Cadillac SRX First Generation Forum - 2004 - 2009 Discussion, Eibach 3810.540 springs installed in Cadillac SRX Forums; I was lucky enough to find a set of springs for sale on ebay.
The install is a bit of ...
I was lucky enough to find a set of springs for sale on ebay.
The install is a bit of work and probably not suggested for those not mechanically inclined, but fortunately I'm in the auto business and have access to a lift, tools, and a spring compressor.
I didn't take pics of all the steps, but I'll give you a quick synopsis. The rear lower shock bolts and the four bolts securing the rear subframe must be removed and the rear subframe lowered enough to remove the springs. Easy peasy. The front is a bit more challenging. The lower stut yoke must be seperated from the bottom of the strut, the upper ball joint nut removed, then the 5 upper strut mount bolts need to be removed from under the hood. Then the strut pretty much falls out of the car, literally if you aren't careful. Then, the spring must be compressed to safely remove the upper strut/upper control arm mount, transfer the strut to the new springs and reinstall everything in the reverse order.
With a lift, air tools, and spring compressor handy it took me right at 2 hours plus another hour to do the alignment.
The ride is a bit firmer, not harsh, more BMW less Cadillac. I always thought the front seemed to dive more than it should when going through dips in the road or over the road crown of a cross intersection at 35-45mph, but that has been significantly reduced. As has body roll when turning or driving around a cloverleaf on and off the interstate. Overall I am very happy. I would like a little more lowering and may consider cutting the springs down a bit in the future. But, it now looks the way it should've come from the factory.
On to the pics, there is a few before and after and a couple shots of the OEM/Eibach springs.
That would look really sick with wider tires. I just put 275/45/20s on my sport package wheels and it looks awesome.
I dont suppose you could put up a few pictures of your wheel tire combination, could you? I was leaning toward that size for my stock 20" wheels but i was afraid the tire would overhand the rim too much.
Off Topic - - yet related... I'm older... 57 today... Reading this made me think about what we did to our cars when I was in my early 20's (1976 to 1980). We used to buy these rubber blocks and a special tool that you used to squirrel them into your springs. It would tighten things up nicely and you could "tune" your suspension by adding or removing the rubber blocks!
I wonder if they still have those today.
We also love a product called Gabriel Hijackers. Basically they were shocks with airbags built in. You could raise the back of your car a good 4" or 5" on demand.
Anyway - - I return you to your regularly scheduled conversation.
I can't give any real info pertaining to a mileage increase yet. It's mostly used for in town driving, but I'll keep you posted after my next highway trip. On that topic, the Volant intake did help out 1.5mpg on the highway. Planning a time when it can lie in the garage for a few days for a Westers tune.
I live in the Kansas City metro and would be willing to help out anyone in the area with most repairs.
The color is "blue diamond tricoat", I believe it was only available on '09 model year SRX's. I have tried to do some research into build numbers, but it's difficult these days. I think it is a one of one or maybe two built with full options.
I remember the air shock and spring rubber days. I was much happier when lowering became the more popular option.