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Old 24 Jan 2013, 04:19 pm
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Default FK coilovers

I was just about too buy some FK coilovers, but I have heard of some problems with them shocks bursting, creaking noises. So have any of you guys out there had similar problems or is just bad luck. I think FK have covered the shocks under warranty, but it's a pain to exchange once they are fitted.
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Old 28 Jan 2013, 11:27 am
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Default Re: FK coilovers

Steer clear of them!

Try Venom Motorsport Performance Car Parts - EBC Brakes, Black Diamond Brakes, FK Suspension, Eibach Suspension, Weitec Suspension, Supersport Suspension, they have a good selection of coilovers, just avoid the FK's, they are cheaper than the others because they are cheap crap!

Im going to get a set of these now, non-adjustable but H&R have better reviews:

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Old 28 Jan 2013, 11:53 am
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Here is a couple of things to think about. Why are you going to a coil over on a PT Cruiser in the first place?
The kits shown are still progressive springs so no advantage in the springs over the less expensive spring kits. If you lower the PT Cruiser more then 1.75 inches you create suspension problems not improve them? So unless you are going for looks in a parking lot or just to drive in town again going to coil overs on a PT just makes no sense?

The only real advantage in coil overs on a PT is if you are looking for an exact ride height or Independent wheel damping adjust for competition road track racing. Which we all know that you are not going to do with a PT Cruiser!
Also you would need to modify and machine suspension device not yet available on the market for a PT cruiser to make the suspension work more efficiently.



Many aftermarket coil over companies get a bad rap because of the installer not the quality of the product. Even the less expansive coil overs that have small struts will work just fine if installed correctly. By correctly I mean that when some one is changing over the suspension dam,ping parts that the rest of the suspension be examined for other parts that need replacing. these are all to often neglected from most and consequently you get a end result with someone claiming the new parts installed are inferior.
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Old 28 Jan 2013, 12:46 pm
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I've got the cheapest FK coilovers on my PT.

Negative:

- They're hard (of course, if you lower your car 2,5" it WILL be hard)
- They're bumby.
- They make noises like the spring winds up and then looses tension.
- It difficult to drive a firmly dropped car.

Positive:

- They're cheap.
- They can go really deep.
- They clean up just fine if you use the protector spray.
- They make my car look so slick

But to be honest I think they are great bang for the buck. If you only want to drop 1,5" I strongly recommend using springs like Eibach, Tein, KW or other A brands. I 've got Eibach Pro kit springs on my Honda Civic and those are really great ! Comfort almost as stock, looks great and easy to install.

If I had money to spear I would go for coilovers with adjustable damping. The one thing I dislike on my FK's is the hardness.
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Old 31 Jan 2013, 02:41 pm
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Thanks guys

I want too be able too set the ride height too my own speck of had coil overs on cars before and now the pitfalls.

The trouble is in Europe most of the springs kits drop an even front and back eibach 1.5" in US you can get Eibacs that drop 2" rear 1.5" front,
spax do springs 55mm front&rear, and 35mm front&rear.

The HR cup suspension kit drops the front 55mm front 40mm rear which in my mind is the wrong way round.

So at least with the FK kit I can play with it and a the end of the day if it's too low I can raise it again, I have gone for the FK Konig sport so that I can adjust the damping expensive but I think I will appriciate it when I'm driving over pot holes!
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Old 31 Jan 2013, 02:52 pm
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I hail you !

If I had to do it again I wouldn 't go for the cheap highsport anymore. And who knows ? Maybe one day I will be able to buy better (more expensive) coilovers for my PT, but they'll suffice for now.
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Old 31 Jan 2013, 06:25 pm
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Thanks guys

I want too be able too set the ride height too my own speck of had coil overs on cars before and now the pitfalls.

The trouble is in Europe most of the springs kits drop an even front and back eibach 1.5" in US you can get Eibacs that drop 2" rear 1.5" front,
spax do springs 55mm front&rear, and 35mm front&rear.

The HR cup suspension kit drops the front 55mm front 40mm rear which in my mind is the wrong way round.

So at least with the FK kit I can play with it and a the end of the day if it's too low I can raise it again, I have gone for the FK Konig sport so that I can adjust the damping expensive but I think I will appreciate it when I'm driving over pot holes!
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H&R Sport Springs
1.4 1.3
The stock ride height is higher in the rear so it is their design to attempt making the ride height equal. not uncommon with other spring manufactures.

B&G 1.5 1.5

C&M (Canuck Motorsports)
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Eibach Springs
1.6 2.0

H&R Sport Springs
1.4 1.3

Sprint (normal wound springs)
2.0 2.0

Tein 1.3 2.0
179lb 163lb

Vogtland 1.2 1.2
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