(Note: Ben emailed this to the Peugeot 206 GTI list and is reproduced with his permission)
Have just fitted out the Eibach suspension to my GTi. It's the same
springs that EssCarGo fit for AUS$660 (or thereabouts).
It lowers the car by about 32 mm at the front, and the back is adjusted
via modifying the torsion bar, basically just rotating the lever around
the beam by a spline.
I only modified the front, and before you wonder if it looks a bit
wierd... no it doesn't. I think it improves the stance of the car
immensely. It should also help with handling a little bit by keeping the
rear at standard height. Stiffer front springs can increase understeer,
but by leaving the rear as it was this should give a little more
oversteer, thus evening things out. My logic may be flawed but the quick
fang I had this arvo seems to confirm it. Turn in is a little faster
with a great deal less body roll. All in all I'm most impresssed.
It's not an easy job to do, but if you have access to the equipment and
are mechanically minded then you could fit them yourself. It's a case of
removing the strut... replacing the spring and refitting the strut x 2 of
course. All up for two of us it took less than 3 hours to do each side,
and we didn't know where to begin initially, so it's not a huge job, but
it can be a bit of a bastard. Removing the lower control arm was a bit
difficult, but when we figured out the technique it wasn't so bad.
Handling is superb (it was excellent already, of course) and the car has
a more agressive stance that suits it.
Stay tuned for pictures and more of a ride report.
Go to www.eibach.de, www.eibach.com or www.eibach.com.au for more info
(the US site doesn't seem to do Peugeot, even after doctoring the input
to the cgi scripts I couldn't get any matches from their database!, and I
don't understand German!)
Anyway... the springs work!