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    Default Lowering my vec

    It s probably been covered before but never having modded the suspension on any of my other cars i ll ask so all the info is in one place.

    I want to improve the handling on my Vec and lower it a bit and
    i m looking at going with the Eibach springs and B4 Dampers as they seem to be very popular but what i need to know is

    1. What s the cheapest place to get them
    2. do i need to have the camber adjusted when fitted
    3. Is it an idea to have someone supply and fit (and do camber)if needed or would it be alot more expensive if so who
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    I would like to know too.........

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    The best place to get them in my opinion is LMF for the SPrings, and Euro Car Parts for the SHocks. LMF do the Bilstein Shocks, but are a lot more expensive than ECP, by about £10 a corner..

    As for the Camber, again, just my opinion, but lowering it 30mm wont affect the camber enough to worry about it(remember if your's is an SRi, it will only lower it 15mm), but do get the tracking checked.

    As for the fitting of it, if you have any mechanical knowledge it's a peice of cake, 2 bolts each side for the rears, and 6 bolts, a C Clip and a brake wire on the fronts IIRC. A garage will charge you £75 to fit them when you can do it yourself in an hour or so.

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    i've lowered several vec C's and you should def alter the rear camber even with a 30 mm drop ! it will scrub the tyres off if you dont and it only takes about 3k for them to go ! i've done a 1.8 and 2 2.2's and they both needed it ! tracking check is also a must !

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    Just read a few posts from people that have put eibach springs on but kept sri dampers and they seem pretty happy.Would i be as well doing this?would it make a noticable difference to handling? My car is a 56 sri cdti

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penfold View Post
    Just read a few posts from people that have put eibach springs on but kept sri dampers and they seem pretty happy.Would i be as well doing this?would it make a noticable difference to handling? My car is a 56 sri cdti
    IMO it all depends what you want from the car ?? just lowering the car will make a big difference but go to low and you will have to change the shocks. It may look nice but again i dropped mine 45mm front and back on original shocks and it needs shorten shocks because mine are not up to the job, this has upset the balance of the car(a little). On a smooth track they are perfect but day to day the ride can be hard at times. A little trial and error i am affraid but best of luck.

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    I run my CDTi 150 on Eibach springs with standard dampers Was very impressed with the way it changed its handling. Much less body roll more positive steering feel an grip. I give it a very sore time and so far it's kept me between the hedges!!!! I wouldn't spend the asking price of the uprated dampers when IMO they are not needed!!!

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    Thanks for comments everyone , i think i`ll probably just go with the springs first then and see how it goes from there.just one more thing how much do the Eibach springs lower the SRi and if anyone else has anymore comments please keep em coming .It all helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penfold View Post
    Thanks for comments everyone , i think i`ll probably just go with the springs first then and see how it goes from there.just one more thing how much do the Eibach springs lower the SRi and if anyone else has anymore comments please keep em coming .It all helps
    15mm mate, as the SRi is already 15mm lower than a Standard height Vectra..

    If you want to go lower then you need to go Pi Springs i'm afraid mate..(I know, as i have tried nearly every set up available for a Vectra!)

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    It lowers the full car far more evenly, mine sits almost identical distances from the wheels to the wheel arches front and back unlike the standard springs!

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