Well, they were fitted on Friday and straight after picking the car up I had to drive about 3 hours to see family... 80% of the drive was on a motorway, then B roads and a rough single lane bitumen and finally a few kms of dirt.
First impression - I don't much like them.
They are mated with Pro Kits springs which have been on the car for a few years.
That said, the car corners like it's on steroids, there's no dive, no roll and no squat. In fact the road holding is absolutely outstanding. Its dirt road manners are great too. Before the new dampers were installed, the car was a mess on gravel.. just hopeless, but now it tracks very well, as you would expect.
The ride however, its much harder than I expected. All over the forums I see reports saying they are firm, but comfortable. I'd say my definition of comfortable is worlds apart!
I am hoping that over time they will settle in a bit - or is that wishful thinking?
I've also heard that once you're used to it, it improves so I'll get back you all in a week or so!
Having said all that, there is a loud muffled knock (or thud) coming from the back passenger wheel over large bumps at speed, especially when the wheel is unloaded, say when going around a left hand corner. I thought at first it might be a lose bolt, or maybe even a lose spare wheel. I checked all that and that wasnt the source..
This morning I noticed that the left side of the car is sitting higher than the right.. So, with that i removed the rear passenger wheel and found this:
As you can see, the spring is not seated correctly in its mount.. I suspect that would be the cause of the clunk, and the uneven height..
So, given they haven't been fitted properly, I'll give them the benefit of doubt and hold of my opinion until the mechanics sort the job out.. I can't seer this making too much difference, but you never know!