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What springs for FSD's "Now with Pics"

It's time to change the shocks in my 147. I've settled on getting a set of Koni FSD's but am still trying to decide on what springs to go with it. If I lower the car it will be by as little as possible as I have to go across a ferry on the way to work most days and there isn't much clearance as it is, although I think I'll get away with an inch.
Was thinking of going with Eibach Pro Kit springs which will drop 30mm.
Anyone got any ideas / comments on which springs to go with the FSD'd.

Oh, the car is a 1.6 with 17" wheels.
 

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Mate, I did a lot of research on this, the word is eibach sports springs. I've also seen them on europerformance, and this is the upgrade I will be doing on my car in the next few months.

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If you get there before me let me know how they are.
 

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I too am hoping to do the same upgrade. Eibach are reportedly the way to go, and are even sold with FSDs as a kit (in one, co-branded box) available on Tyrerack.com.

I'd love to hear your findings when they're installed.
 
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Are the FSD's designed to be used with a shorter spring?

I've searched and found nothing to suggest this is so, only that it is a direct replacement for the OEM springs.
 

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Holeshot: I had the same concerns, however here is a direct quote from an email I sent to a local (very reputable) suspension specialist.

In the strictest terms they are designed to be used with the original standard height springs. However I have heard of them being used successfully with lowered springs and some FSD kits are now being offered that way. In a way this is generally true of the majority of shock absorbers and has been that way for decades.
 
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Yeah, but would be good to hear it from the horses mouth.

Looks like www.koni.uk.com are the people to ask.

Ghosty/PMackey looks like you'll probably be the first to go with them, what do you know?
 

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There's a FAQ section on the UK koni site.

http://www.koni.uk.com/home/content/view/94/171/

Basically says that the dampers can be used with lower springs as long as they don't bottom out, and as long as they're not lowered more than 40mm.

The local motor factor is currently getting prices for springs for me. They normally only sell ROC springs (never heard of them) but he's getting prices for the Eibachs from the crowd he's getting the konis from. Will let ye know when he gets back to me.
 

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Hey, just to add my bit to this piece, I've researched long and hard and have decided with the Koni FSD dampers and the Eibach Pro Kit springs, sourced from Gazella Racing, for my Alfa GT 3.2 V6.
Will have this fitted mid next week and let you know the results.
 

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The eibach pro kit springs only lower the car approx 30mm which is within the threshold of the dampers, they also work very well with the FSD's which is why they are available as a kit, cheers for posting the link to tirerack.com I have been trying to find this kit supplied by a uk supplier. europerformance didn't reply to my email asking if they could supply the kit.

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When i do it i'll probably get the powerflex bushes and bumpstops as well. Also a good idea to get your suspension geometry checked and components checked for wear as fitting new parts will only speed the old parts demise if they are in ropey condition.

In this way you pre-empt the total cost of the upgrade.
 

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have decided with the Koni FSD dampers and the Eibach Pro Kit springs, sourced from Gazella Racing, for my Alfa GT 3.2 V6.
FYI, the Eibach Pro Kit springs for the GT 3.2L V6 do not significantly lower the FRONT. this is from my own personal experience (i have Eibach with KONI Sport), and also others i know who have fitted Eibach to this particular car. note that the V6 is already a smidge lower than the JTS/JTD models.

after fitting the Eibach's, the front did not drop at all (well, 1mm, that was it), and the rear dropped around 35mm. whether the KONI's contributed to the lack of drop at the front, i don't know; dampers have some intrinsic 'spring/expansion' in them. is it possible the KONI's have more 'spring' than other dampers?

this should be different on the 147; as it was with my old 156 2.0L where i also fitted Eibach, and front and rear dropped.

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Chaps, let us know how you get on with your suspension upgrades, I for one will be definately be interested in your experiences.

If and when I decide to go for this setup I probably will fit myself, not that I don't trust anyone else to do it but just for the self satisfaction.

Good luck guys
 

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I was meant to here back fom the motor factors on Friday. Unfortunately they never rang so I'll have to get onto them Monday or Tuesday. How long does it take to get a price on a set of springs anyway?

I know the Alfa dealer is only down the road from them but the effect couldn't be spreading that far could it.
 

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Hey, just to add my bit to this piece, I've researched long and hard and have decided with the Koni FSD dampers and the Eibach Pro Kit springs, sourced from Gazella Racing, for my Alfa GT 3.2 V6.
Will have this fitted mid next week and let you know the results.

Hey mate, any reports?
 

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I was meant to here back fom the motor factors on Friday. Unfortunately they never rang so I'll have to get onto them Monday or Tuesday. How long does it take to get a price on a set of springs anyway?

I know the Alfa dealer is only down the road from them but the effect couldn't be spreading that far could it.
I've rang the motor factors 2 or 3 times in the last 2 weeks, every time I rang, the guy dealing with my order was either on holiday or on the phone. Left a message for him to ring me back, still waiting. If I don't hear back from him by the end of the week, I think I'll have to just buy them somewhere else.
 

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I've rang the motor factors 2 or 3 times in the last 2 weeks, every time I rang, the guy dealing with my order was either on holiday or on the phone. Left a message for him to ring me back, still waiting. If I don't hear back from him by the end of the week, I think I'll have to just buy them somewhere else.
Yup, they obviously don't want your business so take it elsewhere. I'd do that anyway, if they can't even give you a courtesy call to let you know how the order is progressing cancel em and get em somewhere else.
 

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Just order the shocks and springs online.

Got the FSD's from Awesome GTI (Thanks Holeshot) for £413.60 (+ delivery)
Got Eibach Pro-kit springs from Europerformance for £173.95 delivered.

Works out about the same as what I was paying for the shocks alone from the local guy. Now just need to get wishbones and drop links from fleabay to do the rest.
 

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Well, the springs have arrived and the shocks / arms and droplinks should be here in a few days.

Current total is €260.63 (£173.95) for the springs delivered.
 

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The Shocks arrived today, got the arms last friday. Only have to get them installed now. Got a 4 day weekend this week so hopefully I'll get some time to put them on.

Total price for anyone who is interested : €1313.50 (877.85)
Shocks - €662.14 (£442.98)
Springs - €260.23 (£173.95)
Front Arms & Droplinks - €391.13 (£260.85)
 
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