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TEIN coilovers?

I have a couple questions concerning TEIN's coilovers... I was at first thinking of getting TEINs H-tech springs until i can later on get some coilovers, and there are two coilover sets i was looking at. The BASIC coilover setup and the SuperStreet coilover set WITH pillowball mounts and camber adj. plates... I guess my question is this: Is it worth the several hundred more $ to get the SS coilovers that have the pillowball mounts, and they are EDFC compatible, or should i just get the cheaper, still nice BASIC coilovers?

And, is the EDFC all that important, i know it lets you adjust dampning levels and such, but is that really that nice to have? Thanks

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it's a total gimmic and adjusting coilovers is not something that you're going to actually see any gains off of.

Coil overs should not be on your list. If you have money to blow on crap like that, spend it on getting a newer model.

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so just getting the lowering springs would be best then? thanks...

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no, lowering springs would be another total waste (although a far cheaper one)

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I have had all three setups, stock, lowering springs (Tein S-Tech) and currently Tein Type Flex Coil Overs (no EDFC yet).

All I have to say is thay once I installed the CO I shaved 3 seconds from the gap that separated me from the leading car in my autocross category (ESP), and he's got a Nissan 300ZX loaded with all the birds and whistles including slick tires as well as 3-4 years of seat time under his belt. This is just my 2nd season, I have no powermods at all (other than an STi cat back and an SPT intake. Trust me, they don't do sh!t), and I'm running on RE-01Rs, no slicks here.

The amount of adjustability that you gain from changing to CO is amazing. I have 5.5 degrees of caster (try that with the stock setup), -2 degrees of camber up front(that's pretty conservative, but again, try that with just the OEM camber bolt).

On the street they work 1000 times better than the stock setup or any lowering spring/stut combo that I've had in any car. The car is a totally different machine, it feels super stable at high speeds and is far more manouverable at both high and low speeds. Of course, the other suspension mods that I have also help. I would recomend an ALK, sway bars, endlinks, strutbars and a SRBK. Thats what I have for now and it works like a charm, the change can be noticed as soon as you jump in and drive the car.

I would suggest going with CO vs just springs, I did the springs first and it was a total waste once I switched to CO. In the other hand if you are not going trace your car, and just don't want it to look like total crap (stock ride height + wheel gap), I guess a set of springs should get the job done, how ever I'd suggest the Tein H-tech instead of the S-techs that I had which lower the car too much. If you decide on the CO, I'd say Tein Flex, just because of the separate height and spring pre load adjustability, a few more bucks, a few more features. Also take a look at KW and Endura Tech, I've heard nothing but good things on both...

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As for the EDFC, in my case, I didn't got it cause right now it is not a priority but it is something that I would deffinately get in the future. Having to take the backseat off every time I go to the track to be able to adjust the rear ones is kinda getting old. Although it would not give you any performance gain, it will help you keep the level of practicality up there. Remember, when it comes to your everyday car, performance is not the ONLY important thing...
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But how do the H's work w/the stock struts ? Ok ride ? No bumping ?

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Ian may know better, I had the S Techs and all I can say is that the stock struts are no match for them performance wise, on the streetthey are not that bad. The HT's lower the car less and have different rate, so I wouldn't know.
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Coil Overs are a HUGE advantage on the track and are a great addition to your suspension modifications. TEIN is a good brand but a little too pricey IMO
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no, lowering springs would be another total waste (although a far cheaper one)

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i would have to agree with fuapiti, where do you get off saying that lowering springs would be another total waste, yes it is the cheaper way of lowering your car but you are lower the center point of gravity, i have had the Tein lowering springs on my car for a year and have had no problems with them at all and the car handles beter than it did stock by far, yes i know it can handle beter than what it can and all it takes is money, and for some people if they are looking for a good stance and a good ride the Tein lowering springs is a good choice to go with, and what do you mean by, if you have money to throw away get a new model. you mean model of car?????
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i would have to agree with fuapiti, where do you get off saying that lowering springs would be another total waste, yes it is the cheaper way of lowering your car but you are lower the center point of gravity, i have had the Tein lowering springs on my car for a year and have had no problems with them at all and the car handles beter than it did stock by far, yes i know it can handle beter than what it can and all it takes is money, and for some people if they are looking for a good stance and a good ride the Tein lowering springs is a good choice to go with, and what do you mean by, if you have money to throw away get a new model. you mean model of car?????
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You know I have had many buddys that go the lowering springs route FIRST on stock struts and have come back to me in two years to get them taken off because of a rough ride or worse a blown strut. Now you can prolong this fate by have the supporting mods like end links and swaybars. You are still going to get the same result, the life of a stock strut will last the longer attached to a stock spring than if it was attached to a lowering spring. I can See Mosc point waste of money when you can save up for someting else I guess we have to ask what are your goals for the car subeast?
A full coilover setup is nice but like fupita mentioned he had supporting mods to help him get that 3 seconds which is a smart mod when you are in autocross I think everyone is getting a little too excited lets find out the goals of subeasts cars not every one is autocrossing.
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Subeast first goal I would imagine is to actually get a WRX. Then maybe see where it goes from there.

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Coilover can be over kill in some cases. If you are not going to take the time and set them up right, and use them just to lower the car, waste of money. If you are going to take the time to set them up, money well spent.
There are other ways to go, H&R spring on Konis or Ground Control with Konis, but will handle well.
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