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Old 02-20-2007, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default What is the difference?

I had an altima and i put on eibach springs, kyb shock, and koni struts. Now what is the difference between those things and coilovers? I thought with the setup i had on my alty i had coilovers but i think im mistaken.
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Technically, yes any 'coil-over-strut' arrangement is a 'coilover'. But in common usage 'coilover' generally means a pre-assembled strut/spring unit using threaded perches for height adjustability.
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Old 02-21-2007, 04:35 PM   #3
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i mean the set-up i have on my altima is not height adjustable, i can only adjust the stiffness.
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= Coilover


= NOT coilovers
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Old 02-21-2007, 05:12 PM   #5
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= Coilover


= NOT coilovers
Wrong, the 2nd poster had the technicalities correct. Technically, a coilover is just what the word says, a coil that goes over the shock. There are cars where the spring and strut are separated in stock form (I believe this is the case with Mazda 6's multilink rear suspension) or where the springs are not even coils (Corvettes). The first picture is an adjustable coilover. However, people just truncate it by saying coilover.
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Wrong, the 2nd poster had the technicalities correct. Technically, a coilover is just what the word says, a coil that goes over the shock. There are cars where the spring and strut are separated in stock form (I believe this is the case with Mazda 6's multilink rear suspension) or where the springs are not even coils (Corvettes). The first picture is an adjustable coilover. However, people just truncate it by saying coilover.

well, ok fair enough, but generally speaking the term "coilover" will refer to an assembled unit as posted, with height adjustment.
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Some people also refer to coilover sleeves that can be added for height adjustment - Ground Control is a popular example.
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well, ok fair enough, but generally speaking the term "coilover" will refer to an assembled unit as posted, with height adjustment.
Yeah, that's true. I wonder if the situation stemmed from laziness (from not having to type "adjustable") or mis-information.

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Some people also refer to coilover sleeves that can be added for height adjustment - Ground Control is a popular example.
Yup, ground control sleeves over koni shocks make adjustable coilovers.
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