SPL Parts Suspension Comparison


It did not take more than one night  on our local skid pad with our S14 to realize we need to make some big improvements if i actually wanted to keep this car on the pad. (Our s14 is a bullet at best) The upgrades came in the way of a lot of power steering replacement parts. We ordered a new rack and I did not want to just toss in factory tie rods as I am looking for some much-needed steering angle. I had a set of circuit sport inners and outers in the shop but we had just opened the account with spl parts and I was interested to see how they would stack up and if our customers were really going to see a reason for spending the extra cash on their products.

My expectation was nothing more than a Circuit Sports or Megan racing in quality which I was ok with because that’s what most local drifters are running. I got my set of SPL Parts  V5 outer tie Rods and went with Tein 350Z Inners as SPL recommends. When I opened the box I was surprised to say the least. There really is no comparison. See for yourself.

I took a few pics of the difference for reference. Also we cut the bump stops while we were working on the car. Snapped a pic of that also.

JBtuned 's SPL parts outer tie rod and tein 350z inner setup
This is the Inner and outer tie rods setup before we installed them.
JBtuned Compares  left Circuit Sports  Right Spl Parts
Left – Circuit Sport Right – SPL Parts
JBtuned Comparison
JBtuned Comparison of SPL and CS
Look at quality of construction
This is where you can really see a big difference.
Left – SPL Right – Circuit Sports
SPL Outer Tie Rods Assembled
SPL Outer Tie Rods Assembled

I didn’t take any pictures of the install but I’m sure a quick search will show plenty of how to’s.

I did however grab a picture after we removed the steering bump stops from the lower control arms.

JBtuned at work on the Drift Car
JBtuned with a plasma cutter

I was impressed and I am personally happy with the decision. No issues with the tein inners or spl outers and I recommend these to anyone who is looking for a real quality setup.

Now I admit that I am kind of bashing C.S. here but at the end of the day I know a lot of people use their products and we sell them ourselves all the time. They work great. Not everyone needs Formula D Super strength tie rods and we get that.

The purpose of this post besides talking about our beater is just to really get a good look at what we plan to spend our money on. Its hard to get an idea of quality, size difference, performance gains, and advertisements and product reviews only do part of the job. When we have the opportunity to stack products side by side like this. We will. So we all can make better product decisions.

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