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As the title says we ABP (in conjunction with Bilstein UK) are in the final throws of having a Bilstein ride height adjustable B14 coil over kit available for the FN2 Civic Type R. (For those of you without a Type R we are making this kit so that it will also be available for all petrol and diesel models :wink: )



Many FN2's out there are riding on tired shocks and as no after market shocks are available the only other option than replacement standard Honda items are to upgrade to a coil over kit. Many coil over kits are multi adjustable (ride height, bump, rebound etc) and because of this the prices can be quite high. So we spoke with Bilstein with the aim of producing an affordable ride height only adjustable kit suitable for UK roads and offering a good range of lowering ability.

We have now fitted a retail ready kit to our FN2 Type R and can confirm that the kit offers excellent ride quality without the crashiness or noise sometimes associated with coil over suspension kits. Maximum lowering of -45mm is available if you want to go ultra-low but the heights are obviously adjustable so you choose (STD, -5mm, -10mm, -15mm, -20mm, -25mm, -30mm, -35mm, -40mm etc etc)

Here is a picture of our car on maximum low -45mm front and rear and it looks LOW :shock: but suprisingly still rides well on the road with no unpleasant noises and vastly improved handling.

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Once we've finalised details on the kit with Bilstein and placed our initial 10 kit stock order we will let you know but we're hoping the price will be in the region of the £700 mark for the kit which for a product of this quality is an excellent price.

Any questions please feel free to contact us directly on 01270 567177.

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I am pleased to report that this FN2 Type R Bilstein coil-over kit is FANTASTIC!

It is without any doubt the best coil over conversion I have ever driven on our crap UK toads.

Offering a full range of ride height adjustability (upto -45mm), very compliant overall bump control and shock absorbing ability, improved ride quality over OE, more direct steering feel, flatter and more precise cormering and last but by no means least a coilover kit that is QUIET!

We have an order placed with Bilstein in Germany for 5 kits that should be with us within 2 weeks. 1 x kit already sold.

And the price is a very reasonable £725 including VAT

Call us on 01270 567177 to order or with any more questions,

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So this kit will be for the 1.4, 1.8, 2.0 and 2.2 diesel with the same springs for all ?
Or does each model get its own unique spring rating ?
 

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So this kit will be for the 1.4, 1.8, 2.0 and 2.2 diesel with the same springs for all ?
Or does each model get its own unique spring rating ?
The Spring rating on the FN2 Type R is unique to that car. The other cars have the same spring rating with the only difference on the 2.2 diesel cars that the ride height range will be lower (on full low the diesel could be as low as -55mm)

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The Spring rating on the FN2 Type R is unique to that car. The other cars have the same spring rating with the only difference on the 2.2 diesel cars that the ride height range will be lower (on full low the diesel could be as low as -55mm)

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Great news, what is the ride quality like though?
 

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The Spring rating on the FN2 Type R is unique to that car. The other cars have the same spring rating with the only difference on the 2.2 diesel cars that the ride height range will be lower (on full low the diesel could be as low as -55mm)

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But its 200kg+ heavier at the front than a 1.8 and 100kg+ heavier than a 2.0 :(
Its not ride height im worried about its the load on the front and the impaired handling.
Can you be honest on wether these are suitable for the diesel.
Please. I dont want to be bouncing off the bump stops on every pebble.
 

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Great news, what is the ride quality like though?
It is without doubt the best ride quality coilover kit i've ever used. That includes previous experience with Bilstein, Tein, KW, Eibach, Koni, Spax, GAZ, Leda, AVO and BC racing.

Anyone in the area is more than welcome for a trip up the road as passenger in my FN2 ;)

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But its 200kg+ heavier at the front than a 1.8 and 100kg+ heavier than a 2.0 :(
Its not ride height im worried about its the load on the front and the impaired handling.
Can you be honest on wether these are suitable for the diesel.
Please. I dont want to be bouncing off the bump stops on every pebble.
The kit is fully approved by Bilstein for the 2.2 Diesel with German TUV certificate. The weight difference affects the ride height settings as the Diesel is indeed heavier and therefore you set the front spring platforms higher to suit.

I've had these units set on full low (-45mm) and even then the ride quality was excellent with no bottoming out or bump-stop action. Remember the Bilstein shocks use an inverted shock design with internal bump stop.

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Is that TUV certificate for quality or performance ?
Think I will wait until a 2.2 has actually been tested and performs as well as you say the FN2 does.
I have no issue with bilstein quality as I used to use there shocks all the time on previous ford cars I owned.
My issue is with how good the setup is on a 2.2 (with 1.8 springs) vs Eibach springs (designed specifically for 2.2) + Koni FSD for instance.
Both would cost me the same ?
Both use standard top mounts ?
Both rely on camber camber bolts for FRS ?
Both are TUV approved, the eibach springs fully approved by Eibach and the Koni shock fully aproved by Koni ;)

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Is that TUV certificate for quality or performance ?
Think I will wait until a 2.2 has actually been tested and performs as well as you say the FN2 does.
I have no issue with bilstein quality as I used to use there shocks all the time on previous ford cars I owned.
My issue is with how good the setup is on a 2.2 (with 1.8 springs) vs Eibach springs (designed specifically for 2.2) + Koni FSD for instance.
Both would cost me the same ?
Both use standard top mounts ?
Both rely on camber camber bolts for FRS ?
TUV is certification for both quality and performance and is tested on each particular model the application is listed for.

In fairness the Eibach springs and Koni FSD kit works really well on the 2.2 Diesel so the only real benefit / difference will be the independent adjustability of the ride height.

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But its 200kg+ heavier at the front than a 1.8 and 100kg+ heavier than a 2.0 :(
Its not ride height im worried about its the load on the front and the impaired handling.
Can you be honest on wether these are suitable for the diesel.
Please. I dont want to be bouncing off the bump stops on every pebble.
That makes no sense? The 2.2 is 200kg than a 1.8 civic? Nonsense is it.
 

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Genuine question, what am i looking at? Seems to say 1,196−1,317 kg for both cars.

There's no way a 2.2 Diesel weighs 200kg more than the 1.8 VTEC. Why on earth would it? The veryon W16 weighs only 460kg lol.
 
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