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    Thread: stupid cheap raceland coilovers

    1. 04-24-2012 04:58 PM #1
      anyone have experience with these? they seem super cheap, wondering if anyone has them, i suspect they may be new.

      http://www.racelandus.com/coilovers/...lover-kit.html

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      04-24-2012 06:16 PM #2
      One of my friends got them, they're pretty good and I will get them soon. Has 2 year warranty so you can always replace what's wrong....have you got them?

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      04-24-2012 07:18 PM #3
      I'm getting Raceland's too. My buddy has the ultimos on his MK3 and they don't ride half bad, they also go stupid low. I plan on being stupid low so the cheaper the better especially because I'll be buying a skid plate and control arms at the same time and doing it all at once.
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      04-24-2012 09:05 PM #4
      I just got a set today. I had them on two previous cars. Good product for the price. Don't expect them to ride like 1000 coil overs and you won't be disappointed.

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      04-25-2012 09:52 AM #5
      yeah you really do get what you pay for.
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    6. 04-25-2012 11:07 AM #6
      okay so i know someones gonna tell me to search but what will i have to replace when i install new coilovers, my car has 220k miles on it btw...

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      04-25-2012 11:20 AM #7
      Upper and lower strut mounts, bearings and bolts and possibly control arms

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      04-25-2012 11:35 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by passatv6AF View Post
      Upper and lower strut mounts, bearings and bolts and possibly control arms
      This. I can gaurentee you'll mangle some CA's when you do it.

      Plus, if you go 'stupid low' on a B5 without adjusting camber in the front with adjustable CA's you'll be going thru tires too. Possibly CV boots too....

      I'm going to raise by wagon UP this season and use it as a regular car since it really doesn't like to be lowered....
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      04-25-2012 02:24 PM #9
      i believe that Rokkor and Racelands are the same thing... i've been riding on a set of Rokkors for over a year now with no issues and the ride isn't bad. they didn't have a B5 kit for a while, so they use to take custom orders that they pieced together using compatible parts from other kits.

      my only complaint is that the metals they use for the struts get ugly, fast... but you get what you pay for. anytime i post about these now, i recommend that you give the struts a good protective coating to help maintain them.

      my oem upper strut mounts looked good when we installed them, but i think it's time now. i'll be cleaning them up and painting them when i do the upper mounts.
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      04-25-2012 04:20 PM #10
      A friend of mine road on his racelands for about 4 years before he sold his car. They were still in good shape, not great, after those 4 years. I should mention that the car was in New Hampshire and he did drive his car through the winter, regularly.

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      04-25-2012 04:28 PM #11
      you don't know a good suspension til you try one.

      on the same passat, i've run kyb gr2's, koni yellows, weitec-based ST's, KW-based ST's, and air suspension with kit dampeners.

      currently on the KW-based ST's (same as KW V1, but without stainless bodies, got them for free) and I like the ride. it's smooth, a little bouncy due to how low I am (rears maxed out, fronts 3/4" thread left), but worlds better than the rest. the konis were the stiffest, and didnt last that long. the KYB's blew out in under 1000 miles.

      just installed HPA SHS coils (KW V1's with blue springs instead of yellow) on the wife's mk5 and they ride even better than the passat. might be because it's 3" higher than mine, so i suppose i could raise mine up if it were that big of a deal.
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      04-25-2012 10:30 PM #12
      Does anyone have any pictures of there Passat with Racelands on it? I am about to purchase a set and would like to know what they look like.

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      04-25-2012 10:47 PM #13
      It looks like a lowered passat.... the brand of coilover makes literally NO difference to the look save for a couple brands that don't go as low. You will likely run out of threads before you run out of ground... at least on the front.
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      04-25-2012 11:17 PM #14
      Racelands will go pretty darn low. I believe around 3 inches if I'm not mistaken. That's crazy low and cheap for the price with that killer 2 year warranty )) YYYYYEEEEEEEE.........BUUDDDYYYY!

    15. 04-26-2012 11:01 AM #15
      Glad to hear i got good reviews about them, im a broke college students so I know im getting what i pay for, still the ride should be better than it it now, car has 220k miles on it and im pretty sure the shocks havent been replaced....

      should be ordering them in the next week and whenever theyre installed i will certainly post pictures

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      04-26-2012 11:13 AM #16
      If you cringe and close your eyes every time you see a bump or pothole you cant avoid, then the ride will be similar, if you dont, then your in for a bit of a surprise
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      04-27-2012 04:06 AM #17
      honestly ill say thats how any super low car rides. if its that low you probably already were ready to sacrifice comfort for looks.

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      04-29-2012 03:25 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Bigman1226 View Post
      Does anyone have any pictures of there Passat with Racelands on it? I am about to purchase a set and would like to know what they look like.


      ive got about an 1 1/4 inch of threads left in this photo

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      04-29-2012 05:14 PM #19
      Just ordered a set!!! Can't wait )

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      04-29-2012 10:39 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by john prusinski View Post


      ive got about an 1 1/4 inch of threads left in this photo
      thank you

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      04-30-2012 09:49 AM #21
      here's a recent pic of mine:

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      LOVE THEM FOR THE PRICE!

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      05-13-2012 11:04 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by passatv6AF View Post
      Racelands will go pretty darn low. I believe around 3 inches if I'm not mistaken. That's crazy low and cheap for the price with that killer 2 year warranty )) YYYYYEEEEEEEE.........BUUDDDYYYY!
      Cheap price to pay for wrecking your spine in a horrible riding car.
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      05-14-2012 11:13 AM #24
      i havem on my B5.. dont listen to the haters, go low cheap. BUT they are DEFINITELY not the quality you get from some of the higher end stuff.

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      05-14-2012 03:54 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by koidragon1980 View Post
      here's a recent pic of mine:

      Very nice. I didn't end up installing mine this past weekend bc I blew a drive shaft. So hopefully this weekend. Do u have ur fenders rolled??

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      05-14-2012 04:30 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Bigman1226 View Post
      Very nice. I didn't end up installing mine this past weekend bc I blew a drive shaft. So hopefully this weekend. Do u have ur fenders rolled??
      not yet. i'm still deciding on what size spacers i want to go with. the angle of that pic and how i've got the wheels turned makes it look closer to the fenders, but i've got no rubbing issues right now.

      thinking 10 or 12mm all around and rolling the fenders just to be safe.
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      05-14-2012 11:24 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by koidragon1980 View Post
      not yet. i'm still deciding on what size spacers i want to go with. the angle of that pic and how i've got the wheels turned makes it look closer to the fenders, but i've got no rubbing issues right now.

      thinking 10 or 12mm all around and rolling the fenders just to be safe.
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      05-15-2012 12:15 AM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by koidragon1980 View Post
      not yet. i'm still deciding on what size spacers i want to go with. the angle of that pic and how i've got the wheels turned makes it look closer to the fenders, but i've got no rubbing issues right now.

      thinking 10 or 12mm all around and rolling the fenders just to be safe.
      I have 10mm in the front and 25mm in the rear

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      05-15-2012 10:05 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Bigman1226 View Post
      I have 10mm in the front and 25mm in the rear
      25mm at the rear is too much poke for me. i test fitted 15mm at the rear for a day and saw just a slight bit of markings from some minor rubbing when going over bumps. keeping my current wheel/tire setup (no stretch), i think 12mm would be the closest i can get without any rubbing issues. i'm just not sure if the fronts should be 10mm or 12mm. if i can roll the fenders and swing the 12mm fronts without issues, then that will probably be the direction i go.

      she's my daily driver, so i'd rather not constantly ride around worried about rubbing eventually shredding a tire.
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      05-15-2012 10:09 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by VRDubssat View Post
      lower it^^^^^^^^^^^^
      honestly, i already have moments on certain bumps and uneven pavement surfaces that have given my skidplate a good test.

      i don't like the look of tucking the tires on a static setup (i'll leave that for those that stance on bags), so i would only go a 1/2 inch lower at the most, but it would make my daily commute through nyc a nightmare.
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      05-15-2012 10:59 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by koidragon1980 View Post
      25mm at the rear is too much poke for me. i test fitted 15mm at the rear for a day and saw just a slight bit of markings from some minor rubbing when going over bumps. keeping my current wheel/tire setup (no stretch), i think 12mm would be the closest i can get without any rubbing issues. i'm just not sure if the fronts should be 10mm or 12mm. if i can roll the fenders and swing the 12mm fronts without issues, then that will probably be the direction i go.

      she's my daily driver, so i'd rather not constantly ride around worried about rubbing eventually shredding a tire.
      What was you wheel set up?

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      05-16-2012 11:57 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Bigman1226 View Post
      What was you wheel set up?
      17x8 Sport Edition KM11. I'm not positive, but I believe the offset is et20.

      the guy I bought them off of used 15mm up front and 20mm in the rear but he had some stretch on his tires and mentioned that they might rub a bit if I used the spacers. i got rid of the 20mm spacers but still have a pair of 15mm. i loved the look with the 15mm on the rear but i didn't like the evidence of rubbing after just a day of driving around nyc.

      oh, and i should mention that my rear offset is not even. the rubbing only happened on the rear driver-side. it seems that my passenger-side sits just a few mm further in than the driver-side. i've been told that the rear axle beam can possibly be adjusted to fix this (probably hit a curb too hard a long time ago). if i can figure out how to properly adjust things, then the 15mm spacers on the rear would probably be the perfect fit I'm looking for.
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      05-16-2012 12:04 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by koidragon1980 View Post
      17x8 Sport Edition KM11. I'm not positive, but I believe the offset is et20...
      i'm finding it hard to get exact specs for those wheels online... i've seen some reference et20 and others reference et40, so i'm not sure which one would be correct. these wheels were popular with the bmw guys. they are getting harder to find now.
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      06-06-2012 10:41 PM #34
      I have a B5.5 1.8t. Just installed my Racelands three weeks ago. Can anyone help me on figuring out why my rear is higher than the front. I have 1.5 turns left on the rear perches and still higher than the front. PLEASE HELP

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      06-06-2012 10:59 PM #35
      Well use up that 1.5 turns that you have left if still high then take out the perches.

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