Lately, we’ve focused heavily on what you can do to improve your car with modifications that are multi-purpose. When we say ‘mulit-purpose,’ we mean an upgrade that offers both a physical performance benefit as well as a perceived improvement to style, appearance, driving pleasure, and/or more aspects that help you love your car more and more. With most modifications, you have to make compromises in one way or another, but there are ways to maximize your benefits and minimize your sacrifices. That usually involves quite a bit of a financial investment on your part, though. Except, when it doesn’t. You can still make significant changes to your car’s abilities and appearance without taking on a significant financial burden. Today, we’re going to explore the best coilover options you can easily justify on any budget so your car can benefit from a drastic upgrade to several aspects of your driving enjoyment.
Coilovers are just one of the many ways to lower your vehicle for better handling and precision settings to improve lap times, fitment, responsiveness, and in some cases comfort. Coilovers are not always best for everyone, but are more universal than the other types of lowering your car for improved handling. If you need to do some research on which is best for you, our deep-dive comparing springs, coilovers, and air suspension is the perfect place to start. If you know coilovers are right for your application, but need some help deciding which are the best fit, that’s what we’re all about today.
Coilovers are not all created equally. In simple terms, you get what you pay for. In complex terms, more expensive coilovers aren’t necessarily ‘better,’ especially when you compare what each brand does in terms of adjustment capabilities. For around $700-800, you have quite a few options. Some have more adjustability than others, but it really depends on what you need. If you are brand-loyal, you might have to sacrifice some adjustment in favor of choosing a manufacturer you like, but that could be less than ideal in terms of your needs from a set of coilovers.
ST X Performance Coilovers:
ST is a partner company of KW, who is well-known for their precision suspension systems. Suspension Technique is their budget-minded side project that takes KW technology and makes it affordable for a wider range of enthusiasts. While they don’t have quite the same amount of capability as a comparable set of KW coilovers, the construction, quality, and out-of-the-box performance is quite high for the price. ST coilovers offer:
.6-1.8” of height adjustment
While they don’t allow for damper adjustment or camber/caster adjustment and use your factory strut mounts, they are designed to be a long-lived solution for better handling, a lower ride height, and don’t sacrifice comfort. As far as entry-level options go, ST X Performance coilovers are one of the most competitive.
Megan EZ Street Coilovers:
A more traditional set of coilovers in that they are a complete system that includes new upper shock mounts and pillow balls rather than rubber isolators, the Megan EZ Street coilovers are an excellent budget option. These are both body adjustable and spring perch adjustable, which means your ride height adjustment and preload adjustment are independent. The EZ Street systems also offer 15-way adjustable damping so you can perfect your ride quality even while riding incredibly low. They offer:
Upper strut mounts with pillow balls
15-way adjustable damping
Body and spring-perch height adjustability
Wide range of height adjustability
GODSPEED Project Mono-SS Coilovers:
The GODSPEED Project Mono-SS mono-tube adjustable coilovers are similar to the Megan EZ Street coilovers in that they offer adjustable damping, body-adjustable and spring perch adjustability, and polyurethane bushings for reduced suspension deflection. These are designed for everything from street driving to some moderate track use due to the high-viscosity index race oil in the shock tubes. For under 700 bucks, you can effectively lower your car on suspension designed to handle it without sacrificing ride quality and gaining a significant amount of adjustability, which makes this one of the best ‘bang for your buck’ coilover options on the market. They offer:
16-way damping adjustment
Polyurethane mount bushings
Spring perch and body adjustability
Monotube shock design
JOM BlueLine Coilovers:
JOM BlueLine coilovers are one of the better options on the lower end of the budget that gives you what you need to lower your car safely and comfortably. They don’t offer as much adjustability since they are fixed damping and not independently preload and height-adjustable, but for a fixed solution at the price point, they’re hard to beat. If you are between replacing your suspension with stock parts or going with a complete system that will offer better handling, equal ride quality, and better looks thanks to up to 2.36” of a drop in your ride height, these are your pick. They offer:
Half the price of similar coilovers at the same quality
FK Streetline Coilovers:
For some of the most height adjustability range at one of the lowest price points, FK coilovers are an excellent option. The range listed states they can lower a vehicle up to 2.75” but FK says they can typically go lower. If you want to slam your car on struts that are designed for that ride height, as well as including extended sway bar end links to eliminate sway bar binding, then FK is your best choice. Again, for the price, they’re excellent, but they don’t offer much more than height adjustability. They offer:
Up to almost 3” of ride height drop
Includes extended sway bar end links
Solo-Werks S1 Coilovers:
For slightly more money than the previous two options, Solo-Werks coilovers favor quality over price while still offering the ride height and ride quality you need for a lowered vehicle. They’re designed for 1-2.25” of lowering but also incredibly durable. For something you drive year-round, especially in salt, these are likely your best bet. While they don’t offer damping adjustment or independent preload adjustment, they’re zinc coated and well-constructed for high durability. These offer:
High quality construction for the price
Up to 2.25” of height drop
Linear spring rate
Progressive bump stops
Based on your needs, there are likely at least one or more sets that fit your needs and budget. In my experience, it is better to buy what you need the first time rather than making your decision based on price. However, with some of these options, you can get the same capabilities as high-dollar coilovers without spending as much as even a set of dampers and springs. The most important thing is to decide exactly what adjustment abilities you need and buy the set that fits that description. If you know whatever you buy is going to stay the same height and same damper settings, you can go for a fixed set and save the money since you won’t be using them. However, if you know you will change your height but don’t want to change your preload or might need to change the damper force for different driving conditions, then you should look at a set of coilovers that offer those abilities before you consider buying based on price. Regardless, we’re here to help. If you have more questions, our sales staff are knowledgable and can help you achieve your goals without making extreme financial sacrifices.