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This is a discussion on Coilovers within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; What is the best/ most popular coil over set up? I liked the Tein street series, not priced outrageously. What ...

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    What is the best/ most popular coil over set up?
    I liked the Tein street series, not priced outrageously. What is the community official coilover (lol). Looking for ideas and opinions.
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    I have the Tein Street Basis, but wish I'd gone with the flex now that I'm autocrossing. Hindsight is always 20/20!

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    RCE Tarmac 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brazilnut View Post
    I have the Tein Street Basis, but wish I'd gone with the flex now that I'm autocrossing. Hindsight is always 20/20!
    Is your car the one of the numbered limited? I asked dealer if they were going to get one before I got my 13 WRX. A month later they had one. I was pissed. How do you like yours?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MainFrame View Post
    RCE Tarmac 2
    Those are bad ass coilovers. How do they ride on the street? And where did you get them?
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    I don't have them.. but you can get them from just about any vendor. From all the comparisons, they ride better on the street than virtually any other performance coilover.. KW v3s are also a good choice. Since TiC quit selling the SSTs, that leaves the Tarmac 2s and KW v3s about the only good coilover options for these cars.

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    This is the general rule of thumb.

    Street: Good Strut and Spring combo.
    Track: Good coilover setup (something like RCE Tarmac 2, Ohlins, KW V3's. Stay away from cheap ones like Megan, Racelands)

    On a budget you can usually get better ride quality and comparable handling from a spring and strut combo for the same amount of money with coilovers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A265 View Post
    This is the general rule of thumb.

    Street: Good Strut and Spring combo.
    Track: Good coilover setup (something like RCE Tarmac 2, Ohlins, KW V3's. Stay away from cheap ones like Megan, Racelands)

    On a budget you can usually get better ride quality and comparable handling from a spring and strut combo for the same amount of money with coilovers.
    What do you use in your car? What type and what brand?
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    For what it's worth, I've been using KYB AGX struts with Eibach Prokit springs for a while now. It's a decent inexpensive setup for the street.. unfortunately the rest of my car has now outgrown it.

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    My car is stock, with the exception of sway bars, endlinks and rear diff inserts.

    My plan is to get a set of RCE Blacks, since I don't want any low. For my generation of STI options for struts are slim and the only good option are GTWorx Bilstein struts.

    If I had a WRX, I would go with RCE Blacks or Swifts and Koni yellows.

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    I don't know what the best coilovers are. I am running K sport Kontroll coilovers. I daily drive my car, never been to a track and don't pal on it. I have ride height set at -1.5". I like the ride,dampening and cornering improvements. The rebound is adjustable.

    This brand has not gotten very favorable reviews for the most part, but I am happy with them.

    I had originally considered getting lowering springs, and installing them on the stock struts. I decided to get coilovers for a firmer and more controlled ride. If I want to go back to stock, I can do so quickly.
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    KW Variant 3s... really anything with remote reservoir dampers.

    Unless you are ready to spend > $1500, you'll get more bang-for-your-buck with a proper spring/strut combo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    KW Variant 3s... really anything with remote reservoir dampers.

    Unless you are ready to spend > $1500, you'll get more bang-for-your-buck with a proper spring/strut combo.

    Those KW Variant 3s are awesome. Looks like I'll have to save for a while, the RCE Tarmac 2 also looked good. I guess I'll be doing just the front and rear Whitline sway bars, and Kartboy endlinks for now. Then I'll start gearing up for stage3.
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    I think that should improve handling for now.

    For what it's worth I support KW because their products cone with a TÜV and I generally feel that makes their quality a known value, at a bare minimum. I feel it goes toward showing a commitment to safety. Just IMO.
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    On my '11 WRX h/b I had the H&R coilovers. I had some complaints from the backseat that it was a little firm (when I was visiting San Francisco lol) but I thought they were fantastic. Killed a great deal of body roll, lowered the car nicely, and the ride quality to me was perfect. I'd definitely recommend them.

    I bought them from Perrin: H&R Street Coil Overs for 2008-14 WRX

    Tein has some appealing stuff (especially EDFC) but I've never been pleased with their coilovers, in any car.
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