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Old 01-29-2006, 01:56 PM   #1
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Default Megan Coilovers vs Helix DNA Coilovers

what are the major pluses and minuses of these setups i was convinced on getting the prodrive spring setup with koni yellows and new top hats, but these coilovers are adjustable and the $$$ is just too good to pass up what are the pros and cons of these setups and im worried about quality because they are soo cheap compared to a cusco setup which runs close to 2000
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Old 01-29-2006, 11:57 PM   #2
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anyone got any comments on these setups?
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Old 01-30-2006, 12:21 AM   #3
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I think the spring/shock setup is a good value...more than you'd need until you get really serious about racing. If you're just driving on the street, it'd be perfect, without getting as harsh as coilovers.

However, I've heard more respected people say good things about the Megan Coilovers than the Helixes. But, I stick with my recommendation to do the spring/shocks.
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Old 01-30-2006, 01:39 AM   #4
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I have heard good things about the Megan Racing coilovers. However, I just recently decided against them and purchased Prodrive springs w/ kyb gr2 struts. This setup gave me a nice drop and nice handling without sacrificing my ride comfort much at all.

There is a HUGE thread on Megan Racing coilovers in the Reviews forum, make sure you check that out. I would say you should stick to your prodrive choice unless you are very serious about tracking the car.
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Old 01-30-2006, 01:52 AM   #5
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I bought megan coilovers over helix because there wasn't much feedback for helix yet and a good amount of research on the megans turned up decent results among not only subarus but a couple other car makes as well.

I'm sure a properly matched spring and strut combo would yield just as good performance. It just depends whether you will take advantage of the extra adjustability
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Old 01-30-2006, 02:21 AM   #6
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i just dont get how they can be so cheap lol im a guy who likes to to take his car out on the auto track once in a while and its nice to have the car adjusted for winter where u need clearance because u dont want to slam into something and in the summer where u can have an agressive setup while maintaining ride comfort and finally the auto cross setup where u can seriously lower it and fine tune ur adjustment. im just on the wall with these. somebody help me lol
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Old 01-30-2006, 11:11 AM   #7
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Get teh Megans, you will like them. I autox alot, and have put the megans through some abuse and they have done great! I also lived on a gravel road for awhile, and they were OK.

Search for Megan Racing Coilovers in this forum, and reviews forum. There are LOTS of threads abotu them.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:26 PM   #8
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would love to hear some more feedback on the helix dna's , i am torn between the two...
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Old 02-01-2006, 07:04 PM   #9
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These 2 coilovers are very similar. They essentially like the Tein Flex but with lighter shafts and softer valving. We were very involved in the testing of the Helix DNAs; we had these on 2 of our shop cars for over 6 months before they were released and actually suggested changing the valving to Helix (which they did). We put them through the paces on local race tracks (Infineon, Thunderhill), and drove them over all of the bumpy Bay Area roads. We were actually pleasantly surprised by the high build quality and capability of the coilovers. Helix is known for being a WRX centric company so I have full confidence in these coilovers. Quite a few people are running them now so I'm sure you can find a review for them.

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Old 02-02-2006, 08:55 AM   #10
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I love my Helix DNA's. Excellent ride, zero noise, beautiful quality. I haven't really put enought miles on them to write a good review yet.
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Old 02-02-2006, 09:11 AM   #11
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I doubt there is much difference between DNA, Megan, and D-2 (except color). Megan has the most reviews, but DNA and D-2 have good reviews too, with identical specs and similar prices.
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Don't forget K-Sport, those are 36-way dampening too,
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helix revalved their DNA's to gruppe-s' specs after real-world testing, so unless that revalve was passed on to megan or d-2 or k-sport, i'd doubt there is "little difference"


for all those brands, i'd feel best with my money going to helix.

why doesn't anyone include omnipower with the sub-1000 bracket?
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:29 AM   #14
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Problem is DNAs are only for the 04 STi...

But you can still fit it to the wrx's and older impreza's but still wont be able to keep the topmounts I think.
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Problem is DNAs are only for the 04 STi...

But you can still fit it to the wrx's and older impreza's but still wont be able to keep the topmounts I think.


They should fit the GDA just fine.
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Problem is DNAs are only for the 04 STi...

But you can still fit it to the wrx's and older impreza's but still wont be able to keep the topmounts I think.
They will fit 02-06 wrx and 04 sti's just fine.
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I decided on going with the megan coilovers and purchased a front strut tower brace and cusco front sway bar with perrin front endlinks, and i already have perrin rear endlinks with a cusco rear sway bar, my suspension is nearing completion lol...just need some lateral links and i think im done
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You should look into a larger from bar than that.
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helix revalved their DNA's to gruppe-s' specs after real-world testing, so unless that revalve was passed on to megan or d-2 or k-sport, i'd doubt there is "little difference"


for all those brands, i'd feel best with my money going to helix.

why doesn't anyone include omnipower with the sub-1000 bracket?
I heard Gruppe-S real world tested and "recommended" some valve changes. Whether those changes were implemeted and if so whether they were an improvement is still uncertain. Nobody with Megans seems to have an issue with the valving.

But I do agree there probably are some differences between these. What they are remains unknown until we get some real testing. The distributors are not being very informative as to what differentiates their product. So my sense is that they are mostly very similar, though I won't mind if someone proves me wrong.
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hmmm...couldn't view that i-club link for the review...
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Even when information is given, it turns out that lots of people end up going "Um... ok." But it doesn't sink in. If the differences are there, it will take some knowledge to understand what they are and if they are significant. But most only want to hear which one "handles" better or "lowers further" or simply which one is cheaper. In which case, they are all the same more or less.
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Nor could I, regardless it sounds like everyone (well, almost) is happy with both sets of coilovers.
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And most will be. The sort of things that makes one better than the other become apparent over time, and during the course of use at the hands of a skilled and consistent driver. You don't hear much about the latter (because a racer's budget is often so limited that they can't afford to take the risk of running an unknown, save for sponsorships), and you only hear about the former several months later down the road.
Most of the time our interest is only in the short-term, so of course throwing on some stiffer springs and lowering the car is going to produce some degree of positive results, and so everyone is happy at first. Which isn't to say that coilover xyz is a bad purchase, but rather coilover abc would have proven to be as good a purchase, if not better, or possibly worse, whatever. In the end, barring the purchase of a REALLY REALLY bad product, 99% of consumers wouldn't know the good from the bad and so its not of any consequence what they spend their money on.
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