I totally agree with RedRocket Ryan. But direct fit doesn´t mean easy fit, apparently. My speed shop complained that it was more work to get them in at the rear than the front. They said that the angle of the strut perch (I think that´s what they said) on the Tokicos was slightly different from angle of the hole in the mounting point in the rear strut towers. They had to slightly modify it, apparently. I didn´t do the work myself so you´ll have to take this for what it´s worth. The combination of Eibachs and these struts is fabulous, though.
Rob, the shop that did yours is full of shit, pardon my Franglais. The rears for me and the mechanic took a total of 20 minutes to put on. It´s just a matter of lining everything up right, and taking your time...
I´m still wondering about the shop I use: Robson Racing in Ottawa´s west end. The anti-roll bar couldn´t have been the problem since I had them replace it at the same time. I have seen other posts (on escortracing.com perhaps?) that mentioned it being tricky back there so perhaps they were right. But I really haven´t got the expertise to say. I do know that I´m poorer. But quicker - lots quicker!
I have the tokico s/r w/ ground control coilovers, and the struts go right in except for the front which will require some moding. My setup took 11hrs to do because of stupid mistakes by ground control and having to mod the front upper sping perch. I don´t recommend grond control for anything but show, there is a lot of noise and when you hit pot holes or your car makes a hard coner the spring will become loose on the strut and then slam back into place. I am redoing my suspension next year. Ground control raised to the highest point automatily lowers your car an inch.
Sounds like you need to call Ground Control and order some helper springs, Cobra. This is a fairly common problem, as I understand it. The spring is not long enough for the full travel of the strut. The helper springs have a very light spring rate, and are just intended to keep the spring located when unloaded.
my friend has dropzone coilovers on his eclipse. With the fronts raised up all the way, his front tires tuck, and his alignment is hellishly bad. Coilovers are great, but most dont work up to expectations. Marcus is right, you need to order a little longer spring. And it is a common problem