This review has been a long time coming. We have had The Fortune Auto V4 500 series installed in our silver FRS for 200+ days or so now. We have done almost every form of racing with them as well. So, sit tight while I ramble on.
FT-86 SpeedFactory has worked with Fortune Auto for awhile now and I have nothing but good things to say about the staff. Everyone is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful at anytime.
Fortune Auto builds these coilovers to order for YOU. This means you get to pick the spring rates, the valving, and add extras like Swift springs, roller bearings, rear extenders and if you don’t mind waiting, custom colors. Everything is assembled here in the USA with support you can ask questions to and get answers in plain English.
Just look at their latest video:
About the Coils:
500 series coilovers incorporate a DIGRESSIVE piston, 24-step damping, custom rates & a one year warranty.
Mono-Tube damper with high pressure nitrogen
24-step rebound adjustable dampers
IP synthetic 5w or 10w shock oil (prevents cavitation and promotes superior heat dissipation)
6061 Forged & Anodized aluminum mounts and front camber plates
Height adjustment independent of pre-load
5 year Manufacturer’s Warranty (1 year on piston)
Swift springs upgrade available
Rebuild-able in the USA
Re-valveable in the USA
About the coils we installed:
We worked with Fortune and got a custom spring rate for our car. We use the vehicle for track days and some autocross duty so we needed something to assist with getting some quicker lap times.
First test we did was hitting MAM outside of Omaha, NE. We were running an SCCA Time Trial event that weekend. The car had the Fortune Auto Coilovers, Dunlop Star Specs (225/45/17), DBA T3 Rotors, Hawk HP+ up front, stainless lines, and an aFe panel filter.
We ran the car fairly hard during qualifying and landed the car in the 6th position behind a LS1 Miata, Z06 Corvette, two Evos, and a 2011 STI. By the end of the sessions we finished 6th out of 14 all behind cars that there was no chance of catching. We were only .3 off 5th place which was that 2011 STI with KW’s, and a ton more power so that was nice. When the Time Trial organizers applied the PAX they were using we landed 2nd overall behind that pesky Z06.
The coils preformed great. The car still had some weight transfer which I like. Overall a massive improvement.
Installed and then set ride height.
Video on Track:
Then it was off to an Autocross where we ended up paxing in STX at the top. I took the car to a 6th over all PAX and Brooke our ladies driver finished 9th in PAX out of 48 drivers.
The car was way more solid than before without coils. Made autocrossing even more fun and way more competitive. Cannot wait to apply more suspension mods to this for next years STX campaign.
Some Photos from that event:
After that we went and held a Drift event for the local drifters and gave the car a shot around that course. We’re not huge drifters ourselves but the car did what it needed to to get the job done and was a fun time.
We have about 7000 miles on these coils with DD use in mind and it rides great. I’ve had people even say it still feels like a stock FRS for the daily commute, which is important. Not harsh at all for a coilover with the higher spring rates we choose. Have taken long road trips 300+ miles and not even a clue it’s on coilovers which is the way it should be!
Installed Video covering a couple key features:
If you are on a budget, actually want a car that handles well, and want the adjust-ability of a coilover; then Fortune Auto’s are for you. In our honest opinion for under $1200 these are the best coilover out there.
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