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Old 12-12-2003, 01:05 PM   #1
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Eibach ProKit

This subject has probably been covered, but bear with me.

Is it sensible to change springs to Eibach Pro-kit springs and leave the stock dampers in place?
I'm trying to accomplish improved handling somewhat, in corners, but not at the expense of a supple ride. Also, improved looks. Bottom line is slight to moderate improvement, not extream.

I've heard I'll put more wear on the stock dampers, but that is not a concern. What concerns me is the type of ride I can expect. Also, will application of the Eibach springs allow for proper alignment of both front and rear wheels?


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Jake:
Some people may argue that what I did may not be the best thing, but I installed the Eibach Pro springs (1.5 inch drop) only. I know that the dampers will have a shorter lifespan, but I've put almost 5k miles on the car and they seem to be working fine and holding together well.
The ride is a bit more stiff, but nothing that is really noticable. It does tend to hit the compression limits more often, but since I've driven lowered cars most of my life it is easy to deal with. The car handles better now, but there is still noticable body roll. It seems to turn in better. Looks much better with less wheel gap but does not have the slammed look.
I was able to have my local shop bring the alignment back to factory specs without the use of the camber plates.
I am glad I did it, although I expect that I will have to replace the dampers quicker than normal.
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Old 12-12-2003, 02:25 PM   #3
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Great.
What type of questions should I be asking the shop who installs them to make sure they know what they are doing? What type of price should I be paying? Also, do the camber plates come with the springs or are they additional?
Thanks for the feedback.
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I was wondering if the same applies to the sportline. Im tring to see the pros and cons of each.
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I got my Prokit installed for $340. This included parts, labor, and alignment.
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I got my Prokit installed for $340. This included parts, labor, and alignment

So, HotFocus, from the price, it sounds like you left the factory dampers in place, yes?

If, so, what do you think of the ride quality?
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I have KYB struts. Ride quality is similar to stock and handles very well. The price that I told you was excluding the struts.
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Old 12-14-2003, 12:42 PM   #8
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Your ride WILL suck eventually. I did this, but with the stock S2 dampers, which are stiffer, and after a year and a half it's pretty bouncy. I'll be getting dampers in the very near future.
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I have sprint springs with a linear spring rate which are really stiff (1.8" drop). Ive had them on for 20k miles and I havent seen any negative effects on my stock zx3 dampers. I agree that a lowered suspension is harder on dampers, but I disagree with it being a drastic negative effect, it will prolly shorten the life some, but nothing drastic. Its not even worth talking about. In response to Nliiitend1's issue, Eibach springs have a progressive spring rate so they arent nearly as stiff as a linear spring and they end up letting the dampers take most of the shock because when hit they still flex a lot so the ride feels softer. On my springs for example, being linear they hit hard on bumps and the spring takes more of the hit since its stiffer so they dampers dont get as much shock. I dont think I lost much ride quality at all with these springs, yeah its a little stiffer and you feel bumps a little more, but its not that bad at all, I would choose something other than Eibach if you arent looking to replace your dampers with aftermarket or are going to keep them stock
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I love mine...went with the 1.5" drop and never regretted it......It was well worth the money spent as I could fell the effects immediatly....

Trust me....been driving stock suspension for 2 years.....I felt a great improvement with the Pro Kit setup.......Gonna put some 17" and my ride is gonna look sick........:)

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