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    All sorts of noises from back of my Gsi since bought it. Not a mechanic but when looked springs appeared shot to me. Decided would invest in some lowering springs. Having spent hours searching site and pm'ed several members my mind was firmly set on pi springs 45/40. Read reviews on eibach, apex etc but want it drive able low and think this is the route. I have now been told that shocks are bit past it and also need replacing. Despite my research can't decide best route to go now. Pi shock/spring set on eBay for £280. Any good? Or should I get bilstein b4s with the pi springs? Am on a budget and realise people will say b6s better option but to steep for me. Any other options? All help appreciated.

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    I have the bilstein/eibach setup, you can get them for around £600 delievered, Maybe twice your budget but they will be twice as good.
    I tend to find that cheap shock absorbers start to knock very early in their life, however i'm not sure anybody on this site has tried the pi spring/shocker combo.
    Bilstein b4's are a replacement item for non sri/gsi vectra models btw, so unsuitable for sri/gsi models and thats before they are lowered!

    If the rear end is knocking, have you checked your upper control arm bushes, these commonly wear and cause a knocking noise (£30 for two new arms) The rear ARB D-bushes also wear out (under £10 for genuine new bushes) Have also seen one or two rear droplinks wearing (not sure on cost but another cheap fix)

    While your replacing parts of the suspension get everything checked over to see if anything else needs replaced ( front droplinks, rack ends, track rod ends etc) and last of all whenever your finished sorting / upgrading the suspension get it four wheel aligned, makes a huge difference and will be sure to put a smile on your face

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    I'd personally got with bilstein/ Eibach combo I have irmscher suspension so same as b6/ pro line set up.

    and it's a combo I'd definatly use again.

    as said above make sure everything else is checked. You may find that milage dependant you end up changing them anyway.

    when I changed my suspension. I also changed. Top mounts and bearings, drop links and anti roll bar bushes. So I could be sure everything was ok.
    As at that point the upper control arms had only been replaced about 10k previous

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    Eibach only lowers 30mm and want it to go slightly lower. If money no object, take it bilstein b6's with pi springs better option.

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    Bilstein b8s are the better option (same as the b12 combo kit)
    b6s have standard length pistons, b8s have shorter ones better matched to lowering springs.

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