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    Thread: First time coilover buyer/wheel spacing...advice/help

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      05-21-2012 10:29 PM #1
      Hi guys,

      I've done tuning on BMW's for autocross/track and have used spring/shock/strut combos. I've never purchased coilovers and I'm looking to make my new Jetta a little bit sleeker and handle better as well. My first car was a VW but I've been long out of the scene and combing the forums up and down to see what I would like...but I'm a complete noob on suspension/wheel fitment.

      The 1 point I don't like about my Jetta is the body roll. I know I can counter that with sway bars but I'm not tracking this. This is my daily that I want to throw some more flavor into it. Lowering it can counter some body roll which is acceptable.

      I would like to go with either ST or Raceland Ultimo coilovers. I plan on doing 10mm front wheel spacers and 15mm in the rear. Wheels specs are the OEM GLI autobahn wheels which I believe are 225/40 tires on 18x8 ET45.

      I do not plan on slamming this car...it's a daily and just want to have more of an aggressive sporty stance. I'm thinking 2.0 drop in the front 1.5 in the rear.

      A) Am I looking at good coilovers to begin with...remember no autocrossing/tracking, comfort and style
      B) Am I going to be rubbing with the setup?

      Thanks for any input and mods if this thread needs to move to the correct location...please do so!

      Mike

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      05-22-2012 11:08 AM #2
      88 Views, no replies? I remember this forum was more helpful a few years back, I'd really appreciate some feedback before I commit to investing in the suspension.
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      05-24-2012 07:40 PM #3
      Start with springs and their height and rates selection, proper rates will take care of body roll and nose dives during breaking. Consider your car make/model/engine = weight put on the springs.

      Expect stiffer springs to contribute to stiffer ride. Make sure shocks are not gonna be overwhelmed by stronger springs or you'll bounce.

      But in short - talk to professionals who do suspensions day in and day out on custom built and/or race cars.

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      05-26-2012 10:04 AM #4
      I have ST's on my mk5 jetta, love em. You may want to consider oem sport springs, to help avoid any dealership/warranty issues.
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      05-27-2012 12:53 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by stupakjim View Post
      I have ST's on my mk5 jetta, love em. You may want to consider oem sport springs, to help avoid any dealership/warranty issues.
      Which OEM Sport Springs are you referring to? DG Springs?

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      05-27-2012 04:29 AM #6
      call a vw stealership
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      05-29-2012 05:59 PM #7
      GLI's are equipped with sport springs that are lower then standard Jettas. I want to drop the car, get less body roll and not rub on my wheels.

      I'm not worried about voiding the warranty.
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      05-30-2012 08:40 AM #8
      Look through all the different posts, and PM those with set ups that you may consider. Thats a good way to get the info you want.
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      05-30-2012 10:19 AM #9
      I've driven with Koni coils on my daily driver GLI for 3+ years and not a single problem or complaint. The shocks are firmness adjustable, the ride is nice, and Koni's will not go ridiculously low like other brands will. Raceland's seem to be more like novelty coilovers, no offense intended. ST's I have never tried. As far as spacers go, I don't use them.

      Good luck!

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      06-01-2012 01:35 PM #10
      My room mate has a 2012 TDI and he loves them my brother has a 2001 Subaru Impreza 2.5rs he loves them and i have a MKIII GTI and i think the Ultimo's are the way to go for the price point just do some research I daily drive them and they definitely suit all of my aggressiveness and sublimity.
      Lets put it this way for the price point and longevity 400 is pretty good, , however if you are looking at wanting Bilstein longevity and warranty you will pay for it
      further more VW are ever popular and you should be able to find what you are after for a reasonable price
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