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I was debating on putting this in the performance thread or not. As you can see I decided to. I installed my Eibach pro kit 3 months ago or so, and am quite unhappy with it. My car looks amazing and everything, but the performance I lost is unbelievable. I dread hitting bumps because these things are so soft, it just feels like im driving around my 84 golf. The biggest issue I have with it though is the amount of body roll it has given me, I never had any body roll with this car before, and that was only comparable to my buddy's scion which is now alot better handling than mine.

Anyone else experiencing a crappy ride with them and a ton of body roll? or is it just my luck?
 

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Those springs should have a higher load rating than the stocks to prevent exactly all the things you are noticing... I'm wondering if you don't have a bad set? Those are terrible odds that all four would be defective, though... Do you have a local performance shop you can call and get the spring rates checked? Or send Eibach an email and ask them if there may have been an issue with an affected lot of springs... maybe they know about it but it was only 10 sets worldwide so they are not going to hunt you down to let you know.
 

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I have mine on for almost 6 month now and only problem so far is that I think that my shock are shot!!! Suspension make some noise going over bumps. Other than that it's just better than stock!!!
Like KiaTech, talk with Eibach first.
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I have mine on for almost 6 month now and only problem so far is that I think that my shock are shot!!! Suspension make some noise going over bumps. Other than that it's just better than stock!!!
Like KiaTech, talk with Eibach first.
GL
Let me understand this, you have to replace your shocks every six months $$$ [which will include a wheel alignment more $$$ and prematurely wearing out your tires too even more $$$], and you got 'some noise' going over bumps..."BUT ITS JUST BETTER THAN STOCK!!!"

Sounds to me that you are just ruining your car, $pending money and your daily driving experience is aweful. But if you like it ...

As for the other gentleman [who doesn't like it] - go back to stock and bring your car to its former glory when it was new. Unless you have a lot of money to throw at it, you are playing a guessing game because there is not a whole lot of aftermarket support/knowledge on these cars yet. You are basically the gunnea pig here and are taking the financial hit of testing what works and what doesn't. And most likely ruining your new car too. Do what many others have done, go buy and old Miata /MR2 and muck around with that.
 

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From the looks of it something is either not absorbing the shock from the road? Is anything cracked? Or do you have any leaks from the stuts?!
 

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I just went to eibachs about a week ago.. and there is no body roll now..
the car handles like 50 percent better then it did stock..
I'm not sure how your car could handle worse then stock with these springs inless somehow you got the wrong ones? but that seem very unlikely

I live on a mountain road.. lots of turns and I've noticed that stock the car had lots of body roll when going from a left hand turn to a quick right or visa versa now with the the spring kit it just eats the road up.
Sorry you're not happy with the eibachs
 

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i wish OP provided more info than why he/she doesnt like them...

did you install them yourself?
if so, did you install the correct springs to the front and the back?
if so, did you make sure they were in the correct position on the strut?
did you notice the worsened handling immediately after installing them or later on?
did you not avoid bumps when you had stock springs in? and now that you have these, the bump is more rough?
di you get an alignment?
 

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Let me understand this, you have to replace your shocks every six months $$$ [which will include a wheel alignment more $$$ and prematurely wearing out your tires too even more $$$], and you got 'some noise' going over bumps..."BUT ITS JUST BETTER THAN STOCK!!!"

Sounds to me that you are just ruining your car, $pending money and your daily driving experience is aweful. But if you like it ...

As for the other gentleman [who doesn't like it] - go back to stock and bring your car to its former glory when it was new. Unless you have a lot of money to throw at it, you are playing a guessing game because there is not a whole lot of aftermarket support/knowledge on these cars yet. You are basically the gunnea pig here and are taking the financial hit of testing what works and what doesn't. And most likely ruining your new car too. Do what many others have done, go buy and old Miata /MR2 and muck around with that.
the lack of helpful information in this post is unbearable. nothing that the OP asked about was even touched in this post. wonder if something is going to be done about this. and guinea pig? MANY members, including myself and the guys at kfx, have installed these springs on their car so im not truly sure how he's the guinea pig...

go to a professional and have them look at it and tell you whats the problem because these problems(aside from the rough ride over bumps) are not supposed to happen
 

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I know it's not the same car, but I had Eibachs on my Dodge Stratus....Never had a issue at all...Ride was rougher w/ 17's but handling much improved. I did change out all 4 struts w/ KYB's, and changed out all strut mounts as well.....Had them on a year and never noticed any decrease in performance...Something has to be wrong, just not sure what!!!
 

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did he put them in himself?
maybe just maybe he did not tighting up the sway bar?
on my car it was a bit hard too get the sway bar bolted back up..

thats the only thing I can think that would cause lots of body lean with the better springs.. other then the defective springs as kia tech said..

wish we knew more
 

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did he put them in himself?
maybe just maybe he did not tighting up the sway bar?
on my car it was a bit hard too get the sway bar bolted back up..

thats the only thing I can think that would cause lots of body lean with the better springs.. other then the defective springs as kia tech said..

wish we knew more
ya that actually happened to me too. i was only able to get the strut only barely up into the car and i could barely get the bolt on. had to get a pump jack and jack the strut up and then i was able to. also the other side, i also didnt have it up all the way and hit a bump and i guess it pushed it through because it was knocking under the hood :eek: luckily i had a wrench set with me and i pulled over and tightened it :D
been perfect ever since
 

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ya that actually happened to me too. i was only able to get the strut only barely up into the car and i could barely get the bolt on. had to get a pump jack and jack the strut up and then i was able to. also the other side, i also didnt have it up all the way and hit a bump and i guess it pushed it through because it was knocking under the hood :eek: luckily i had a wrench set with me and i pulled over and tightened it :D
been perfect ever since

Same issue here, I installed my springs and when i lowered the car down the struts fell into place and when i was driving they were making horrible noises, tightened and everything was good again. Since lowering my car the body roll has been limited and the handling is amazing compared to stock. I put some 18x8 and sits so pretty. Placed an upper strut bar and feels like a brand new car. OP should definitely look into a root cause, bad install or abnormal wear that is causing their problems. Had mine on for 5 months now and no issues but a lot of stares at how amazing it looks lowered.
 

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the lack of helpful information in this post is unbearable. nothing that the OP asked about was even touched in this post. wonder if something is going to be done about this. and guinea pig? MANY members, including myself and the guys at kfx, have installed these springs on their car so im not truly sure how he's the guinea pig...
thats just par for the course for negative nancy lol

and there should be LESS body roll if your car is lower
yes there MAY be more noise and it will be harsher but there should be almost no body roll considering our car has barely any roll at stock ride height
The questions to consider now are were they installed correctly and is something else (maybe your shocks, maybe sway bar, something idk) worn out, or are the springs themselves not right (messed up from factory)

@whoever said he thinks his shocks are going out: simple check to see if it is the shocks: go to the back of the car and push down on the trunk, it should lower, rise a little above regular height, and then settle to the regular height. excessive bouncing means the shocks are bad.
good luck all!
 

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i drive the same now as i did stock, i avoid all the bumps i can. i noticed it a few days or so after installing the eibachs and getting an alignment.. i put them in myself, ive never just switched springs before, I always used coilovers. something i probably should have just done in this case to. My shocks are fine still and I know i installed them correctly, my guess is a bad batch, because it just seems like the springs arent hard enough. I'll contact eibach and ask them about it next week. Sorry for poor grammar and spelling, couldnt care less as long as its readable.. such a pain to type with 1 hand ( my right hand is currently broken)
 

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Who talk about replacing it every 6 months?!?!?! Shorter spring=more stress on shocks. Stock one will have to be replace by aftermarket one, not by stock again!?!?!? You're speculating on too many thinks here my freind!
And but the way, I said I have a suspension noise (almost like the actual TSB on shock boots) that I THINK that my shock might be shot.....It can be the boots again, I don't know!!

Let me understand this, you have to replace your shocks every six months $$$ [which will include a wheel alignment more $$$ and prematurely wearing out your tires too even more $$$], and you got 'some noise' going over bumps..."BUT ITS JUST BETTER THAN STOCK!!!"

Sounds to me that you are just ruining your car, $pending money and your daily driving experience is aweful. But if you like it ...

As for the other gentleman [who doesn't like it] - go back to stock and bring your car to its former glory when it was new. Unless you have a lot of money to throw at it, you are playing a guessing game because there is not a whole lot of aftermarket support/knowledge on these cars yet. You are basically the gunnea pig here and are taking the financial hit of testing what works and what doesn't. And most likely ruining your new car too. Do what many others have done, go buy and old Miata /MR2 and muck around with that.
 
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