Originally Posted by Woody17
I do quite a bit a miles and i've heard that when people lower their car they usually in the long run end up going to coilovers because the stock shocks are shot. Around how many miles would this happen (mostly hwy) if you put on lowering springs (car fairly new).
My question is do i just do springs and deal with the shock issue when it comes...or save up forever to get coilovers. Don't say "go coilovers" cause duh...everybody wants them.
Sounds like you're in the situation I was a couple of years ago. I purchased and installed some Tein S.Techs, on stock struts. I rode with the springs for 1.5 years (40k+ miles) , but the struts failed at about the 8-10 month mark, so I had about half the time on okay struts, and the rest on blown struts. On blown struts the ride was miserable, I could hear them clanking around, and there was no shock absorption at all, it was just like riding on some springs that happened to be mounted to solid steel struts.
When the time finally came to replace the struts, it came time to make a decision. I did not really want to reinstall struts (compressing the springs is a bitch), so I looked around for a set of lightly used coilovers. Turned out I could get some coilovers for ~$500 shipped, while I could get some struts (+install) for about $350. I then saw what I could sell my springs for ($125-$150), so when it came down to it, it was easy for me to jump to coilovers, as they were essentially equal to the cost of new struts (Coilovers: $500-$150=$350. Struts: $350 [parts+install]).
For the time being, it cant hurt to just go with the springs to start out with, the struts will fail sooner or later, highway driving or not (I commuted 50 miles a day ALL highway, and mine still failed). Coilovers maybe better in the long run, but only if you actually care to have adjustable ride height and dampening. If not then springs are just fine.
Hope that helped a bit, feel free to PM me or reply here if you have any more questions.