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Old 12-09-2012, 10:31 AM   #1
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Hey guys, it's christmas time as well all know and I'm looking to by my son a set of coilovers for christmas. However, I do not have a lot of funds left to spend on coilovers since I already purchased him a Perrin Front Mount Inter-cooler, Megan Racing Header and Uppipe, and a TurboXs downpipe. My budget for the coilovers would be around $800 MAX. What would be the best bang for my buck gentlemen?

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Old 12-09-2012, 10:32 AM   #2
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Damn your son is spoiled if you are buying all of that for him for Christmas. $800 won't buy you much in coilovers anyway.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:55 AM   #3
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$800 won't buy you much in coilovers anyway.
This ^^ For a 'decent' set of coilovers that won't fall apart in the first 5,000 miles, you don't want to spend anything less than two grand... Don't cheap out!
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:04 AM   #4
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OP, take the $800 and put it toward a pro-tune, since one will be needed.

Wait a few months, especially after winter if you happen to live in such a region (snow, salt, ice, sand, etc.), and then buy a good set of coil-overs. Good parts are not inexpensive.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:08 AM   #5
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Damn your son is spoiled if you are buying all of that for him for Christmas. $800 won't buy you much in coilovers anyway.
Not really. I always tell him to work for what he wants. But I made a deal with him if he had over a 3.8 GPA during this semester of college I'd buy him some car parts.

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OP, take the $800 and put it toward a pro-tune, since one will be needed.

Wait a few months, especially after winter if you happen to live in such a region (snow, salt, ice, sand, etc.), and then buy a good set of coil-overs. Good parts are not inexpensive.
He was telling me that the Cobb Accessport that he has will do just fine. Is he wrong? This is his Daily Driver so I dont want to have to listen to him complain that his car wont move because he needs a proper tune. Then he will have to take my car, and that won't happen.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:16 AM   #6
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He was telling me that the Cobb Accessport that he has will do just fine. Is he wrong? This is his Daily Driver so I dont want to have to listen to him complain that his car wont move because he needs a proper tune. Then he will have to take my car, and that won't happen.
What car is this for? That shiny Perrin FMIC will require a professional custom tune in order for his car to run properly. Cobb AP doesn't have any OTS maps for front mounts.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:27 AM   #7
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he has a 2006 World Rally Blue Wrx wagon. Would i have been better off buying him a STi top mount? If that's the case, i'll just stick the front mount on my car and give him my top mount.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:56 AM   #8
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Unless he has plans for a large turbo upgrade later down the road, a FMIC would basically be useless on a stock turbo WRX. A larger TMIC would be more appropriate.

What type of headers did you get? Equal length? Unequal length? Regardless, because of the change in exhaust flow to the turbo, a tune would be highly recommended. You'll at least need some way to monitor boost and AFRs (gauges hint hint) to see if the engine is running safe. If your boy doesn't have at least a boost gauge and a wideband air/fuel ratio gauge, I would forget about the coilovers altogether and get those.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:37 PM   #9
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Cool dad...I agree with the comments ab waiting on coilovers...I want to autocross ocassionally so I will pay...I will only buy kw's bc I know they are made to handle track/dd driving...research and buy quality even if it takes longer to save
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:22 PM   #10
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Unless he has plans for a large turbo upgrade later down the road, a FMIC would basically be useless on a stock turbo WRX. A larger TMIC would be more appropriate.

What type of headers did you get? Equal length? Unequal length? Regardless, because of the change in exhaust flow to the turbo, a tune would be highly recommended. You'll at least need some way to monitor boost and AFRs (gauges hint hint) to see if the engine is running safe. If your boy doesn't have at least a boost gauge and a wideband air/fuel ratio gauge, I would forget about the coilovers altogether and get those.
The headers are Megan Racing unequal length with up-pipe. So if i got him gauges what would you recommend? AEM, Autometer?
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:59 PM   #11
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AEM makes a great wideband UEGO gauge. However, I've heard/read a handful of negative reviews about their boost gauge. Defi is the most 'trusted' (more like popular) gauges otherwise. They are accurate, responsive, and very good looking. Unfortunately, they don't make a wideband gauge. There's honestly too many brands to compare. You just have to look around and find what would look good in the cabin, but at the same time have a reliable gauge.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:20 PM   #12
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Get him a set of defi gauges. I like EGT, oil pressure, and boost. Then get an AEM UEGO.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:21 PM   #13
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and for the record, I wish my parents would give me car parts for Christmas when I have a 4.0 -_-
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:19 PM   #14
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You don't have to buy coilovers to get a GOOD suspension for your son...

Dspecs or AGX and TCE springs... ~800$


Oh, and you're awesome..
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:15 PM   #15
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I agree with Aaron. For a bit more than $800 a set of Tokico D-specs (not the AGX, unless you stick with STI springs), STI springs or RCE springs and Whiteline Com-C front strut tops would be a killer suspension upgrade that would put most coilovers to shame.
Especially in a street driven car. Personally I don't recommend coilovers unless its a track car. If you live with salted roads even more so. Coilovers are WAY WAY WAY overrated for the street.

Edit: if you do go with struts, you will probably need 921 spacers for the rear struts to top hat connection. They are basically a special washer so you can use a D-Spec (or AGX) strut with 04-07 rear springs and top hats.

If its something you might want to do, look into it. It's not hard at all to put together.

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Old 12-09-2012, 06:23 PM   #16
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Oh, if you get used springs you can come in closer to $800 too.

Do yourself and your son a favor, don't get coilovers. If its a street car stick with springs and struts.
Coilovers require maintenance and lots of fiddling to keep working correctly. If someone tells you otherwise they are wrong.
Coilovers have their place, a daily driven street car is usually not that place.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:00 PM   #17
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and for the record, I wish my parents would give me car parts for Christmas when I have a 4.0 -_-
Don't wish for your parents to give you anything, earn it yourself and you'll feel a lot better and know that you worked for what you have.

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You don't have to buy coilovers to get a GOOD suspension for your son...

Dspecs or AGX and TCE springs... ~800$


Oh, and you're awesome..

Thank you! I appreciate it.


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Oh, if you get used springs you can come in closer to $800 too.

Do yourself and your son a favor, don't get coilovers. If its a street car stick with springs and struts.
Coilovers require maintenance and lots of fiddling to keep working correctly. If someone tells you otherwise they are wrong.
Coilovers have their place, a daily driven street car is usually not that place.
My son was telling me that coils will get him to the ride height that he is going for. My wife "sold" him her 18x9 Rota Grids (If im correct) off of her 04 STi before she sold it.
However, i feel that i'm just going to let him do his own suspension, so he can pick out what he likes, and I will buy him gauges and a gauge pod.

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Old 12-09-2012, 09:39 PM   #18
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OP $800 is what i spent on RCE springs (some of the best quality) and koni struts (also some of the better quality). If you want to get him some suspension get him that. so you wont have to spend more money rebuilding cheap coilovers a year later.
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Coilovers are WAY WAY WAY overrated for the street.
Not all coilovers are bad on the street, but yeah at 800 bucks they will be. Gotta spend more than that for quality.

Turn in concepts is a good place to talk to for RCE springs and some struts.
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A wideband is a must, I prefer the AEM one since it requires no calibration and you never have to question its accuracy

I like vei systems gauges for anything else
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Good decision on buying gauges for your son rather than coilovers. He'll be happy. Merry Xmas!
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Don't wish for your parents to give you anything, earn it yourself and you'll feel a lot better and know that you worked for what you have.

Thank you! I appreciate it.

My son was telling me that coils will get him to the ride height that he is going for. My wife "sold" him her 18x9 Rota Grids (If im correct) off of her 04 STi before she sold it.
However, i feel that i'm just going to let him do his own suspension, so he can pick out what he likes, and I will buy him gauges and a gauge pod.
Can you adopt me?
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I agree, unless he plans on racing it later or he is very in to "tuning his suspension", coil-overs are over kill for a DD. Good springs will get him lower and improve handling as well as upgrading the struts. Make sure you get good/larger swaybars (both - $400 frt & rear) and a lower brace to tighten up the handling ($200).

If he's running a stock turbo, a stock or if you must, an upgraded TMIC would be fine. No need to spend $$$ or get complicated with FMIC.

Headers need to get a pro-tune and really don't add that much hp (10-15hp at the topend) unless you do motor or turbo changes. Stick with a good TBE exhaust system and a pro-tune will due wonders for performance without compromising daily driveability.


I prefer Defi gauges - Oil pressure, boost, and EGT. Titan is ok for wideband but several others to choose from.
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there's really no need for an EGT gauge, all you need to know is if something's about to melt, and you can do that with your O2 sensor

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