Choosing Custom Coilovers - MCA Suspension

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Josh Coote, Director of MCA Suspension – MCA Suspension was started by Josh’s father, Murray Coote, back in 1990. MCA started off only dealing with custom-made, high-end motorsport suspension that could be built to suit any car and application. Due to their custom nature, they’ve tackled suspension for boat seats and prototype jetpack landing gear. It was around 2012 that MCA started the Red, X, and Blue Series custom suspension options targeting the enthusiast market. At what point should an enthusiast consider a custom set of suspension from MCA? “Essentially, as soon as the customer is either needing or wanting to change their suspension, no matter what the reason, they should consider a quality set of dampers. Adjustable ones are handy, as they give you some control over how the car rides and performs, as well as ride height, and in some cases some extra camber adjustment. Plus, we can suggest to you a setup that is suited to your specific type of application, so you could end up with a far superior setup than OEM this way.”

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How could a set of MCA Suspension be customized for a track-oriented build versus a stance-oriented build?
“Basically, stance is really about ride height and, in some cases, wheel alignment - mainly camber. With the way we design our setups, they are already designed to allow for maximum suspension travel that the car can handle safely, no matter the ride height. This means that as long as your wheels and tires actually fit your car properly, you should be able to lower it down as far as you like, and still not have any significant scrubbing or contact issues. In the case of MCA, a track setup could be a stance setup with just ride height and alignment change added. With other brands, there might be quite a bit more to play with as they don’t control the suspension travel properly. This is why you see some brands and owners going with ridiculously stiff spring rates - they don’t know how to control the suspension travel properly.”

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How do custom options differ between MCA’s different “Series” models?
“Blue Series are an entry level setup designed for street comfort and some basic, low level performance. X-C Series perform about the same as the Blues but are even more comfortable and smoother feeling. X-R Series ride a touch firmer than the blues but perform significantly better and would be considered a great ‘all-rounder’ for most car enthusiasts. Red Series are completely custom-valved to order, and can be made to be anything from a full comfort street setup, to a time attack race car setup, and everything in between. They also have a very high level of quality control, as each damper is dyno-tuned and tested before being sent out.”

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Is there anything that MCA offers as a custom option that you’d consider exclusive?
“Our suspension is made to order. For the Blues, X-Cs and X-Rs, you can customize the springs, and with the Reds, the valving and springs are custom. Valving is the heart of the damper and is a major critical component as to how the whole package feels and performs. The whole premise of how we design, develop, setup, and adjust our suspension is completely unique to the rest of the market.”

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