To kick off the series, let's get right into that good-good.
"Coilovers are like high heels. Women look great in high heels, but ask them how comfortable they are."
BC Racing BR Coilover Suspension
What is this product?
BC Racing is one of many companies offering a coilover suspension system for our cars. A coilover suspension is designed with adjustability and performance in mind. Through a series of locking collars, an owner can adjust suspension/vehicle height and spring preload, along with change out spring and shock rates for a full range of customization. Alternatives to BC are RS-R, AutoExe, Knightsports, and various other no-name brands.
I've had the coilovers for a few thousand miles as of writing this post. Out of the box, they look and feel gorgeous and sturdy. I would not worry about build quality with these. Everything was packaged nicely. Install will be touched on later. With 32 levels of adjustable dampening, one can truly tune the car to float around and get tossed in corners, or tighten it up and feel the crispness of reduced body roll. This adjustment can be made directly underhood. In addition, the front plates can be adjusted for camber. The stock springs can be easily swapped out for 65mm Swift Springs for increased comfort and driveability.
What's not nice?
Their stock drop isn't very low, as in, not what you would expect out of a thousand dollar coilover setup. If you're just looking for low, Corksport or H&R springs will give you low. However, this can be corrected with alternate springs. It is not suggested to buy the Swift Spring upgrade, as you may not get the height you want stock. Other points of notice is that not everything is torqued from the factory (in my experience). Be sure to check your top nuts on the front coilovers. Also, the locking collars are haphazardly set. Make sure you measure and adjust during install. For the camber, one cannot use the full range of adjustment due to little clearance on the top mount point. Not BC's fault, but their camber plates are basically parts bin plates. Along with that, camber cannot be adjusted without completely taking out the coilover from the top. The rear shock dampening cannot be adjusted without jacking up the car, or even removing the wheel depending on how low one is. Lastly, the front brake lines don't mount to the coilover. The metal is forged too thick and requires zip ties.
Ease of install:
Easily done by the average DIYer. Will take probably four to six hours overall. I would say thirty minutes per front corner, 20 minutes per rear corner for an experienced DIYer. I would allot a half day to full day for someone who has never done coilovers before. Making sure everything's tight, test driving, height adjusting, camber adjusting, etc, is all time consuming. If one wishes to get to any level of dumped status, it's best to just slam your camber negative as far as possible, and get it aligned later. Clearance and all that. During install, I found that these things are very finicky with torque specs and tight collars. Take your time and go slow, and no issue.
Randomly, one of my top nuts worked its way loose while I was adjusting the collars for the spring on the passenger front. Added an hour and a half to that job, but haven't run into issue since.
Overall, these are excellent coilovers. Despite the long list of what's not nice, all of that can be worked through. After riding on the coils for a while, I don't have any regular issues. They don't require regular maintenance to me outside of cleaning them and spraying out the collars with air. I have my height set and I'm happy with where it's at. I would recommend these coilovers to a friend, but only because they're an American based company that'll allow you to get replacement parts easier than from, say, AutoExe or RS-R.
Drop photos for reference. These are considered very low as far as coilover setup goes. There's no finger gap horizontally; if you stick your finger in my fenders, it'll be at a 45 degree angle up: