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    confused Bouncy Bouncy

    As anyone out there with an '04 siggers will know, the suspension is basically pants. I'm considering an irmscher kit, but the thought of parting with £600+ for the kit, let alone the fitting is driving me bonkers. I've priced other kits online and the full sets arn't that much cheaper than the irmscher one.

    Would it be too much to risk getting a kit from a reasonably new sri at a breakers yard...

    P.S. Also considering an induction kit, my motor has the twin dual branch irmscher exhausts which have a nice note, but i'm looking for a bit of grunt from the front, i don't know how loud an induction kit would make the car (2.2 Direct).

    Any ideas would be appreciated.

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    Not sure what you mean by 04 in particular. It's the suspension on the Elegance/Elite in general that is not great (wallowy and pitchy) and exactly why I fitted the Irmscher kit to mine.

    Yours looks like a Design? If it is then it has the sports suspension in it. Not as good as the Irmscher but a huuuge improvement on the Elegance/Elite. If yours is the Design (I can't tell for sure) and the suspension doesn't feel right, then it could be another problem. The Signum, and Vectra, go through rear shocks quicker than you'd expect.

    If yours is an Elegance/Elite then you'll notice a huge improvement by fitting Irmscher, or similar, kit but as you say none of them are cheap - you get what you pay for I guess.

    A cheaper option is to just fit lowering springs which will help, but as the dampers aren't matched to that type of spring you'll wear the dampers out quicker, and you'll still get a bit of double bounce.

    Replacing the whole lot will give you by far the best result. The Irmscher kit shouldn't be £600+ - unless the prices have shot up. Thought they are around £525.

    HTH

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    sorry, forgot to mention, she is a 2004 2.2 direct Elegance (With jelly suspension as standard)

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    Righto - in that case just the latter part of my post applies.

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    That's what i was afraid of, ah well, looks like the wife will have to wait til next year for her holiday. Any ideas about an induction kit?

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    Stringlabel, I'm in the same wallowing boat as you. The choice is narrowed down to Irmscher and Eibach, who ( those in the know) I'm told make for irmscher anyway.
    However, much as I'd like to improve things I cannot justify or afford £ 500-£600 to make things a little better.
    Maybe one day someone will make a cheaper Signum kit, until then I'll keep pretending I'm at the helm of a boat..

    Bring back the glory days when "the best" were Monroe Gas shocks at £ 30 per pair.

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    all i can add to D's post is that we went down the Eibach route, and coupled them with some SRi dampers.. it handles like it's on rails now... before it was like a cork in a gale....

    fitting them was quite possibly the best mod done on the car yet, and the most necessary...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2 View Post
    coupled them with some SRi dampers..
    Where these dampers new from a dealer or elsewhere & do the rear ones from a Estate fit the Signum ?

    Quiet getting used to taking the senic route around corners, be a shame to change that.

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