With how much shocks/struts/springs cost, why don't you go do coil-overs so you can get some height adjustability? The Eibach Pro-Street Coil Overs are only $1200! Is there a reason why people don't do this more??
Yes, yes there is... The reason is because you can get a much better handling car, with adjustable damping (adjustable shocks/struts) and a better choice of spring for a good bit less. I would take a set of Koni Yellows, H&R Race springs and a set of Ground Control street camber plates (or Maximum Motorsports or Vorshlag) all day long and be at that same price. The Koni's are going to be better capable of dealing with the spring rate and ride really well and they have a lifetime warranty with a known quality life span. Those Eibachs, well, lets just say this, Eibach is known for making all things springs and they do them reasonably well but dampers (shocks/struts), they are mediocre at best.
The other thing is people have no idea the performance they leave on the table by getting coilovers and having them installed incorrectly. Once you "set" your ride height, you really need to have the car corner balanced and aligned. That corner balancing should have you or an analogue of you in the driver seat. In doing so you ensure that the car has equal grip in right and left hand corners. THAT IS HUGE!!!!
Lastly, do you have any options with lower end coilovers? Nope. You are stuck with whatever compromise that Eibach/H&R/blah blah blah, give you for spring rates and damping. Don't like the way your Eibachs ride, tough, there isn't any other available valvings and no one to service them except Eibach themselves.
The cheapest set of coilovers that you can do that with are Ground Control's coilovers. At $1650 shipped to most places in the US, they are a bargain. You get a set of "custom" (3 valving options) valved Koni Yellow inserts in Ground Control's strut bodies and Koni Yellows out back, your choice of springs (unlimited choice here, in 10lb/in intervals) and Ground Control's camber plates which are pretty nice. Best of all, the Koni inserts are still warrantied by Koni North America which means if during the lifetime of the product they blow, Koni pays for it. Ground Control also has a ridiculously nice warranty that replaces all manufacturing defects and they will reservice any of their camber plates should you not feel comfortable doing it yourself (it's pretty easy). From there your options really, really, really start to get expensive, KW Variant 3's, AST 4150's, Moton Club Sports, and on and on until you get to the stupid high end stuff like Penske, JRZ, etc which can be upwards of 5000 or more for just the shocks/struts!
Whiskey has ground control coilovers. 1600 dollars, i think. Custom valved koni yellows with spring rate of your choice. He says they're the cheapest coilovers he would recommend.
Eibach made their name in springs, not shocks.
If you don't need the adjustability of coilovers, just get springs/shocks
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Yes, and while there is a lot of "These are what I run, I like them" I think I've backed up my reasoning for liking them with logical arguments to show that there is more than just fanboyism going on here.
+1 to everything else said here.
Another thing to consider is cheap coilovers are going to have cheap internals on the dampers(struts/shocks). Cheap parts won't last as long and won't ride as good as higher quality parts. So people buy higher quality struts/shocks and go with lowering springs for a similar to slightly less cost than entry level coilovers while maintaining better ride characteristics and still achieving the desired look.
And definitely +1 to this. Conekiller and I both run coilovers, Conekiller is on AST4150's with some trick valving in them to make them ride like he's floating on clouds but get stupid aggressive when he dials them in. It's a setup that I am very jealous of and I hope that I get to ride in the first week of September (HINT HINT NUDGE NUDGE COME TO NATIONALS