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Old 04-10-2006, 12:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bad Springs or Bad shocks?

SImple dumb question.....How do I know which need replacing?
Can someone inform me of the symptoms that may occur for each?
My 02 with 75K on it seems fine, but that's because I've never driven an IS with 5K on it If I can get away with one or the other, I'd like to do that. If it has to be just springs, I'd consider Eibach as long as its a near factory feel ride.

I remember awhile back someone here had a OEM spring/shock set with ~10K on them for sale.....I shoulda jumped on that

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Old 04-10-2006, 12:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well I know when my shocks blew that they made a metal clunking noise whenever I hit a bump. And they spewed oil all over things.
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Well your springs should last the life of the car. As for your shocks thats a different story. If you feel a lot of roll in your turning or bounce when you go over bumps
( bouncing more than 2 times over 1 bump ) then you need new shocks. Also a harsh ride will also make you need new shocks.

If you want as close to stock aftermarket springs then Eibach prokit will work fine with new stock shocks
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Well your springs should last the life of the car. As for your shocks thats a different story. If you feel a lot of roll in your turning or bounce when you go over bumps
( bouncing more than 2 times over 1 bump ) then you need new shocks. Also a harsh ride will also make you need new shocks.

If you want as close to stock aftermarket springs then Eibach prokit will work fine with new stock shocks
thx.....all seems good, I just tend to feel alot more bumps and such when daily driving now. I guess that just what happens when you get used to a car. I've only had it about a montha nd a half. Seemed to have been much smoother at the time of purchase
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thx.....all seems good, I just tend to feel alot more bumps and such when daily driving now. I guess that just what happens when you get used to a car. I've only had it about a montha nd a half. Seemed to have been much smoother at the time of purchase
If those are the original stock shocks then they will probably need to be replace sooner than later.

If you do decide to change the stock shocks out I would go for the Eibachs springs at the same time. It makes everything a lot easyer.
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a simple test to see if your shocks are out. push up and down on the car on each corner and see if the car bounces up and down alot. thats a good way to tell if the shock is out, other than that, if the ride is very bouncy, then your shocks are probably screwed.
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If those are the original stock shocks then they will probably need to be replace sooner than later.

If you do decide to change the stock shocks out I would go for the Eibachs springs at the same time. It makes everything a lot easyer.
easier as in less costly for me to get it all done at once.....I realize

But, will the eibach's essentially make it feel stock-like? I gather its a higher rated spring than stock(I suspect), plus 1" or so lower, so it seems I wouldn't be gaining any comfort unless I put stock OEM springs back on. Am I correct?

I come from a 300zx on GC coilovers with KYB's with no gap and that was a pretty comfy ride to be honest. Just seems as if I read alot on here regarding super stiff and uncomfortable IS's when ANY spring is installed.
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