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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:15 am 
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hi guys i have a spax vsx kit on my 1.6si and its far to hard as all the roads arond here are so bumpy... Does any body know if i can change the springs and keep the vsx dampers so the cars not so low and easier to drive on bumpy roads???? Think i need a rally type set up idealy. Thanks

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:15 pm 
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Yeah you can change the springs to any other spring for that model, tbh tho, I'll be the shocks causing the prblems not the springs, I take it you have either a 35mm or 60mm drop?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:06 am 
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You'll want proper dampers but proper dampers are worth double what your car is worth at the very least.

You will probably find though that brand new OEM dampers with Eibach springs will out-damp and out-handle any cheap aftermarket chinese tat like spax and gmax that has never even had any R&D work done on the actual car you drive, just a bit of guess work which feels "different" to OEM but is not actuallyany better or more importantly, does not make you "faster".

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:23 pm 
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my eibach springs on standard shocks are awesome :)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:24 am 
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I had a gmax kit on my si from brand new for 7 years and had no problems at all and the ride was good, spax are very good quality, I dont recomend using uprated springs with standard shocks

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:05 am 
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Phil, Eibach springs kits are developed for each car on standard OEM shock absorbers - there one of very few makes that do this. Hence why I bought my lowering kit from Ford themselves for my Mk4 Fiesta - no shocks, just the springs, although they did recommend that I refresh my shock absorbers with brand new items too.

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i'll be going for eibachs on the shitter!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:52 am 
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Im gona get rid of this spax kit as soon as pennies alow only because the roads around here are terrible, the vsx kit is awesome on smooth tarmac but sadly the aint any around here :O( ive been looking at some bilsten shocks on the bay has anybody had these before??

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Anbody know how much a set af Eibach springs are from ford?? thanks guys

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Bilstein are a fantastic make. Again, another company that actually do proper R&D and make a decent performance upgrade as part of a complete suspension setup.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:28 pm 
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Don Diggler wrote:
Im gona get rid of this spax kit as soon as pennies alow only because the roads around here are terrible, the vsx kit is awesome on smooth tarmac but sadly the aint any around here :O( ive been looking at some bilsten shocks on the bay has anybody had these before??

Ebay Linky

Anbody know how much a set af Eibach springs are from ford?? thanks guys


Is your Fiesta a mk3 or a mk3.5 ?

I would guess the shocks in the eBay link are mk3 and will not fit a mk3.5

Alot of companies do not know that there is a difference in the suspension between the 1989 mk3 and the 1994 mk3.5 and advertise that items will fit the whole mk3 range from 1989 to 1996 but this isnt the case as the front hubs have a larger shock opening on a mk3.5 than a mk3. This can and has been overcome before by using shims in the hub shock absober hole but personally this isnt something that I would do

I believe a mk3 hub takes a 43.8mm shock absorber and a mk3.5 hub takes a 45.5mm shock absorber


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I think mines an 3.5 its got the filler cap cover the vsx kit i have was for a 3.5 and fits fine those shocks on ebay are 44mm where it fits into the hub assembly? would it be easier and cheaper in the long run just to get some mk3 xr2i hubs and just swap them over? as every thing for the 3.5 just seems more expensive than mk3 stuff

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Don Diggler wrote:
I think mines an 3.5 its got the filler cap cover the vsx kit i have was for a 3.5 and fits fine those shocks on ebay are 44mm where it fits into the hub assembly? would it be easier and cheaper in the long run just to get some mk3 xr2i hubs and just swap them over? as every thing for the 3.5 just seems more expensive than mk3 stuff


Just updated my post above with what I think are the hub shock absorber hole sizes for a mk3 and mk3.5 so they shocks would be for a mk3

From what I remember it isnt as simple as just swapping over hubs. I'm sure there is more information on here. I think you need different lower arms as well. Worth having a search on here as I am sure it has been covered before


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