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Old 06-24-2008, 08:03 AM   #21
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coilovers -great for slamming the car and adjustablity, problem is most set it and forget it and they seaze up, then you aren't adjusting anything. In real world performance, coilovers are made for corner balancing, most people that buy coilovers never get into this, stiff ride usually, pricey...

Lowering kit - nice for a suddle drop, not adustable but has a more comforting ride, cheaper, less maintence, this is a set it and forget it set-up, no need to worry about seazing or keeping the threads greased like a coilover...

all depends on what you want/need, for the most part people that have coilovers could be fine with just a cup kit (lowering kit), I dunno about the focus but in the dub world you can get a decent cup kit for 500 and coils are around 1200. if you just looking to lower your car 2'' then go with the cup kit, if your looking to slam your car on its knee's you need the coilovers, each side can argue which rides better but different brands also effect ride. Eibach's will ride different than Koni....
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:26 AM   #22
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coilovers -great for slamming the car and adjustablity, problem is most set it and forget it and they seaze up, then you aren't adjusting anything. In real world performance, coilovers are made for corner balancing, most people that buy coilovers never get into this, stiff ride usually, pricey...

Lowering kit - nice for a suddle drop, not adustable but has a more comforting ride, cheaper, less maintence, this is a set it and forget it set-up, no need to worry about seazing or keeping the threads greased like a coilover...

all depends on what you want/need, for the most part people that have coilovers could be fine with just a cup kit (lowering kit), I dunno about the focus but in the dub world you can get a decent cup kit for 500 and coils are around 1200. if you just looking to lower your car 2'' then go with the cup kit, if your looking to slam your car on its knee's you need the coilovers, each side can argue which rides better but different brands also effect ride. Eibach's will ride different than Koni....

I have never hurd of coilovers "seazing up" even if they did most name brands come w/ a life time warranty, and "set it and forget it".. this isnt a food dehydrator..... no way, I addjust mine depending on what im doing....example, if im goin to auto-x I addjust..If im donig drag I addjust or if im just going on a drive I addjust all differently. You dont have to have your car slamed w/ coil overs....hence... "ADDJUSTABLE".. you could make it the same hight as springs you just get an even better ride w/ coilover vs. springs.

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There are two types of adjustable coilovers. The first which is the cheapest and simplest has a threaded seat collar. It simply screws up and down the body of the shock and compresses or decompresses the spring to adjust height. The downside with these are that you loose suspension travel and change the spring rate at the same time depending on how much the spring is compressed. The other form has two adjustment, a threaded collar like the first example and a treaded shock body that screws into a lower shock mount. Height is adjusted by using lower mount. This coilover is more expensive but it maintains suspension travel and is far better alternative. The collar/seat for the spring is used for fine tuning.
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my coilovers have never seized.

moreover, my coilovers ride better then my other combo on the car. sportlines with AGXs.

yes i daily drive my car. plus take good size road trips every weekend. i put about 500 miles on my car a week. so ya my car is driven.
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the comments about not seizing are coming from people on the west coast, um NO SNOW, NO SALT, trust me in the snow belt you run the possiblity of the threads corroding...
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um clean you crap and take care of your car and youll be fine. i clean my coilovers and suspension monthly...thats why it doesnt sieze
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I live in on the west coast, 20 min from seattle the city of rain. they should change the name from seattle to rainville or...may be............. alot-a-water-burg, well regaurdless never had mine sieze up.....allthough my car is farily new....huh..ok, will keep an eye on it.
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