I have the Illumina w/ Eibach's. Been using it for a long time. Ride is firm, but not too harsh. Handles better than what you'll need for a street car, but it's oooohhh so much fun. Drop is minimal, I think 1.5"
Have you experienced any sag? How long have you had em on the car?
Only thing that really scares me at this point is sag/droop: read some reviews about them sagging, while others swear up and down there's no such thing going on. Also Eibach claims a million mile warrantee and no sagging.
Also I'm starting to lean away from AGX/STR.T shocks because according to FCM and a couple other sources they are intended for stock spring rates only, and cannot be rebuilt.
Tokicos can't be rebuilt either but at least they are said to be able to handle all the way up to 500 spring rate or something like that.
But the Bilsteins are cheaper, known to last forever, and can be rebuilt/revalved.
Toying with the idea of MSM Billstein+ProKit+36mm bump stops right now.
Been on my car since late 90's, way before I bought it. Ride height has not changed. However, there are obvious signs of stress on the shocks. It's time for a change, haha. They still work fine, but I know I've worn them out. The Eibachs are still fine, though.
I'm in the same boat as you right now. I'm leaning towards the FM vmaxx.
My problem with the Vmaxx is that its 750 or something retarded like that, when you can buy ricelands for 360 and 350/250 rate springs for another 100-200 and have an "ideal street setup" for roughly 500ish
Well the big debate is whether or not the FM "upgrading" of the Vmaxx is worth the extra cost or is just non-existent. But the reviews on the FM Vmaxx seem to be great, however, I have no first hand experience and I usually only trust reviews on parts by people on MT. So until someone on here can confirm it, It's a mystery to me.
I rode a in riceland car a few weeks ago and it was "ok". I would rather have my current setup again over off the shelf Ricelands. Do you think a spring change is worth it? How much can a spring change improve a crappy shock?
What is the ride and build quality like on the Riceland compared to the Vmaxx?
Still rocking stock suspension, but picked up Tein S-techs and 01 Billsteins. Pretty sure this will be my "setup".
From the reviews I read on the interwebs, this seems to be a great daily driver setup. Very mild drop, stiffer rates than RB and Eibach, and stock billstein valving should be able to keep up with the springs. Thinking of picking up some FCM bumpstops too.
frankly I'm still digging my tein flex. are the tein basic in your ballpark?
I'm greatly enjoying Rharris's leftovers (Tein Mono-Flex). They ride like an absolute dream compared to those horrid Koni shocks... and they have nearly twice the spring rates the Koni Sports had on them. The same corners I was scared to do 40mph around are now being done at 65+.