The Nissan S14 is an incredibly popular car among all corners of the car tuning world from drift to track and even show car builders.
If you are looking to get the most out of your S14, installing a good set of coilovers is basically a must.
In this guide, I will cover the benefits of installing coilovers as well as give you the 15 best coilovers for the S14 on the market today.
Top 3 Best Coilovers For the Nissan Silvia S14
What Are the Benefits of Installing Coilovers On Your S14?
The Nissan Silvia S14, sold as the 240sx in the North American market (check out our 240sx coilover guide here), is one of the most popular sports cars ever made. It’s light coupe body, front engine rear wheel drive setup and good handling make it an excellent base for a track or drift car, as well as a good looking street cruiser.
While Nissan did a decent job at making the S14 perform well from factory, most S14 owners are looking to get the maximum amount of performance out of their cars, and as such a suspension upgrade is necessary.
While you could go with air bags or lowering springs, coilovers will give you the best combination of handling performance, reliability and adjustability while still giving you a comfortable ride – as long as you pick one of the best coilover brands.
Compared to factory suspension, coilovers are going to give you 4 main benefits:
- Significantly improved handling performance
- The ability to adjust the ride height and set it exactly where you want it
- The ability to adjust damper settings (depending on the model)
- The ability to adjust camber (depending on the model)
Basically, whether it’s a street, show or track car, coilovers are going to allow you to get a suspension setup to suit your requirements and adjust them to be exactly as you need them.
Things to Consider When Selecting Coilovers
When selecting coilovers, there are a few main considerations you’ll need to make in order to get the right kit to suit your needs.
Budget is the primary thing that’s going to dictate your choice in coilover.
The thing to know is that as coilovers get cheaper, they tend to get worse in both performance and ride comfort. Now, there are certainly decent kits in the budget range, and I will cover those here, but none of them are going to be as good as a $2000+ coilover kit no matter what you do.
For street cars, often a cheaper coilover kit that gives a decent ride is going to be more than enough for 99% of people.
But if you are planning to spend significant time at the track, you are going to find that basically no budget coilover kit is going to give you good enough performance, and they probably won’t last too long either.
So you need to be realistic with what you can afford, and what you will get for the money. It may pay off to delay the purchase until you have enough money to get a kit that is going to do what you need it to do.
What You Will Use the Car For
The other main factor to consider is what you will be using the car for.
If you are buying coilovers for your daily driver that won’t be used on the track or might see 1-2 track days a year, it doesn’t really make sense to get a track specific kit that is going to give you amazing handling but will be uncomfortable on the street where you will use it most.
On the other hand, if you are building a track car, or even a street car that will be doing regular track days, you will probably want a kit that has been built to handle the extra stress and wear of track use, as well as the adjustability to tune the setup and provide the extra bit of handling performance you’ll want.
Different forms of motorsport also require different setups, and a grip car is going to have different requirements to a drift or drag car, so this is also something to consider. If you planning on doing all of these, then going for a decent all round setup would be your best choice, especially one that you can upgrade later if you decent to focus on one type of racing.
The Best Coilovers for the Nissan Silvia S14
Now let’s take a look at the best coilovers currently available for the S14.
TEIN Flex Z
In my opinion, this is the best “budget” coilover kit that you are going to get.
Designed as a comfortable street setup that can handle the occasional track day, these feature ride height adjustment by the shock body, twin tube dampers with 16 levels of dampening adjustment, damper oil that is designed to handle intensive driving, and camber adjustable Pillowball top mounts.
TEIN has a very good reputation for building quality suspension and this kit is no exception. They have a special patented powder coat and ZT coating they use to ensure that these will handle even the harshest weather without corrosion or seizing.
These also feature replaceable damper inserts so you don’t need to send your coilovers in for a rebuild. TEIN will also custom valve the replacement inserts to suit your need.
If you are building a street car or daily driver where you want to retain good ride comfort but might do the occasional track day, these are perfect.
To read my full review on TEIN coilovers, click here.
GET S14 TEIN FLEX Z KIT FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
The Riaction GT-1 is a highly customizable and even upgradable kit, and is the cheapest kit I have found that gives you these options.
The GT-1s are designed primarily for street use and feature ride height adjustment by the shock body giving you 1-3 inches of lowering, 32-level adjustable monotube dampers with linear valving for a little bit more ride comfort and camber adjustable top mounts.
This kit can be customized with custom spring rates and valving as well as Swift Springs upgrade, and is designed to be modular so it can be upgraded to 2-way dampening adjustable and even be switched to digressive valving.
This kit is fully rebuildable and Rication even give you a lifetime free labor warranty, which means if you need to rebuild your dampers you only need to pay for the parts and they do the labor for free! They do all the servicing in the USA and have a great reputation for their customer service.
These coilovers also come with a 2 year warranty against manufacturing defects.
For performance street cars that will see some track time, these coilovers are a good lower priced option.
You can read my full review on Riacton coilovers here.
GET S14 RIACTION GT-1 KIT FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
BC Racing BR Series
The BC Racing BR Series coilover kit is one of the most popular kits on the planet, offering good performance, decent ride comfort and lots of customizability for a good price.
Designed as an all-round street coilover, these feature ride height adjustment by the shock body giving you 1-3 inches of lowering, 30 level adjustable monotube dampers with linear valving for more ride comfort and camber adjustable pillowball top mounts.
These are also highly customizable with the option to choose an Extreme Low option which goes up to 4 inches lower than factory, custom spring rates and valving, Swift Springs upgrade and more.
They are also fully rebuildable with all the parts available for purchase, and come with a 1 year warranty.
These coilovers have a great reputation and are great for street cars which will do the occasional track day.
To read my full BC Racing coilovers review, click here.
GET S14 BC RACING BR SERIES KIT FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
BR Racing DS Series
The BC Racing DS Series is perfect if you are planning on doing regular track time with your street car.
While they feature everything that the BR Series kit above does, these have monotube dampers with digressive valving.
Digressive valving is more geared towards handling performance and while it comes at the cost of slightly less comfort, gives you more feel and control over the car, making these a much better “budget” track option.
These are also high customizable with custom spring rates and valving, Swift Springs and more.
If you are building a street car or daily driver that will be seeing regular track time, I would go with these.
GET S14 BC RACING DS SERIES KIT FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
The Silvers Neomax is another highly customizable and upgradable coilover kit at a great price.
While these are not quite as popular as the BC Racing coilovers, the vast majority of reviews on these coilovers from the people that have bought them has been overwhelmingly positive.
They feature right height adjustment by the shock body giving you 1-3 inches of lowering, 24 level adjustable monotube dampers with a “hybrid” linear piston and digressive valving designed to give you the perfect balance between comfort and responsive handling, as well as camber adjustable strut mounts.
These are also highly customizable with a Super Low option that goes up to 5 inches lower than factory, custom spring rates and valving, Swift Springs upgrade and even the option to upgrade to 2 way dampening adjustment with external reservoirs.
Silvers shock dyno tests every damper and hand assembles these kits, and pride themselves on the fastest turn-around times in the industry, even for custom orders.
The Neomax are fully rebuildable and come with an 18 month warranty covering any defects.
To read my full review on Silvers coilovers, click here.
GET S14 SILVERS NEOMAX FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
Fortune Auto 500 Series
The Fortune Auto 500 Series are an incredibly high quality kit that is designed to be the last coilover kit you’ll ever need to buy.
Hand assembled in the USA with every damper tested on the shock dyno and match in pairs to within 3% tolerance, Fortune Auto takes great pride in the quality of their products and backs them up with a 5 year warranty.
The 500 Series kit is designed for street performance cars who will do the occasional track day but still want to retain good ride comfort.
They feature ride height adjustment by the shock body giving you 1-3 inches of lowering, 24-level rebound adjustable monotube dampers with digressive valving designed to give you a high degree of feel and control over the car, and come with aluminium camber adjustable strut mounts.
These are upgradeable to a higher spec up to 2-way dampening adjustable with external reservoirs, and are also highly customizable with custom spring rates and valving, Swift Springs and a Super Low option that goes up to 5 inches lower than factory.
These are one of the best street performance coilovers on the market made by a company who take suspension seriously and back that up with one of the longest warranties in the industry.
To read my full Fortune Auto coilovers review, click here.
GET FORTUNE AUTO 500 SERIES FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
If you are looking for a coilover kit tailor made to your requirements, the Feal 441 kit is for you.
What makes Feal stand out is they take the time to find out exactly what you require – your car setup, what you will be using it for and what you want out of it – and then put together a kit that matches your needs.
Designed as a street performance coilover, the 441 is also available in Road Race, Drag and Drift spec. They are also designed to have more stroke than any other coilover kit, which helps with both grip and ride comfort.
These feature ride height adjustment by the shock body, monotube dampers with 30 levels of dampening adjustment and camber adjustable top mounts.
They are also upgradable to 2 and even 3-way dampening adjustment with external reservoirs, and are fully serviceable and rebuildable in the USA.
To read my full Feal coilovers review, click here.
GET S14 FEAL 441 KIT FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
Fortune Auto Pro 2-Way
For those taking track driving seriously, the Fortune Auto Pro 2-Ways give you everything you need for performance short of a full professional race setup.
These feature external reservoirs giving you 2-way independent compression and rebound adjustment. The monotube dampers feature concave digressive pistons that give you an ultra-wide adjustment range, allowing you to change spring rates up to +/- 8 Kg without having to revalve the dampers.
These can also be customized with custom spring rates, Swift Springs, aluminium shock bodies and more.
If you are building a car that will see a lot of track time, these are an excellent option that will give you great performance while still being usable on the street.
GET S14 FORTUNE AUTO PRO 2-WAY FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
The Feal 442s are another great option for track cars where a high degree of adjustment and customizability is required.
These feature monotube dampers with external reservoirs which give you 2-way dampening adjustment, with 30 levels of rebound and 16 levels of compression adjustment.
They come with Swift Springs standard and are available in custom rates with custom valving to match.
These are specifically put together to match your cars setup including engine swaps, power output, weight and tyre specs, and can be upgraded to 3-way dampening adjustment should you need it in the future.
For track cars where performance is a priority, these are a great choice.
GET S14 FEAL 442 KIT FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
A’PEXi N1 ExV
If you are looking for a coilover kit that blends street comfort with handling performance for a great price, these A’PEXi coilovers are a fantastic option.
A’PEXi have used their years of motorsport success to produce a coilover that combines great value for money with ride comfort and performance.
These feature ride height adjustment by the shock body giving you 1-3 inches of lowering, monotube dampers with valving and oil spec’d by A’PEXi, and camber adjustable top mounts.
These coilovers have extremely favourable reviews and are a great option for street cars that will see track time.
You can read my full APEXi coilovers review here.
GET S14 A’PEXi N1 ExV KIT FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
The Stance XR1 kit is another great option for those looking for coilovers that prioritize performance.
Despite the name, Stance coilovers are actually very popular among track enthusiasts, especially time attack, and they product coilovers made to perform.
The XR1 kit is a 1-way adjustable setup that gives you ride height adjustment by the shock body, monotube dampers with digressive valving and 16-levels of dampening adjustment and are inverted on MacPherson strut models to reduce unsprung weight in increase rigidity. They also come with camber adjustable strut mounts.
Another notable thing about Stance coilovers is the special electrodeposition polymer coating, with the shock bodies having an additional zinc phosphate pre-treatment. This was specially engineered for Stance USA and has surpassed 1000+ hours of salt spray testing, meaning you’ll never have to worry about them corroding and seizing.
This set up can also be customized with custom spring rates and valving as well as Swift Springs upgrade.
The XR1 kit is a great choice for street cars built for performance.
You can read my full Stance coilovers review here.
GET S14 STANCE XR1 KIT FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
The KW V3 kit is a popular and highly regard suspension kit designed for road cars seeking the perfect blend of comfort and performance.
KW coilovers are very well known for their high build quality and extreme corrosion resistance, using a special INOX-LINE stainless steel for the shock bodies and composite spring perches which are guaranteed for life by KW’s warranty to never corrode or seize.
KW also puts a lot of engineering behind each kit, tuning ever single kit specific to the car model using their 7 post testing ride as well as testing on the road and on the Nordschleife.
The ride height adjustment on these is done by the spring perch, and they feature twin tube dampers with 2-way independent dampening adjustment, allowing you to fine tune the rebound and compression independently.
This kit is a great choice for road cars where ride comfort is a high priority but you still want great performance for the track.
NOTE: This kit uses factory top mounts, so be sure to order new ones if you buy this kit.
GET S14 KW V3 KIT FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
D2 Racing RS Series
The D2 Racing RS Series is another decent kit for road cars looking to get better handling performance.
They feature all the usual features of coilovers in this price range including ride height adjustment by the shock body, 32-level adjustable monotube dampers and camber adjustable top mounts.
These are designed to offer a good blend of handling performance and ride comfort, and D2 have developed a decent reputation for the quality of their products.
Another good thing about these coilovers is D2 offer support in the USA and they can be rebuilt without having to send them overseas, which makes servicing them quicker and cheaper.
For my full D2 Racing coilovers review, click here.
GET S14 D2 RACING RS SERIES FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
Yellow Speed Dynamic Sport Pro
These are another good “budget” option for street cars and daily drivers that will do some track days.
They offer a good balance of ride comfort and handling performance and have a good reputation both on and off the track.
Ride height adjustment is done by the shock body and they feature monotube dampers with 33-levels of dampening adjustment, as well as camber adjustable strut mounts. They also come with a 2 year warranty which is one of the longer warranties in this price range.
Overall these are another decent buy for around $1000.
You can read my full Yellow Speed coilovers review here.
GET S14 YELLOW SPEED DYNAMIC SPORT PRO FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
Revel Touring Sport
Revel coilovers are made by Tanabe, a Japanese suspension manufacturer who makes “the quietest coilovers on the market”.
These coilovers are designed with ride comfort in mind, and are made to allow you to go extremely low without resulting in an overly harsh ride.
The ride height adjustment is done by the shock body, and the monotube dampers feature 32-level dampening adjustment and larger pistons and oil capacity, allowing for faster damping force and more efficiency at all temperatures.
These coilovers have been tuned for maximum ride comfort, and are a great option for street cars and daily drivers that won’t be doing a lot of track time.
GET S14 REVEL TOURING SPORT KIT FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
My Top 3 Coilover Picks For the Nissan S14
I’ve given you a lot of good options on this list, so now I’m going to narrow it down to my top 3 choices to make it easier to select the right coilovers for your car.
Best Budget Choice: TEIN Flex Z
The TEIN Flex Zs are an incredibly good deal for the price and have a great reputation as a quality kit.
As far as coilovers in this price range go, there are few that have proven themselves as much as the TEINs, which will give you excellent ride comfort while still being able to handle the occasional track day.
Overall, as far as “budget” coilovers go, I think these are easily the best you are going to get.
GET S14 TEIN FLEX Z KIT FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
Best Value For Money: Feal 441
The Feal 441 is a very good kit that offers excellent performance and a high degree of customization at a competitive price.
I like the fact that Feal put the extra effort into finding out exactly what you need so that they can put together the perfect kit for your requirements.
The ability to upgrade is also a nice bonus which means you won’t have to buy a new coilover kit in the future if you need more features or adjustability.
Overall, these are a great buy for people looking for performance at a good price.
GET S14 FEAL 441 KIT FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
Best for Performance: Fortune Auto Pro 2-Way
The Fortune Auto Pro 2-Ways are a serious kit for those looking for track performance.
They give you a wide range of adjustability and are designed so that you can swap out spring rates without having to revalve the dampers.
Fortune Auto coilovers have proven themselves on the track and this kit is perfect for those building a track car who want one of the best kits on the market that is still suitable for street use.
GET S14 FORTUNE AUTO PRO 2-WAY FOR THE BEST PRICE HERE
I hope that this has helped you to find the right coilovers for your S14. If you happen have an S13, be sure to read my S13 coilovers guide here.
For any questions or comments, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I’ll do my best to address them.
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