Eibach provides answers for FAQs on springs

Eibach provides answers for FAQs on springs image

Text: / Photos: | posted May 17, 2007 00:00


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Q: Springs do not need to be changed over time
A: TOTALLY UNTRUE. I am sure most of us have experienced decreased drivability of older cars. Even if we already changed the complete underchassis and the shocks, the car does not feel the same as when it was new. This is because your springs are not up to par anymore. Years of using your springs have lowered its spring rate and thus, it will not perform as good as when it was brand new. Furthermore, your springs have been exposed to environmental elements that cause its protective layer of paint to deteriorate and degrade the spring's metal composition through rusting. Automotive springs are not indestructible and thus also needs to be changed in time.

Q: Cutting or heating springs is a viable process to lowering your springs
A: TOTALLY UNTRUE. Each spring, be it standard or aftermarket lowering springs, are designed for a particular purpose. Spring manufacturers calculate the exact axle loads and design the spring for optimum ride comfort, handling and tire traction. This ensures ride comfort and optimum driving safety for passengers. Cutting and/or heating springs alters the design from the original, making it substandard and hence making the car not road worthy to drive. Decrease in handling, comfort and braking leads to cars which are much prone to accidents.

Q: Lowering your car will not increase damage to your shock absorbers and underchassis
A: TOTALLY UNTRUE. Lowering the car WILL definitely increase the wear of your shock absorbers and underchassis. There are lowering springs that will increase underchassis damage more than others. This is due to the increased height drop or to the unsuitable spring rates.

Q: I can use any lowering spring with my stock shock absorber
A: TOTALLY UNTRUE. Stock dampers can only take a maximum lowering of 30mm irregardless of brand or type i.e. gas or fluid shocks. Stock shock absorbers usually play only around 1 to 3 inches. Lowering car by 30 mm (1.18 inches) effectively kills 1/3 of the play of the shocks. Lowering more than this will shorten the shocks' lifespan very fast. Only in some cases can stock dampers be lowered more than 30 mm but 35mm will be the limit. This is very very seldom.

Q: Any lowering spring with the same drop will have the same ride and handling qualities
A: TOTALLY UNTRUE. There are several types of springs. Most popular of these types are linear and progressive springs. Different spring rates applied to different types of springs will give you very different ride and handling qualities.

Q: Any Lowering springs for a certain vehicle (ex. Honda Civic EK) for the US market is the same for the European or Asian market.
A: TOTALLY UNTRUE. Shock and spring settings are usually dependent on the market. This is why you would tend to see cars in countries with good road condition with a lower stance compared to countries with bad road conditions. To bring out the best ride in certain markets, lowering spring manufacturers do make springs for certain markets that would match the type of underchassis the market requires.