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    suspension upgrade

    trhinking about up greading my suspension but im a bit puzzled already......what are the difference between coilovers and notmal suspension.....do i need both or is it one or the other if someone could explain in detqail the pros and con that would be great...cheers


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    well coilovers are, new shocks, new springs adn they are adjustable in hight so u can highten the car or lower the car, coilovers r built to help the handling of the car too. the other option is jus a spring change. with this u keep the orginal shocks off ure car and put in different springs, the springs u buy r the hight that ure car will b lowered by, e.g. 40mm lowering springs. personaly u shud buy coilovers because u get better handerlin and can adjust the ride hight to wot u lyk. with jus buyin springs ure limited to what hight ure car can be. coilovers cost more but well worth it. also which ever u choose to do u need it for the back and front of the car. full spring set will b about £80-100, coilovers around £300.

    hope that solves it for u mate

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    yes mate very helpful......can these be adjusted on the car???easily or not??

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    The coilOVER is just that, the coil is OVER the damper, as in on the exterior, sitting normally on a adjustable platform, so that you can adjust this up/down to suit, they are normally 2.25" diametre springs, that can be got in a range of lengths and rates.
    The fronts will be rebound only adjustment, but the rears will be BUMP and rebound ajustable, this is the damping rate.
    Std type replacement ones can be either just the spring just the damper or both at the same time as you want.
    A decent set up is all most people need, they don't need coilovers if the spring rates and damper rates are anywhere near what the cars weight etc needs.
    It totally depends on what you want to do with the car, coilovers by thier nature have far more adjustability but at a price so up to you and your wallet!!
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    adjust them fronts you have to jack up and take road wheels off as the adjuster is on the strut, the rears u cn do by just jacking up and literally turning the adjuster to move the spring. coilovers are defo the way 4ward mate, my mate got 40mm springs and they dropped the rear loads but the frnt wsnt anywhere near enough. its advisable to replace your shocks if u get just springs as they take more abuse. also if u have an sxi,sri,gsi etc the car is stndrd 20mm lower so u'd only be lowering it 20mm if that makes sense? go for coilovers mate !!

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    once they are on the car all u have to do is jack the car up take off the wheel and winde it up or down

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    You can adjust the height just by releasing locking ring screw and turning by hand, this is how I do them on my cossie which weighs a lot more, bloody hard but doable.
    If you want to be really precise and get the most from your cars suspension they will need corner weighting, this is actually what coilovers were invented for.
    That is each wheek is placed on a weighing scale, adn then the ride height of each one is adjusted up or down so that it matches across each axle line, they will NOT end up at the same height each corner but WILL go round corners quicker.
    It needs doing with the driver sat in it, so that it replicates as near as possible the normal laden posture of the car.
    tabetha

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