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Thinking of doing the Eibach Sport line, what shocks do you guys suggest with them? TRD or Tokico? Think I'll be OK with my 20x7.5 rims?
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currently on TOKICO HP and TANABE DF210. so far so good.




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I really want to lower my xB with the TRD springs, but my driveway (and alot of other places around where I live) is too steep and I already scrape the concrete sometimes...

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airbags may be the way to go then

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Hmmm... I hadn't thought about that before. How much would airbags cost? A lot more than springs?

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Bags are very expensive. They are not for everyone. Here is something to look at:

http://easystreetair.com/2008scionxb...lcombokit.aspx

Definitely got to pay to play.

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The work different.

Springs drop by being shorter, and usually are stiffer. Springs are also a fixed height. Air bags replace the springs and drop by the physical release or filling (to raise) w/ air.

As airbags can lower or raise, they are great for the lowest possible drop. You can literally sit the frame on the ground, the raise it back up to drive away. Try that w/ springs and your moving no where fast.

The flipside . . .
Air bags can provide a decently soft ride, but only "handle" so-so in fast corning.
In cornering (like on mountain twisties), you'd really want springs for optimum handling. Also, when looking at springs, there are some designed for handling first, while others are designed for maximum drop first. As such, the design compromises of each make for a different "look" vs. "handling" compromise.

As I am interested in handling primarily and only drop second (I could be "OK" w/ little to no drop if they were the best handling springs on the market), at the top of my list are the Hotchkis springs. Hotchkis designs their units for handling, but don't drop as much as the DFs.
As my personal interest is in handling, airbags won't be seen on my fridge.

That said, I've seen WONDERFUL airbags xBs, mainly first gens. In Scikotics, Boxzilla, Spazzy Spaz (Tim at SparksTRD), and "Crabs O'Nasty" (Chris, of -I think- Jacksonville's Panda Auto Works http://getpaw.com/index.html ) all have really cool airbag units. THOSE made me actually seriously consider a set!

In short, it gets to what YOU are interested in and can afford. What is important? Absolute drop? Comfortable ride? Extreme/optimized handling? The ability to raise and lower?
Springs: Good drop, variable ride (based on brand and design- how stiff), usually improve handling (some more dramatically than others), FIXED height (or adjustable w/ a decent amount of work).
Bags: Extreme drop, good to great ride, OK handling (wouldn't autocross it), wide range of ride heights at the push of a button/toggle.




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Wow, thanks guys. Well, I can rule out bags just by looking at that $3k price tag! I'm not going for max lowering on my xB anyways.. I just want it to be a tad lower to get rid of some of that gap above the rear tires, you know? (However, I love the stance of the xB's when they are stock like mine; how they tilt foreward just a little bit.) Right now I'm considering either the TRD Springs or the Eibach Pro Springs. Both look like good options in my opinion. Also, is scraping the pavement, speed bumps, etc just part of the package when you lower your car? I suppose I could handle a little bit of that...

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I sit on DF 210s and daily drive it !


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Can we add like a handling and ride feel rating to the springs? Maybe a out of 5 stars sort of deal?

I'm looking at more performance oriented springs rather than drop. I liked the way the TRD springs felt and handled on my test drive but don't really like the more squishy feeling of the stock springs on my actual purchased vehicle.

Not after extreme drop since the roads here are always unpredictable in surface quality and I'm usually carrying a lot of gear (but I haven't fully loaded it just yet)

But otherwise this thread is great! Maybe update with some models too
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