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Hi guys, i have purchased an Eibach pro kit spring set for my 147 1.9 jtd which should give a 30 mm drop all round.
My problem is whether to loosen off the bush bolts on the suspension arms and settle the car by rocking it or to stick the struts in and leave the bushes alone. I am a bit wary of upsetting the neutral sit of the bush in the suspension arms.
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Larkspeed can do you a set of Eibach springs and Koni FSD shocks are a fantastic price.
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shouldn't need to loosen the bolts. i see no benefit; the bushes are so firmly fixed into position (within the arms) that there is nothing to adjust even with the boots loosened.

if possible, check that the bolts are all torqued within spec.

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Re: Eibach lowering

Its such a nasty job that I'd just lub the bushes with silicone grease and bolt it all up.

It takes a minimum of 1hr per strut and would add considerably to the time if you wanted to drop it to the ground and settle the suspension first
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I take it you mean the top wishbone bush bolt? The bushes turn freely, there is nothing to be gained. Just don't overtighten the pivot bolt.

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Re: Eibach lowering

Thanks for your replies guys, but I'm still abit unsure. If I dont losen the bush bolts and allow the car to settle once the new springs are in place then surely it wont be sitting on a neutral plane.
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Re: Eibach lowering

Had Eibachs fitted to my 147 1.9 16v few months back. The suspension wasnt "settled" and the handling has improved massively (the ride has improved as well!), no problems to report apart from squeaky bushes, but thats down to age/mileage and if yours is a Q2 I m assuming its pretty new and lowish mileage so that wont effect you.

Just go ahead and fit 'em, you wont regret it!
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Thanks for your replies guys, but I'm still abit unsure. If I dont losen the bush bolts and allow the car to settle once the new springs are in place then surely it wont be sitting on a neutral plane.
Refer to my previous post. "The bushes turn freely"

You don't specify which wishbone bushes yoiu mean. Top or bottom? The bottom bushes are in a bracket bolted to the subframe to sit level. The top bushes are retained by a pivot bolt. These bushes are designed to turn freely. Just change the springs and you'll see there is no need to go upsetting bush retaining bolts.
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Re: Eibach lowering

Once again thanks for your replies! Well you have convinced me to stop worrying and just fit the damn things!

Cant wait to see and feel the difference hopefully get a chance at the weekend, weather permitting....
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