Originally Posted by Mr_Heisenberg
I know this has been discussed before, but what are your opinions on coilovers v strut/spring combos used for spirited driving. I am not talking about a track day build or even an autoX build. Just something to carve up back roads and other fun roads.
IMHO there's no point to coilovers for DD/Spirited driving type use.
They vary in adjustment capabilities, but NONE of those are typically used once set, and it's just added expense for no gain. In any but perfect conditions, they also deteriorate (corrode) over time to lose easy adjustment capability. Added maint. to try and keep them useful.
There are selections avail. in std. strut/shock types for uses up to Auto-X/race level, including some adjustable damping. True racers even get top level ones rebuilt to their specs.
For regular use, they require NO added maint. over stock and perform just as well (or better) than coilover types.
The ONLY time coilovers work for street use is when someone wants a lower ride than achievable with avail. aftermarket springs, and that falls outside the 'spirited driving' category.
'Race car' for the street? Go for it. Practical DD/spirited driving use? Forget 'em.