AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: idle to 7500rpm
Mr. T, I'm now on my 3rd or 4th (if you count original) suspension set up. Let me share my opinions:
1) Sportpack set up + 16" Teledials
It's 20mm lower than standard set up. I don't have the part numbers but the springs are shorter and the dampers have different markings than standard ones. The ride is quite okay for my standard but it bottomed out on bumpy roads much like standard suspension.
2) Eibach Prokit springs + Sportpack dampers + 17" Teledials
This set up was fine for about two months, it felt just slightly firmer than the above. Then the dampers started to wear and the ride became harsher and harsher. At higher speed, the car was somewhat bouncy. Meanwhile, I had some clearance / rubbing problem at the rear also.
3) Eibach Prokit springs + Koni adjustable dampers (yellow) + 17" Zender Siena
A better set up than 2, but it was bouncy on certain roads. I couldn't find an optimal setting between the dampers rebound and the spring rate. Ride was still harsh and intolerable in most cases. There was still quite a bit of suspension travel than what I had expected from such harsh ride. Every once in a while, there was rubbing problem at the rear arches. Front / rear balance was difficult to achieve, partly because of the dampers. It seemed like the rear ones are too firm, and the tiny front ones are generally too soft.
I've used adjustable Konis on another car with H&R springs before, and I've had much better experience than this set up. In the end, I couldn't tolerate the ride quality and switched again.
4) Sachs performance kit + 17" Zender Siena
Very firm set up with less suspension travel than 3. Ride is noticeably firmer but less harsh. Small surface imperfections are well absorbed. Front / rear handling balance is very good, almost neutral with just slight understeer (on track). So far the best kit (performance and value) I've tried.
I also drove a friend's 156 with H&R springs on standard dampers (and 17" wheels). It's also very good with some bouncing at certain speeds. It's far superior than #2 set up above. Ride is better, well absorbed, and it generally felt like it was on 16" wheels.
//2000 156 2.0TS / AD Remap / Supersprint Exhaust / K&N Filter Kit / Rhoddy Harvey-Bailey Suspension / AR Strut bar /16" Telephone dials + Yokohama V550 / Tar-Ox discs + SS lines + MQ pads //
//2005 Subaru Impreza WRX PPP / K&N Short Ram-air Intake / Brembo 4-pot Brake Kits / Prodrive GC-010 British Black 18x7.5 Forged Alloys / Michelin Pilot Sport Cup / Prodrive Spring Kit / STi Aero kit //