My evaluation of Tanabe GF210 MKI4 lowering springs.
Whats up CL family...
Okay. I got a good deal on a set of Tanabe GF210 lowering springs for the MKI4 Supra. But before I picked then up, I searched CL for some more info on those particular springs. However, there wasn't much info. In fact, it seemed as if there was a sort of bias against that make/model. The majority of post, regarding lowering springs, are about Eibach, H&R, Tein etc.... Don't get me wrong, there are a few post about Tanabe, but nothing major.
So this will be my contribution to current and future CL members that are trying to decide on a set of Tanabe lowering springs.
Here are a few facts about Tanabe's GF210:
The "GF" stands for "Grip Feeling" and 210 is a reference to the type/process thats used to make the springs.
The Tanabe GF210 spring rates are 476lbs/in.F 235.2lbs/in. R
They lower the MKI4 TT 1.2 F and 1.0 R. That's before "settling"
Springs that are made for the MKI4 will lower our SC's +.5 in.
The Tanabe GF210 will lower a SC300/SC400 about 2in after settling.
Everything from this point on is strictly based on my own opinions..
[B][I] Ride Height: I find the height to be very suitable for everyday driving. At first glance, the vehicle definitely has a more aggressive stance. The height is also practical. You will look good without all the issues that come with lowering your car. i.e. tire wear, scrubbing, relocation of wires, fender mods etc.....
Quality of Ride: The ride is very comparable to a MKI4 TT setup. Its feels very sporty. If I had to compare it to another vehicle, I would have to say it rides similar to a M3. (I've had 2 so I know). Your braking performance improves greatly. As well as your off the line and cornering. The car is not bouncy at all. It has a firm feeling not stiff.
great review.. i know the GF springs had great reviews when I was beefing up the suspension to the mazda, however, the drop was only ~1.2 in all around and i wanted something lower... great results on the sc tho
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