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What are Coilovers?

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A Coilover, or Coil-Spring-Over-Strut is a shock absorber with a coil spring surrounding the shock, which are assembled as a unit before they're installed in a vehicle, as opposed to on many vehicles where the spring and strut are separate.  Coilovers typically allow the greatest drop in ride height and are the best solution if "maximum handling performance" is the goal of your build. 

Most aftermarket coilovers are adjustable and are adjusted using a threaded spring perch to adjustably lower ride height, and typically have knobs to adjust damping, also called "stiffness" adjustment. While they are typically more expensive than lowering springs, this is not to say that coilovers are not just for track racing - they have excellent street and stance applications as well. There are two types of coilover - a full coilover and slip-on coilovers. Full-coilovers are matched up with a shock from the factory, whereas slip on coilovers are really just adjustable coil springs. Not all coilover brands are created equal - be wary of lesser devices from no-name manufacturers as they may not perform or ride as well as a quality coilover.

If you want to drastically lower your car statically, want superior handling performance or just want the ability to "dial in" or adjust your suspension, Coilovers are probably the best choice for you.

Can I raise my suspension with Coilovers?
No. While specialty "lifted" RALLY coilovers that do not lower the car exist for off-road and rally-cross applications, and lift-kits exist for the purpose of increasing ground clearance, this is not what the majority of coilovers are designed to do.

These are Rally Car Coil-Overs look like. Notice all that travel. Image via www.CarGuyDad.com
This is what Rally Car Coil-Overs look like. Notice all that travel. These will -not- lower the car. Source: www.CarGuyDad.com

Do I have to buy Camber/Caster Plates to use coilovers?

 

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No. While Camber/Caster plates do really allow you to "dial in" your suspension, you do NOT need them in order to run coilovers - in fact, most applications are just fine without them. Unless you really need 5 degrees of negative camber, you do NOT need Camber Caster plates.

 

 

What Suspension Brands does modbargains offer?
Wondering where to buy Bilstein Shocks? Can't find the H&R Suspension Sport Springs you want? We offer the finest brands in handling performance including H&R Suspension, CKS Suspension, Cusco, Eibach, Koni Suspension, KW Suspension, Rogue Engineering and more, and have a full line of upgrades including sway bars, chassis bracing and other specialty parts unique to the suspension of your vehicle. We have a full line of products from each manufacturer, from Bilstein PSS10s to KW Street Comfort coilovers. Our Modification Experts have the knowledge and talent to set you up with the best suspension for you - if you just want to lower the car or make more serious alterations to the handling characteristics of your vehicle, we can recommend the best options for you.


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Can modbargains Install My Suspension?
Yes, we sure can. From fitting coilovers or airbags to just replacing blown shocks, we can do it. If you're local to Southern California, we're located in La Habra, CA, just 15 minutes away from world-famous Disneyland. We're not your average automotive repair shop- we specialize in installing aftermarket suspension products that other shops just can't handle. We can install coilovers, lowering springs or even air suspension if you want to 'bag your car.

Give us a call today at (714)582-3330 to upgrade your Suspension, or chat online to request a quote and set up an appointment.

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