Street VS Performance Coilovers | The Build Sheet

– Why are there so many options? I just wanna like, make my car lower. What is going on? Everyone, Gels from Fitment Industries, and welcome back to another episode of The Build Sheet, where today we will be
talking about coilovers, and why there are so
many different freakin’ options for coilovers out there, and what the differences are between them. Dakota, roll the intro. (drill sounds) (thrilling music) I know you don’t edit this one anymore. (laughing) Steve, sorry! – Got it! – Before we dive right in, don’t forget we’re doing a giveaway with Fortune Auto this month, to give away a free set
of Fortune Auto Coilovers. And we got this absolutely killer t-shirt to go along with it. I’m not wearin’ it, because I’m a dummy. Actually, I just don’t
have the shirt, yet. They haven’t come in. But click the link
below to grab the shirt, automatically get entered in to win a free set of Fortune Auto coilovers. And don’t forget, if you haven’t already, fill out an application
for the FI Street Team, while you’re at it. We’re looking for
enthusiasts such as yourself, with a dope car to grow our team. So go ahead, click the link
below in the description, fill out an application, give it a shot. What do you got to lose? Coilover suspension is
one of the most versatile suspension modifications
you can do with almost any vehicle on the market today. With that, we see a plethora
of different suspension companies coming out with coilover options for different vehicles, and within that, we even see different
options offered by the same company for that same vehicle. Fortune Auto, BC Racing,
and Tein are great examples of coilover
manufacturers that offer different lines of coilovers
for the same application. What we start to see with that is what we consider street coilovers, and then we have performance coilovers, or race coilovers. So what exactly is the difference, and what makes one type of coilover so different from one another? And more importantly, why
are they so expensive? Some of the key factors
that play a role in defining different types of coilovers are things such as amount of
adjustability that they have, a type of damping that they offer. The overall structure
and design of the shock, and even the springs. So let’s take a look at
some of these factors a little more in depth individually, and compare them to the examples of what we see on the market. First up let’s look at Tein, because they are a great example of the difference in the amount of adjustability that is offered throughout their different coilover options. If you look at the first
line offered by Tein, you will come across
the Street Basis line, or the Street Basis Z line. Now this line is very entry level coilover and requires a use of even some OEM parts, like the mounts and everything like that from your car, and are
really only adjustable in the fact that you can
adjust the ride height. As you go up from the entry level, you start to see damping adjustment with their Advance Z line, and the introduction of camber plates once you
get up to the Flex Z line. For the most part, what you
consider a street coilover is going to be a coilover that offers mostly one way of damping, ride height adjustability, and maybe some camber adjustment. Because when your using
a car for daily driving, with the occasional track use maybe, this is all you’re ever
going to have to worry about. However when you start to
get into heavy track use, or specifically you’re just
driving in the car on the track all the time, you’re going
to need an even higher amount of adjustability when
it comes to your coilovers. Now this is where we
see Fortune Auto come in swinging with their
different lines of coilovers. They offer options such as
their 500 series coilover, which is a fantastic choice
for someone who wants a high quality suspension
product that is going to be perfect for driving on the daily basis, and still be able to
perform tremendously well when you decide to bring
it to your local track day, or auto cross event. Again, we see the ability
to adjust your key things, like height, camber, and damping. But what you’re going to realize as we start moving up from here, and get into some higher
end coilover options, is that damping and having the option to control damping in every physical aspect, is what’s going to be
the main defining factor in what separates your everyday coilover, from your performance
or race spec coilover. The coilovers that offer
a single adjustable dampering, you know the
little like, knobby thing that you turn on top of
the coilover, your damper? You’re adjusting the compression and rebound simultaneously. As we move up to things
like the 510 Series however, we start to see some changes
in the design of the piston in the coilover, but still
only have that single adjustable damper. So here comes the tricky, or fun, part. Now you probably seen it in a few videos, or pictures of your
favorite Time Attack driver, and their car, the little
canister things that have a line attached to them, that kinda route all the way down into the wheel well, to the suspension of the car. Now those are actually
reservoirs of damping fluid from the coilover that has been relocated outside of the actual shock itself. Now this is done for a couple of reason. One being that moving a
good amount of that fluid from components that produce heat during performance driving,
like brakes and all that stuff, reduces the amount of what
is known as damper fade, as things start to heat up. Not only that, but having
this also introduces the ability to be able to adjust damping in more than one way. Instead of turning the
knob on top of the strut, and adjusting your rebound and
compression simultaneously, you’re now able to control
the rebound and compression individually of one another, adding another aspect of
control and adjustability to the performance of your suspension. And it doesn’t stop there. Oh, no. Because that would just
make too much sense. Because on top of all that, we even see things such as a three way adjustable coilover options, which still maintain the similar external reservoir while also
adding an adjustment for high speed and low speed
compression and rebound. “So Gels, what does this mean for me?” Well, to be completely
honest, unless you’re building a track monster, or really trying to shave, you know, a second
or two off your lap time, not a whole hell of a lot. You see, there’s a reason why suspension companies offer multiple
options for their coilovers. And that is because they
know that not everyone is gonna need a $5,000
set of coilovers for their daily driver, that
they just want to lower their car a few inches,
have some good fitment, and all that sort of fun stuff. However, they wanna compete
in the motor sport world. Now, does that mean
that you can’t run some three way adjustable
coilovers on your street car? Absolutely not. But I mean, if I could recommend it? Also probably not. I mean if that’s what you wanna go for, by all means, you know, go for it. Like we’ve talked about in the past, going from stock suspension,
to something like coilovers, you see an exponential difference in the amount of drivability and performance that you get out of it. However, if you compare let’s
say a 500 Series coilover, to a Pro 3 Way, the amount of difference starts to flat line just a little bit. It just comes in turn of the adjustability that is allowed, and how
you can deal with that. Street coilovers are made
to have the adjustments that you only needed
to ensure that you have a good ride quality, and
can get the performance and look that you need around, you know, driving on the the street. Performance cars, or race coilovers, take that same amount of adjustability, and add a ton more to it. So the drivers and their teams can dial in every aspect they need
to get the absolute most out of their car, and
suit the drivers needs. If you are looking for
some coilovers that will fit your regular street driving needs, you can look at, of
course, some 500 Series from Fortune Auto, like
we’ve talked about. The BR and DS Series from BC Racing, the Tein Street Basis, the Advanced, the Flex Z, or even
some Silver Suspension. The amount of science and technology that goes into creating suspension components, especially performance suspension, is out of this world. And if you would like to know more about a certain part of it, feel free to drop a comment down below, and we’ll be more than
happy to dive even further into any subject about suspension. Because you know, Fitment
Industries, it’s kinda like, it’s a thing we do. That’s gonna wrap it
up for today’s episode of The Build Sheet. Don’t forget to subscribe, and if you need anything, wheel tire suspension related, check out I’m Gels, we will see you later. Peace. (chill electronic music)

66 thoughts on “Street VS Performance Coilovers | The Build Sheet

  1. Thanks fitment industries for the awesome shirts, your boy Sean in sales is doing something right, ran across some issues with shipping but he made it right free of charge!

  2. Street Coilovers or Track Coilovers? Drop a comment below

    Check out our Fortune Auto Giveaway here!

  3. I wanna eliminate my wheel gap but I’m stuck between lowering springs, Solo werk S1 coilovers or the Raceland primo ADJ damping coilovers. I daily my car so I want to keep as close to the stock ride quality as possible; anyone got any recommendations? (Clearly I’m on a budget lol)
    PS: I drive a Mk6 GTI

  4. Damn it’s like you guys know I’ve been lost AF trying decide on some coilovers. This made up my mind. Thanks!
    (I’ve had the tein street advance z tab on your site saved on my phone for about a month lol)

  5. Make a part 2 video on spring rates, because 10k front and 8k rear vs 12k front and 6k rear is one hell of a difference…

  6. You guys are doing the Lord's work. Simple explanation of how shit works without the bullshiting and bullying you get on a car forums and hot boy car shows.

  7. I wanna lower my 2017 focus st but I also want new wheels and I don’t know which I should prioritize first, anyone have advice?

  8. Those coilovers you named at the end, for street driving. Are they also you know good at mountain roads and stuff?

  9. Love the content… love the channel and the ppl but it’s just the same content over and over just worded differently… new content please beside coilovers bags etc the channel would grow more faster

  10. Can you guys do a video on spring rates for coilovers? seeing "5k" next to a set of coilovers means jack shit to someone trying to get into cars

  11. Chose BC br series Coilovers over Tein Flex Z’s… never had any regrets. They’re so great for mountain and highway runs!

  12. Thank you for the video and teachings your channel does.

    I have a 2007 Mazda 6 WAGON. 2008 was the last year Mazda brought them to the states. I love the car, and my local Mazda dealer is great (they love the car too), however they dont have any suggestions for a heavy-duty spring for the rear for this year and model. I haul construction tools around during the week, which cause the car to ride uneven on the back end sometimes.
    Any suggestions on rear suspension I can run with 300-500 lbs of gear during week yet stay level?

  13. This has been the most complicated topic I've researched by far for my car maybe another three or four months of research will finally show me the secret to finding the right coilovers

  14. Hey there, couple of questions on if you could a video about it. What are all the elements that go into a coil over. Such as dampening, rebound and maybe other stuff I or others might not know about. I know we can just look this up online, but I understand more when you guys say, instead of me just reading it off of some website. Plus, you guys are good in fitment, and you can tell us how to dial it in. Just wondering if you could help me understand for just by making a video to answer questions other people might have.

  15. the shirt is sick af. im buying it just to get the shirt. if i get the wheels, then sick. but the shirt design gives me hot wheels acceleracers vibes. love it

  16. I want coil overs and I did order some from your site but had to take them off because where I live in Kansas there is a lot of dips so my car will scrape

  17. You Get Sport Edition If you Want the Best of Both Worlds I Mean Like Taje Corners at 80 Mph both worlds But Dont Make the Mistake of Not Buying Coilover Covers Anti Seize or not

  18. Street coilovers, nice. Track coilovers, be it grip monster or drift master, awesome. But how do rally coilovers compare? What different aspects would I need to consider. After all, none of the above quite suffer the punishment of a rally car. High speed cornering like a grip monster, heavy sideways action like a drift master, yet all done over rougher terrain than you would normally ever see even on your more dilapidated public streets. Heavy adjustability is a must, I am sure, but I presume it would also need to be durable to survive the punishment, super durable.

  19. Love learning about the world of suspension. Makes me more prepared for the automotive world when it comes to me tuning my next car. Thank you Gels!

  20. Maybe a video about coil overs in the winter? I want more than springs and struts can offer performance wise… but concerned about how they will hold up on my Daily through the nasty winters of Canada

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