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    Hi, I recently fitted my eibach pros which are great but when I replaced the rear spring pads upper and lower the fit was better the other way round ie top pad on the bottom and bottom pad on the top. What I was wondering is will this be ok? Seems fine at the moment and I wondered as they were slightly different spring (lower) if this is why the pads fitted better the other way round. Diagram of the pads below. The pads are 15 and 18, slightliy different in shape one flatter and one with a cone. Thanks
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    Daft question but you did fit the springs the right way up didnt you? Cos if you didnt the pads are switched round AND the springs are upside down. They might not be seated as they were with the original spring.
     
     

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    Almost sure the springs are the right way up, smaller diameter end of spring at the top as on the originals were. It also pretty good when driving, im guessing if I put them in the wrong way it would be noticeable?
     
     

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    I don't remember the minor details when I did mine but as long as you look at the spring, and the text is the right way round to read it, then theyre fitted the right way round.

    Theyre progressively wound so you might not notice for pootling around but come a decent corner or series of bends you certainly wouldnt be getting the best out of them.

    Not sure tbh. I'd be inclined to check tho. Not for a performance issue, although there would be one, but for the safety, if the top and bottom pads are different as you say then there's clearly a reason for that. I wouldnt want to be a passenger if something serious let go!

    Check it in the light tomorrow. Its only an hours work to put right anyways
     
     

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    The spring pads need to go on as shown in that pic.

    The cone acts as a bump stop and hits the protruding lump of boot floor the top of the spring fits around. If it's on the other way up it will hit the wishbone but that has a hole through it so the bump stop will travel further before stopping. (possibly damaging the spring etc)

    Spring will have the same spring upside down left to right any way you think about it.
     
     

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    Thanks for the advice guys, Its all sorted now and I did have the spring pads incorrectly placed, Eibach also said the spring should be writing way up. I feel stupid but its sorted and you live and learn. The car looks so much better after fitting the eibachs, sits at a nice height.
     
     

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    Thanks for the update, agree got Eibach's on mine well pleased with them.
     
     

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