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RobertJ

Advice: S14/15 suspension, NOT coilovers

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Hi,

 

I've spent MANY hours on the forums trying to determine what way forward with regards to what type of shock absorber I should get for my S14.

 

A number of similar themes kept reoccurring in my search.

 

One being that if you are able to afford Bilstein, do so. I have rung Bilstein's contact in Australia, and they have said they do not do a shock absorber for the S14/S15. I even gave them a part number that I found on the internet, but still no success. I've tried to find out if the rumours about 300sx and EVO Bilstein shocks fitting S14/15 are true, but unable to get certainty on that.

 

I know that there is a Bilstein shock that fits the S14/15, - as SYDNEYKID a few years ago on the forums developed/made/sold a suspension kit for some Skylines and S13/S14/S15's. I've driven a few Silvias with these shocks and setups, and I felt they were quite good.

 

A number of quality posters have recommended quality springs and shocks over coilovers to people in my situation. For my application, I agree.

 

MY CAR: S14 ADM, was completely stock and 1 owner till when I bought it 3 years ago.

 

POWER: stock turbo, basic powermods(FMIC, Walbro, 3", hiflow cat etc) 174rwkw

 

CHASSIS: Quite a few custom chassis strengthing mods, including power brace, welded on fender braces, rear subframe brace etc etc, and strut brace.

 

SUSPENSION/STEERING: S15 stock struts with stock but 35mm lower front springs (yes, cut..... I know). Solid rear subframe bushes, whiteline front swaybar. I also hade some custom castor/camber tops made to suit struts, NOT Coilovers. This being another reason wanting to stick with struts and not coilovers.

 

The rollcentres and bumpsteer have been corrected close to stock after lowering.

 

As it stands, I'm OK with the mild power, and the chassis/geometry changes make it easy and safe to drive.

 

I just want to get rid of the somewhat floaty feel of the shocks, and help it stick better, but still having a compliant and gentle ride. (I sold my racecar to buy this car as a livable daily driver, spending a fair bit of time in the car each day).

 

Keen to hear what shock/spring combos other people have used, and their reviews of them.

 

I have had KONI shocks in my racecar, and when adjusted, where OK. But again haven't found info on this with regards to the S14/S15.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Rob

 

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Bilstein and Pogressive Eibach springs + 24mm front anti roll bar & 22mm rear anti roll bar..

 

Note, springs are one thing, however it's the shock absorber that makes up the comfort too.. for a street car you cannot beat progressive springs tied in with Bilstein shocks.

 

Some will argue getting soft spring rate coilovers, however you need to remember the valving done was to match stiffer springs, so your ride would be firm/harsh as shit.

 

if you're running staggered wheels, I suggest going to 24mm rear anti roll bar to balance out the understeer.

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Also have a full set of kyb damper adjustable struts that are in excellent condition, not as good but cheap if you want them.

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Heasmans if you need Bilstein information.

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I got the kyb agx adjustable struts and aruora/industrial springs in my s14. Very comfortable drive, especially on sa roads. Everyone that has jumped in has commented on the feel, stiff but not too stiff. Thicker sway bars and strut braces make it handle very well too.

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Heasmans if you need Bilstein information.

Thanks rusty1, but it was Heasmans that I rang, and it was Heasmans who said they don't do shocks for S14/S15. :/

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I'm in the exact same situation Robert J is in. If anyone has a set of kyb, koni or bilsteins they want to offload . Please do pm me.

 

Cheers

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