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Old 10-07-2009, 04:37 AM   #1
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Gonna go ahead and put my flamesuit on for this one.

Here's my situation. I'm looking to replace the OEM suspension on my 96 328iC. I can feel the ride getting a bit sloppy and want to firm it up. I will only be using the 328 as a DD until April or so as I will be picking up a P-car then. Once that is done the 328 will be parked and I will be rebuilding the engine for FI (too many miles to safely FI it now) and doing a complete suspension overhaul.

I want something that will last for those few months while I decide exactly how I want to go about lowering my car. The car will not be tracked during this time, at most a bit of spirited driving on the interstate.

I know the VW guys love the Raceland's, but how do you guys feel about them? I have yet to see or hear anything about them being cheap and breaking or just not performing right for daily use. At $300 they're cheap enough that if they do break I can just replace them, but if they're that cheaply made then I would have seen some type of bad review by now.
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:43 AM   #2
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I'd like to know as well. My buddy with a MK4 is saying he is ordering these this weekend, and I just haven't heard good things about Raceland, but have nothing to back it up with.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:02 AM   #3
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If you plan on overhauling the suspension in just a couple months, either save the $300 and just use it for something better, and roll stock for another month or two... or just buy something nice now and don't waste the $300 on something you're going to replace.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:06 AM   #4
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if your looking to only go moderately low then do it, if you want any short of good ride or to go silly low dont do it
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:46 AM   #5
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if your looking to only go moderately low then do it, if you want any short of good ride or to go silly low dont do it
I have them and have had for a while. They ride well and they will go stupid low. They'll go low enough to tuck a 17 inch wheel both front and back.
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:04 AM   #6
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you get what you pay for... they look identical to vmaxx's which ive had for a year and after a year they ride like absolute dog shit
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:19 AM   #7
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you get what you pay for... they look identical to vmaxx's which ive had for a year and after a year they ride like absolute dog shit
Maybe our standards for ride quality are different; I have no complaints.
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:21 PM   #8
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oh we definitely do haha i cant stand driving my daily because of the shitty ride quality, it must be your first set of coils, which would make it understandable.

my daily has vmaxx's, then i put ksports in my orange car and it was huge difference, in every way possible.
plus dampening adjustment is a huge plus.
ive had almost every suspension combo possible.

ive found cheap coils without dampening adjustment have way too much travel to proper stance a car without destroying your fender (yes im a vw guy who fucking hates when people think its cool to destroy fenders)

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Old 10-07-2009, 03:35 PM   #9
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If you're planning on upgrading your suspension later on to higher end coilovers, then I wouldn't get the racelands. No point in spending an extra $300. Just get the better suspension now, or wait until you can afford it. If blown suspension bothers you, you can just get used shocks in good condition for really cheap.
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