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Bliky 01-12-2013 08:11 PM

Suspension Upgrade
 
So, for a long time I've been thinking about a suspension upgrade and I already have the Steeda Rear Sway Bar so my next step would be either springs (steeda probably) or coil-overs. Doing research for coilovers I discovered there's ST ones, KW ones (3 versions), KSport and H&R ones.

I had originally decided I'd go with KSport since they are on amazon and I have gift cards and such but I also realized the KW ones are on amazon as well. Honestly I'm not sure which I should go with now. I basically want the best performance I can get from them.

Those who have installed coilovers, what do you guys recommend?

Also, should I consider springs instead? What are the benefits of either?

Lastly, if I were to go with coilovers (or I guess springs) how should my alignment setup be? I mean things like toe and camber for a good street performance setup.

Bliky 01-14-2013 12:21 AM

Anyone? I'm honestly not sure what to do.

jdubhack 01-15-2013 07:52 AM

I would, if I were you, run springs for a drop and not coilovers. I say this only because I see you're located in NJ and the winters there get rough. Coilovers will rust and salt gets in the thread pretty easily.

Zillon 01-15-2013 08:52 AM

Whatever springs you do go with, choose ones that are linear and not progressive. They'll handle better, handle more consistently, ride better, and if you're pairing with your stock dampers, your dampers will last longer.

The Steeda springs are good springs. I'd strongly recommend pairing them with the OEM ST front dampers and Koni yellow rear shocks.

jdubhack 01-15-2013 09:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zillon (Post 4540481)
Whatever springs you do go with, choose ones that are linear and not progressive. They'll handle better, handle more consistently, ride better, and if you're pairing with your stock dampers, your dampers will last longer.

The Steeda springs are good springs. I'd strongly recommend pairing them with the OEM ST front dampers and Koni yellow rear shocks.

This man is what one might call a "guru." Heed his advice and you will do well.

2012sel 01-15-2013 10:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zillon (Post 4540481)
Whatever springs you do go with, choose ones that are linear and not progressive. They'll handle better, handle more consistently, ride better, and if you're pairing with your stock dampers, your dampers will last longer.

The Steeda springs are good springs. I'd strongly recommend pairing them with the OEM ST front dampers and Koni yellow rear shocks.

So would you recommend the Steeda (are they not progressive?)...
http://www.steedafocus.com/parts/ste...g-springs.html

Over the Eibach Pro-Kits? (description says they are progressive)...
http://www.steedafocus.com/parts/201...g-springs.html

By the way Zillon, thanks for sticking around and staying involved. [cheers] The setup on you're ex-Focus is what I'm going for. What Kind of RSB did you have and did you like it?


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jdubhack 01-15-2013 10:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2012sel (Post 4540581)
So would you recommend the Steeda (are they not progressive?)...
http://www.steedafocus.com/parts/ste...g-springs.html

Over the Eibach Pro-Kits? (description says they are progressive)...
http://www.steedafocus.com/parts/201...g-springs.html

By the way Zillon, thanks for sticking around and staying involved. [cheers] The setup on you're ex-Focus is what I'm going for. What Kind of RSB did you have and did you like it?


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He had the Steeda RSB...which is now on my car. [thumb]

Zillon 01-15-2013 11:44 AM

I had the Pro-kits on my car, and they didn't match well with the stock dampers. They were a little bouncy/floaty at the limit. Had the Steeda springs been available when I got the Pro-kits, I would've chosen the Steedas.

Give Steeda a call, I'm sure they'll be able to answer any questions you might have. I'm fairly certain that they are, in fact, linear-rate springs.

Progressive = variable spring rate, depending on spring compression
Linear = consistent spring rate throughout the suspension travel

Progressive springs often ride rougher and bounce more, which will drastically shorten the life of most dampers. Also, at the limit, they often can exhibit unpredictable handling characteristics (snap oversteer), since the spring rate exponentially increases with travel. The increased spring rate can induce an unexpected loss of traction.

2012sel 01-15-2013 11:57 AM

Thanks. I spent some more time searching and found a post by SteedaBrandon that answers the question. The Steedas are progressive.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SteedaBrandon (Post 4230519)
Not sure if you are referring to the one that I posted. If so, then yes. I can assure you that that car at the time I took the picture had our springs installed. I can show you a before picture if you'd like?


They are progressive.

Here's the original post...
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...9&postcount=85

Zillon 01-15-2013 12:15 PM

Well, that's a disappointment. Good catch, though.


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