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Swaybars or coilovers

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Hi guys,

Looking at upgrading the swaybars to the whiteline BNK014 kit. 

Will there be a noticeable handling upgrade while still having stock suspension or should I just upgrade to coilovers?

I’m interested in the MCA blues if I go the coilover route. 

I use my car as a weekend toy with a bit of spirited driving and I wanna take it on a track day maybe a couple days a year. 

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I was having this issue myself a while back Ive decided to go with the swaybars personally. Only because i DD my car and where i drive its unforgiving for stock height itself hahaha. I spoke to whiteline and z1 also, and if youre on stock height you wont need the extra that BNK014 have. Like the drop links. If you do decide to lower the car and go with sway bars then of course get the kit stated above. Hope this helped. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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That helps heaps mate, thanks.

I'll start with the sways and go from there.

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Keep the stock sway bars in case you do upgrade to MCA blue - gives you tuning options

The MCA blue have much higher spring rates (especially at the front) so it's a performance over comfort proposal

You stock shocks are probably rather tired by now so new shocks should be on the horizon

I would not lower the Z as you do end up scraping in many simple situations (frustrating), it's a pretty low car anyway 

 

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Yeah I definitely wanna minimise my drop. I scrape enough going down my driveway as is!

 

Should I budget rear camber arms and camber tops if I do get coilovers?

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Not unless you want to run an aggressive track wheel alignment (which would ruin the tyres on the street)

 

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So after further research I ended up purchasing a set of Tein Flex Z coilovers and will be keeping the stock sways for the meantime. 

My first choice was the MCA blues but got a good deal on the Tein’s so pretty stoked. 

They should arrive end of next week. 

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I had the Tein’s installed today and had time to play with the settings. 

At halfway all round. The car feels a little bit firmer than stock. Very comfortable and not crashy over bumps. 

At two clicks back from the hardest setting, the car’s a bit firmer but not uncomfortable. The cars very planted and extremely predictable. Points really well and doesn’t have much body roll at all. 

I lowered the front 30mm and the rear 25mm and I’m having no problems over speed humps. I’ve changed my angle when I go up my driveway and I’m not getting any scrapes at all. 

Pretty stoked at my purchase😁

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S14, if you can post some pics here or on the fb z page. Im looking for coilovers too, love to see for comparison. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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Sure thing. The car definitely can go lower. I’ll wait till I get new rims to play with the height settings a bit more.

I was able to keep my front and rear camber and toe the same as well. 

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Thats basically what sort of setup id want to go tbh, still looks really smart and nothing ridiculously low for street driving. Have you done any spirited driving yet? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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It’s a small drop but gives the car a better stance imo. Looks better in person too. 

I’ve only pushed it through the streets. I’m gonna go for a drive through the Nash or Putty Rd This weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes. 

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So I took the zed from Pitt Town to Wisemans Ferry. I left the damper settings to 14 all round (16 being the hardest). The car handles amazing. The roads ranged from long sweeps to tighter sweeps, up and downhill and smooth to rough roads.

The car handled everything so easy. It was so neutral, no understeer and oversteer only if you wanted it to. Handling was very predictable and turn in is next level.

One of my biggest complaints with the stock suspension was the fact it got really unsettled when the roads turned rough. A sort of wallowy, over damped feeling. These have all been eliminated. The car remained composed over all of it.

At 6 clicks all round, the car feels a little bit firmer than stock. Still extremely comfortable. At 14 all round the car’s definitely firmer but nowhere near uncomfortable.

For a street setup, I don’t think you could ask for more.

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Aye write 👌🏼. Come around to the next sydney meet up Im keen to see this setup in person Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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