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Old January 1st, 2020, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Shock Absorber ans Suspension Advice and Information

Preface: I'm hoping this thread will become a gold mine for shock absorber and suspension information, so others can read experiences and advice for different builds.

GROUP 33 FRONT SUSPENSION
https://tearstone.com/eclipsefsm/200...0003100-33.pdf

GROUP 34 REAR SUSPENSION
https://tearstone.com/eclipsefsm/200...0003200-34.pdf

Additional Remove/Installation help: https://www.club4g.org/board/suspension/

Description of Spring, Struts, Coilovers - 11 YEARS OLD
https://www.club4g.org/board/2006-20...tart-here.html

After 2 owners, my 2011 GS has been with me for about 5 years and just had the 60,000-mile inspection done on it. This has put me into preservation mode and what is next is my shock absorbers. I'm pretty sure these are the same shock absorbers from 2010 and heard around here that 10-year-old steel may not hold up under the stiff shocks.

What have been your good and bad experiences with our aging cars and shock absorbers for Eclipses?


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blkwings - "I'll be the naysayer and say go with Megan Racing. They're the cheapest coiler you should consider for the Eclipse. For $300 more you're getting a decade more R&D and US-based parts and service. Eclipse tuners like RRE offer Megan as a cheap entry-level for a reason. Experimenting with cheap suspension parts on nose-heavy FWD can lead to hellish ride quality. Just my 2."

Shizahoffa - "I have a set of the Megan Racing EZ STREET 2s with the 32 way adjustable and let me just say that they are absolutely amazing. In the canyons, my GT will grip like no other around the corners and I can take the windy canyons around 50 mph and then the more straighter areas at around 70 plus. After 3 runs, I was able to find my perfect ride with adjusting the front and the rears independently with the dampening. They are a little more expensive, but i trust my life with these on turns. My crew got a sponsorship so we got them for like $800 with all the little extras, but i would have paid $1300 for these without question. I believe they can be gotten for a little over a grand and thats Cali prices but yeah I would recommend these to anyone."

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Old January 1st, 2020, 07:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The valves begin to leak inside the shock body, so you lose compression and damping. Fresh struts fix that.

My 17 year old 310,000km Audi TT stock suspension feels great, my 3 year old OEM struts on lowering springs in the Eclipse with 35,000km feel awful, my OEM struts on OEM springs at 155,000km and 7 years felt not that great.


All years and models of Eclipse springs and shocks will work on all years and models. 2011 Eclipse are about a half inch lower than others from the factory due to different springs, but the same shocks (basically factory lowering springs). Endeavor struts and springs also work, but are taller.
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Thanks for your reply!

What springs and shocks have you used on either car over the years? Have you had any problems, or have heard of problems?
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Old January 2nd, 2020, 02:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have tein S-Tech lowering springs right now, which are stiff, but streetable. At higher power levels, they dive too much under load with steering changes, so they don't work well for turbo applications on this car. Something stiffer would be needed.

The struts I use now are the Monroe OEM ones. They felt great for 10,000km, ok for 10,000km, and are kinda trash now.


Next up for me are BC Sports coilovers. If there's interest I'll do a group deal for other people who want them.
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