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Old 01-08-2008, 01:48 AM
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Time to drop some cash for Coilovers!

Ok guys, I'm sure there is a thread like this every week but it's my turn now. I've done some research into the subject but I want a few sugestions and ideas before I do this all important upgrade. I figured, hell I'll just go ahead and order the Tien Flex coilover set with the upper pillow ball mounts. Good choice right? But now that I'm getting close to ordering I'm thinking maybe this set may be a little over kill? I need to know some other companies to check out, and I'd rather hear about these products from people that actually have them. I'm looking for a solid system that I can use to lower my Lude a bit and make the ride real stiff. This is a daily driver but I do plenty of "spirited driving"

Another product question. After buying a coilover system like this which bushings should I replace? I don't want to buy a master bushing set and end up not using half of it.
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Old 01-08-2008, 03:06 AM
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It all depends on what you want mate. Tein are renowned for a bone crunchingly stiff ride; which can get very annoying very quickly.

A friend of mine ran Koni Yellow shocks and Eibach Pro springs on his car befor ehe sold it. Was stiff, but had the adjustability to go stiffer. And with the adjustable perches on the Konis there was the ability to raise and lower the car almost at will.

Have you done a search on the subject? Like you said, I'm sure there are a bunch of threads here that could be of use.
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Brash, I have to disagree on the stiff ride comment. I have Tein basic coilovers and they are very comfortable...I'm sure they could be better...but I never complained about them.

The the OP, a few other options you may want to check out are F2 coilovers and D2 coilovers I hear good things about those.
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:07 AM
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Ok, that's me commenting on what I've read more than experience again **slaps head**

Ride stiffness is something that is very personal. Some can handle it, others can't. What's your tolerance level?

I've got a mate with the D2s, he loves them.
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thing about the tein flex is the height and dampening are adjusted separately. so you can go lower without sacrificing comfort. i'm lowered to where there's no fender gap using the flex, and i can make my ride teeth shattering, or smooth as stock.

i'd second checking out the d2s. i know a few people who have them and say they are just as good as teins.
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Old 01-12-2008, 10:59 PM
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The D2s seem really well made but I couldn't check the prices because I don't have adobe or anything right now. How much do they go for? And does anyone on here use K Sports? I've heard/seen good things about them but they're still pretty pricey.
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my favorite are the JIC's
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i've heard excelent things about JIC's but they are pricy. i think the set i was looking at was like 1400 something bucks. ouch!!!!

btw the D2's go for just under 700.

i've always stood by the saying "you get what you pay for" which holds true. especially for suspension. so its all a matter of how much you're willing to spend vs. what you really want out of a suspension setup.
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from my experience, JIC ft-a2 are really stiff and noisy, which was an overkill (i'm not too familiar with what is available for preludes nowadays). tein flex are ok for the price they go for but in terms of damper adjustablilty you don't feel much difference in stiffness. they are pretty soft but are pretty good for daily driving.

and as far as d2 goes, i would stay away from them.
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:13 AM
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I see a lot of mixed reviews here lol. Money doesn't matter too much because I have a bit saved up and taxes are coming soon, but my car is mostly a DD so I don't need a $2k set up or anything. Should I be a K Sport test subject? They seem to be much like the Tein Flex set up but they say they have 36 levels of dampening. : o
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I have the JIC magics and they are amazing. my suspension is fully built w/ urethane bushings and all so my ride is stiff. they're not noisy or uncomfortable and they handle amazing. The price is out of control but I think it's well worth it.
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just my .2, but why dont you mix and match with struts and springs. as for me i was going to get tein s-techs and kyb agx's or if you really want you can get GC coilover with shock of your choice.
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my opinion is strut and spring would be more optimal for daily driving. coilovers are great but unless you adjust them frequently there really is no point having all that adjustability. but if you have the cash to blow spend it on something good
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