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Hello guys, I recently purchased some Raceland coilovers. They still haven’t shipped; however before they get here I was hoping for some help. Never had a set of coilovers so this is new to me. What would be a good ride height for daily driving and spirited driving? But not enough of a drop to make me scrape. I live on a dirt road that isn’t maintained so I can’t slam it. And how much negative camber are you running? Functional camber! Not here for the stance but for the performance aspect. Thank you for the help!
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For reference I was going to go with the FRPP originally but it was on back order for 3 months and my OE setup is blown so I went with the entry level coilovers. This is the drop on the FRPP. Should I try to match that or is there a better ride height?
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Good choice, excited for you to get them in! Whats great about coils is you can make those changes where as the FRPP is set. Id start with matching that, let it settle for a few days (ive heard suspension takes awhile to adjust and set) and go from there how much lower you want to go. Depending on how much performance vs aesthetic you want to go for, you can also consider spacers since youre running OEM sizes before touching camber.

Its always recommended, make 1 adjustment at a time versus many. You can dial in or adjust to taste that one thing before moving on to something else.
 

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looks good! Next step might be some spacers or wider wheels? Get that fitment tight and itll look so good!
 

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looks good! Next step might be some spacers or wider wheels? Get that fitment tight and itll look so good!
Yessir. That white ST is my buddies, well he said I could get spacers to convert me to 5 speed and use his stock FoST wheels. Any of you running spacers?
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Spacers are a bit dicey, too many horror stories to cheap out. I know a few people recently active on here have been running h&r spacers that have additional lugs (i think theyre running 25mms). Im waiting to get a set of Bora 15mm for the front and 20mm for the rear for my stock SE wheels. Might even want to wait until you throw the Focus wheels on and measure for spacers then.

How do the new coils feel?
 

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Spacers are a bit dicey, too many horror stories to cheap out. I know a few people recently active on here have been running h&r spacers that have additional lugs (i think theyre running 25mms). Im waiting to get a set of Bora 15mm for the front and 20mm for the rear for my stock SE wheels. Might even want to wait until you throw the Focus wheels on and measure for spacers then.

How do the new coils feel?
New coils feel amazing. The whole car feels completely different and I can’t get enough! Now I’m the ******* in my town banging gears 😂
 

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New coils feel amazing. The whole car feels completely different and I can’t get enough! Now I’m the *** in my town banging gears 😂
Thats awesome, I can't wait to get new suspension going, how high did you set your coils to? Seeing that the suspension im getting works basically like coils for the max height. You remember your measurements or just eyeballed it with the stock and just subtracted how low you wanted to go?
 

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Thats awesome, I can't wait to get new suspension going, how high did you set your coils to? Seeing that the suspension im getting works basically like coils for the max height. You remember your measurements or just eyeballed it with the stock and just subtracted how low you wanted to go?
I adjusted once mounted. Dropped the vehicle about 1 3/4” and once they settle it might drop a little more. Kinda eyeballed it and used tape measure
 

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Yessir. That white ST is my buddies, well he said I could get spacers to convert me to 5 speed and use his stock FoST wheels. Any of you running spacers?
I don't typically condone spacers, but having gone through the rigamarole of trying to find 4x108 18" wheels for the t-bird, I understand your interest. I would however say that there are plenty of options in the 4x108 lug pattern with the correct backspacing/offset (+30-35mm) to give a more aggressive look to a Fiesta. Namely in the 17" variety you've no doubt seen a lot of on the FiST's. 15's and 16's are more common still, but less often have those more appealing ~25-35mm offsets and tires are starting to get harder to find. I wouldn't recommend looking for 18's unless you plan on going stance-gang hotboi nonsense, for the simple fact that a 215/35r18 is basically your only option and are not common, not to mention the overall scarcity of 18's in a 4x108.

To support your interest, however, a set of spacers (decent ones) might put you back a few hundred dollars/pounds, but will be a fraction the price of a full wheel/tire package. 5x108's are also a scarcely used lug pattern but found on the newer focus', fusions (and related), older taurus/mondeo, wind/freestar, many volvos, jaguars, MN12 thunderbirds (and related). The common factor here is these all use a high offset (+40 or more). If you plan on changing wheels later down the line and want a more common lug pattern, I would recommend 5x114.3/4.5" as this is the size used on most japanese 5-lug cars, mustangs, panther-platform vehicles, etc.
 

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Don't fear spacers/adapters. I would suggest taking off the wheels and check the torque on them if they're adapters after 100 miles, but then you're good and done. They're really regular on so many things that to say they're a blanket no no is kinda ... odd. Yes, you can buy some cheap crap with horrible quality threads or weak steel that can't hold torque and snaps, but like anything you get what you pay for. I've run them on my supercharged Miata daily and at the track with no problems. Spacers are common in motorsports, they're proven, but garbage is garbage no matter the topic. I know a guy that blamed spacers for wheels coming off his Audi S4, literally, and said it's because they were aluminum yadda yadda yadda... and then we asked if he installed longer studs and he didn't really understand what we were talking about... probably his problem, lol.
 
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