel great. Build you're own housings of course.. They are short enough to run whatever ride height you might want.


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Old 05-24-2018, 03:31 AM   #3
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Hi! I wonder what happened to your project? Any updates?

By the way, according to the blog:
Bilstein makes struts for the S14 but they do not import them to the US.
Isn't there quite a few shops in the US that carry various Bilstein products?
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