The installation of my Öhlins dfv coilovers was a gift from my wife for my birthday. The coilovers themselves were a gift to me…from me 😀
A couple weeks ago I got it in my head that my suspension wasn’t adequate. I’d remembered just how unhappy I was with the shitty coilovers on my STi, but read plenty of reviews of these saying they actually improved the ride compared to stock. Armed with my trusty credit card, I ordered the set from HP Autowerks. I had a moment of panic remembering that horrible set on the STi and fired off a message to Harold@HPA asking what do if I just wanted to skip the coilovers and do the full M3 suspension swap. In short? He said it’s just not a good idea on the stock runflats and that I’d definitely be happier with the coilovers for now, assuring me the M3 suspension swap would be a better idea once I burned through the runflats. Crisis mitigated, but not entirely quelled. I was worried I was making a mistake the entire drive up last Friday.
With all that on my mind, we set out at 7am.
I got to the shop at 9am on the dot, dropped off the keys, took a look at my coilovers sitting on their workbench, and off we went to bum around downtown Santa Barbara. 4 hours later we dropped in to check it out. First thing I noticed was the car looked like it was dumped even though it was only dropped 3/4″. Damn it!
These things are \sooo nice\
They’d taken my car for a ride after getting the height dialed in so the springs could settle and they could pick a good base setting for the dampening. It was so nice to hear that come from someone who didn’t necessarily know I was there. When the shop guys like the gear, you know it’s good stuff.
Another trip to downtown and 4 more hours later my car was all done, we were packing it up, and heading off.
I’m afraid of driving your car now. I don’t want to scrape it.
She can be too cute sometimes. Truth is, the car clears everything about as well now as it did before the lowering. The suspension is stiffer, yet it’s somewhat more compliant in a lot of ways while eradicating almost all signs of body roll. The car is just a joy to drive now.
My alignment yielded some disappointing results:
- front camber: -0.5L -0.5R
- rear camber: –1.5L -1.5R
- toe: just a little toe in all around, which I didn’t mind at all
That’ll work for now, but I’m definitely grabbing the M3 front wishbones and likely the Dinan camber plates (as much because they’re simple and cheap as anything else) for that extra degree or so of front camber I’m looking for.
These coilovers give you the worst kind of god complex. As it stands right now, the ride is fabulous and I can’t see where stiffer sways would be any benefit.
If you’re on the stock runflats, get these coilovers, leave the sways and wishbones alone, and remember that grinning stupidly driving your car for a couple hours at a time will leave your face sore.