Re: [DML] Problem With Eibach Lowering Springs
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Re: [DML] Problem With Eibach Lowering Springs


I assume your adjustable rear shocks are adjusted identically :-)

there have been previous reports of suspensions having to "settle in"
after lowering kits were installed - this never made a lot to sense to
me, as springs really to not "settle"

what I discovered is that if the suspension parts and control arm
bushings are tightened with the suspension in the fully extended
position (like when the wheels are off and car is on a lift or jack
stands), the components are pre-loaded in the wrong position, and when
the car set on the wheels, the "twisted" (pre-loaded) bushings are
suspending part of the cars weight

this is more evident with new or good condition control arm bushings,
but as they eventually distort (twist), the car "settles"

one solution is to leave all of suspension bolts loose until the car
is placed on its wheels, then torque everything in place with all of
the suspension bushings in the "correct" position

no "settling" required, can even lift the car back off the wheels,
bushings are still centered in "driving" position

the trick is getting under the car with the torque wrench when it is
on the ground at correct height to tighten the suspension bolts

I have 4 36" high stands that are rated for 1000 pounds each that I
carefully lower the car's wheels onto using the car lift, it is a
little scary, I keep the lift pads just an inch or so away just in
case, but it makes it easy to get all of the suspension components
torqued in place

car starts out at the "proper" height, doesn't seem to change over

good luck, Cliff

On Mon, 08 May 2006 09:24:41 -0000, you wrote:

>Hey all. Just got the Eibach lowering springs installed on the D. Car
>seems to handle quite a bit better now and it feels much more stable
>on the road. My one concern is that the car appears to be nearly an
>inch lower in the front on one side. There is also a slight difference
>in the rear height. The springs have been on for over a month of
>driving so I don't think it's a matter of them settling in. Is there
>an adjustment I can make so the car sits more evenly all around?
>-Jeremy Delaney

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