Re: [DML] Re: Eibach springs/shock set
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Re: [DML] Re: Eibach springs/shock set



FWIW.... I had the front and rear shocks as well as the front springs of PJ Grady in my DeLorean for many years and with over 80,000 miles or more.  This 
combination handled and rode well and they were ready for replacement.

Recently, I had heard so much as how great the DMCH springs and shocks combination was.  I wanted to see for myself if there was a difference of the 
DMCH's system versus PJ Grady's system so I had the DMCH complete package of front and rear springs and shocks installed two months ago by PJ Grady.

My findings to my DeLorean, is that after the DMCH system was installed, the rear sat way too low and cause the two rear wheels off to be off camber.  The 
rear wheels was doing a split and causing a slight premature wear to the inner tire.  This situation also causes the rear end to ?sinks? under hard 
acceleration.   I believe that this is where upper or lower adjusting control arms are necessary to help correct the camber condition. The other situation was 
that the DMCH front springs are lower then the front "sagging" springs of PJ Grady's that they had replaced and with the passenger's side about a 1/2" lower 
then the driver's side.  With all of these conditions, the standing height was not visually right or physical correct, although the DMCH system is correctly 
installed.  The DMCH's system ride was also a big disappointment.  Handling was not very good on turns at higher speeds for the rear was sliding out on 
tight turns causing sway and the ride was generally bumpy and hard.  I couldn't believe that this is the ride what everyone is bragging about?

Two weeks ago I've taken my DeLorean back to PJ Grady to have the rear shock adjusted to a higher setting with the rear driver's side adjusted a 1/4" higher 
then the passenger's rear shock.   This adjustment had made a BIG difference in the standing height and also correcting the condition of the camber, as well 
as the ride and the handling ability of the DeLorean -- Offering a total major improvement in the ride.  Now, it "rides on rails" like everyone claims.  So, the 
DMCH's front spring and shocks are excelling in handling and offers a "good" general ride.   

IMO, the PJ Grady's front spring and shocks offers a more comfortable ride although a bit short in handing as compare to the DMCH's system, but this can 
be due to the original OEM rear springs which prompts the rear to be higher then the DMCH's rear springs.  

As of now, the DMCH's system front springs in my DeLorean are not symmetrical in height as they should be with the passenger's side being lower of 3/8" 
to 1/2".   I don't know the reason for the differences, for maybe the springs have a different compression rate or the well housings maybe different in 
dimensions?  I do know that my frame has not been in an accident as to cause the differences.  Rob said that he had installed several DMCH systems in 
other DeLoreans and have gotten better results for they were correct in their standing heights.  Rob suggested that shims could be fitted to the front 
springs of my DeLorean as to help raised the front and to help the ride.  Rob also suggested driving it for a while until they "settle in" and when he gets the 
shims made up, the shims will be installed to correct these situations.

So, until the shims are added?. The ride of the DMCH is still worth the money so far and they do feel like the ?DeLorean is on rails.?   Personal, I still like the 
ride to be softer and I believe that the shocks of PJ Grady may yield that effect if fitted with the DMCH springs.  I won?t know until they are installed in this 
combination in the future.

For reference, I have the standard OEM rims and the correct sizes of Michelin Pilots tires for the front and rear.   Oh yes, on tires, I like the Pirellis slightly 
better, for they are quieter.

Kayo Ong
#5508
Lic  9D NY


----- Original Message -----
From: "Christophe Vieira" <chris_delorean@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 21:51:01 -0000
Subject: [DML] Re: Eibach springs/shock set

> Hello James,
> 
> I had the shocks from PJ Grady a long time before the Eibach springs
> were available, I did not want to replace them as they were still new
> when I received your springs, this is the only reason.
> 
> I put only 250 miles on them since I got them installed on my car. I
> hope I will get the same result shown on your photos. I did not think
> that the Grady's shocks are in cause because I believe they are
> designed to  work on lowered cars.
> 
> Even if the high is still not perfect, the handling is there and
> really there.
> 
> Best regards,
> 
> Chris.
> 
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "James Espey" <james@xxxx> wrote:
> >
> > Chris -
> > 
> > The photo you posted shows that something is not right on your car. I
> > question whether the problem is in the shocks or if it's not yet
> > settled in yet.
> > 
> > Here is a photo of our complete setup (Eibach springs and our brand of
> > shocks) after about 1,000 miles:
> > 
> > http://www.delorean.com/eibach.jpg
> > http://www.delorean.com/eibach2.jpg
> > 
> > This is what ALL of our installs look like after they settle in - I do
> > know that our system was designed to be installed as a unit - why did
> > you choose the Grady shocks?
> > 
> > James Espey
> > DMC (Texas)
> > http://www.delorean.com
> > 
> > --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Christophe Vieira"
> > <chris_delorean@xxxx> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hello,
> > > 
> > > I installed on my car DMCH Eibach spring and PJ Grady perfo shocks.
> > > I use to drive fast and handling is really great with this setup and
> > > yes, it could be better if ride was a little more firm. We do not use
> > > to drive "barge" in Europe. ;-)
> > > 
> > > The only "bad" point about Eibach spring is that the front is still a
> > > little too hight on my car.
> > > 
> > > You can see the result here :
> > > http://perso.wanadoo.fr/delorean/vin04271-640x480/vin04271-0482.jpg
> > 
> > (SNIP)
> >
> 
> 
> 
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