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      05-10-2009, 11:19 AM   #1
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Here are some pics of an EIbach Pro-Kit on a 135i. These are springs only as I did not opt for a full springs/shocks combo at this time.

Initial Impressions:
The springs ride incredibly comfortably,very stock-like. I would say they are about 25% stiffer than stock. This is definitely a mild setup as compared to say KW coilovers (had them on my GTI). Highway bumps are slightly more pronounced, but rebound on the springs is improved and overall handling is a notch better (I don't track the car so I'm really not pushing it). This is a great street setup for the money. I have no regrets thus far.

Now let's talk about the drop. I took measurements pre-install on all wheels, measuring from the ground to the top of each wheelwell arch and then again post-install. When they were first installed the drop was 7/8" F and 3/4" R. Now after about 200 miles of driving it has settled a bit to 1" F and 3/4" R. I will take another measurement after about a week of driving and report the final drop, but I can say that to me the drop is perfect!

Now for the pics:






And for comparison to stock:

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      05-10-2009, 11:55 AM   #2
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Looks very nice!
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      05-10-2009, 01:25 PM   #3
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very clean, ive seen your car on the road before looks great
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      05-10-2009, 02:03 PM   #4
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Your car looks awesome dude.
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      05-10-2009, 06:50 PM   #5
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Nice drop! Did you install them yourself?
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      05-10-2009, 07:09 PM   #6
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Thanks for the compliments! I had a local shop Renn-Art install them, they are super cool guys. I would highly recommend them for installs. Here area couple more for a more direct comparison.


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Hey, as soon as you can, find a good flat/level spot and measure all 4 corners, from the ground to the middle of the fender. Then, in about 30 days, measure again at that same flat/level spot. Then again, in 60 and then again in 90 days. Of course of you feel like it.
Personally, i never do an alignment when the suspension is first installed. I wait 60-90 days, until the car has completely settled. If you do it at the same time as the install, your only wasting money and time.

Looks great!
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      05-10-2009, 08:22 PM   #8
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I definitely agree that is a perfect drop!
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      05-10-2009, 09:03 PM   #9
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Hey, as soon as you can, find a good flat/level spot and measure all 4 corners, from the ground to the middle of the fender. Then, in about 30 days, measure again at that same flat/level spot. Then again, in 60 and then again in 90 days. Of course of you feel like it.
Personally, i never do an alignment when the suspension is first installed. I wait 60-90 days, until the car has completely settled. If you do it at the same time as the install, your only wasting money and time.

Looks great!
Yes, this is exactly how I measured the drop. I will do it again after a couple weeks and let you guys know. About the alignment, funny thing is my car used to pull to the left and now it's almost gone!
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      05-15-2009, 03:49 PM   #10
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awesome pics! The drop looks really good
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how long was the install? I am thinking of getting these with the koni FSDs. Would you recommend the struts/shocks or would you say the improvement and ride are good enough just with the stock M-sport struts/shocks? Hows the handling/feeling after having them for a while now?
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How much was the install and alignment?
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      06-10-2009, 09:04 PM   #13
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how long was the install? I am thinking of getting these with the koni FSDs. Would you recommend the struts/shocks or would you say the improvement and ride are good enough just with the stock M-sport struts/shocks? Hows the handling/feeling after having them for a while now?
Here's mine with the Eibach/FSD combo. Drop after a month is about 3/4", the ride is very OEM like.
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      07-12-2009, 01:34 PM   #14
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how long was the install? I am thinking of getting these with the koni FSDs. Would you recommend the struts/shocks or would you say the improvement and ride are good enough just with the stock M-sport struts/shocks? Hows the handling/feeling after having them for a while now?
Install cost $150 or 175 I can't remember.

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How much was the install and alignment?
Have yet to do an alignment, but I need one badly. Car drifts left a bit.


UPDATE: I measured the drop one last time using the same method as before. The final drop is:

DF: 1-1/8"
PF: 1-1/8"
DR: 7/8"
PR: 3/4"


Overall the ride is smooth and responsive at lower speeds, however in hind sight I probably would have gone with a spring/shock combo like Koni FSD. The stock shocks are just too soft and tend to make the car sway from side to side when hitting bumps at highway speeds. Not in an unsafe way, just kind of annoying. And after driving my GTI with KW Coilovers for 6 years I kind of miss that feeling of control.
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I went with the BMW PS, just got it on, and loving every bit of it!, I am sure this setup is great too, I've had eibachs before and they were great. this is definitely the better setup for those that want the more aggressive drop
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Great post! I am thinking about doing the same springs, and since our cars look a lot alike...

...this gives me great confidence! Sweet!
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      07-15-2009, 02:32 PM   #19
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Looks like the same drop I got with the Eibach spring I put on last week.
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Thanks for the compliments! I had a local shop Renn-Art install them, they are super cool guys. I would highly recommend them for installs. Here area couple more for a more direct comparison.


where is renn-art?? because im planning to do this too and i live in the same city
as you do
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      08-27-2010, 01:00 AM   #22
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Drop looks perfect. Anyone else thinks he needs spacers, though? I don't really have any experience with spacers, but a couple of those pics make the tires look a bit too tucked, IMO. I'm curious to hear thoughts from people.
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