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Hey, i'm looking for some street coilovers for my car (350) and narrowed it down to Tein or Raceland, has anyone had experience with either of these and can offer some feedback? Thanks :)

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I can only speak from experience of my HSD MonoPro coilovers, and as someone who has cornered at the limit at 160kmh with a grin on my face, rather than a stripe in my pants, I highly recommend them. The performance of my Zed around corners that I have been round with various performance cars, is exceptional and up ith the best, and some of those were on better rubber too. I'm thrilled with the shocks and the way my tuner set them up for me. I am only 1cm lower than stock though, by necessity.

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BC Coils are abit out of my price range, i was looking around the £400.00 mark, i dont drive the car mad and when i do kick the back end abit and have some fun its at low speeds so shouldnt stress the suspension too much. Its mainly to lower the car abit, even on 19"s it sits to high and im thinking of going 18"s so it definitely needs some height taking out.

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It'll sit at exactly the same height on 18s as 19s, unless you're planning on running ridiculous tyres.

 

Where are you gettin Tein dampers for £400 from? That's ridiculously cheap.

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You won't get any coilovers worth putting on your car for less than 700 quid. If all you want is a bit more low don't waste 400 quid on crap coilovers (and they would be - crap), just get some more aggressive lowering springs.

 

Also, as stated above, when changing wheels, care is taken to ensure the overall diameter remains as close as possible to stock to keep the traction control system and other instruments on the car that are based on wheel speed, happy. This means buying tyres to a specific diameter. If you post up what you're planning to buy we can give you some pointers.

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Torqen coilovers are beast.

Been running them for 6months or so and they are perfect for me after being set up properly buy local specialists.All heavy street use so haven't tried them on a track or that but very happy with them good price too.

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With no damping adjustment at all and a price level that low, I think you're a brave man if you gamble. Plus you have to re-use your existing top mounts.

 

Personally I'd be saving another couple of hundred quid and getting the BCs or the Torqen ones, the step up in quality will be noticeable and the last place you want to compromise on the car is damping. If you just want to lower the car then simply get some springs for half the price.

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We sold a good few sets of the Tein Street Basis now and the feedback has been very positive, if you are just looking for a replacement set of dampers to replace tired OEM dampers these represent really good value.

 

The fact that they are manufactured by Tein means they are a quality product.

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I dont want to go mad on it, i just want somthing to stiffen the ride abit because its got abit of roll through corners, and change the ride height. Its my first car build so i dont want to **** money away on something im only keeping likely for a couple of years. These were reccommended as a good option but im new to this so wanted to get peoples thoughts. I get that some people would rather save abit more and spend extra on a step up product but i'm not able to spend that much.

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Seriously, just do the springs, that'll give you what you're after.

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I have Tein Street basis Z.

 

I don't track it, my suspension was 10 years old and a bit limp, I wanted to lower, but do occasional trips to Wales which isn't very low car friendly.

 

I wanted something with a lot of travel but was a tad firmer, so I could ride lower comfortably.

 

The Street Basis Z is really the ideal set for this. I don't need to adjust damping, they're lowered to where I want (about -25mm) and still have a bit of travel left, the ride is firmer but handles the crappy town roads around here perfectly.

 

For me, the Street Basis Z set is a true 'OEM Plus' mod. The car is is low and handles as well as it should have done out of the factory, and I can raise and lower if I need.

 

Yet to hear a good reason why I should've spent any more.

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I have Tein Street basis Z.

 

I don't track it, my suspension was 10 years old and a bit limp, I wanted to lower, but do occasional trips to Wales which isn't very low car friendly.

 

I wanted something with a lot of travel but was a tad firmer, so I could ride lower comfortably.

 

The Street Basis Z is really the ideal set for this. I don't need to adjust damping, they're lowered to where I want (about -25mm) and still have a bit of travel left, the ride is firmer but handles the crappy town roads around here perfectly.

 

For me, the Street Basis Z set is a true 'OEM Plus' mod. The car is is low and handles as well as it should have done out of the factory, and I can raise and lower if I need.

 

Yet to hear a good reason why I should've spent any more.

 

 

This post pretty much hits the nail on the head of what i want. I'm not tracking the car, i might have the occassional bit of fun in a clear car park but i want something thats abit stiffer and has the ability to adjust the ride height. I wanted to avoid springs because its a set height still, just lower.

 

Thanks for all the input though guys, i will make a decision when i have my exhaust sorted and some money free :)

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Joe, Rook's situation was different, he needed to replace his struts. As far as I know, you don't? In response to Rooks assertion that he doesn't see why he needed to spend more, I'd say he didn't, for his situation and needs, but you need to spend even less. A set of lowering springs for 150 quid will give you exactly what Rook has achieved for less than half the price.

 

In regards to Street Basis being OEM+...Hm....highly debatable. I'd wager that Tein springs on Nissan struts, is probably a better street setup than Tein springs on cheap Tein shocks under most circumstances, and Nissan struts will certainly last longer.

 

The problem with 400 quid shocks is that there's only a very small place in the market for them, people like Rook basically, who need to change their struts but don't want to get nissan and don't already have lowering springs. For those who just want a bit of low, there are cheaper springs, and for those who want a performance shock, 400 quid ones aren't sufficiently better than stock to be worth buying. That's why the responses so far, we're not brand snobs, we love Tein, and we're not trying to make an HSD/BC Coilover master race either, we are 350Z owners who have coilovers and have already been through the process you're going through now, where we assessed our needs, asked the forum and bought accordingly. :)

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Joe, Rook's situation was different, he needed to replace his struts. As far as I know, you don't? In response to Rooks assertion that he doesn't see why he needed to spend more, I'd say he didn't, for his situation and needs, but you need to spend even less. A set of lowering springs for 150 quid will give you exactly what Rook has achieved for less than half the price.

 

In regards to Street Basis being OEM+...Hm....highly debatable. I'd wager that Tein springs on Nissan struts, is probably a better street setup than Tein springs on cheap Tein shocks under most circumstances, and Nissan struts will certainly last longer.

 

The problem with 400 quid shocks is that there's only a very small place in the market for them, people like Rook basically, who need to change their struts but don't want to get nissan and don't already have lowering springs. For those who just want a bit of low, there are cheaper springs, and for those who want a performance shock, 400 quid ones aren't sufficiently better than stock to be worth buying. That's why the responses so far, we're not brand snobs, we love Tein, and we're not trying to make an HSD/BC Coilover master race either, we are 350Z owners who have coilovers and have already been through the process you're going through now, where we assessed our needs, asked the forum and bought accordingly. :)

 

 

Thanks Aashenfox, ill have a think. See what i want to do! Appreciate the advice :thumbs:

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In regards to Street Basis being OEM+...Hm....highly debatable. I'd wager that Tein springs on Nissan struts, is probably a better street setup than Tein springs on cheap Tein shocks under most circumstances, and Nissan struts will certainly last longer.

 

While i don't disagree with your point, Its worth remembering its not "Tein springs on Nissan struts VS Tein springs on cheap Tein shocks" and its actually "new Tein springs on 10yr+ Nissan shocks VS new Tein springs on new cheap Tein shocks".

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Fair point, mileage is a consideration too.

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Worth adding the following:

- the Street basis Z design only differs from the expensive Tein stuff in that it is a closed design (like Nissan OEM) and is made in China and not Japan.

- Given the nature of the Z cars and what they're all about, I think assuming the OEM shocks are 'good' is risky. I have no reason to think the original shocks were any better than Tein's Basis Z stuff, and nor does anybody else. How are you quantifying better? They haven't exactly been out long enough to know what their lifespans are, who's to say the Basis Z shocks aren't 'better'.

 

Also, it's not Tein springs and Nissan shocks vs Tein springs and Tein shocks, it's Tein springs and old Nissan shocks vs adjustable Tein springs and new Tein shocks.

 

That adjustability, plus the fact they go a lot lower than Tein S tech springs alone are big factors.

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