Looking for the most comfortable coilovers

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  1. jteran5

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    So I'm planning to get a set of coilovers for my gen4. I've had many cars before but never really did the transition to coilovers, usually just lowering springs. But with the prius, I want it to be as comfortable as possible as I do lots of traveling now. I want it as smooth as possible. Or as smooth as I can get with a 1.4-1.5 in drop. I do not plan to slam the car, tires tuck, or anything like that but want to reduce the fender gap while maintaining an almost luxurious ride (or as close as we can get with these econo-buckets).

    I'd rather get a set-it-and-forget-it kind of kit. The Tein Flex-Z looks like they might do the trick but they don't seem that expensive so makes me wonder if it's one of those instances where "you get what you pay for" kind of thing. Other options I saw were Blitz, Cusco, RSR. I really have no experience with any kinds of coilovers so not sure with what I should go with.

    I'm currently on Tein H. Tech springs on stock struts and it's almost perfect except for the larger bumps or coming across uneven divisions in the road 20200412_214539.jpeg

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    Coilovers get you the drop and the cornering but the price of admission is a direct naked sacrifice of comfort, and I've never seen a set that didn't benefit from many hours of testing and adjusting.

    I would never say impossible, but oh man you picked a tough challenge! I'll be following to see where it goes. Good luck!
     
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    I might just have to go with the big name brand that has the softest spring rate.

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    Consider buying secondhand, a lot of guys try coilovers on street cars, drive a week and pull them back off so there is usually a healthy market of barely-used parts.
     
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    Tein Flex A is the way to go! It’s Tein’s latest
    Coilovers - Rides better then stock without the harshness of the Flex Z
     
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    If your interested I have a set of Tein Flex A for sale about 7k miles on them best ride I ever had wife was super happy with it
     

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    I was actually looking at these since they have the softest spring rate. Do you have the electronic controller? To adjust, I think this is the only way to do it without having to remove the strut, correct?

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    Also, mine is the ZVW55. A lot of these manufacturers make specific sets between the regular prius, the awd, and the prime. From what I've seen, the ones for the prime and awd models are interchangeable. In the US, there isn't much support between the different models. They only supply gen4 in general

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    My set was on a 2019 prime an no didn’t get the electronic controller
     
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    I shot you a pm

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    Did you ended up getting the flex A , what your experience with them vs lowering spring For daily driver
     
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    Yes. I did pick up those Flex A coilovers. They are super super comfortable and I'm on the lowest setting. They feel more controlled on uneven surfaces which was my only gripe with the lowering springs. You can control how stiff or soft you want the dampening so it helps out a lot. With the lowering springs, it wasn't uncomfortable by any means but the bumps were a little jarring.

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    That sounds great, I ended up going with flex A and waiting for arrival, you more than confirm I made the right choice thanks for your reply


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    Nice. What model prius do you have? There are some specific ones for the prime and awd models.

    I love them because they had the softest spring rate and the most drop, second only to the RSR I-blacks. RSRs have more drop and but a stiffer spring.

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    My car on the lowest setting. The rears could have gone lower but wouldnt be even with the front.

    I'm on stock 15" tires tapatalk_1635444878410.jpeg

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    That’s a nice drop looks good , I have 3rd gen Prius classic


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