TEIN Coilovers: Basis Z vs Street Advance Z vs Flex Z – Comparison Guide

TEIN Coilovers have gone through changes over the past few years, with TEIN redesigning their full line of coilovers to be more competitive in price and features yet retain the quality and performance that TEIN has been known for.

TEIN had three main coilover lines that they sold, each at a different price point and each with different features, specs and intended use. These were the TEIN Basic Coilovers, TEIN Street Advance Coilovers and TEIN Street Flex. In order to be competitive with competitors releasing coilovers that were at a lower price point, TEIN knew they had to move production from Japan to other countries such as China. TEIN not only moved production out of the country but they also redesigned the shock to be a sealed unit rather than a rebuildable unit. This made it so if the shock was worn, it would need to be replaced rather than repaired. For the most part, this isn’t a big concern, because for the cost to rebuild a shock, you could just replace it with a new one, and that’s the route TEIN took. Their newly revised pillar coilovers were slightly renamed to TEIN Basis Z Coilovers, TEIN Street Advance Z Coilovers, and the still built in Japan TEIN Street Flex Z Coilovers. Below, I’ll go into the differences between each one so you can decide which is right for you.

TEIN Basis Z Coilovers

TEIN Basis Z Coilovers are TEIN’s entry level coilover. Coming at the lowest price point makes this the most popular coilover, but it’s also the one with the least amount of features. Designed to be used by those who are more after a suspension that has new shocks and adjustable height springs but don’t need camber adjustment or damper adjustment. These require that you reuse your OEM top hats. TEIN includes 4 pre-adjusted twin tube shocks that are designed to take the abuse of a lowered vehicle and offer enough shock travel to give you a good price and longer range of performance for the shock. This means that typically this setup would ride more comfortable than a car with OEM shocks and lowering springs. Given that (depending on the application) you can adjust the coilovers from about 0″ of drop to about 5″ max drop, you can really set the car to your liking.

TEIN Street Advance Z Coilovers

The TEIN Street Advance Z Coilovers one up the Basis Z by giving you 16 way adjustable shocks. Still not including top mounts, these coilovers allow you to fine tune the suspension from soft to firm and anywhere in between.

This line also allows the use of an EDFC system which gives you the ability to adjust the damping from the cockpit and not manually. The TEIN EDFC system really comes in handy to make on the fly adjustments and feel the changes real time to really dial in the suspension to your preference.

TEIN Street Flex Z Coilovers

As their most popular top-of-the-line coilover, the TEIN Flex Z Coilovers are still made in Yokohama Japan and are a true JDM coilover system packed with all of TEIN’s technology. This system incorporates the 16 way adjustable twin tube shocks and includes TEIN top mounts. TEIN pre-assembles these (though check pre-load before installing), so these are easier to install since you don’t have to disassemble your factory shock and spring to remove the top mount. Many applications, depending on suspension design, also include front camber plates to give you a full race suspension with plenty of adjustability for anything from the occasional weekend track enthusiast to competition use.

So which TEIN Coilovers are right for you?

Once you decide which coilovers you prefer, check out the Redline360 Store for all of the available applications. Our site has the spring rate and height adjustment range for each part number to help you decide which is right for you. If you’re still not sure, you can ask for recommendations below in the comments. Be sure to state the year, make and model of your vehicle plus the kind of driving you do.

If we missed anything, please comment below!

Video Sound Clip: RSX Type-S with Skunk2 MegaPower R Exhaust

Our customer, Kevin who lives in Hawaii, purchased a Skunk2 MegaPower R Exhaust for his Acura RSX Type-S. He created a video to let us hear how it sounds once installed and we love it! Clear, crisp sound from the K20 and it sounds nice and refined.

This Skunk2 exhaust is a direct bolt on to the 2002 to 2006 RSX Type-S and connects to the rest of the factory system. It’s 70mm for high flow and perfect for naturally aspirated applications. These could fit the base model RSX (non Type-S), but isn’t a direct fit.

A removable silencer is included with the exhaust for those who want to keep the sound level down.

If you are interested in this exhaust, click here for more info: Skunk2 MegaPower R Exhaust Acura RSX Type-S (02-06) 413-05-5110

BMW E92 M3 with a Corvette LT4 engine swap

As a BMW enthusiast, I’m unsure how I feel about this particular engine swap. Yes, the LT4 Corvette engine makes more horsepower and torque than a stock BMW S65, but you’re now rockin’ a BMW that’s no longer BMW powered. What about putting an ESS, VF or Gintani supercharger on your S65 to make the same power, but stay true to BMW? What about swapping in a BMW M5 twin turbo V8? There are plenty of options, but Driftworks went the way of a completely different powertrain and I must say, it’s pretty cool.

The engine bay looks like it all fits pretty well. This engine takes well to power mods when it’s in a Corvette, so I’m sure Driftworks has plenty of room left to increase power even further. With the E92 M3’s wonderful chassis, and the torque of the LT4, his must be an extremely fun and capable car.

What do you guys think of this swap? Would you do it? What swap or power mod would you rather have?

2005 BMW E46 M3 Alpine White with 18″ Satin Black APEX ARC8 Square

I wanted to have a classic look for my future classic BMW E46 M3. After much debate and back and forth, I picked the APEX ARC8 setup. I went with the 18×9.5 square setup with +35 offset front and rear. I was debating going with the +22 offset, which would be a better fit in the rear, but was on the fence if I like the look of the front wheels sticking so far out. It’s a popular fitment, but I think for me, the +35 square worked out better to my liking.

The wheels are strong, light, and not very expensive. APEX has a good replacement policy if you happen to bend one at the track and it was also a big plus that I was able to reuse the OEM BMW center caps.

I shot a quick video so you can get a nice walk around of the car and see how the wheels look with the sun light reflecting off of them. I think I would prefer if the wheels were gloss black, but the satin black is pretty nice.

As a side note, after watching this video I realized I need to lower the rear some! 🙂

What do you guys think?

I love the stance of the car from the front. Now I just need to decide if I want to get the CSL front bumper, or keep the USDM bumper. I like both.

Nice shot of the Redline360 sticker in the sun 🙂

Top 10 Cars Under $10k For Drifting

Drifting is a rush. It takes a sense of adventure, a love of high speeds, driving skill and the perfect car to properly experience the power and the adrenaline you can get from going sideways.

As the sport has grown in popularity, so has the numbers of people looking to own or build the perfect drift car. This also means the ability to own a drift car for cheap has become more and more difficult. It is not easy to get a good car at a good price, but it is not impossible.

If you know what you are looking for, you can find the ideal car for a price that still leaves you enough room to perform some awesome upgrades and mods, allowing you to finally own your dream ride.

To help you out, we have created a list of the top 10 cars that are perfect for drifting that will cost you less than $10k to purchase. Here they are, in no particular order:

AE86 Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is one of the granddaddies of all drift cars. With this popular car, you’ll want to look for a GT-S model (1985-1987, if you can find one). The major complaint with the AE86 tends to be its lack of power and because the car is so well balanced — which is part of its appeal — the available engine replacements are limited. Turbo kits can provide a decent solution but if you are looking for an engine swap, consider the Honda S2000 F20/22A.

This can be an affordable option that leaves you the chance for any mods or adjustments you hope to make. Most owners of this car have found it useful to make early mods to the steering angle, switching to a non-power steering rack with added tie rod spacers.

BMW E36 or E46

E36s and E46s are incredible drifting cars and, thankfully, they also remain incredibly cheap! The suspension geometry is perfect and if the car includes the “winter package,” it will likely also have a limited slip differential, which is a huge bonus.

While they are cheap to purchase, you may have to sink a bit of money into upgrading the factory installed cooling system. And like many German cars, parts can become expensive when the drivetrain starts to fail. But the good news is that you can buy a complete swap kit for a full Mustang drivetrain. It is an expensive swap but you’ll be left with a near perfect piece of machinery that will blow people’s minds on the track.

Nissan 240SX

Look for this classic drift car in the S13 (1989-1993) and S14 (1994-1998) models. Like the Corolla, this one is generally pretty drift ready. The lower end prices for these cars will likely have automatic transmissions in which case, you might want to consider a full pedal swap. But if you are new to drifting or car mods, it is best to let someone with more experience handle this move.

This lightweight car has excellent handling. The chassis balance and the long-ish wheelbase help keep stability during a drift while at the same time making it easier to change directions.

Fox-Body Mustang

Strong V-8 engines and rear wheel drive means you can get a fox-body Mustang sideways in a heartbeat. These cars are also lightweight and have a short wheelbase which makes them easy to handle in a drift. And with over a couple of million sold over the course of their 15-year run, you will not have any trouble getting your hands on one. Parts are inexpensive and easy to find which, again, makes this car an affordable option, especially for a first-time buyer.

Aston Martins

You can get an Aston from the 1990s for next to nothing these days. Known to be a bit of a junk heap, you can purchase them cheap, rip out the drivetrain, add a small block from Ford or Chevy and you’ll be drifting like a boss. Look for a non-running vehicle and use the money you save to build it the way you want.

Mazda Miata

Might not be the toughest car on the list but a Miata MX-5 can be bought for cheap and built into one hell of a drifter. Generally known as an excellent driving car, Miata’s do not necessarily have the power for your purposes but there are many solutions and mods available. In fact, the aftermarket support for this car is incredible which bodes well for any fine tuning you may require.

Fox-Body Thunderbird or Cougar

All of the positives that fit the fox-body Mustang, can be applied to both the Ford Thunderbird and the Mercury Cougar. From 1980-1988 these cars were just basically Mustangs with a slightly longer wheelbase. And because they are not the first car people think of when considering a drift car, they are easier to find than Mustangs. More often than not, you can find a really well priced Thunderbird or Cougar in really good condition. So if you are not able to find a 5.0 Mustang, do not be afraid of this slightly larger car. They have all the same features, and you never know, you might even like these ones better.

Lexus SC

If you are someone who loves luxury and loves cars with all the bells and whistles, the Lexus SC is probably for you. This car was the upmarket version of the killer drift car, the Toyota Supra.

The North American versions of this vehicle did not come with the Supra’s celebrated twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE but it does have the non-turbo version and can easily be upgraded. This is the best choice if you’ve been pining for a Supra but can’t find or afford one. The SC can often be found in good condition and if you went for the six-cylinder, you should have no trouble finding upgrade parts and turbo kits for much less than you would with a Supra.

G-Body Buick Regal

People tend to avoid the g-body cars like the Regal, Monte Carlos, and El Caminos, because they think they are big cars. But the truth is, they have basically the same wheelbase as an E36 and are more narrow than one. The chassis is perfect, it is just the overhangs that make them look big.

These cars are available everywhere at a great price and upgrade parts are just as easy to find. And because the engine bay will hold just about anything, turbo engine upgrades are simple as can be.

Ford Ranger

Sometimes the best car for drifting is a truck. But not just any truck, a compact truck like the Ford Ranger or a Chevy S-10. Perfect for power sliding, pickups are rear drive and lightweight in the back end. All pickups will drift but most are too big and heavy for any competitive uses. With most engines around 300 horses, mini trucks give you everything you need to drift on a budget. In a mini truck, they will never see you coming.

This list is a perfect place to start when looking to invest in a car for drifting that is below $10,000. Did we miss anything on the list? Drop us a line in the comments below ↓

 

Muffler Deletes – What are they and are they good or bad?

Back when performance and modifying your car was just starting, everyone was doing whatever they could for weight loss, performance and sometimes a just a bit of noise and show. There’s many ways to achieve these goals, but some are more widely adopted due to the fact hat they’re inexpensive and easy to do.

One of the easiest and most popular mods that help your car get a lighter is the classic muffler delete. Quite simply, it’s a pipe that bolts in place of the bulky factory muffler and essentially makes your car loud! Factory mufflers, especially on dual exhaust cars and trucks, are extremely heavy and can weigh up to 100 pounds. Most muffler deletes, depending on type of material, flanges and tip size can be up an 80% reduction in weight. That’s noticeable.

Most muffler deletes come with tips that make your exhaust have a modified look. But if you couldn’t tell from the look of the new exhaust, you’ll certainly be able to tell by the sound. Since there are no mufflers, the exhaust becomes really loud.

We always hear people ask is it legal to remove a muffler? Technically, a muffler delete does not increase emissions as it removes no smog equipment. But some cities and towns can have laws against an exhaust that goes over a certain decibel level limit or even just having a modified exhaust at all. We recommend checking with your local laws to find out what’s considered illegal.

Another common question we hear is a muffler delete the same as a straight pipe? 99% of the time, a straight pipe is referring to a catalytic converter delete. It’s a straight pipe that simply replaces the cat. This absolutely is not smog legal, BTW. A catalytic converters job is to reduce emissions while a muffler’s job is to reduce noise.

And of course, everyone wants to know does a muffler delete add power? Just about every modern car has a very efficient oem factory muffler. It’s able to tone down exhaust sound levels while still allowing smooth flow that doesn’t rob much power, if any. So for most cars, the muffler delete will not add any power. Some cars will gain some power, but generally it’s not much, usually under 5 horsepower. However, if you have a car modified for more power, and still has the stock mufflers, then you’ll have more gain.

We thought it might be good to come with a muffler delete pros and cons list.

Muffler Delete Pros

  • Inexpensive when compared to an axle back or exhaust system.
  • Lightweight and a significant weight difference over stock.
  • Perfect for someone looking for a louder exhaust without breaking the bank

Muffler Delete Cons

  • Can drone in the cabine
  • Can be too loud for some

If you have anything to add to his article or if you have any questions about muffler deletes, exhausts or anything for your car at all, please leave a comment below.

Best Sounding Exhausts For A Nissan 350Z

The Nissan 350Z is a killer car for drifting. But as perfect as it is for drifting, it has an unfortunately restrictive OEM exhaust system. Improving performance and function in this area is essential but just as important is making your car rumble and roar with power. If people do not hear you coming, is it even worth showing up?

There are few things in life better than the sound of a fast and powerful car. There are many aftermarket parts available to help you highlight the engine exactly the way you want.

From sweet purrs at low rpms to full-throated roars at top speeds, from all out volume to cleaner, more refined tones, there are so many options to choose from. To see exactly what we mean, take a listen to the beauties in this video:

Here is a closer look at our favorite exhausts from the video.

Invidia N1 Exhaust

If you want to not only drive like a legend but sound like one too, this is the exhaust for you. Engineered to increase horsepower and torque, the Invidia N1 exhaust will improve mid to top end power. With ultra high flow N1 style mufflers, it delivers a throaty purr at low rpms but a full, aggressive rumble when at cruising speeds. Reasonably priced exhaust with a straightforward fitment. Good value AND easy install! Perfect!

Tomei Extreme Ti Titanium Exhaust

For earth-rattling volume and flawless performance, this is an excellent choice. Made from titanium, this exhaust system is strong and durable and will not add extra bulk and weight to your car, allowing you to maintain speed and performance on the track. If you want to truly hear your engine strength and power, the Tomei Extreme Ti Titanium exhaust delivers in a big way.

Spec-D Tuning Exhaust

This exhaust will allow you to hear a full range of sounds from your 350z from a low rumble at low rpms to a full howl when fully opened up. Mandrel bent piping allows for smooth exhaust flow and minimal restriction. This exhaust has the occasional fit problem so unless you have the garage space and the skill set, the install is best left to a professional. The extra spend is a bit of a pain but it will be more than worth it when you open up the throttle and hear it for the very first time.

GReddy SP Elite Exhaust

If your tastes run towards a more refined, sporty sound, give the GReddy SP Elite a try. With a deeper sound than stock and much prettier finish, this exhaust delivers for people who are looking to improve sound and the look of their 350z. It does increase horsepower and torque without reducing drivability but this mod is best for audio and visual improvements, not necessarily for performance gains.

Best Sounding Exhausts For A Nissan 350Z Tachometer of a 350Z, revved

HKS Hi Power Exhaust

This is potentially one of the best sounding exhaust systems on the market. Producing a deep, mean, growl, this system will give you the sound you want without teeing off your neighbors by setting off car alarms up and down the block. A well respected Japanese classic, you really need to hear it to believe it. Just one drive and you will understand why it is so popular. Suitable for both street and race cars, the straight muffler design allows for the flow of large amounts of exhaust. This is one of the more expensive exhaust systems but if you know anything about HKS than you know that the fitment, sound, and performance more than justify the price tag.

Megan Racing OE-RS Exhaust

If you want a beautiful sounding exhaust that really shows off the natural sounds of your engine, this is a wise choice. It is designed to be like the factory installed exhaust but with larger pipes and a high flow muffler. These adjustments improve performance and horsepower while keeping your ride looking sleek. Easy to install, the OE-RS exhaust is perfect for people doing their own mods.  If you are not looking to go over the top in terms of volume or price, start here.

 

Magnaflow Exhaust

For a classic purr, check out this exhaust from Magnaflow. For years they have been known to deliver performance and sound enhancing exhaust systems so this is definitely a name you can trust. This system delivers superior exhaust flow with minimal flow resistance. The superior mufflers will give your 350z a deep and powerful roar. And the best part, this sound is unobtrusive and will not impact your comfort while driving the car. Sounds great without being uncomfortable? Does it get better?

Best Sounding Exhausts For A Nissan 350Z rear end of Nissan350Z

 

APEXi N1 Exhaust

With a strong racing heritage, the N1 will give you the ultimate in dyno power gains. Designed for track use, the N1 is strong and durable and will deliver performance results. When it comes to sound, the APEXi N1 will give you the loud, strong rumble that makes you think of fast and powerful cars. If you are looking for an amplified sound that will turn heads while also improving your horsepower, look no further.

Tanabe Medalion Touring Exhaust

The Tanabe Medalion Touring Exhaust is great if you want a smooth, deep, and clean tone to your exhaust. It displays power without offending the senses. Strong and refined, it is known as the “gentleman’s exhaust.” Powerful but polite! This system is perfect for people who want to maximize power and performance throughout the car while still being able to hold down a conversation when driving it. It is a drivable modification that offers steady low rumbles at a very affordable price.

These exhausts are some of our favorites for showing off the power and performance of your 350z. A big part of driving this car is experiencing the purr of the engine and all of these exhausts will help you experience it to the max.

Have you made mods to the exhaust on your 350z? Which one did you choose?

2019 C7 Corvette ZR1 Dyno Video – wow!

As of just a few days ago, the new 2019 Corvette ZR1 was dyno’d, and the numbers are impressive!

The car is rated at 750 crank horsepower and it looks accurate as this ZR1 ripped the dyno at 668 whp and 644 torque.

The power is amazing for a stock ZR1 and we know that with some headers, exhaust, intake and tune it’ll be making much more. We wouldn’t be surprised if with bolt ons the car can make 800whp.

What a beast!

Eibach Lowering Springs: Pro Kit vs Sportline

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Eibach Lowering Springs are some of the most popular springs on the market – and for good reason. Eibach is the leader on street and race technology with everything from direct replacement lowering springs to high performance coilover springs in various sizes and spring rates.

Of their lowering springs line, Eibach offers two main choices, the Eibach Pro Kit Lowering Springs and the Eibach Sportline Lowering Springs. Many people do not know the differences between the two, so we decided to create this point to easily reference the difference of the Pro Kit vs Sportline.

Eibach Pro Kit Lowering Springs
The most popular amongst Eibach’s offering is the Pro Kit lowering springs. These lower your vehicle enough to clean up a lot of the wheel gap, but are not very aggressive in their spring rates or drop rate. This allows for you to keep your ride quality and be able to use the OEM shocks, usually with no problem for many years (unless if your OEM shocks are old and worn).

Eibach Sportline Lowering Springs
These lower your vehicle more than the Pro Kit and also have stiffer and spring rates. Usually, with Sportline, we recommend to replace your shocks to be able to handled the extra amount of lowering and stiffer springs, but generally many customers use Sportlines with stock shocks with no problems.

Eibach Pro Kit vs Sportline
So while the Sportline lowers more than Pro Kit, they do share some features in common. For example, they both lower your center of gravity, have progressive spring rates, excellent ride quality and a million-mile warranty.

More info
Click here for more info on our offering of Eibach Lowering Springs.

Fortune Auto 500 vs 510 Coilovers – What’s the difference?

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We often get a lot of questions on Fortune Auto Coilovers, but one especially stands out. People ask if they should get the Fortune Auto 500 Coilovers or the Fortune Auto 510 Coilovers.

The Fortune Auto 500 series are built and valved for a street vehicle, that sees occasional track use. They use a Digressive piston which allows for a stiff low-speed rebound force. That helps give better control of driver inputs such as dive, pitch, and roll. At high-speed the suspension is kept subtle when bumps and irregularities come up in the road.

We recommend the Fortune Auto 510 series for track driven vehicles, with to no little street use, as they have a very harsh ride on the street and you will feel every blemish in the road. The 510 series uses the same architecture as the 500s, with different color anodizing, and the internals of the shock are completely revamped. They use a much more digressive piston (Our CFD Piston) and revised shim stacks which gives much greater low speed rebound force than the 500 series. At high speed, the piston is designed to “blow off” when going over any large imperfections or bumps in the road, such as pot holes or curbing on a track, which helps the car remain stable. The 510 series also includes a dyno graph of all 4 shocks, and Radial Bearing Mounts are standard on McPherson applications

Please contact us for any questions on these coilovers and for pricing.