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Eibach Spring Upgrade For 147

Hello all, I seriously thinking of lowering my 147, Iíve been advised to go with Eibach springs as they are of good quality, Iíve seen the following springs:

Alfa-Romeo 147 (937) 1.6, 2.0 incl. corner lense 11.00 - (as Below)

Alfa-Romeo 147 (937) 1.6, 2.0 11.00 - (europerformance)

Alfa 147 1.6/2.0/Selespeed Sports Springs (autodelta)

A few questions, firstly the first kit is twice as expensive as the kit below, only difference is the inclusion of corner lense, what are these and do I need them.

Regarding the Autodelta springs, if I buy a 40mm lowering spring will I get a true 40mm or can this vary depending on condition of shocks etc, I'm not changing the shocks as the mo as can't afford it.

Are there any downsides to fitting 40mm springs, i.e. will they wear out the shocks quickly of cause anything else to wear abnormally.

Thanks for any help..
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Re: Eibach Spring Upgrade For 147

I can’t answer your first question, but regarding the second part, I would like to mention some things.

Ride height is defined by the spring, dampers don’t influence it. If you buy -40mm springs it might not be not exactly 40mm, but the variation will not be big 1-3mm at most.

When I installed my H&R -35mm, I measured the difference. Immediately after installation, the lowering was 32mm in the front and 34mm in the rear. After 2 months, when the springs bedded in, it was about 35-37mm. However, this is not scientific as tyre pressure difference and tyre thread wear in two months might have changed +- 1 or 2mm.

30-40mm lowering is in general considered as a maximum limit for use with standard dampers. It is still usable, but not recommended. Standard dampers are too weak to dampen the higher spring forces and frequency. And yes, they will wear out much, much faster.

You can use this combination, but start saving for new dampers as sooner or later you will have to change them. That’s sure.

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Re: Eibach Spring Upgrade For 147

After going through numerous threads I got the idea that you have to get complete kit i.e dampers + springs to lower the car.

However after a long chat with an alfa specialist mr Lloyd @ clovertech, he told me that I should go for eibach springs with standard dampers.

So is this a good idea or not and apart from the fact that I might have to upgrade dampers at a later stage due to wear, are there any other factors? i.e. what else could go wrong with changing springs alone and not dampers? e.g. would ride quality improve, would new springs get damaged with old dampers?
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I would not recommend this option , I went for the Eibach springs first with standard (6000 miles old) dampers and whilst at first they were an improvement , they rapidly deteriorated . Changed them (at 12000 miles) to the matching Eibach dampers and it has made a dramatic difference.
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I would not recommend this option , I went for the Eibach springs first with standard (6000 miles old) dampers and whilst at first they were an improvement , they rapidly deteriorated . Changed them (at 12000 miles) to the matching Eibach dampers and it has made a dramatic difference.
I know this is a very old post but hey someone might still read it! I have recently put Eibach pro kit springs on my 147 with standard dampers, it is so much better now because it doesn't dive under braking and nearly take off under acceleration and doesn't roll round corners now. I really do want some 'proper' dampers but god are they expensive so I hope my current ones don't die on me for a little while (I do a lot of driving too). The next thing I want to do is get lower profile tyres or even 17" wheels because there's way too much side wall flex (I'm on 205 55 16). It is a fair bit lower now anyway, I have gone from being able to put my whole hand in the wheel arch to 2 fingers and speed bumps aren't too much of a problem I just have to go slow. When I purchased the springs the website stated up to 30mm I though but the box says otherwise (40mm) so I was worried a bit at first as there is about 30 huge speed bumps to get to my house (which is very frustrating) but either way I do recommend these springs to anyone who is fed up of sailing round corners like your in a boat, it helps dramatically for minimal $$$

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Cheers guys,
I'm looking at eibachs for the 1.6 Lusso, std dampers i think.
Post 5 very useful as it describes every reason why I want to get this done!
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I have had eibach on the Sri for the last five years with standard dampers - mainly due to standard Sri springs both failing within 30K of driving. I will say that the 147 is a much more comfortable ride (on standard and 80K now while the Sri is now on 110K). However, the grin factor from the eibach on roundabouts does make up for the hard ride they give (also standard sri are -30mil - so not much difference in drop and I have had not had to keep swapping springs over the last six years). The standard dampers seem to have survived quite well but I have probably now 'had my fun' after this post, lol

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