by john Balmer
Date Added: Tuesday 03 September, 2013
After breaking a spring on the short journey to MOT, I wanted to improve the suspension on my Kreg Eunos 1.6. I have owned this car for many years and the handling has always been tired. Dont buy new boots with this kit as they are not required. Measure the wheelarch height before starting the job to give a reference. Rears are straight forward, use spring compressors to shorten the spring before withdrawing the old unit from the car.
The trick with the front pair is to undo the drop link (get some new bolts- mine were in a terrible state), use the skinny spare wheel bolted on to the hub backwards - then you can use a knee to press down and keep both hands free to wrestle with the shocker. Loosely fit the top cap to the turret - not to the coilover - and with the spring height setting at the lowest, it is possible to persuade the new strut, with both main and keeper spring, to get in to place. I spent many hours trying to find how to fit the front pair when assembled normally, and this trick will save a lot of swearing!.
I set the ride height to be pretty much the same as before, rear adjustment near the top, front a little above half way.
Now bedded in with 600 miles on mainly B roads and country lanes, I am most impressed. The ride is firmer, but not jarring or crashing, and I have not noticed bump stops even over sleeping policemen. The main difference is in cornering, with no other modifications, the wallowing, slightly frightening tendency to oversteer has gone, and I am really enjoying the drive. I recommend this kit as good value - I just wish I had done it years ago.