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Old February 3rd, 2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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Tanabe Sustec Pro SS II Coilovers

This spring, I'm gonna do new suspension and new wheels... not telling anyone what the wheels are. :x

Suspension I'm interested in:


Tanabe Sustec Pro S-S II $1,000 8kg/4kg
http://www.horsepowerfreaks.com/View...ro_S-S_Type_II

Anyone have it? The spring rate seems kinda weak, considering my F2s are 12k/6k. I'm prob gonna do new wheels first, but right now the F2s aren't cutting it for me, and I don't like how impossible it is to lower and raise ride height, so eventually I want a diff set of coilovers.

These say they lower 2 3/8 to 4" which is right up my alley, because I'd like to be about 2.5" down in the winter and around 3.5" down in the summer.

Anyone know much about these? I mean I could play it safe and go with TEIN SS, but I wanna try something a little diff.
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Old February 5th, 2010, 11:05 PM   #2
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are you sure they still make it? cause on tanabe's website, they arent on there anymore.
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Old February 10th, 2010, 01:58 PM   #3
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Not sure. Some other stores just may have them in their inventory still.
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Old February 10th, 2010, 02:09 PM   #4
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have you thought about d2 or ksport? those are pretty good also, cant believe you dont like f2 though, are they type 1 or type 2
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They're Type I, and they're a decent set of coilovers. I don't care much about having damper adjustability, but the inability for me to raise/lower the car without taking the wheels off really sucks, and the F2 Type Is don't seem to be dampened correctly.

I wouldn't give up the F2s for D2 or Ksports, because if I end up getting a new set, I'd want something Japanese, not Chinese.

I may just save up for some JIC FLT-A2 coilovers, because I hear those are worth every penny.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 10:57 PM   #6
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Tanabe Sustec Pro SS IIs are supposed to be pretty nice. I haven't seen anyone with them in person but from what I've heard, they're similar to the way that Tein SS coilovers ride. They are similar in construction and spring rates so they should be nice and smooth. Honestly Trev if you want something else it wouldn't be a bad idea to just get these. Those JICs are the same overall as your F2s so the adjustments on them wouldn't be easy for you. That is definitely one added plus to my coilovers.

Having a smooth ride isn't a bad thing too. I'm happy that my Teins are nice and smooth sometimes, I just wish they were stiffer too.



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Old March 22nd, 2010, 08:04 AM   #7
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Thanks for the input. AMR 10k/8k are also on my list now. I don't think Tanabe makes these S/S coilovers anymore, so I may be out of luck with these. Are the Tein SS pretty soft? I'd want something affordable now since I had to have my transmission worked on recently but something that's not soft and not too stiff. I had to have some solenoids replaced, so now I'm gonna be out a lot of money, so my price range may drop to sub-$1,200. That's why I'm also considering Megan Racing and Tein SS and still AMR if I can spend that much.

Tein SS now go for sub-$1,000, but 7/4 seems a little weak. http://www.raceinspired.com/p-2546-t...1998-2002.aspx

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My Teins are pretty comfortable but they're definitely stiffer than stock. You might like them, they're not too bad. I just wish they were a little more firm. Stay away from Megans, they're Taiwanese, and the valving is all messed up on them.



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There was a set of used JIC FLT-A2s on eBay last week that didn't get a bid at $550...
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dang, really? I'll check that out. I guess I would care more about proper valving than ease of lowering. ... and thanks, Doc, for the tip about Megans.

Just looked... couldn't find it, but I ran across these... http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Black...#ht_1450wt_939

WTF are those? lol
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*cough* AMR *cough*
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Trevor if you haven't heard of them they came from China or Taiwan. lol



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I wasn't aware there were any coil-overs you could adjust without removing the wheels, haha
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dang, really? I'll check that out. I guess I would care more about proper valving than ease of lowering. ... and thanks, Doc, for the tip about Megans.

Just looked... couldn't find it, but I ran across these... http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Blackworks-SS-Coilover-Kit-98-02-Honda-Accord-SS-HD05_W0QQitemZ120506948876QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotor s_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item1c0ec61d0c# ht_1450wt_939

WTF are those? lol
Here's the ended auction, I'm sure the seller (with 100% feedback) will re-post them soon. Maybe they aren't FLT-A2s, I just assumed...but they're probably worth well over the $550 they were asking.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/JDM-H...Q5fAccessories
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I wasn't aware there were any coil-overs you could adjust without removing the wheels, haha
i didnt had to remove my wheels when i had my TEIN Basic.
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Those are not FLT-A2s/FLT-ARs.

Those look like FLT-A1s.



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i didnt had to remove my wheels when i had my TEIN Basic.
To adjust the ride height? Or just the dampening?

Even with the Ksports you have to remove the wheel to change the ride height. Obviously the dampers you just twist the top part under the hood.
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You can adjust the ride height without taking the wheels off with Tein Basics or Super Streets.



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Old March 22nd, 2010, 01:21 PM   #19
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... Kevin's right, and that's what I'd like to eventually be able to do, but obviously proper valving is more important.

So, the only coilovers you can adjust without taking off the wheels would be Tanabe, TEIN, KW, or AMR??
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AMRs are like most coilovers with a lower adjustment mount so if you want convenience it'll pretty much be Tanabe or Tein for affordable adjustment, or KW for a nice baller setup.



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Is KW worth the extra money over TEIN or Tanabe for my use? I'd just want something soft enough for the streets but stiff enough so my fenders don't rub. I plan later on to roll the fenders whenever I get new wheels, but in the meantime, I wouldn't want them rubbing like crazy b/c of less stiffness.

I'd be going from 10k/6k to 7k/4k if I switched to TEIN SS.
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For the price of KWs, you're much better off ordering a set of AMRs. What wheels are you thinking of getting Trevor?
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 08:59 AM   #23
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It's a surprise, but the width/offset would be 18x8.5 +30 if that will fit. +38 if the +30 will not fit.

Idk if TEIN SS would be too soft that a bunch of rubbing would be goin on.
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It's a surprise, but the width/offset would be 18x8.5 +30 if that will fit. +38 if the +30 will not fit.

Idk if TEIN SS would be too soft that a bunch of rubbing would be goin on.
Oh alright, just seeing if you were moving up to 19s yet. 8.5 +30s should work out nicely on your car.
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I could never move to 19s haha, too many potholes around here and my car doesn't have an aggressive enough lip kit to look good with 19s IMO.

I really like 18s on my car. Thanks I think so too... I know Roger had TEIN Basics and 8.5 +39, and I don't think he had much rubbing. Idk if he rolled the fenders or not though.

All I can say is that the wheels I want are Japanese and expensive, not that rare, but I really like the look of them, and they have decently deep lips, 2.5 inches. I'm also hoping to get new retrofits (will prob come first), because I tried resealing my current ones, and they still are allowing moisture in. I'd get the new ones brand new this time. Don't wanna get used again, too many condensation issues. But hey, it'd be cheaper, because my Philips bulbs and your Denso slims are still holding strong.
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I don't think you'll need to do much fender work for those to work, but I guess it all depends on how low you are as well as your camber settings. At 8.5 +40 my front wheels were rubbing against the plastic fender liner, but you have 10mm more clearance so it may not be an issue.
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that's what I was kinda thinking... maybe going farther out, I'll have less issue. It's only the rears that rub for me right now and they only rub on occasion and lol I have 7.5 +42 right now. I'm not running much camber, but I do have a camber kit in the rear if I need to run camber. I know a guy here who does fender rolling, but he's always super busy. I think I should not be such a worry-bug and just roll with whatever new coilovers and new wheels gives me and make it happen. I'm kinda leaning more towards TEIN SS now. haha cause I'm using my car as a DD anyway, never gonna take it to track, just want it to look sharp.
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that's what I was kinda thinking... maybe going farther out, I'll have less issue. It's only the rears that rub for me right now and they only rub on occasion and lol I have 7.5 +42 right now. I'm not running much camber, but I do have a camber kit in the rear if I need to run camber. I know a guy here who does fender rolling, but he's always super busy. I think I should not be such a worry-bug and just roll with whatever new coilovers and new wheels gives me and make it happen. I'm kinda leaning more towards TEIN SS now. haha cause I'm using my car as a DD anyway, never gonna take it to track, just want it to look sharp.
TEINs should be fine if you can get a good deal on them. Yeah, stop worrying and just make it happen.
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They're running sub-$1,000 which is great!
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