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audinewberton
11-04-2014, 05:23 PM
I will be picking up a FWD (go ahead, make fun of me) b5 over the weekend for my girlfriend. I'm looking for a really cheap set of coilovers for it. I checked raceland website because I know they used to sell them. I don't see them listed any more. Are there any other FWD sets for dirt cheap? TIA

SquishyPanda
11-04-2014, 05:38 PM
The JOM's are cheap and... OK. Black Forest Industries had them on clearance for a while for $300, don't know if they still do. In my experience, though, there's only a narrow ride height range where they really ride properly. Too low and they're not stiff enough to prevent bottoming out, too high and the preload makes the spring rate too stiff for the damping. Unfortunately, this ideal range is right at the height where I scrape speed bumps pretty easily so I'm living with the higher-but-underdamped ride height.

Another member around here got super lucky and scored a set of ST's on scratch-and-dent clearance for about the same price as the JOM's. ST has a way better reputation, but they're normally more like $800.

But basically, if you're looking for "really cheap" coilovers, I hope you're not expecting anything very good. I'd recommend a spring/shock kit if it is more important that the car ride/handle well than just be low if you're on a limited budget.

Edit: The JOM's are $500 on BFI now

Mirza.Ramovic
11-04-2014, 05:47 PM
I have the JOM's on my car. They're not bad. I didn't slam or lower my car that low, so there is about 3 inches worth of thread left on the coils themselves.

BTW getting to the rear coils on a FWD is a pain. Front's are super easy to do.

Here are a couple of pics.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/10463936_525734530892145_8283462367034967364_n.jpg ?oh=777ce3fcfaf3104cfaff12381a2526a9&oe=54D2EE19&__gda__=1424048755_b709bf388d37fbd5c583a6e78be180c 7

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10492134_525734380892160_8443977860140274098_n.jpg ?oh=5216266471c9aed706a1a41fae4fa0e2&oe=54F74AD2&__gda__=1424375658_56bef2a1ee38ee6ec0b8260ff078005 5


And here they are on the car. Don't forget to set the spring preload on them..

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/t31.0-8/10679656_579899492142315_5111223742932313471_o.jpg

quattro_sinko
11-04-2014, 05:49 PM
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GrapeBandit
11-04-2014, 06:19 PM
cheap and coilovers are 2 words that should not be combined.

ive said it before, and ill say it again. save a few more bucks and at least go with some st's or whatever

audinewberton
11-04-2014, 06:35 PM
The JOM's are cheap and... OK. Black Forest Industries had them on clearance for a while for $300, don't know if they still do. In my experience, though, there's only a narrow ride height range where they really ride properly. Too low and they're not stiff enough to prevent bottoming out, too high and the preload makes the spring rate too stiff for the damping. Unfortunately, this ideal range is right at the height where I scrape speed bumps pretty easily so I'm living with the higher-but-underdamped ride height.

Another member around here got super lucky and scored a set of ST's on scratch-and-dent clearance for about the same price as the JOM's. ST has a way better reputation, but they're normally more like $800.

But basically, if you're looking for "really cheap" coilovers, I hope you're not expecting anything very good. I'd recommend a spring/shock kit if it is more important that the car ride/handle well than just be low if you're on a limited budget.

Edit: The JOM's are $500 on BFI now
just checked ecs amd the jom bluelines are $399.


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cheap and coilovers are 2 words that should not be combined.

ive said it before, and ill say it again. save a few more bucks and at least go with some st's or whatever
Yes, I know. I'm not looking for anything great, but something that is ride height adjustable. I figure why not get coilovers since 2 out of the 4 shocks are blown on the car anyway?

audinewberton
11-05-2014, 08:40 AM
Anyone have any experience with TA Technix? They make a blue and a red set. They say the red set has better oil in the shocks which leads to a more comfortable ride? Anyone know if there's any truth to that?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TuningArt-Audi-A4-B5-FWD-96-01-Coilovers-Kit-Adjustable-Suspension-TA-Techninx-/291091149868?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Make%3AAudi&hash=item43c662742c&vxp=mtr
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TA-Technix-Audi-A4-B5-FWD-96-01-Coilovers-Kit-Adjustable-Suspension-Lowering-Set-/300894082902?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Make%3AAudi&hash=item460eaf5756&vxp=mtr

Or are the JOM ones better?
http://www.ecstuning.com/Audi-B5_A4-FWD-V6_30v/Suspension/Coilovers/ES1905692/

The spring rates on the TA Technix seem a little on the stiff side, no?

SquishyPanda
11-05-2014, 10:29 AM
None of the other coilovers even bother listing their spring rates so I have no idea how the TA's compare. I wouldn't be surprised if the JOM's and TA's come from the same manufacturer. If the red set had different damping you'd think they'd mention it, especially if they're charging a bit more for it. The only difference they've bothered to list is that the red ones go 5mm lower.