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Springs/Shocks Vs. Coilovers

What's the difference in price and handling between shocks/springs and coilovers?
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coilovers are obviously adjustable. regular shocks/springs arn't unless you get adjustable shocks.... you can tailor coilovers more to what you want out of a suspension. there would obviously be a difference in price. regular shocks and springs dont have a very wide range in price. maybe 350 to about 600. coilovers can go from around 600 to 2 grand i've seen in some cases.

i honestly hate these kinds of threads because there is no definite answer in what you should get. its all in what you want out of suspension. start with something like, do you want adjustability? if so how much? height only, or softness and height, or softness only? how much do you want to lower? if you want height adjustment, do you want height adjustment with out adjusting only the spring perch? are you gonna auto-x or is it just for spirited driving. all these factors come into play.

if you just want a basic set of springs and shocks, its a waste of time to ask what ones you should get. because everyone is gonna tell you a different story on their own experiences. someone might tell you they love their setup. the next person might say that setup sucks. who do you believe? MY suggestion is to avoid all that and just get coilovers. that way if you don't like it, you can adjust it. do some research and find out what you want.

i think its time we start a FAQ on suspension..........
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reopened, + moved to the Stance section.

we need a lil more specifics on your questions to answer it properly.
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You can get coilovers for $35 on ebay, or spend $1500+, it all depends on your needs. Also, you can get a spring/strut combo for $100 total, or spend about 800, there's thousands of different combinations. As for the difference in handling.... there are WAYY too many factors that go into that discussion to even try to begin answering it. Some spring/strut combo's outhandle coilovers, and vice versa. We need specifics man. Go look around the Stance section and see what everyone else is running, how much it cost them, how low the drop is, if they actually race the car, etc etc all those factors, and once you've decided on a couple different setups, then it'll be MUCH easier to answer your question.
Okay, cool. This is helpful. Adjustable you say? That's interesting and does that make it more difficult to install because you have to know what you're doing?
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uh, no not really...you install them over your struts...you adjust them, after they are installed, to whatever you want your ride height to be(depending on how low they will go from stock height) some go to 2.5" i believe..."make sure you buy new struts with coilovers too", you do not wanna experience what may happen if you dont...
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uh, no not really...you install them over your struts...you adjust them, after they are installed, to whatever you want your ride height to be(depending on how low they will go from stock height) some go to 2.5" i believe..."make sure you buy new struts with coilovers too", you do not wanna experience what may happen if you dont...
uh... not really either. you're talking about coilover sleeves.
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^^^last time i checked the sleeves and the springs went over the struts....
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Coilovers replace the shocks/springs with a single unit correct?
Arent they actually easier to install than shocks/springs?
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^^^last time i checked the sleeves and the springs went over the struts....
yes they do... but if u buy coilovers u dont need new shocks b.c coilovers are the shock and spring all together.

if u look in my sig. that is a spring and shock combo not a coil over setup.
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Coilovers replace the shocks/springs with a single unit correct?
Arent they actually easier to install than shocks/springs?
they are not really that much harder to do. its one bolt on top to remove the spring from the shock
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ok...their is a major mix up here obviously....some coilovers kits are just the sleeves and the spring with the rubber mounts(skunk2) by which you will need new shocks to have the best performance and ride, and some come with the new shocks, springs, sleeves, all in one unit aka damper kit(tein)....i have the skunk2 coilovers with the kyb gr2 shocks....here are some pics to see the difference...
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the sleeves are for if u want a different spring on the coilover setup u already have. they are not a coilover setup just springs.
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^^^????.....those black things with the skunk2's are the sleeves....thats how you adjust the height, its a "coilover set"...it just doenst come with the red springs..."if im following what you are saying correctly"
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yeah i know those are the sleeves and thats how u adjust coilovers. but u cant put the sleeves on gr2 shocks.
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yeah i know....you slide the coilover springs with the sleeves over top of the shock, so the shocks are in the middle of the coilover unit....thats how my setup is, the gr2s w/ skunk2 coilovers
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wait I'm confused. are coilovers different than shocks/springs? Or is it just a package. I know it sounds really noobish, but now I have myself all confuzzled.
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some "coilovers" arent really coilovers. some "coilovers" are just coilsprings w/ sleeves so u can adjust the height, these slide over ur shocks/struts. real coilovers or damperkit are basically wat i said above but there are more ways of adjustablilty than just up and down, and they are made as one, not seperate pieces. this help matt?
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some "coilovers" arent really coilovers. some "coilovers" are just coilsprings w/ sleeves so u can adjust the height, these slide over ur shocks/struts. real coilovers or damperkit are basically wat i said above but there are more ways of adjustablilty than just up and down, and they are made as one, not seperate pieces. this help matt?
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