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    Default A bit of advice on ride height

    Evening, my o/s front spring broke on my 2.2 Direct Signum Design. I took it to a local Saab independent specialist and they replaced the two front springs today, just the springs not the dampers. All good, but got the car home and was looking at it in the drive and it looks really high at the front, 4x4ish!

    Had a look on the invoice for the work and the part number is 93190520 which looking on the parts listings here, http://www.vvon.co.uk/forum/vectra-c...rs-prices.html , seems to be the right part. Each listing for that code number says the engine size/number and either hatch/saloon/estate and most importantly lowered sports chassis which the Signum Design has.

    So why is it sitting so high? I've mesured the gap between the top of the tyre and the wheelarch lip and it is around 80-90mm. Will they settle down in time, but I'm sure they'll need to settle around 50mm which is a lot, or are they probably the wrong spring, or because they are new springs on 50,000 mile dampers they are too springy for the dampers!?

    Could someone help, as I'm going to have to go back to the garage tomorrow morning otherwise as I'm not HP with it. Thanks. Chris.

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    i just checked Vauxhall EPC and 93190520 is listed as the correct springs for a Signum with lowered sport chassis, but i also checked my Veccy estate, which does not have lowered suspension and she sits at about 85 mm between tyre and wheelarch lip, maybe the springs were wrong to part number or the garage got them from the factors and booked them out under Vauxhall part number. Problem is that the factors do not supply springs for lowered suspension and they are way cheaper than genuine Vauxhall. looks like a trip back :-(

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    Maby your car was lowerd before... i have from earth to the top of wheelarch.. about 69cm with new SRI springs on mine..

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    Cheers, think I'll have to have a ride back out to see them tomorrow. I know reading in the past that when people put lowering kits (springs and dampers) on cars it can take a while to settle down to the correct ride height, but I just think this is too high. You can see the spring and damper in the wheel arch, where you couldn't before.

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    just nipped out and measured from earth to the top of wheelarch and its 71cm front and rear, so sorry to say it looks like they somehow fitted the standard springs, i dont think they will settle by 20mm, which i believe is about the difference between standard and sport suspension.

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    The shocks wont affect the ride height mate, they hold no weight at all, all they do is slow the movement down.

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    Wonder what joy I'll get trying to get them to change them!

    Barney, you say that motor factors don't supply the sports springs?

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