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    im looking for springs that handle good in street and some performence. my 78 280z right now has about 4 inches from tire to fender on back and almost six in front. have tokico shocks infront and replaced back with monroe. i want the ride to be a little stiffer, what brand are good without killing my wallet. this are temparery till i save enough to go all adjustable.

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    MSA has their the Eibach lowering springs for sale until the end of today I believe. $179 if I remember correctly. I don't have personal experience with them yet but from what I've read they are a nice set for the street.
    '73 HLS30 143820

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    I too am looking at springs to run with KYB struts. Does anyone else run these with KYB's?
    1977 280Z 5 Speed
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    Do you know where my Grandpa's 240z is? He sold it around 1994. I think it was a 72. It was orange with black interior and some sort of scissors style aftermarket crank up sunroof. I think it was sold to a fellow pharmacist and I think he was from Egg Harbor Wisconsin. At the time the car had between 32-36k original miles. He sold it for the lowly sum of $3000-$3500. My grandpa passed away a few years ago and I would like to know its whereabouts.

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    Just last week installed a set of Eibachs and Tokicos on my 240 and I like them. The car handles well and the ride is very good IMHO.
    '71 240z 907 Green/Butterscotch Interior 81,000+ original miles
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    Default Eibachs plus KYBs are ok with me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben's Z View Post
    I too am looking at springs to run with KYB struts. Does anyone else run these with KYB's?
    I've had Eibachs with KYBs on my 73 240Z for over a year now. Probably have put 2000 miles on them. So far, so good, despite KYB's warnings not to use them with lowering springs. Other users here report similar success. I like how they ride, too. You end up with about 5 .5 inches of ground clearance when measured from the low spot in the frame rails right in front of the rear tire. See attached pictures. Notice the molded plastic mud flaps. The rear ones are gone now, as they wouldn't clear speed bumps. The front ones are fine, and I've left them on, as they do help prevent rock chips.

    One nice thing about the Eibachs is that you barely need a spring compressor to get them on. Easy to install. If I remember right, either the fronts or backs could be compressed enough by hand to get the nut on the strut assembly.Click image for larger version. 

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    I ran eibach springs and tokico hp shocks on a 76 2+2 and really liked the look and performance. Had to run the 240 or 280 front isolator bushings in the back also to level the car out.
    I dont know how to post pics on here but will be more than happy to email you a few if you need

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    This might work for the pics
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    The pictures help slot thanx. I think I'm going with eibach.My car is a 280z 2+2 do you think I need the isolator bushing in the back

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    After I find out how to post pics I'll post the picture of the car and the it's height

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    You dont need the isolators but it will be stink bugging with the back a bit higher than the front. I am running 16x7 +4 rota rb with 245-50-16s. Eibach springs, Tokigo struts and then put the shorter isolators in the back to level it out. From my understanding Nissan had to put 3/4" taller isolators in the back to get the bumper up to legal height. So grab any 2 240 isolators or 2 front 280's and stick them in the back and it will come out level.

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    PS the ride with that set up is comfortable but firm. I am extremly happy with it. The steering is a bit heavy at low speeds due to the 245s but other than that I am happy withe the combination

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    I used the Motorsport springs,Tokico struts,camber bushings in the front,bump stops on all 4 corners. Tires used were 205/55/15. This lowered the car app 1.5".
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    You might want to check out the cosmo racing springs and adjusters, under $200.00. No need to section the tubes, can use off the shelf struts and they ride nice so far on mine. If the springs wear out I can replace them through coleman racing.

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