Coilovers vs Springs; Which is best for You
By Todd Schafer on April 6, 2014
The suspension is a crucial part of every vehicle that has to be decided on with care if you truly want to optimize your vehicle’s performance. The wrong suspension, or a badly installed one, can tear a car apart and make the hard work you went through tuning everything else for naught. There are a lot of different types of suspensions parts out there, but today we’re going to focus on the difference between coilovers and lowering springs.
A coilover is a shock absorber encircled with a coil spring that is installed and replaced together. It’s basically an all-in-one package of the traditional spring and shock combination that cars come stock with. Springs, or Lowering Springs as they are often called, are shorter and replace the cars original springs resulting in a lowered stance. Which is better for you depends on how you drive , what you are trying to accomplish and how much you are willing to spend.
The answer is a bit complicated. Lets see if I can make some sense of this for you.
First of all, you have to take into account what you’re tuning your car for. If you’re tuning it simply because you enjoy tuning and only plan to drive around town, then you could get away with not having to install coilovers – they won’t make much of a difference. Lowering springs might be all you need, they will give your car that aggressive look by lowering the body down a few inches closer to the chassis. This will make the gap between the tires and the wheel wells smaller. If the car is lowered to much then the tires might rub against the fenders. If this happens, rolling the fenders, stretching the edges of the fenders to clear the tires, will be necessary. If cruising the boulevard is your thing then this can be acceptable. However, if you’re looking to race your vehicle, especially on road courses, then coilovers could make you those few seconds faster on the track or give you that extra bit of handling you need to get around the guy in front of you.
If you decide you still want a little extra handling, you then need to decide whether or not you’re willing to put the money into a coilover suspension to make it worthwhile. I know we traditionally talk about saving money, and you’ll still find the cheapest high-quality Megan Racing coilovers here at AutoTuningStore.com, but coilovers aren’t a part you can skimp on. In recent years many low cost coilovers have popped up on popular marketplace and auction sites. These inexpensive coilovers boast high quality and workmanship but are you willing to put your safety on line to save a few hundred dollars? Cheap coilovers tend to fail at the most inopportune moments, are so poorly made that they do nothing for your vehicle, and pretty much just take up space for no reason.
You’ll find a ton of quality coilovers from KW Suspension, Bilstein, Koni, Megan Racing and Tein here for the cheapest price you’re likely to find anywhere on the web. If you do happen to find someone who’s offering a deal for less, use our Price Match service to let us know and we’ll give you the part for the same price as the competitor while still offering the same quality service and delivery that keeps people coming back to AutoTuningStore.com.
Do a little shopping today and start cornering better than ever before tomorrow, or, if you’ve decided coilovers aren’t for you, browse our selection of more traditional springs and shocks! We carry the best brands in the business like, H&R, Eibach, Vogtland, Megan Racing and Tein.