Eibach springs for 5ktq...

Ben Swann benswann at verizon.net
Mon Apr 21 13:54:16 PDT 2008

The Koni's are not as harsh as the Bilstiens.  I have not compared the setup of Bilstien
with Eibach vs. Koni with Eibach, and this is more of a comment based on Bilstien with
H&R vs. Eibach with Koni.  So maybe more like an apples to oranges comparison. 

I'd go with the Konis and Eibachs - at least in the rear for the adjustability.

Presently I am running a "correct" Bilstien + H&R all around on the 200Q20Vt avant.  I
am also running 235/50 ZR 17" wheel and tires are Conti-Extreme.  This setup is not that
harsh and any noise is coming from the well-worn tires.  I can't say if it is better or
worse than the coil-overs - handling about the same.  I lost my adjustability, but there
seems to be adequate clearance with the H&Rs even with the 235 width.

You did not ask me about my Jimi Hendrix experience, but I'll tell you anyway, because
it is relevant.  I went autocrossing with the silver avant last summer and took my wife
and daughter and hauled the 4X6 Coleman trailer up.  I had adjusted the Eibach
coil-overs down for the race.  After the race we did the fun run through the mountains
to Doc's farm to enjoy the Crabs and Beer.  The day was a Scorcher approaching high 90's
- pretty hot even for the mountains.  We headed back home just as thunder storms were
approaching.  We got caught in a deluge that included some good sized hail.  I had tunes
cranking to keep my alert - driving eyes pealed throught the downpour and passing many
vehicles that had pulled over.  I think it was the middle of VOODOO CHILD - some serious
feedback Jimi was putting out and seemed to be getting louder and I thought it was some
special track included on this new CD.  Began turning the volume down as the squeeling
became louder, but Jimi wouldn't shut-up.  Finally turned the stereo off and then I
realized the "feedback" was not coming from the stereo but from the car itself.

So I found a reasonably safe spot to pull over - I70 with virtually pitch dark and no
visability and the storm was not letting up.  I got out and was instantly soaked -
reached under the rear fender and found as I suspected - no clearance between the tire
and the fender.  What happened?

Take a guess!


[Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2008 20:18:06 -0400
From: "Cody Forbes" <cody at 5000tq.com>
Subject: Re: Eibach springs for 5ktq...
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Ok so it's established that I've got the Eibach Pro-Kit springs. Does anybody reading
have them installed with Bilstein Sports or with Koni's? 

How do the Eibachs compare to H&R's?

I just installed some Bilstein Sports on my car last year, they have maybe 5000 miles on
them. I'm torn as to if I should use them, or if I should go with the Koni's. I've got
offers to buy the Koni's, and I'm betting I could sell the Bilsteins too if I wanted to.

-Cody Forbes
'87 5ktq - Fast.
'87 5ktq QLCC'd plus some
'86 5ktqCD
'86 5k
'86 5k ]

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