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View Poll Results: STUDY: Which brand coilovers did you buy and why?
Bilstein 10 2.65%
Cusco 32 8.49%
DMS 17 4.51%
HKS 12 3.18%
JIC 30 7.96%
KW 19 5.04%
Tein 92 24.40%
Whiteline 35 9.28%
Zeal 32 8.49%
Other 98 25.99%
Voters: 377. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-03-2005, 03:06 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Which brand coilovers did you buy and why?

If you select OTHER, please reply here and say which coilover you use.

Hey everyone,

I am doing a project for school. I don't want to give too much away as it might bias the results, but one of the things I am trying to study is what factors influence a buyer in a big dollar purchase like this when there are SO many choices and you typically can't sample the product before you buy.

So, please select the brand of coilover that you installed on your car and post here if you selected "other" to say which coilover you use.

If you can, please also let me know which model (ie, Tein ‘Basic’) you bought and how you use it - track events, autocross, or enthusiastic street driving? Finally, are you happy and satisfied with your purchase?

Thanks for your time. This should produce some very interesting results!

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Edit: Here are the current results as of the time of 292 votes. There are 43 of the 74 others that have not identified themselves.

Tein-----------71----24%
Whiteline------31----11%
Zeal-----------30----10% - (-1 due to z3coupe's change to kw)
Cusco----------28----10%
JIC------------20----7%

DMS------------15----5%
KW--------------9----3% - (+1 due to z3coupe's change from Zeal)
Bilstein--------8----3%
D2 Racing-------6----2%
HKS-------------6----2%

AST-------------3----1%
Koni------------3----1%
B+G-------------2----1%
Intrax----------2----1%
Megan Racing----2----1%

Praxis----------2----1%
Apex'i----------1----0%
Buddy Club------1----0%
Fulcrum F1------1----0%
GAB-------------1----0%

GC+Kyb----------1----0%
Helix-----------1----0%
K-Sport---------1----0%
LEDA------------1----0%
Ohlins----------1----0%

Subaru Coilover-1----0%
Tanabe----------1----0%
Flattout--------0----0%
H&R-------------0----0%
HotBits---------0----0%

Moton-----------0----0%
Nitron----------0----0%
Ohlin-----------0----0%
OmniPower-------0----0%
Prodrive--------0----0%

Progress--------0----0%
Spax------------0----0%
Zerosports------0----0%
Zzyzx-----------0----0%

Unknown--------43----15% (please say you're a previous Unknown and post which coilover you voted for)

Total---------292----100%
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Old 08-03-2005, 08:41 PM   #2
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D2 Racing. Used for AutoX and daily drive. To be installed this weekend (after sitting in the box for the last 2 months). I'll let you know if I like them, but I'm pretty sure I will.
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Old 08-04-2005, 01:14 AM   #3
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GAB Coilovers on my 96 Impreza L Racecar
JIC Coilovers to go on my 94 Legacy Turbo Daily Driver possibly.

I got both at great deals so that's why I bought them. I've been very happy with the GAB Units and have no complaints at all on them.

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Old 08-04-2005, 04:59 AM   #4
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I bought group 4s. But have to admit. I would probably not buy them again. The instalation info is poor.

I would just buy one that is commonly used is my area. So I could get the benefit of local experience. NO use having a guru in OZ.
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Old 08-04-2005, 01:00 PM   #5
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We went with DMS for the USTCC race car. Their success in rally interested me at first, then I heard great reviews of the 50mm's here, then I learned that they were very knowledgeable when discussing the racing application with them over the phone. Their technical knowledge sealed the deal.

We used the DMS 50mm struts all around. The car was much more predictable and adjustable with these struts. Would definitely get them again for a roadracing application.

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Old 08-04-2005, 01:02 PM   #6
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Ksport on my WRX.
Bought it because all the features put it around a similar level as Tein Flex but I got them at a much better price
Car will be doing autox and track events after summer.
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Old 08-04-2005, 01:12 PM   #7
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I got The Megan Racing Coilovers ... I got them because a ton of 240SX guys had them and loved them, They had all the features of much more expensive coilovers, and they were really cheap at only $900. I use them on the street, and haven't had a chance to autocross them yet
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Old 08-04-2005, 03:06 PM   #8
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Bilstein PSS9 here. I was looking for a decent ride for the street. I also was apprehensive about all the takeoffs so I went with the lifetime warranty.

No complaints so far.
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Old 08-04-2005, 04:10 PM   #9
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Default KWs....

I ordered the KW V3's because I wanted double adjustable and streetable and they are really the only kit that claims to offer both. Most double adjustable setups are 'for racing use only' and have seals that don't last well especially in the salt they use on the roads here in the winter.

I use the car for daily driving and autox it regularly in STU and it will be accompanied by 32mm Stranoparts/Addco front bar, whiteline kca375 offset bushings and cusco camber plates.

Plus at only 2225 for the kit its not priced that high considering other double adjustable setups.
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Old 08-04-2005, 11:18 PM   #10
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the new Cusco's are amazing, had old Comp-2's on my RS for 5 years and they had zero problems..the new ones are lightyears ahead of my old ones, i can only imagine how nice they are...
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Old 08-04-2005, 11:44 PM   #11
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looking for any reasons that we didnt go with a full coilover setup? i.e. AGX, STI pinks and , group-n mounts
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Old 08-05-2005, 01:23 AM   #12
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Hey everyone,

The poll seems to be going pretty well, except we currently have 10 "others" with very few explanations of which 'other' coilovers. Please feel free to make as brief a comment as you want, though it would be helpful to know which other brands, at the least.

Seth_man, thank you but no, I'm really looking specifically at the coilovers (even though you can get non-coilovers that rival the cheapest coilovers in price, coilovers are the "big ticket" items I decided to focus on).

That's also why a quick "what I use them for" would be incredibly helpful.

Thanks everyone and keep the votes / posts coming!
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Old 08-05-2005, 01:47 AM   #13
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I went with Tein Flex because they had best slow-speed rebound valving, and I liked the double height adjustment for proper corner balancing. I have since revalved a tad, but straight off the shelf, I was pleased with how close they were for my needs. I also got a good price through a vendor, and I had fellow autocrossers with good Tein experience.

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Old 08-05-2005, 01:56 AM   #14
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Prototype Helix inveted coilovers with custom spring rates

Going to the track on Sunday to see how they perform. I might get Zeal V6 shortly depending on what happens...
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Old 08-05-2005, 03:08 PM   #15
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other: Tanabe Sustec Pro-SS

got them used, they were cheap, came with camber plates. Chose them for a cost-effective solution for having the adjustability I need for auto-x, yet they are also streetable. I also wanted to corner-balance the car, which has not happened yet.
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Old 08-08-2005, 03:15 PM   #16
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Hey everyone,

Thank you for the votes so far. For the results to be meaningful, I need more responses. If you know people with coilovers, please ask them to post responses here. So far, "other" is the most popular category, with 5 different brands posted, and 6 unknown responses...

Thanks for your help so far and I look forward to any additional responses or comments.

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Old 08-08-2005, 04:13 PM   #17
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Other: Koni DAs. We're now running custom Koni DAs after finally getting all the kinks with front strut mounting worked out. We had JIC FLT-A2-RS units as well but I choose other because the JICs are sitting in our living room.
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Old 08-08-2005, 04:14 PM   #18
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I was one of the other votes. I Chose the Intrax ARS 233 proflex coil over because I was told they are sprung and valved for my car and that they are rebuildable locally. I do not like to mess around with settings, just show up to the track and drive. I am very pleased with the performance of the Intrax coil overs. After three years I had to have the front left rebuilt.
Hope this helps,
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Zeal's. Bought for Endless' reputation and track record in JGTC racing and build quality of their parts. Also, bought since the vendor I work with for suspension items hasn't steered me wrong yet(no pun intended there), has much racing experience, tests the part he sells, and stands behind his customers 150%. My choice was made mostly on his word and a bit of research, and what would meet my needs on the street and at the track. I've been satisfied with my purchase.

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Zeal's. Bought for Endless' reputation and track record in JGTC racing and build quality of their parts. Also, bought since the vendor I work with for suspension items hasn't steered me wrong yet(no pun intended there), has much racing experience, tests the part he sells, and stands behind his customers 150%. My choice was made mostly on his word and a bit of research, and what would meet my needs on the street and at the track. I've been satisfied with my purchase.

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Old 08-08-2005, 04:56 PM   #21
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Moton and Ohlins are bit on the list.................c-mon mannnnnnng.

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Old 08-08-2005, 05:05 PM   #22
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Thumbs up Zeals

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Work great for track, street and mountain road driving.
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Moton and Ohlins are bit on the list.................c-mon mannnnnnng. mw
Hey Myles,

It was hard to make the list of brands. I found over 30 brands. I did some research here to figure out which ones looked to be the most common... but that's hard. So many people talk about brands like Moton and Ohlins, but not that many seem to say anything about the Motons and Ohlins they OWN.

So far, no one claims to be running either of those! If you know how well they sell relative to other brands, I'd love to hear that, offline, though, so that it doesn't affect the poll.

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Old 08-08-2005, 06:14 PM   #24
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So many people talk about brands like Moton and Ohlins, but not that many seem to say anything about the Motons and Ohlins they OWN.

So far, no one claims to be running either of those!
...and alot of people say ferrari's are amazing...but not many can say their ferrari's are amazing. ($$$$ )



I voted for cusco's that i own btw...but i'll hold off on a review as i haven't driven on them yet.
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Old 08-08-2005, 06:48 PM   #25
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I got Cusco's because of their reputation for quality, and to some degree, brand loyalty. I already had all the strut bars and a couple of other parts, so it's all a matching set. I don't really like to mix and match brands too much. If Cusco made steering rack bushings, etc., I'd choose those over the whiteline ones too.

I use them for daily driving and fun driving, and will eventually start doing more autocross as time allows. I'm very satisfied with them. They're FIRM, but no complaints from my passenger other than "Most people slow down for turns..." I've scared the crap out of people (including myself) with how much speed you can carry through a ramp.

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