The suspension on my '92 golf gl is in desperate need of replacing and I was looking for some feed back from anyone who has put gti or mk3 springs and shocks/struts onto a gl. I just want a mild upgrade and don't want to (can't) spend the money on brand new parts. Also, there are plenty of mk3 golfs in local scrap yards.
Last edited by BromptonRodeo; 04-09-2012 at 09:30 PM. Reason: to clarify
Replace the shocks with Bilstein TC's, They are pretty cheap and they ride awesome. If you choose to go with mk3 springs, be sure to also upgrade the shocks accordingly with something like a bilstein HD or Sport. The springs WILL raise the car, and you will have to cut some of the coils to get it down to stock height.
Mk3 spring all around with a few coils cut will be a very large upgrade to the spring rate on the car, it will be much stiffer all around. If you don't upgrade the shocks the car will ride terribly, so plan to upgrade those regardless. If you just want to improve the ride, just upgrade the shocks for now and you can always change springs later. Stock springs do not wear out, only the shocks do.
Are you talking about when the car is sitting or after it has been lifted up in the air via jack or other?
Have the springs started to sag? That would be the only reason to replace the stock springs.
When it's sitting on the ground. No, i don't think the car is starting to sag, the height appears to be factory, at least when there's nothing in it. If there's any substantial weight in the back, like a couple of adults, or a few boxes of books, the rear wheels are right inside the wheel well, but the more i think about it the more obvious it is that the springs aren't the culprit. I guess I'll just re enamel them and put them back on the new shocks.
Lol, I had to check the annual precipitation for Askoy. You win! I know what I'm going to do now. Keep the springs, and buy brand new, but inexpensive shocks. German Auto Parts seems to have the best prices.I think I might get their sachs/boge gas shocks. On the plus side they'll be new, on the down side I'll need to get a hold of a spring compressor and find out how to paint springs. Thanks for the tips