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celica2nv
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celica2nv Feb 7, 9:16pm - #393890 

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coil covers

anybody know where i can find a good set...TRD or any other one that you feel are good quality thumbsup
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SLVCELI Feb 7, 9:59pm - #393891 
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I am assuming you mean coilovers. Just a heads up, coilovers give a harsher ride than springs/struts but will obviously perform better. TRD's I hear are good but I think they were discontinued but you might still be able to find the last few. I remember seeing them for cheap (as far as coilovers go).

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BaTMaN_4 Feb 7, 10:45pm - #393892 

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Why would Coiloves give you a harsher ride?? They cost twice a much as springs/struts confused
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CRBN BLU Feb 7, 11:00pm - #393893 

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I have the TRD coilovers, and the ride is really rough. There isn't any way to change the dampning force, so they stay stiff 24/7. If you're looking into coilovers, I'd reccomend the TEIN, or anything that is adjustable for comfort.

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BaTMaN_4 Feb 7, 11:14pm - #393894 

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^ im looking at the TEIN Type Basic Damper for my new Celica...would those be a smoother ride...since it says that its adjustable...new to suspension mods so would appreciate the help confused
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SLVCELI Feb 8, 1:37am - #393895 
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With non-adjustable coilovers the ride will be rougher than springs/struts. The simple reason being you compromise ride comfort for better performance with the non-adjustable coilovers. I dont have a good answer to if the adjustable coilovers will provide a smooth ride though, so someone else will have to speak up. Just beware, people buying coilovers are usually more into the performance over the ride comfort so something bumpy to us, might not be bumpy to them.

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celica2nv Feb 8, 4:02am - #393896 

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im asking cause i was thinking of doing the apr kit and they suggest getting them with the kit..elaborate thumbsup
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celica2nv Feb 10, 3:55am - #393897 

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what about skunk 2 racing they jut came out w a set...anybody think they r a good or bad company?
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hephaestus Feb 12, 4:00am - #393898 
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Originally Posted by SLVCELI
With non-adjustable coilovers the ride will be rougher than springs/struts. The simple reason being you compromise ride comfort for better performance with the non-adjustable coilovers. I dont have a good answer to if the adjustable coilovers will provide a smooth ride though, so someone else will have to speak up. Just beware, people buying coilovers are usually more into the performance over the ride comfort so something bumpy to us, might not be bumpy to them.

I thought when my Celica was new that it could be a tad or two stiffer. I knew the handling was good, but could be better and not sacrifice too much do to comfort.
After 15,000-20,000 miles the stock suspension was disappointing to say the least.
Coilovers won't be bumpy and will ride great. Springs on old stock struts will be bumpy. Too many people have great new aftermarket springs on old tired stock struts whether they are aware of it or not. The damping on coilovers (matched spring and strut/valving) is awesome. Much better than stock across the board. The only way to go in my opinion or a custom settup.
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Rick Feb 12, 4:40am - #393899 

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go to www.performancecenter.com to find skunk2 coilovers for a little over 300 bucks
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hephaestus Feb 12, 5:18am - #393900 
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Originally Posted by Rick
go to www.performancecenter.com to find skunk2 coilovers for a little over 300 bucks

Those are not true coilovers and in my opinion worse than getting a good spring and strut combo.
Those adjustable sleeve overs are for the people that don't know what they are doing.
Once your ride height is good, get an alignment and forget it.
Or corner weight and balance, camber adjustments (some), spring tension, and sway bar preload set (for the true coilovers and adjustable end links that come with the kit).
You can't keep on adjusting the height without throwing off everything like your alignment etc...
Better off getting a spring that goes to your desired height and a strut that will compensate in that case.
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