I just put 18'' wheels on my car and decided I need to lower it maybe an inch. Definitely cannot afford coils after what I paid for wheels/tires. Therefore, I decided to go with springs. Anyone know what's the best bang for the buck? I hear H&R are good one's? I have a 2012 Jetta TDI.
DO NOT GET COILOVERS unless you are planning on corner-balancing them!
Your ride will never be the same if you do not corner-balance them.
Our car; all cars are designed to be balanced from front to back and from right to left. We can change those balances, but only in measured terms. Don't believe me...find your largest friend and zip around with him/her in the rear right, and rear left, then in the front pass and you will see exactly what I mean.
Springs are designed to mimic your car's weight distribution, or slightly better it.
A solid corner-balanced coil-over setup will sharpen your car's balance even more.
It's relatively inexpensive and worth every penny. Anybody that tells you it is not worth it has not ridden on a corner-balanced setup.
My$.02 for you? Get a set of progressive springs and be done with it. If I recall, you have a GLI. The suspension is already made to run lower from the factory. If you are planning on lowering it the range you speak of, the OEM shocks will suffice. You may lose 1/5 of their life, but you can always buy something new then; we're talking at least 50K miles or so away.
Eibach is the easy way to go, but you may find the drop not enough for your needs. Ask others what progressive springs they have used and liked or find a good vendor or two and ask them.
What is a progressive spring?
It is a spring that has a higher spring rate (firmer) but the final few coils on the top and bottom have a lower spring rate (softer). That will give you a near factory ride quality until you push it harder, then it will firm up.
I recommend coils.
to the OP, it really boils down to if you want adjustability in the long run, you figure the cost of springs and quality struts will put you pretty close to entry level coils, so just do what is best for YOUR car. Good luck
Otherwise, not getting your car corner balanced is like buying a fine Kiton suit and not having it tailored to your body... Simply does not make sense!
Now here's the part where I school you in what I have owned and race to diminish such petty assumptions you have and allowing your tongue to slip before it is wise.
300zx on Eibachs and Tokikos
300zxtt 450rwhp corner-balanced on kw's
Acura TL on Acura's Sport Suspension
BMW 335 407rwhp on KW V2's Touge Car
BMW X3 MSport on M suspension
Mini Cooper S "Stock Class" Time Trial car
A car can always be thrown off from what or who you you put in there. Honestly though, when do you do most of your "Spirited" driving? By yourself, or carelessly with others? Get serious.
Never had any of my cars corner balanced, mostly because I frequently have passengers and its a waste of time if you are just looking for a better looking ride.
Unless you are the only one who rides in your car, EVER, its a waste.
I understand you're prescribing the correct way to set up a car but its hard enough to find a shop that won't rape you on installing a set of coil overs, let alone something that takes legit skill to do correctly.
Your best bet is to invite your husky friends over and have your car aligned while they're all sitting in it
This is also a different world from any of the above cars you mentioned. For 90% of people in Jetta VI, these are cars that are daily driven. Previous posts are 100% accurate that your prescriptions are way over the top, especially when you make an analogy to tailored suits. You sound like Barney Stinson...
Last edited by TheEvilEmpire; 10-24-2012 at 12:57 PM.
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