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Old 02-15-2005, 01:28 PM   #1
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Has anybody experienced both springs on their car? I have read comments and recommendations on STi pink springs, as well as a few Eibach Pro Kit. I am looking to get one or the other. I know that it is recommended to get Group N's Strut Tops with STi pink, which cost a little more than Eibach. Also, STi pink's drop isn't as low in the front and spring rates are stiffer, compared to Eibach Pro kit.

This might be an easy question to answer, but if you have had both springs on your car, how was the hanlding and clearance? I want good to excellent handling while not dropping the car too low and doesn't bounce all over the place while im commuting from home to work. Cost isn't that much of an issue, but like everyone here, I rather not pay too much.

BTW, this is for my 05 STi.

Any inputs are welcome.

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Old 02-15-2005, 05:51 PM   #2
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Old 02-15-2005, 10:46 PM   #3
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Old 02-15-2005, 11:06 PM   #4
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I know you were looking for someone with both springs for a comparision but I currently have the Eibach Pro-Kit for my 05 STI and am very satisfied with the results, for some reason though i had a little fender rubbing in the front right but that may have been because i am known to roll 5 deep in my car but other then that ground clearance isn't a problem at all and alot of the car's loose and wobly feeling has gone away and the car feels a lot sturdier if that makes sense, i feel as though i have more control of the car and it looks a lot better and as far as the ride quality, i dont mind it at all, but i honestly dont have anything to compare it to as my last car was a 02 RSX-S with ground control coilover sleeves which were way bumpier then my eibachs, but i can say this, my ride in my 05 STI isn't the smoothest either but thats pretty much a given with all aftermarket springs...
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Old 02-16-2005, 02:07 AM   #5
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STi pinks are better.

Eibach wasn't engineered for those struts the same way, your struts are valved for the STi pinks.
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Old 02-16-2005, 03:30 AM   #6
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Bill - without trying them its hard to say what would be better. Eibach is very thorough about their R&D and i would imagine that they would engineer the spring properly to match the STi inverted strut (if its indeed an STi application spring). Anyone know what the spring rate is on the Eibach? That would give us a clue to their intentions, whether it be cosmetic lowering (only slightly higher spring rate and lowering) or performance (higher spring rate and lowering).

As it is, I would certainly vote for the STi JDM pink springs.
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pro kits = IMHO not much of an improvement over stock, too soft. too low.

I havent seen specs for the sti pro kits
but the wrx pro kits were 'a tick' and i mean BARELY stiffer than stock
all they do is drop the car... a bit too much in my opinion.

Sti pinks would be the much better choice for your STi

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Thanks for all the feedbacks. Here are the specs for Eibach Pro Kit:
Drop rate: Front: -1.3 in; Rear: -1.0 in)

Spring rates: Front: 171 lbs/in; Rear: 160 lbs/in
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Spring rates: Front: 171 lbs/in; Rear: 160 lbs/in
Those look like rates for a wrx. STi rates should be a bit higher.
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Thanks for all the feedbacks. Here are the specs for Eibach Pro Kit:
Drop rate: Front: -1.3 in; Rear: -1.0 in)

Spring rates: Front: 171 lbs/in; Rear: 160 lbs/in
the eibachs are progressive. those rates are just too soft for the sti.
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What type of spring do you guys reccomend? I dont really mind if they're stiff i mean im coming of Ground Controls in my previous car, whats a good match for the STI with just as good of a drop??
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How low are planning on dropping your STi? I think STi Pink only drop 1" front and rear (somebody correct me if I'm wrong). For me, 1" drop is ideal, I don't want to have to deal with clearance issues.

I was contemplating either Eibach Pro Kit or STi Pink, but I think I will go with STi Pink for 05 STi. BTW, thanks again to everyone for the inputs.

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well actually i dont have any clearance issues with the Eibach, but ya i would like a drop so that the car looks even and nice even if i were to put 18's on later, cause thats gonna raise it up a bit...

But what about prodrives?
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Old 02-17-2005, 06:32 PM   #14
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are you going for lowered looks or performance?

lowered looks: eibach

Performance: STI pink no question

both: PRODRIVE
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Old 02-17-2005, 11:13 PM   #15
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ya it seems as though the prodrives are the best bet, anyone know of a good place to find em at a good price?
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Old 02-18-2005, 12:20 PM   #16
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the prodrives arent everyones cup of tea though. if you want pretty good performance with linear spring rate, and somewhat lowered looks, prodrive offers a good combination of both. but some people only want looks, and some only want performance, which is understandable.

other than the used market, its hard to find prodrive springs for under retail ~$299.
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