Join Date: May 2005
Location: Clarksville, TN
KYB Excel-Gs CRAZY STIFF--did I do it right?
Hey, guys. I just bought some KYB Excel-G shocks/struts for my 2004 3 hatch. Just put them in yesterday, and they are RIDICULOUSLY STIFF!!! It bounces, stiffly, over bumps. I almost got motion sickness when I test drove it yesterday on the freeway due to the stiff bouncing. I was wondering if I maybe overtightened the bolts that connect the A-arm to the hub or something on the rear, although I can't account for stiffness in the front.
Background info: I've had the car lowered on Eibach Pro-Kit springs with stock shocks/struts, and Mazdaspeed lowering camber plates on the rear since it was new. It's got 200K miles on it now and I decided to go back to the stock ride height because I'm giving the car to my son. So now it has KYB Excel-G shocks/struts with stock springs and camber plates back on it. This is what confuses me: shouldn't it not bounce at all, as the stock springs that it has now are lighter than the Eibachs? I'm really frustrated because I bought the KYBs because they said they were designed to mimic stock stiffness. That's what I want. This thing now, it corners amazingly but is harsh as hell on the street. It actually corners better than it did when it was lowered! But you feel EVERYTHING! Worse than that, you bounce after every little bump! Do these struts/shocks have any break-in period or something? PLEASE HELP!
Silver 5-door, Pro-Kit springs, Injen CAI, Draxas cat-back.