Anyone have experience with tanabe DF210 or NF210 springs?

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    Anyone have the tanabe springs? Either DF210 or NF210? I'm curious how you like he ride quality compared to the stock springs, and how/if you've dealt with speedbumps/pothole issues. I'm considering getting a set, but I'm wondering how low is too low. I also have the TRD sportivo body kit, so I'm trying to weigh in what I can do with that in mind.

    DF210
    Tanabe USA Inc. - DF210 Dress-Up Form Springs
    NF210
    Tanabe USA Inc. - NF210 Normal Feeling Springs
     
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    I also am considering, thoughts and comments please?
     
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    I suppose you would be the best source considering springs + lip kit. Which springs did you go with, and did you see much difference in ride quality or mpg?
     
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    i got the df210 it really good, it feel like stock and not bouncing. it not that low. just copy me donny and get that spring and get 18 inch rim like me and ur car will be a copy of mine !!! hahahahha ill sell u my rims !!!!
     
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    I've got the df210 as well. Ride is pretty close to stock. Although, it seems like the rear is a little bit lower than the front, but that may be due to the weight in the back. I've heard also that the nf210 is not as low as the df210 and has a stiffer spring rate as well.
     
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    I've read tanabe sags in the rear but tein h techs for the nph10 don't drop the rear as much as the front.

    1.4 front drop 1.2 rear
     
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    I installed the Tanabe NF210s.They do feel nearly normal as far as the ride is concerned. Also, I do a lot of dirt backroads in the mountains. I have yet to groundout, so I'd say the ride height is not a concern. Curbs are a problem, however- watch that low front spoiler in town. The springs are slightly lower in the back than the front, but that was how they were from the first. I do not yet detect any sag, although they have less than five thousand miles on them at this point, so I guess that could change as they age. Tanabe's instructions are very minimal, but on the Prius C, they are a pretty straight-forward install. Took me less than a day to install all four plus a Whiteline rear sway bar, and I'm not Jack Mechanic. There are Yaris videos online that will get you very close, with minimal ad-libbing. You will need a spring compressor for the fronts, but not the backs. The backs can be removed by simply jacking the axle, removing the bottom shock bolt and letting the axle drop down with the jack (slowly, of course). The rear Tanabes are shorter than the stock springs, so they slip right in place easily. Fifteen minutes for the rear! (Hours for the McPherson fronts) The springs work great- just the right amount of drop, nealy stock ride. Braking is better, also, since there is now less front end brake dive, due to the lower center of gravity. There was only one minor problem: one back spring squeaks slightly on low speed left turns, if you listen for it. Traced that to a slipping plastic coil wrap, which allows the coils to touch under certain conditions. Adjusting it stopped the noise, until it slipped again. That was my mistake, since I painted the Tanabe's black and the Tanabe glue is not gluey anymore!
     
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    Bumping this thread.

    Reasons to choose the Tanabe's over the Eibach or TRD springs?

    Looking for better handling, but my wife also drives this car so looking for close to a stock ride.
     
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    Just bought TNF168 from autoplicity for $155 total!
    My question is does lowering spring void any type of warranty?
     
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    Quick question: are fronts progressive or single rate? How about rears? thnx.
     
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    Fronts are single rate, rears are progressive


     
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