What suspension set up are people using?
06-13-2017, 11:30 PM
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What suspension set up are people using?
looking to see what suspension people are running be it coilovers / shocks & springs or both.

currently have KYB new SR series shocks and springs all round. wanting to get the car lower and to handle a bit better. Car Isn't a daily driver. used for back roads and track use.
I've had BC on my Beams Celica and St205. a lot for the money but pretty hard even on the softest setting and nightmare to adjust once they where on the car for anymore than 3 months. I've also had Cusco on my Glanza which I cannot complain about.

So what's about and what are people using? is it best to go for all one make or go for custom set up with different shocks and springs? go for inserts at the front?

I'm not wanting BC if I can help it. don't mind cutting and welding for inserts.
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06-14-2017, 02:06 AM
Post: #2
What suspension set up are people using?
TRD all around the car on mine. They're the short stroke version. Very happy with the setup.
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06-14-2017, 08:22 AM
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What suspension set up are people using?
No idea what to find mounted under the car as I had other priorities first, but I suspect to find stock springs with stock shocks. Big Grin

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06-14-2017, 10:07 AM
Post: #4
What suspension set up are people using?
After the stock setup I first switched to Tokico HTS long stroke inserts with Apex springs (only about 35mm lower). Wasn't too happy with the springs but still a decent setup. Then I switch to Shockworks coilovers (based in Australia) and never looked back, the matching of the dampers and springs is excellent. Spring rates are in the 6/4 region so not too harsh but not soft either.
For what's it worth iirc BC offers a soft sprung version now for the AE86 I'm not shure how good the dampers match though.

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06-14-2017, 10:08 AM
Post: #5
What suspension set up are people using?
(06-14-2017 02:06 AM)decryphe Wrote:  TRD all around the car on mine. They're the short stroke version. Very happy with the setup.

Whats the deal with short stroke? Is that just for inserts for OEM units?
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06-14-2017, 03:29 PM
Post: #6
What suspension set up are people using?
Pretty much what it says on the tin. The damper has a short travel, therfore you can't use too soft springs without risking to bottom out. Also the front strut (due to the damper cartridge being a lot shorter than the original design intended) needs to be customised in most cases to fit them and not make the travel range even shorter than it already is.

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06-19-2017, 02:46 AM (This post was last modified: 06-19-2017 02:52 AM by oldeskewltoy.)
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What suspension set up are people using?
I'm running the hts long stroke (model 112), with custom springs - roughly 6/4.

As to suspension - my LCAs are about 13mm longer(adjustable). In addition I'm using most of a TRD bushing kit.

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06-20-2017, 12:58 AM
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What suspension set up are people using?
I've been in talks with meisterR suspension in the UK and they are going to start making coilover units for the 86. They are looking at a 6/4.5 spring rate once corner balanced and testing. I believe they are starting production with the as of now.
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07-06-2017, 05:26 AM
Post: #9
What suspension set up are people using?
I'm sticking to fixed perch at the moment. We can't do any major modification to cars registered with Historic plates around here, so no coilovers for my 86, not much lowering, not anything crazy... which hey, it's not that bad now that I think about it because I'm not spending that much money on parts so I can focus on fixing some important things Wink

I'm running the same Koni Sports / Apex springs it had when I bought it. Not that I'm unhappy with that combo for the use I put on the car, but I'd like to do some research eventually -limited to the fixed perch / full stroke setups, of course.

Maybe I should just find me some nice springs to pair with my Konis, as the Apex springs always seemed like the weakest link in the chain to me. It doesn't help that I can't find much info on them, either...

But they're OK, a little firmer than stock and definitely good for learning the car and having fun.
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