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Default Coilovers or lowering springs - 1st February 2015, 06:06 PM

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I'm looking at lowering my FJCW R58 coupe I'm unsure if I should go coilovers or springs I could afford around 600 which would need to include the fitting.
what's my best option I use the car for daily driving

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Default 1st February 2015, 06:38 PM

coilovers every time. with your budget have a look at AP coilovers. plently of good reviews from other mini owners.

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Default 1st February 2015, 09:30 PM

Depends what you want - my Eibachs are perfect for me - a decent visual drop and handles much better on the progressive spring rates.
Coilovers would be too low for all the speed bumps where I live - so Eibachs are an ideal compromise IMO.
  
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Default 2nd February 2015, 08:46 AM

600 is not enough for a proper set up; do it properly or don't do it at all...
  
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Default 2nd February 2015, 09:25 AM

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Coilovers would be too low for all the speed bumps where I live - so Eibachs are an ideal compromise IMO.
You know coilovers are adjustable yeah? SO they would only be too low if you set them too low...

The APs for example range from ~30-60mm drop... just set them at 30mm and you have same ride height as springs (that is until the springs start to sag and the rear sits lower than the front of course) but far better ride

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600 is not enough for a proper set up; do it properly or don't do it at all...
I would normally agree but for a simple drop on a daily drive, particularly if not slamming, a set of APs would probably be good enough... then come back and do the rest later

Although it would be better value to do it all in one go - less money spent on labour - so if it means waiting an extra couple of months to do it all, then do that
  
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Default 2nd February 2015, 01:24 PM

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You know coilovers are adjustable yeah? SO they would only be too low if you set them too low...
I nearly posted just that last night, then decided I couldn't be arsed to get into another pointless argument
  
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I nearly posted just that last night, then decided I couldn't be arsed to get into another pointless argument
Since I used to be on the other side of the argument, Im just trying to provide some balance now I know better Although in my defence, coilovers weren't as cheap as they are now when I was on the other side of the fence...
  
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Default 2nd February 2015, 01:37 PM

Thanks for all your posts
So what sort of kit and price would I be looking at to do the job right the 1st time

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Default 2nd February 2015, 01:56 PM

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Thanks for all your posts
So what sort of kit and price would I be looking at to do the job right the 1st time

Thanks Jason
To do it properly would involve decent coilovers, camber plates, drop links, adjustable rear control arms, and preferably some thicker antiroll bars - all tied together with a decent setup (alignment and corner weighting). But that's the thick end of 1500 minimum... I would probably want to also upgrade a few bushes too, then I would want lightweight wheels and some sticky non-runflats to tie it all together... properly kinda depends how far you want to go / what your budget dictates

For your use (assuming just a daily driver with spirited driving now and again but comfort being high on the list) a set of APs (as linked above) will probably suffice. Drop it only ~30mm and you could get away without needing to adjust the camber. Should be able to do that within your 600 budget.

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Default 3rd February 2015, 09:44 AM

^what he said, but you only need a thicker rear anti roll bar.

You'll also end up wanting better brakes, and then more power. Slippery slope and all that...

It is worth adding that APs are generally regarded as a soft coilover, for a more comfortable ride. You may not want that. But with just 600 to spend you may be better off with some lightweight non-OEM rims and some great NRF tyres.
  
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