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Old 10-05-2009, 03:26 AM   #1
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RaceLand Coilover Review

Yes, I bought the $258 coilovers from ebay. Flame if you want, I know a few people on here that already will. I will try and give the best review I can for everyone here.

Previous Set-Up:

My previous suspension was h&r sports with no spring pads on stock shocks. Since my car was pretty low they blew pretty quickly (a few months after install). It was pretty decent even after they blew as far as street/city usage goes. As far as canyoning/performance orientated driving they were blah, not stiff enough and really just bad, but i continued to canyon them for a good 2 years after install.



Reasons for buying Raceland:


They were cheap and my suspension was blown. My thoughts were, ****, nothing could be any worst than blown shocks and for $258 shipped, that's a deal i can't pass up. So i pulled the trigger.



First thoughts:

They were packed nicely. All the parts had little stickers on them saying "made in china". All the parts looked like they were made pretty well. All the welds looked good, nothing cheap or flimsy looking.



Second thoughts:


After installation, the car felt great... but coming from blown shocks anything would feel pretty damn good to be honest. I didn't really break them in at all, the 2nd week i had them i was in teh canyons. LOL. I felt a lot more of teh bumps on the street then when i had my spring/shock combo. As far as canyons go i thought they were pretty soft, I like my car to ride pretty stiff *insert ghey joke here* After about 1k miles they finally "broke-in" and the ride got a tad bit stiffer, but i liked it.

Just this past weekend I was out on the track with them, they felt pretty good. I actually raised them up to get some more travel out of them and they handled A LOT better, but that comes with all suspension. Like i said before a bit soft for my liking but they were definitely decent, especially for the money i spent on them. Even my buddy who drives spec miata said he liked the suspension after riding with me.

As far as the drop goes, I know a friend who has his car pretty fuking slammed on them.



The problems:

I've driven this on this suspension for a little less than 2k miles now. One thing that did happen was that one of the tabs that were welded on to stop the strut from going further into the knuckle broke off. I emailed Raceland and they sent me out a brand new one. The only problem, they sent the wrong side. I let them know and they immediately sent out a replacement. They also sent return labels to send them back the old struts.

My other friend who will hopefully will post in this thread hasn't had any problems with them so far.



Overall:

I find this suspension to be pretty damn decent for the money. I drive my car pretty damn hard and they've stood up to my beatings. They drop pretty low, even though the suspension feels horrible that low. As far as street driving goes, they are really great. As far as performance driving, they are decently stiff, but not close to as stiff as i wanted it, but i'm not complaining too much. I think that if you keep these at a pretty decent height and add a good set of sways it'll be pretty good.

I also recommend you get some shorter swaybar endlinks because the mount for them on the coilover is pretty low and they will go really fast. Mine did.


The only question now is: How long will they last?



I hope I've given you guys a good insight on this suspension. If you are on blown suspension and need something to drive around on for a while I say go for it. If you aren't I say just keep saving for something a bit nicer.


-Raj

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Old 10-05-2009, 03:40 AM   #2
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And so it begins. A new era in lowering e46's. Nice review Raj can't wait to see how they hold up over time.
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uh you forgot something. where are the pictures? what kind of review doesn't have pictures? lol
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:02 AM   #4
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Nice write up! $250 sounds to good to be true though.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:08 AM   #5
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I just read about their product on ebay. The seem reputable and have a decent feedback rating.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:35 AM   #6
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Would you recommend these for Northerns? Nice Review BTW...
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:26 PM   #7
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When you say really low, and then when you say you raised it up, can you let us know the measurements of both... e.g. center of wheel hub to the height of the fender?

You're very brave for driving at high speed on the track on a set of $260 coilovers I'm really curious to hear some long term reviews.
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:34 PM   #8
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i think i might be the other friend

as for my review, not many complaints from my end. A LOT more comfortable than race springs with blown zhp shocks in front and bilstein sports in the rear. turning is not as good as my race springs, but still a giant leap from non-sport suspension. build quality was quite good, the shocks and springs very physically very soft which scared me at first (springs and shocks were easily compressable by hand) but all was well once installed. its somewhat hard to gauge these coils, theyre definitely softer than race springs but its still pretty stiff considering how low im sitting (actually lookin to lower the front a tiny bit more )

my ONLY gripe is at low speeds on an uneven highway i bounce quite a lot, and because its my commute to school and i go to class 4 times a week it does bother me sometimes. high speeds however, the car is comfortable. also, these coils can go LOW. im sitting 3 threads from the lowest setting in the rear and im about 1.5 inches from the end of the threads to the bottom collar in the front if it wasnt for my bumper i would be sitting cm's off the ground but we cant have everything we want


so after my ~2,000 mile review, i am very pleased with how they turned out. raj has taken these coils to the limit while ive been riding low and slow since initial install so these reviews should help out anyone lookin to get the raceland coils for either direction ur heading



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They held up at the track too?

Congrats Raj. lol
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:17 PM   #10
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I got mine for $238 shipped from their site. I have had them for about 600 miles and so far so good. If your looking to go low they defiantly will let you accomplish that. I still have at least an inch in the front(took out helpers and two spacers in the middle) and the rear is all the way down(could take out adjuster and go lower if I wanted). They can be bouncy at times but nothing extreme. Overall I like them way better than my sport cup kit that I had on before these.





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Old 10-05-2009, 02:42 PM   #11
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Nice, tnx for the review. As long as your safe with them.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:47 PM   #15
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These coils are picking up fast in the vw community. I'll be installing a set on a jetta weds. I'm really curious to see how they are in person.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:50 PM   #16
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Okay so i just did a post check of the car after teh track and it looks like what just happened to the passenger side, happend to the driver's side. The little nub sheared off. I just emailed Raceland, we'll see what happens.
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:56 PM   #17
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Just another update.... Raceland replied to my email and said if i want i could have a full refund or replacement shock. I'm still trying to decide if it is worht it or if i should go back to oem shocks with h&r springs.
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ask them, if you get a replacement shock and it happens again, can you get a full refund still lol
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im thinking of getting these, im not trakcing at the moment, so u think the would shear off or is that coz of the tracking?
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Just goes to prove that even though a $258 set of coilovers might look nice, corners most certainly have been cut to achieve that price. Question is what will fail next... and when.
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