Originally Posted by boosted920
Thanks for the responses guys. I'm sold on the tokico/pro kit setup. I'm looking for a nice ride. Or an oem type feel.
Quick ?.... Do all coilovers make the ride more harsh than the oem ride? Or do the more pricey coils actually ride just as smooth?
It depends on the coilovers. Most japanese and taiwanese coilovers run way too high dampening rates and end up pretty harsh because people think that's how they are supposed to feel. And because they are crappy and aren't really digressive, and they need to have high low speed compression or people will complain the car is floaty.
Maybe you should look into bilsteins. Slightly more expensive than tokico blue, but not by that much. or koni yellows, but they are even more expensive.
Ride comfort is dependent on a lot of things, including spring rate, bump stops, and dampening and bushings. The better quality shocks in general are more digressive and give decent low speed control with a sharp knee and tapering forces for the higher velocity bumps.
Most coilovers have higher spring rates for the lower ride height. If you are looking for comfort you probably want to look towards those with progressive springs (bilstein pss), or get lighter springs and super beefy bump stops.
If it's never seeing a track, what are you looking to do? Maybe you'd best be served by oem suspension and sway bars. Retain the clearance and ride quality mostly and get a little less body roll.
For your original question, you get what you pay for. Raceland coilovers do not seem to be of high quality.
PS: comparing spring rates across vehicles is more or less meaningless because of the motion ratios and unsprung and corner weights. Wheel rates are better indicators of ride stiffness.