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Coilover Options (Updated 2017 Links, Cost)

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At the risk of sounding redundant, I wanted to put together a coilover list. There are a few of these threads/topics around the internet already, but lots of them are from years towards 2006 (I didn't even have my driver's license yet) and have old, outdated links, or are not very comprehensive and easy to read.

I am looking at coilover sets for my '78 280z so these links will be specific to that (mainly so I can reference it later). Assume that all are ride-height adjustable. I didn't look super hard for lowest price, so the options may be cheaper somewhere else.

Order: Expensive --> Least Expensive
Format: Name | Cost | Colors/Special Notes | Link


TechnoToyTuning Coilovers | $2040 | Maroon/gold, NO-WELD (send in your cores) | https://technotoytuning.com/nissan/280z/front-coilover-conversion-datsun-240z-260z-and-280z + https://technotoytuning.com/nissan/280z/rear-coilover-conversion-datsun-240z-260z-and-280z

Arizona Z Car Coilover Set | $1600 | Red\Silver, camber plates | http://arizonazcar.com/coil.html

Stance USA Coilover kit | $1295 | Black/Bronze, Camber Plates and Swift Springs @ +$300 each | http://sakuragarage.com/products/datsun-suspension/

BC Racing Coilovers - BR Series | $1200 | Black/Gold, camber plates | https://coiloverdepot.com/products/74-5-78-nissan-260z-s30-bc-coilover-br-type?variant=16741482757

KSport Control Pro Fully Adjustable Coilover Kit | $1080 | Black/Orange, Pillowtop Camber Adjustability | https://www.andysautosport.com/products/ksport__cns361-kp.html

D2 Coilovers - RS Series | $1000 | Black/Purple, camber plates | http://www.sparktecmotorsports.com/d2-d-ni-01.html

Megan Racing Coilovers | $900 | Black/Red, Pillowtop Camber Adjustablity | https://www.andysautosport.com/products/megan_racing__mr-cdk-280z.html

CX Racing | $869 | Black/Red, Pillowball mount & Camber plate adjustable | https://www.cxracing.com/coilover/coilover-nissan-infinity/CO-B-280Z-0405-PB

Ground Control Coilover Kit | $429 | Maroon\Yellow, No adjustability | https://www.andysautosport.com/products/ground_control__6020.01.html


Other

Evolved Front Coilovers (FRONT ONLY) | $1290 | Maroon/Gold, camber plates, NO-WELD (send in your cores) - Don't seem to list a matching rear set | https://technotoytuning.com/nissan/280z/evolved-front-coilover-conversion-datsun-240z-260z-and-280z

Intrax | $??? | There are 4 options on their site. Can't find any pricing. Made in Holland. | http://en.intraxracing.nl/merken/datsun/

 

If I missed any, let me know and I can add them.

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2 hours ago, Jason240z said:

you've missed the best option of intrax

Added (with limited information)... I can't seem to find a price on their site or anywhere else.

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14 hours ago, AlbatrossCafe said:

Added (with limited information)... I can't seem to find a price on their site or anywhere else.

It varies depending on which option and what options etc.

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Yes, I have a set, Check my build thread for the details, as the coil overs just got welded to the spindles a couple weeks ago. The car is still on the rotisserie so no street feedback yet....So far I really like the style and quality.

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On 10/21/2017 at 6:30 AM, wheee! said:

Don't forget CX racing direct from CX Racing. Weld on solution. https://www.cxracing.com/coilover/coilover-nissan-infinity/CO-B-280Z-0405-PB

About $870 US

For some reason I thought those were the same as the Megan coilovers (similar colors & price point) but I guess not. Added!

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I was under the impression that CX Racing sells chinese junk.

Ground control sells camber plates BTW. And GC would be my brand of choice for coilovers and camber plates. Like TTT, GC also has a service where they'll do your coilovers for you.

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I was under the impression that CX Racing sells chinese junk.
Ground control sells camber plates BTW. And GC would be my brand of choice for coilovers and camber plates. Like TTT, GC also has a service where they'll do your coilovers for you.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of stuff out there that is junk, Chinese or not. These seem to be well made and designed. They are very similar to Megan racing parts but a lot cheaper in Canada.
I have no reason to question their quality yet, but as I said, the car is still on the rotisserie. Pricing can be deceiving when it comes to discerning quality. Paying 50% more for the same part doesn’t increase its quality, only the gullibility of the buyer. Shop around, find the part that suits your needs and get honest reviews. In my case, the car will be street driven and taken to shows more than anything. No hard abuse.

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I was thinking about the following set... $839 

without cutting and welding  chassis to install camber plates

https://technotoytuning.com/nissan/240z/four-corner-weld-coilover-kit-datsun-240z

https://technotoytuning.com/nissan/240z/240z-260z-and-280z-solid-pillow-mounts

what do you think? any feedback on them?

 

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5 hours ago, George_Zed said:

I was thinking about the following set... $839 

without cutting and welding  chassis to install camber plates

https://technotoytuning.com/nissan/240z/four-corner-weld-coilover-kit-datsun-240z

https://technotoytuning.com/nissan/240z/240z-260z-and-280z-solid-pillow-mounts

what do you think? any feedback on them?

 

Don't forget to add the cost of shocks for all four corners to that build idea then too....

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6 minutes ago, wheee! said:

Don't forget to add the cost of shocks for all four corners to that build idea then too....

ooops... good point :blush:

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Shameless plug, if anyone is looking for a set of stock 240z front and rear spindles, I have a set I'd sell. :)

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A lot of the links above are all from the same factory in the Far East.   Not saying there’s anything wrong but they all recommend spring rates that no decent suspension specialist would, along with ‘dampers’ to suit.

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14 minutes ago, Jason240z said:

A lot of the links above are all from the same factory in the Far East.   Not saying there’s anything wrong but they all recommend spring rates that no decent suspension specialist would, along with ‘dampers’ to suit.

You mentioned Intrax, do they have the integrated Camber adjustment?  You have a link?

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3 minutes ago, JSM said:

You mentioned Intrax, do they have the integrated Camber adjustment?  You have a link?

No they don’t.  Not sure when I’ve ever seen a proper setup with them though? I looked at about 6-9options, none had it.

Va motorsport do ball joint top mounts to suit though, that gives caster/camber as per their developed race-rally cars.

 

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2 minutes ago, Jason240z said:

No they don’t.  Not sure when I’ve ever seen a proper setup with them though?

 

Yeah I had a feeling it may be too good to be true. :)

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A properly integrated camber adjustment in the strut top without cutting.  All the ones I've seen involved cutting and welding to the spring perch or the bolt in ones TTT sells.

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2 hours ago, Jason240z said:

 Not saying there’s anything wrong but they all recommend spring rates that no decent suspension specialist would, along with ‘dampers’ to suit.

Would you mind being more specific? Looks like most suggest 4k front and 5K rear, which probably isn't what I'd choose, though I can't say that I know what rates are best for an S30. From what I've seen on HybridZ, rates between 200lb/in and 250lb/in are pretty common for a street car. 5k is about 280lb/in, which seems a bit stiff.

2 hours ago, Jason240z said:

As above, va motorsport do a bolt in.

I just looked on their site, and I couldn't find their camber plates. I've seen a couple bolt in camber plate solutions, and they usually have drawbacks in lack of range of adjustment, and/or you have to unbolt the strut top to make adjustment.

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I guess they don’t advertise all their settings?

im neural here, just I’ve never seen a proper setup with camber plates?

It’d be worth testing the generic setups above that are more or less the same except colour on a shock dyno just to see/show what they are.

kmac seem to make some proven bolt in multi adjustable bits if you’re desperate for all that adjustment.

Personally, it seems more are keen on chasing headline bhp figures without properly thinking about feel and car dynamics.

 

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Keep in mind the spring rates are different for the 240 and 280. More weight in the 280...

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8 hours ago, wheee! said:

Keep in mind the spring rates are different for the 240 and 280. More weight in the 280...

There's more than one set of factory spring rates for the '240', let alone anything else. '240' doesn't mean just one thing...

As Jason has pointed out, it would be interesting to see some of the budget end of the market damper units put on a shock dyno. You almost never see any discussion of bump/rebound ratings, knee-points and etc in relation to them. The suspicion is that they are generically-valved with little real attention paid to final application. At least some of them were originally aimed at models with semi-trailing arm rear suspension. 

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