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I've been seeing a lot of Volvo owners using Eibach Springs. A very good friend of mine who's one of the Master Mechanics at Volvo here suggested for Eibachs also (he's got them on his 850R ). <p>My question is... is this the best of the best Springs for Volvos? I own a 98 s70 T5. What are your opions on these springs? Are there better ones out there? I just got the car recently and I'm wondering what else is out there..I'm also looking to get Bilstein Shocks too (me likes a smooth ride too ya know <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> ). <p>Suggestions? Anyone? Opinions?<br>Thank you!
 

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Re: Springs suggestions (LAGIM 187)

Personally I like H&Rs myself. You can buy them from <A HREF="http://www.shox.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.shox.com</A> along with Bilstein package.<br>I used to use Bilsteins but installed Yellow Koni's on my current 850R and like them MUCH better.<br>JRL
 

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Re: Springs suggestions (JRL)

Damn..finally somebody said something!lol Awsome, JR! Thanks, I'll look into this right now.
 

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Re: Springs suggestions (gdogg16)

Well said!<br>It also depends on the types of roads you will be driving on.<br>CA used to have great roads but they have detiorated which is why I like H&R's, they take the "edge" off harshness, at least for me
 

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Re: Springs suggestions (JRL)

It should be more a function of rate and type (linear vs. progressive) as opposed to mfg. All of the major mfg.s will offer quality products (Eibach, GC, Hypercoil, H&R, etc.). <p>I always laugh when I see people on the VW site talking about wanting to put 'coil overs' on their cars. They have no idea about what free length, spring rate, or shock valving they want, just that they want 'coil overs'.
 

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Well, I am also looking for spring/shock recommendations for a 98 V70 T5. I would prefer not to go too low or too hard, since this is (among other things) my dog wagon, and I don't want them to die in transit. The Eibach and H&R springs both appear to lower about the same amount, and that is about the drop I am going for. As for shocks, I am familiar with Bilsteins (HD) on my Audis and I like them, but I am not sure how that will translate to the Volvo. Compared to the Audis, the V70 feels way too soft and bouncy, which is what I am trying to cure. I also plan to go with IPD sways. <p>Another option is the Koni FSD's but that means stock ride height, according to their specs.<p>Any opinion/experience with any of these combos would be appreciated. <p>The roads around here aren't too bad, but there is the occasional pothole; none of the annoying CA freeway choppiness to worry about though, since the freeways are mostly tarmac.
 

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Re: Springs suggestions (Jammer)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Jammer</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Well, I am also looking for spring/shock recommendations for a 98 V70 T5. I would prefer not to go too low or too hard, since this is (among other things) my dog wagon, and I don't want them to die in transit. The Eibach and H&R springs both appear to lower about the same amount, and that is about the drop I am going for. As for shocks, I am familiar with Bilsteins (HD) on my Audis and I like them, but I am not sure how that will translate to the Volvo. Compared to the Audis, the V70 feels way too soft and bouncy, which is what I am trying to cure. I also plan to go with IPD sways. <p>Another option is the Koni FSD's but that means stock ride height, according to their specs.<p>Any opinion/experience with any of these combos would be appreciated. <p>The roads around here aren't too bad, but there is the occasional pothole; none of the annoying CA freeway choppiness to worry about though, since the freeways are mostly tarmac. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>weitec would be a good option, just a pain to get at the moment. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Springs suggestions (LAGIM 187)

This will be my next Mod too. I am curios to know what the best combo is. I definitely do not want to lower the car too much as well. I've was always thinking about the Eibach springs, and Bilstein TC, but if the car would handle a lot better with the HD, and wont be much harsher, then I would go for that, I would love my car to handle like an M3....
 

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Re: Springs suggestions (dicostal)

It will be MUCH harsher (with HD's) and it will NEVER, EVER handle like an M3 no matter what you do to it!<br>Bilsteins will RAISE the car back up 1/2" so with most springs the result will be about an inch (which is good IMO)<br>As I stated many times, I think H&R's are the "softest" of the springs, combined with Bilstein tourings make a nice combination. I now like Yellow Konis better but they will not raise the car back up at all so you will be 1.3" or so down.<br>I haven't tried the Konis with lowering springs, only on my 850R wich is slightly lower from the factory so I kept the stock springs.<br>I find that combo perfect for my needs (<B>remember get those ipd sway bars)</B>
 

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Re: Springs suggestions (gdogg16)

My goal is basically pretty simple - Better performance, Better image/looks, Better handling, Just to be BETTER". I've been reading a lot of reviews between the Eibach and H&R. A lot say that H&R are less harsh than Eibachs, some say H&R's are better on the streets and Eibachs are best on the tracks. And that Eibachs tend to bounce a lot.<p>Also, I read that BMW's uses H&R's for their upgrades and the some of the new Porsche have H&R's on them..(I forget wich year or model) but that's a good sign I think. <p>
 

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Re: Springs suggestions (LAGIM 187)

I just installed Vogtland (German) re-violet sport springs and Bilstein Touring's all around on my 98 T5. Couldn't be happier. Lowered the front about 1.5" and the back about 1". Excellent ride and handling (not harsh at all). I would highly recommend them.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gdogg16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>that'll never happen.</TD></TR></TABLE><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Too bad, I've did add the IPD Sway Bars, and the handling did improve quite a bit, but still way off from what I expect.... Hopefully with the Bilstein TC (I will take JRL advice, and use them most likely) and lowering springs my handling will meet my expectations LOL…<br>I’ll let you guys know how I make out…<br>Ciao<br>
 

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Volvdog, do you know if Vogtland sells just the front springs without having to buy all 4? I have the Bilst. TC's and love them but want to lower my front some (the TC's raised it about an inch) although my back is fine and don't want to lower it any, especially with me hauling people and things in my car quite often. <p>For that matter, I wouldn't mind H&R front springs either but haven't been able to find them without getting all 4 either.
 

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If you're looking to make the car tighter, I'd go w/ the Bilstein HD's over the TC's. I put them on my V70XC w/ the stock springs, and I love the ride.
 

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(sigh)<br>They want to LOWER the front only, not install Bilstein HD's.<br>A spring with the correct shock (NOT HD's) will result in better handling and road feel yet still have a (much) nicer ride than HD's provide
 

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The Vogtlands come packaged as a set of 4. I doubt you can buy just two. Installing all 4 with Bilstein Touring struts/shocks lowers front and back and still maintains a nice forward stance. I think the car handles better than just replacing the fronts (My 99 has H&Rs up front and stock springs in back)
 

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I bought them on eBay from foreigncarpartsonline.com. This is really FCP Groton. I'd contact FCP and ask if you can buy them directly from them (They're not on their regular website). The springs were shipped to me directly by Vogtland NA in California so they may only be avaialble through FCP's eBay store.
 
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