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Thanks for the feedback on my post titled Spindles vs. Springs.

More than likely I'm going to go with springs and I'm doing some shopping around. I've been reading some of the post regarding springs and have narrowed it down to Hotchkis or Eibach. I would like some feedback from those of you have tried these to help me make my decision.
 
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My first set of Eibachs was OK for about two years, afterwards they started sagging in the front. It was so bad that it started peeling tread off my front tires, from the inside of my fenders.

Got a second used set from a fellow HOSSer.
The 2nd set of Eibachs sagged even FASTER.

My good friend Jeff Grimes installed my new set of Hotchkis springs right before Tulsa and I'm VERY happy with the springs so far.
It's sitting at the right stance. AND it ride
better than my SS when it was STOCK.

A HUGE thanks to Jason from Street Trends for getting my springs delivered to me before
the Tulsa trip.
 
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I vote for Hotchkis. I used Eibachs for my first go-around with lowering the car and hated them. Ride quality sucked and the car didn't have the right stance.

Went back to stock, then I just put in Hotchkis springs a few months ago. Still using the same Bilstein 1104/0929 shocks I used with the Eibachs. Ride is pretty stiff, but the quality of the ride is awesome (not too rough - just perfect). Even with five big dudes in the car. Stance is great too. Go Hotchkis and you won't be disappointed (IMO).
 
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I was asking this question about two months ago and after a long search through this forum and other sources I ended up getting the Hotchkis springs. I just heard way too many complaints about the Eibachs and very, very few complaints with the Hotchkis setup. After installing my Hotchkis springs a week ago, I'm very happy with the stance.
Hotchkis!

Ross
 
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Hotchkis, Definately.

Eibachs don't last with the weight of our cars.


Adrian,
Way to Go...... Finally :D :D
 
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I agree with the comments made on the Hotchkis springs.
 
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Thanx guys, I guess its Hotchkis for me. Thanx again.
 
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Yep, Eibachs lick majorly HUGE balls....go Hotchkis totally!!!
 
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Hey guys, aboot how much does the Hotchkis kit actully lower an S.S.?? I can check the sites that support them but I want first hand info of what it REALLY does (lowers) as opposed to what they say it will. Thanks.
 
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That's one of the reasons why the Hotchkis spring set are SOOO nice - they are a TRUE and consistant drop of 1 1/4 inches up front and 1 inch in back. Now that is on a 95 or 96 SS which use the real SS springs. 94 SS's got 9C1 springs up front so the drop with hotchkis srings on a stock 94 car will be alot more than 1 1/4 inches - maybe something like 2 inches or more. That's about how much lower my front end got after the hotchkis springs. Note that the stock ride height of the 94 SS is kind of goofy, with the whole reverse rake thing going on, so you actually want it to lower the front more than an 1 1/4 inches so it doesn't look so goofy.

Search the suspension section to see a thread i made several months back showing before and after pics of my car.

But again, the hotchkis springs will in fact give you the exact advertised drop on a stock 95 or 96 SS, and a little bit more of a drop in the front of a 94 SS. Get it???

HTH's
 
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Cool, thanks for the info BruiSSer. Will take it under advisement.
 
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After comparing my car to several others at the Tulsa event mine almost looks like a LOW RIDER with my Eibachs.. I just tooki some more measurements this past weekend and my car has settled an additional 3/4" over the last 2 years.. I now have to ram my floor jack under the front to get it under the front crossmember...

Also with talking with SmokeyBear he told me that Eibachs are too stiff for road race and autocross... So my Eibachs may be up for sale sometime this winter... I have only 8,000 miles on them..

-Tom
 
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My 9C1 dropped a full 2 inches in the front amd an inch and a half in the rear. Its just a one or two finger gap between the tire and the wheel well in front and rear. It's perfect.
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Spartus:
After comparing my car to several others at the Tulsa event mine almost looks like a LOW RIDER with my Eibachs.. I just tooki some more measurements this past weekend and my car has settled an additional 3/4" over the last 2 years.. I now have to ram my floor jack under the front to get it under the front crossmember...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tom,

This is exactly what we have been dealing with on Adrians car. Your car will most likely continue to settle till the front wheels are rubbing inside the fenders like Adrians. I even installed spacers on his (second set of Eibachs) front springs to buy him some time till he got his Hotchkis Springs.
 
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If I decided to go with the hotchkis springs,are there a specific kind I should buy to get it to SS height(in inches). I have a 93 caprice
 
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Originally posted by maniac:
If I decided to go with the hotchkis springs,are there a specific kind I should buy to get it to SS height(in inches). I have a 93 caprice
If you want SS height, you need to get some actual springs from an SS... If you go with Hotchkis springs, you will be around 1" or so lower than SS springs....

NEMESIS: I just did some more measuring and found out my car is sitting crooked.. Left rear is the lowest, and front right is the highest. There is a 1" difference.

-Tom
 
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