Hey all, still a T4 noob, and looking into how to lower mine a bit.
Was talking to my mechanic in Ghana today and he said to just throw some T3 springs on.
Anyone done this or have any thoughts?? (I tried the search and didn't come up with anything)
Thanks for any advice!
a quick Google search of pictures & to me the T3 springs appear longer than t4 springs so I think you'd be going backwards. But they both have small coils at top & bottom & since most shocks are roughly the same diameter I don't see why they couldn't be swapped between the models
I can say with about 99.9% certainty that nobody has tried this for one simple reason: Why would they? There are other methods to lower these vans (at a cost obviously). Given that the T3's and T4's have nothing in common, you can try it - you might get lucky. No harm, no foul right? (assuming they fit)
Weirder things have happened. In my brainless youth, I wanted to lift my Cutlass 442 in the rear without the risk of blowing out air shocks. A friend happened to have Olds station wagon springs (similar coils) and - dumb luck - it put the 442 at the EXACT height I wanted. My friends thought I was a genius ...when in fact I had no idea what I was doing and it just happened to work out. Of course, I never told them the real story....
Another thought: get another set of T4 springs and cut them or have them customized.
Last edited by VW_Enthu1; 05-18-2012 at 03:15 PM.
look for these http://store.allsprings.com/vw-eurov...-03-p1093.aspx
I also as a kid modified my rabbits springs by cutting, clamping, heating, etc. I would not recommend it on the T4. It is a heavy vehicle and you could be risking the safety of it, especially if you carry around passengers. Good luck.
Like I said, my mechanic in Ghana has done it and said it works fine.
Said they were slightly shorter which is odd if you guys have google image searched and said they look longer.
I was hoping for some comments from this side of the pond. Appears to be rather unknown mod.
As for the H&R's and all, I'd at least like to look into this option as dropping only $20 at my local salvage yard for T3 springs is A LOT cheaper.
He actually had a factory lowered T4 "Generation" model I was hoping to get the springs off of, seeing as the road to his house is a 4x4 trail... and he wanted to put stock springs on and raise it!
Thanks for the comments.
there is something you can do to get a little drop. Most people in here that have put aftermarket springs on have removed one of the hard rubber spring pads. There is one on top & one on bottom. One is thicker than the other. I believe I took the one from the bottom (which I think is the thinner of the 2) & moved it to the top & left the bottom without a pad. This will get you about 3/4" lower. Not much but an easy way to get some drop
These guys have Vanagon springs in three different sizes, measured mine and they're the shortest ones!
Looking forward to trying this soon.