Progressively wound springs have varied rates of compression to improve handling, the closer the coils, the harder the ride.
Coilovers are the hottest thing in suspension. They are complete spring and damper units which can be adjusted for a rock-hard ride and can sink the ride height lower than you dare go.
Dampers / shock absorbers
Without dampers your car would bounce down the road on its springs - Zebedee-style
|Which way to go...|
|Mr. X works and lives in a big town or city. He wants his
hot-hatch to look low but is on a tight budget. His best option
is to fit lowering springs. This will lower his car, but won't
|Commuting every day on B-roads means Mr. Y needs
better handling to tackle the twisting roads faster. With a bit
of spare cash he can afford to splash out on an adjustable
damper and spring kit. Mr. Y can soften suspension for bumpy
surfaces and stiffen it up for smooth ones.
|Driving on A-roads and track racing at weekends
means Mr. Z requires a low, rock-hard ride. A steady income
allows Mr. Z to buy a set of pukka coilovers for his motor.