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Old 11-20-2010, 12:46 PM   #1
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Coilovers...anyone try the cheapies?



trying to figure out which suspension setup to go with without breaking the bank. i was looking at the ksport coilover set. seems like a pretty good deal, variable spring rates, 36 way adjustable dampening for around a grand. anyone have suggestions or had experience with those? i have a 98 e36 coupe with 18" style 5's
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:50 AM   #2
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Yes racelands... i love them... good ride and the only thing is... i would get a more stiffer front springs because i bottomed mine a bit... and u can choose ur spring rate with raceland btw.. the race lands are the cheapest... but for a grand im pretty sure u can get like the bilstein ones... i think...

BTW 18's are big rims... does it rub? and whats the tire size
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:57 AM   #3
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trying to figure out which suspension setup to go with without breaking the bank. i was looking at the ksport coilover set. seems like a pretty good deal, variable spring rates, 36 way adjustable dampening for around a grand. anyone have suggestions or had experience with those? i have a 98 e36 coupe with 18" style 5's
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Yes racelands... i love them... good ride and the only thing is... i would get a more stiffer front springs because i bottomed mine a bit... and u can choose ur spring rate with raceland btw.. the race lands are the cheapest... but for a grand im pretty sure u can get like the bilstein ones... i think...

BTW 18's are big rims... does it rub? and whats the tire size
A couple points on this subject that has been beaten to death on the 'Big' forums. (The Fest and BF.c.)

For a grand you're nearly into H&R Bilstein territory. If you're spending that much go for them.

To save cash like I did (I just took a 73% pay cut to go back to school) you get Racelands like suggested here. They're great for the money. I've had 'em on for 6 months now and have had no issues. I've been to Calabogie, and I've Auto Crossed. A good friend of mine Auto X's with his Racelands very regularly.

My experience has only been negative with the rears. Unlike iverson, I really like the fronts on my set, it's the rears I find just a touch too soft for track use. I'll be replacing them soonest with stiffer rear springs.

For 18s, another buddy had 19s on his '94 325is. and they only required a hint of stretch and roll.

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Old 11-23-2010, 01:59 AM   #4
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Riding on Racelands, I think they are ok for just driving on day to day. I previously had tiens on a 240 and have ridden on various other COs on other peoples cars and found them better.

And like the previous poster, perhaps a different spring setup may help. I got them for 400$ and was pleased with what i received for 400$.
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:19 AM   #5
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Spend the extra money on something that will last and is actually thought out for the track.

Racelands and Teins make no sense. Mainly when they put a softer spring in the back than the front....
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:22 AM   #6
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I agree with the above, however, in my case, they're merely an temporary fix, that doesn't break the bank, and hold up very well for DD use from everyone that I've talked to that has owned them. That's a strong endorsement. 100% customer satisfaction to the several dozen people I know that DD, AutoX and occasionally track their cars.
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:23 AM   #7
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I agree with the above, however, in my case, they're merely an temporary fix, that doesn't break the bank, and hold up very well for DD use from everyone that I've talked to that has owned them. That's a strong endorsement. 100% customer satisfaction to the several dozen people I know that DD, AutoX and occasionally track their cars.
A friend of mine who used to own them would strongly disagree.
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:23 AM   #8
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I'm sure everyone is going to tell you to go for a better / more expensive route for a good reason too, but you should justify it with your needs / wants.

If you're going to track it, i'm almost certain that you will be happier with another setup.
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:04 AM   #9
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Yea but i dont think the OP is interesting in tracking... and i like how the suspension is for DD... i dont think u will feel a difference on normal roads, but i bet its a huge difference on the track.
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Yea but i dont think the OP is interesting in tracking... and i like how the suspension is for DD... i dont think u will feel a difference on normal roads, but i bet its a huge difference on the track.
In my friends case, they just didn't last. The street is harsher than the track.
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:12 AM   #11
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In my friends case, they just didn't last. The street is harsher than the track.
+1 Toronto needs roads like in swedish have
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:54 AM   #12
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I have Rokkor Coils on mine. They look pretty good for what I paid for them. ONLY thing that bothers me though is the rear shocks. They look like If I were to arm wrestle them, they'd loose. I can't see them lasting too long, but when they do go I'll be looking at a different set of rear shocks. I'd even go so far to say that they look a good size smaller(Thinner) than the stock units.

Seem fine for what I want them to do. Strictly street, and flipping bitches when I spot some Beezies sitting in a purple Jetta in a Tim hortons parking lot.

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Old 11-23-2010, 09:49 AM   #13
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I'm looking into TRM coil overs. Choice of spring rates, match bump/rebound adjustment on one knob and come with front camber plates. Kits around $1600.

Anyone have these yet??
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:18 AM   #14
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Piecing together my own over winter, roughly $80 a corner for the fronts but can't quote me yet. I'm thinking of 225 Front and 375 Rear. The rears I haven't figured out yet, as they are just adjustable spring seats essentially on the e30.

When I get some actual numbers and photos I'll post them here.
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:56 PM   #15
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