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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-24-2003, 12:57 AM
MNGRNSS
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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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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-24-2003, 07:31 AM
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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.
post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-24-2003, 01:01 PM
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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).
 
post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-24-2003, 01:14 PM
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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
post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-24-2003, 01:49 PM
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Hotchkis, Definately.

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


Adrian,
Way to Go...... Finally
post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-24-2003, 02:54 PM
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I agree with the comments made on the Hotchkis springs.
post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-24-2003, 04:22 PM
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Thanx guys, I guess its Hotchkis for me. Thanx again.
post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 08:21 PM
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Yep, Eibachs lick majorly HUGE balls....go Hotchkis totally!!!
post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 09:50 PM
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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.
post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-27-2003, 02:58 PM
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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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