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Old 03-09-2003   #1
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Changing the suspension - change in ride quality?

I'm a bit tired already of the soggy handling of my Abarth and was thinking of changing the springs on the car and having sports springs fitted. I had Eibach springs put on my last Punto and they worked very well but naturally the ride was quite hard.

The ride in the Abarth is quite hard now and you do feel every mark on the road so I was just wondering if anyone has fitted sports suspension and had much of a change in the ride quality? I bought the car to be a comfortable GT type car but would like to sort the handling out a bit so don't want it getting uncomfortable.

So, anyone changed the suspension on their Stilo? If you have please let me know how you've got on with it. Is the ride quality much worse?

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Old 26-10-2003   #2
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Hi, I'm having Eibach springs fitted a week on Monday I'll let you know how it goes!
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Will be interested to hear just how hard the ride is after you do it....

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As will I.

Would you mind telling us how much it is costing? Is it a local, independant garage that is fitting them?

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Old 29-10-2003   #5
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Hi, I searched the net for the Eibach springs, they were 143 from Eibach Direct, 120 from Demon Tweeks and I got them from Proline Sports in the end for 110, these prices include VAT and delivery. Funnilly enough, although I paid Proline Sports in Scotland, they arrived to me in Peterborough from Eibach Direct in Leicester the very next day, strange but true. My local garage is charging me 60 to do the job. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-11-2003   #6
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:)Yeah, sorry, it's a local independent garage doing the work, FIAT wanted double the money to do it and they told me that regardless of them or an independent garage doing the work my warranty would be void should any problems arise in the future, so yep, I'm going to let my tried and trusted independent friends do the work.

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Hi chaps

I had the Eibach springs fitted today, what a difference, the car sits lower, looks better, doesn't wallow around and goes where you point it, a massive improvement! The car should be set up like this from factory. Also the ride is not noticably harsh you wouldn't even know they had been changed in terms of comfort.

Highly recommended.:D

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Hope you had the shockers changed to shortened length shockers and stiffer. Also hope you had the tracking done as lowering your car changes wheel geometry. Tyres arnt cheap for stilos
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Hi FiatExpert

Thanks for that, but the Eibach springs are designed to work with the standard shockers, it says that in the technical bumpf that comes with the kit, also I am having four wheel laser alignment tomorrow as I ran out of time today.

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I agree with twincamms, had eibach springs on my punto as above and you don't need to change the shocks or geometry. If the drop was more than 3cm which is about normal for Eibach springs then perhaps some work might need to be done....

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Thanks for your support Boywonder.

Are you going to get them fitted to your motor?

I've just got in from work and the drive home was so much better, I can't believe it's the same car, no wallowy, marshmallowy, soggy drive, firm, responsive and sweet!

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:)...regardless of them or an independent garage doing the work my warranty would be void...<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></blockquote id="quote"></font id="quote">

:(

Looks like I won't be doing it now. Just don't want to risk it.

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Hi Lead

Yeah you say that, but it doesn't void your warranty completely, only any issues that arise concerning the suspension. Also I've looked at the photos of your Stilo and it looks like it's in the air, now that I've lowered mine I've realised how bad it looked, I'll get some photos on soon and you can judge for yourself!

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Hi Twincamms,

Have you got the website address for proline Sports or a phone number?, I`m going to get some eibachs for my Abarth. Thanks for posting, atlast an end to the roundabout rolllllllllllllllllllll!!!

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That depends, My friend of mine had his punto mk2 lowered by 40 mm , and his gearbox blow up. The differential come out of the side of the gearbox. Fiat would not pay for repairs as they said it have put extra strain ont he gearbox and driveshaft being lowered, eventually i fit a recon gearbox for him...Beware
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