Turned out I just couldn't find time to do the car myself so booked it into the garage for the springs, hub and handbrake cables fitting and a service. The twingo was also in for new brake pipes fitting so I've kept them busy for a day this week! I collected the Clio first thing Wednesday morning after work and in my sleepy state I forgot to make sure the old hub had been returned to me or if they'd found anything else that looked due for replacement while it was apart. I checked the receipt in the afternoon and they haven't done the service, just fitted the new parts. I guess I'll do that myself then.
Anyway it drove home fine but comparisons to the old springs aren't possible as I'd only done 4 miles in the car upto then and the road has just been resurfaced and is the smoothest road I've driven on in Britain
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It looks a bit better on the eibach springs but definitely needs spacers now. With that done it was ready enough for the MOT and my usual tester had a slot available first thing this morning.
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And its a clean pass! It's done 1817 miles in 4 years and 3 months but I'm sure I can improve on that this year. The tester mentioned that it looked like the car has had a new steeing rack fitted recently and the exhaust flexis have been welded too so hopefully I'll not have to worry about those for a while. Two things I do need to look at are the seat belt clip as it intermittently doesn't register the seat belt is clipped in and starts with the warning beeps and there's a horrible creaking sound that I think is coming from the rear which wasn't there before the springs were swapped. It sounds like a dry bush though so not sure how that's suddenly started up. I'm sure now that I can put some miles on it other things will start to break.
Oh and having done a few more miles today the ride does feel a bit more compliant with the eibach springs even though it corners very flat with less roll than my 182 on bilsteins. I'm looking forward to getting out in it now.