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Coil Overs

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Alex C, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. Alex C

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    Hi guys

    I have read the suspension set up sticky where I get the idea that coilovers are different to normal shocks? I'm not saying they aren't, but how are they different. I thought a ccoilover was just a normal shock with the spring over it, like the S3 has on the front as standard.

    Whats so special about coilovers
     
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    Coilovers are fully adjustable where as shocks/springs are a at a set height.
     
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    I think it's more accurate to say coilovers are usually height adjustable, but you can get ones which are adjustable for damping(usually more expensive), and you can get springs and shocks which have adjustable damping only with fixed rate springs.
     
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    Thanks Weslte, so thats the only difference, they look and work the same
     
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    how do you change the spring rate on a coil over?
     
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    oh, does changing the dampening change the spring rate
     
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    By changing the springs itself.
     
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    Nope, damping and spring rates are 2 different things.
     
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    ok, so you cant change the spring rate on coilovers or normal shocks without changing the springs

    and you cant change the ride height on normal shocks
     
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    Pretty much spot on. :)
     
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    thanks again
     
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    That's pretty much correct. You base the spring rates on the weight of the car, and the damping rates you either have fixed or adjustable, depending on what type of setup you want. Coilovers usually have firmer damping rates than normal/uprated shocks, as most people tend to run them on a low setting, so the firmer damping rates stops the car from bottoming out.
     

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