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post #1 of 20 Old 04-17-2016, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
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Raceland Coilovers

I read up a lot about Raceland on various other forums before deciding to give them a try. I got the TC2 coilovers, cost was $369 with free shipping. Here are some quick initial impressions. I'll post more followups later.

The Good
You really can't come close to beating that kind of price with another brand.

The Bad
What you save when buying the product you pay for when installing. Installation took 4x longer than it should have mostly due to fitment issues with both the front and rear shocks. It maybe a Raceland issue or because this kit was for the TC2. I'm leaning towards the former due to the abundant use of spacers everywhere. Clearly none of the parts were made for the TC2, they just took generic parts and slapped on spacers to try to make it work.

The Ugly
Didn't come with instructions. Video on their website said to cut up the stock rear spring insulator as detailed in the non-existent written instructions. Trying to cut that solid piece of rubber was ugly. They really should have just included the part.

The Beautiful
This car keeps impressing me. From the pre-rolled rear fenders to the awesome exhaust and now the suspension. I have the Racelands on the lowest drop and took some quick measurements to make sure things weren't too out of whack for driving. Front camber: ~0.75deg, Rear camber: ~1.5deg, Front toe: ~0, Rear toe: ~0.25in. Amazing. You drop this car 3" and the alignment is nearly perfect all by itself.

So did I regret getting Raceland? I'll reserve final judgment for later, but seeing how sketchy the whole installation kit was I'm not feeling confident about how they will perform.
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Pics of the car and how low it sits? Where did you have to use spacers?

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Very curious... looking at these myself. Any updates?

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Would like to see what the car looks like.
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It wasn't working so I had to reinstall everything. Here's a photo of the front stack with all you parts you need to use. I left out the Raceland supplied spring seat since leaving that in would cause the front to sit higher and it doesn't do anything to help with fitment.



Here's what it looks like put together.



As you can see the Raceland spring doesn't fit the stock spring seat. I read the TC2 has the same issue. Raceland fail.
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I have a tein basis coilovers for tc2. The strut mount for Tc2 is not identical to ours. So I bought a strut mount for tc2 and install them. However, the tc2 oem strut mount have a collar or sometimes they call them steel spacers and our strut mount does not come with one. I installed them without the collar and the tein coilovers made a loud clunking noise. Also the ride was so harsh. I found out the reason why its so harsh and bumpy is because I was missing the collar. I thought if I tighten the top nut it will fit all the way down. It turns out it didn't and the strut mount got rounded. I ended up buying a new strut mount for Tc2 and the collar. Now it works great. The ride is a smoother for a car that is lowered.


Before I found out that my harsh ride from tein can be fixed with a strut collar I already bought the raceland coilovers.


I saw the raceland coilovers and bought one that is for scion xb2. The black coilovers is raceland. The strut mount of scion xb2 is identical to ours and will bolt on perfectly. On the picture the strut mount I used for the raceland coilovers is the oem strut mount.


For about two weeks I was using raceland coilovers in the front and for the rear, I use the shocks. I use the tein coilover springs for the rear. The springs for xb2 will not work on ours because the diameter of the lower spring is smaller.


Raceland coilovers is good value for the money. It has a soft ride. Which is also the problem. It is way too soft that if you lower your car there is a high chance that you will bottom out all the time.

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I have a tein basis coilovers for tc2. The strut mount for Tc2 is not identical to ours. So I bought a strut mount for tc2 and install them. However, the tc2 oem strut mount have a collar or sometimes they call them steel spacers and our strut mount does not come with one. I installed them without the collar and the tein coilovers made a loud clunking noise. Also the ride was so harsh. I found out the reason why its so harsh and bumpy is because I was missing the collar. I thought if I tighten the top nut it will fit all the way down. It turns out it didn't and the strut mount got rounded. I ended up buying a new strut mount for Tc2 and the collar. Now it works great. The ride is a smoother for a car that is lowered.


Before I found out that my harsh ride from tein can be fixed with a strut collar I already bought the raceland coilovers.


I saw the raceland coilovers and bought one that is for scion xb2. The black coilovers is raceland. The strut mount of scion xb2 is identical to ours and will bolt on perfectly. On the picture the strut mount I used for the raceland coilovers is the oem strut mount.


For about two weeks I was using raceland coilovers in the front and for the rear, I use the shocks. I use the tein coilover springs for the rear. The springs for xb2 will not work on ours because the diameter of the lower spring is smaller.


Raceland coilovers is good value for the money. It has a soft ride. Which is also the problem. It is way too soft that if you lower your car there is a high chance that you will bottom out all the time.

So does that mean that you needed to buy Raceland and Tein?

I read your post twice and it confused the **** out of me.
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So does that mean that you needed to buy Raceland and Tein?

I read your post twice and it confused the **** out of me.
Glad I'm not the only one. That **** was confusing and didn't make a lot of sense

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Sorry to confuse people. I was only saying that in order to use raceland coilovers you will need to buy the tc2 strut mounts and the collar or sometimes referred to as steel spacers.

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So how do you feel the overall ride on them is?
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