How does it ride?
I honestly went back and forth over coils vs. springs and dampeners, but I am really a "set it and forget it" kinda guy, so I am really happy so far. I really like the feel and the look is just icing on the cake. It looks sporty but is still reasonable for carting the baby around or hauling things up to Maine for vacation.
I'll be interested in seeing how it fares with a full load in the trunk. I have not performed the fender screw mod, but I'm willing to make that happen if need be.
I was wondering how this would all work out with the 18x8.5s, but so far, I am loving life.
2010 Sportwagen TDI
2010 Sportwagen TDI
'11 Golf Wagon CW | APR Carbonio CAI | AWE CBE | ECS Pulley | 18" Talladega | H&R Sport Springs | H&R RSB | Fog Light Conversion | 35% & 20% Tint | Clear Side Markers | LEDs throughout | S53 Whispbars | Thule bike & ski carrier |
Planned Mods: Airlift, Rotiform IND
A properly matched spring and shock will generally ride and perform overall better then a cheap not thought out coilover setup of similar price. I'd take a 900 buck spring/shock combo over a similarly priced coilover in most cases. Assuming we are talking about springs and shocks coming as a kit from a single manufacture not just 500 bucks for shocks and 400 bucks for springs that just so happen to fit, in that case coilovers since its probably going to suck might as well slam it
got my headlights from Ed in:
Looks great! Where in the Balto County area are you, just noticed that in your profile, I've not seen a lot of JSW's around here with any work done. My office is in Balto County, my father lives way up in Monkton area.
Hoping mine show up soon. I got the chrome+LEDs.
I haven't seen the shipping update since they hit Canada on the 31st.
Oh snap, just tried my tracking number from EMS with the Canada Post website. Lights were in Halifax yesterday
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Regardless of that, they look amazing!
2010 Sportwagen TDI
I've never in my life experienced a sub $1000 coilover set have better ride quality then a properly matched spring shock combo. The additional cost to manufacture the coilover bodies, adjusters etc and attempt to make a price point mean corners are cut and usually that is through just throwing in overly damped shocks to control stiffer untested springs and in a box they go.
Something like an eibach pro kit or an h&R cup kit have specifically tuned for an application shocks and springs, the ride will not be matched by a cheap coilover kit.
I'm not saying that I haven't done cheap coilovers to get height adjustment at times and sacrificed elsewhere. What I am saying is that if your budget is say 700 bucks and being as low as possible is not your goal then you'll generally have much better ride quality with a matched set of shocks and springs vs coilovers in the same price point.
Hell most 2K coilover setups don't often ride all that well either since they never get setup right, but thats not the product its the end user (personally guilty of this right now myself with my V3s)
All of the $1000 coil-overs ride nice, but they are designed not to bounce when lowered. You can get some custom setups made but they sure as hell are not going to be $700. I have taken $1000 coil overs on the track and I do not recommend it.
^ Even at the Dragon $1000 coil-overs suck. I switched back to a H&R Cup Kit.
install was not bad - I had pulled the bumper previously for the fogs so that part was easy.
fit and finish - there were a few blemishes on the lights that Ed is making right, very small in the scheme of things.
as for coding - I had already killed my DRLs via VAGCOM, other than that they were plug and play -- no codes using a error canceller with the HIDs and the shutters for the high beams work flawlessly
I am much happier with having HIDs than I am upset with these minor issues