As you’d expect from any topic, everyone has their own opinion. Often times opinions somehow turn into “facts” and they couldn’t be further from the truth. Coilovers are no different and suffer from the same “myths”. This article will cover some of the more common myths about coilovers. Some myths are covered in more details in subsequent myths.
Myths about Coilovers
- If you don’t track your car, you don’t need coilovers.
- Lowering springs with aftermarket struts ride better.
- Coilovers are stiff and harsh. In reality a properly setup coilover that fits an individuals specific needs will outperform a strut/lowering spring combo in essentially every category. For example if you are looking for a comfortable ride, our street comfort coilovers will provide superb ride quality on the street, but still offer height, dampening, and camber adjustability; 3 things a lowering spring simply cannot provide!
- Any coilover under $2,000.00 is “junk”. If you do not have a purpose built competition time attack or rally car, often times you can get all the great benefits on a budget and still increase performance. Are 6,000.00 coilovers great? Of course they are, but they might not be necessary for your street car, Pro-AM Drift event, autocross, or weekend track day. Saving money when you can will help other aspects of your vehicles build or your race season. By being able to budget for other things with the money you saved on suspension you can attain a better balanced vehicle.
- Using the spring to adjust ride height! Some brands have limited features and geometry and limit height adjustment to be based solely on your spring tension (preload). This is NOT a good feature or selling point. As you lower the car using the spring, the ride quality gets worse. It can get stiffer and even feel “bouncy”. Our ISC coilovers have spring pre-load SEPARATE from ride height, so when you lower the ride with our suspension, you do not sacrifice ride quality at all.
When installed properly, there are next to no negatives regarding coilovers and most myths are false. Many myths are created by improperly installed coilovers that cause problems leaving the customer to think it is something wrong with coilovers as a whole. With that said some “myths” could be true for certain brands and not true for others. All coilovers are not created equally. Our best advice is to read the product reviews, those represent and speak loudest as to what kind of product you will be getting.