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January 26, 2017, 04:29 PM #25

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In my older Altima I had BC coils. They made me hate driving my car the ride was so bad. Switched out to springs and was much happier. Current car has springs and koni yellows and I see no reason to switch to coils ever
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    « Reply #25 on: January 26, 2017, 04:29 PM »

    January 27, 2017, 06:53 PM #26

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    Struts are coilovers by definition. You just replaced bottom-tier pre-assembled dampers and springs on adjustable perches, with decent ones at a fixed height. There are good quality coilovers, acceptable ones, and downright bad ones. They're made for a lot of different uses too: some strictly to go low, some strictly for lap times in a particular style of racing, some to be an inexpensive streetable compromise.

      February 03, 2017, 02:36 PM #27

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      I have KW V3 coilovers on my 2010 STI and RCE Tarmac Zero (KW V1) coilovers on my 2015 STI. The V3s have been through 4 winters and still look and feel brand new. The bodies are stainless steel so they don't corrode and they still adjust freely.  They also ride at least as comfortable as stock, even in winter.

      If you buy 'cheap' coilovers like a BC/Megan/HSD you will have a hard time adjusting the height after 1 winter. The metal collars seize to the bodies and they are very difficult, if not impossible, to adjust.

      Having said that, I do not raise my car in the winter and lower it in the summer.  I don't like paying $200 for an alignment twice a year.  I left my V3s at the same 'low-ish' height for 3 winters before my wife started driving the car and she wanted it raising. The collars spun freely like they were brand new. I don't think the lack of height adjustment on a seized Chinese coilover is a big deal for most people because once they have found a ride height they like they leave it there.

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        February 07, 2017, 11:48 AM #28

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        Originally posted by xrdriver
        I have KW V3 coilovers on my 2010 STI and RCE Tarmac Zero (KW V1) coilovers on my 2015 STI. The V3s have been through 4 winters and still look and feel brand new.

        How expensive were they?

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          February 07, 2017, 08:51 PM #29

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          Originally posted by themikewoo

          How expensive were they?

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          The KW V3 was around US$2400 when I bought them and the RCE Tarmac Zero are US$1900.

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