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    Hi all,

    I know this has def been asked a million times but cant find a ref to the 1.8 Elegance - SRi's, GSi's etc etc are on here.

    I am replacing the front drop links, ARB bushes (poly) and springs - here is the question :

    What springs are recommended on std shocks, here are my options : Spax SSX (30mm), H&R (40mm), Koni (30mm), Eibach Pro (30mm). These are all around the same money give or take a tenner, dont want it too low or too stiff (ooh err missus).

    While I think about it, cheap supplier for poly bushes for front ARB?

    Cheers all

    Tony

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    Whilst my first choice would be the H&R springs as they're superb (got them on mine), I wouldn't personally recommend dropping more than 30mm on standard shocks in which case go with the Eibachs they have a very good name on here, if you're going to change the shocks as well then definitely go for the H&R's.

    Powerflex poly ARB bushes are available all over the place, I got mine from Neo Brothers in Waltham Cross.
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    Ian, Paul - many thanks for the advice. Will go for the Eibachs at £146 inc.
    Hopefully getting drop links, exhaust and shock gaitors tomorrow. Just got to get the poly bushes from da bay!

    Thanks again guys

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    Ian, Paul - many thanks for the advice. Will go for the Eibachs at £146 inc.
    Hopefully getting drop links, exhaust and shock gaitors tomorrow. Just got to get the poly bushes from da bay!

    Thanks again guys


    Sorry double post!

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    What size ARB bushes - I've seen both 24.2mm and 25.2mm, how can I tell which my sri would need? Ta.

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    Thats another question I had but I believe if the wheel is removed, the size of the bush is on it - I could be wrong but this is what I've heard. If it ain't on there then I'll be asking!!!

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    Thats another question I had but I believe if the wheel is removed, the size of the bush is on it - I could be wrong but this is what I've heard. If it ain't on there then I'll be asking!!!



    Another DP - sorry

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    Well, springs ordered - went for the Apex (30 or 35 mm) so they should be here in a day or so, found really cheap company for suspension and all related moddy bits.

    Fitted front drop links - without ARB bushes - and its cured the knocking, did check bushes and they along with the ARB look new, drops looked older than me!! I now just have a really annoying knocking from the rear of car and narrowed it down to the boot lid / catch, have adjusted the rubbers but didnt work.

    Would post pics but cant get into "my garage" - not to worry, just have to update my avatar

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    Springs have landed

    Any hints / tips / advice on fitting front and rear springs apart from be careful!
    Wanting to fit them tomorrow morning so I can get alignment sorted in afternoon as we are away tomorrow visiting the outlaws for the weekend.

    Thanks in advance

    Tony

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