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Old 05-27-2009, 11:59 AM
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need 280z suspension kit recommendations

Tokico vs Eibach vs any other suggestions for suspension kits. I drive 20 miles a day over a windy smooth road, (fun), and 20 more on city/highway. I've read a few comments that the spring upgrade makes for a somewhat uncomfortable ride for normal commuting. Seems though that the positives outweigh the roughness. Any opinions? thanks
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:46 PM
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Welcome to ZDriver!

The answer to your question depends on your personal preference. If you want a stock soft ride feeling, get stock struts / springs. If you want a tighter, more performance feel, get performance struts / springs. It's all up to you. Feel free to search as the topic "Tokico vs Eibach" has come up more than once.
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Tokico here. They much improved the handling and ride of my 240Z....and looks cooler too.
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Old 05-28-2009, 05:43 AM
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I have Tokico lowering springs and shocks with all new urethane bushings. It corners like a go kart but the ride might be stiff for some. It makes ***** bounce nicely too. MSA offers a progressive spring that you might consider.
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Any experiences with how significantly the urethane bushings add to the stiffness of the kit?
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:49 AM
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Yep... urethane bushing kits add to stiffness.
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:13 AM
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I did it all at the same time front to back including brake upgrade and strut bars. The hardest and most time consuming was the bushings. Do your how-to first and with the right tools you can do it in a couple week ends if you want to clean and paint. You could do the front one week end and the rear another if you need to drive it in between.
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omg i love the large boob bounce effect. love it love it! as for my i went with arizona Zcar springs. they actually list a spring rate and are cheaper in price but still great in quality.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by johnc View Post
Any experiences with how significantly the urethane bushings add to the stiffness of the kit?
The bushings won't make it any stiffer. It will give you better control when you're watching the ***** bounce out of phase in the turns so watch where your going or leave her home!
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^^^^ holy fake ******* batman!
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:31 PM
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I can hang my keys from there! The TB sucks hard too!
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:57 PM
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Need more pics..... NOW!
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Old 06-09-2009, 02:08 PM
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Don't mean to hijack the thread but when the MOD says more pics I send more pics! Here is Audrie selling my strut bars on ebay. #200348599372

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very nice how much?
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:51 AM
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well... why not?
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:22 PM
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:25 PM
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sharing is caring bro... hope you didn't pay for those twins, and if you did, well, you better be getting the best of everything every night lol.
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sharing is caring bro... hope you didn't pay for those twins, and if you did, well, you better be getting the best of everything every night lol.
Okay, okay, bros before hoes. Next time she pisses me off I'll put her on a plane for IL. You buy the ticket!
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ugh... FINE! haha.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:28 PM
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I have a 1973 240z that I autocross in BSP. I have the Tokico Illumina 5-way adjustable shocks with Tokico springs. I also have the Energy suspension poly bushings and front/rear MSA sway bars. Finally, I have an Autopower roll bar and switch between street and race tyres. So, here's my 2 cents (for free)

Tokico Illuminas & springs - these made a HUGE difference. I cant say they are the best out there, but they do work very well. There is a very noticeable difference between the soft and hard settings and the adjustment literally takes about 5 seconds per shock. It can be done on the spot. The hard setting is very stiff - you risk breaking something if you hit a hard pothole or autocross on a rough surface.

Polyurethane Bushings - These are not easy to install, but can be done without a press. I know this because I installed all my bushings with no press. It's critical to ensure you get the stock bushing out as well as the stock outer sleeve (metal). There are quality posts with pics about how to accomplish this on this site. The bushings are a must if you are going to have quality suspension. Lets face it, 30 year old stock bushings are going to be crap. Replace them. You wont regret it and you'll feel great when you get it done yourself.

The sway bars do make a big difference keeping tires in contact with the asphalt. The rear one made a bigger difference then the front.

The rollbar was amazing. It stiffened the entire chassis and really brought the suspension together. Safety benefits and obvious coolness factor aside, this is a very solid addition to the z car.

Finally, racing on race tyres versus street tyres is going to make a huge difference. Even on a very well setup car race rubber can make a few second difference in an autocross.

All this said, my additions make for a great autocross setup, but very unforgiving daily driver. Good luck!
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ok so i notice the Tokico is pretty popular, is it a pretty made to fit install or will i have to make some adjustments to make it fit, and also any information I could get on some lower control arms front and rear i would appreciate it! thanks.
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