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Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Yorkshire
Springs, Eibach? With Bilsteins?
5 years ago I swapped the rear shocks for Bilsteins, along with new springs; not even sure what springs they were, the (now defunct) specialist told me OEM, later another specialist told me they were lowered (I didnt think so and they it certainly doesnt look or feel it) but either way the handling and ride were both transformed.
Been trying to improve the front ever since. Changed to front Bilsteins about 2 years ago but still running original springs. The Bilsteins improved things a bit but nothing like the improvement the rears did. The front suspension feels just generally dead; poorly damped, badly affected by bumps, horrendously crashy. (Although in all those respects still an improvement on the OEM shocks). Added to that the steering feels a bit light and woolly at speed - though that migt be nothing to do with the springs & shocks. I know a lot of this is GTV-inherent but surely can be improved?
Front bush-arms are recent, Im fanatical about changing them and do so every 10k, 15k tops.
As the front springs are the only original bit, am thinking about changing them. Maybe do the rears as well while at it.
Would love to try Eibach but dont really like the idea of lowering, worried about bottoming out? Also the ride is firm anyway, will this make it rock hard? Even crashier over bumps?
I have heard one opinion of someone I know & respect who claims Bilstein / Eibach is the best combination he has ever known on a GTV - both ride AND handling - and he has a lot of GTV experience, a very experienced specialist. But hes also a racer! And I know how racers like those hard rides....
Anyways anyone tried or got Bilstein / Eibach combo? Any opinions on handling, ride? Is the lower height an issue?
Also - would it be worth just getting new OEM front springs? Do springs get less effective after 11 years?
All opinions greatly appreciated.
Ph2 GTV: Nuvola Blue, 3.2 engine, Alfatune map, Alfaholics exhaust, GTA 330mm Brakes, Tarox, Bilsteins, BMC CDA airbox, Q2 diff, GTA clutch & flywheel