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    Thread: I want your 2 cents on my stance.

    1. Junior Member jasonlrch's Avatar
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      08-07-2012 11:35 PM #1
      I just purchased my second Passat. This one is a 2004 GLX with all the bells and whistles (except for 4 motion). The mounts on the struts are rusting out and the ride is getting harsh. I am looking for a soft, comfortable ride with about .5" of drop if at all (i live in upstate new york, i killed my VR6 on a pot hole ).

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      I was thinking the 1BE kit from ECSTuning with stock springs. The complete control arm kit would go in at the same time (just hit 100,000 miles). 19" B7 RS4 rims are further down the to do list.

      Oh, and no I am not slamming it. "Moar low" isn't helpful. I need this to last.
      Last edited by jasonlrch; 08-08-2012 at 04:29 AM.
      Quote, originally posted by vwjetta13 »
      - i think to myself "maybe i should have got a 1.8T"...but then i step on the gas to remind myself that i made the right choice

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      08-08-2012 11:17 AM #2
      an oem 1BE setup would probably be ideal:

      http://www.passatworld.com/forums/42...spensions.html

      for aftermarket, research H&R or Eibach springs w/ bilstein shocks... not sure if the drop would be too much for you, but they are the most popular aftermarket static (non-coilover) setups. i have no experience with them, but most seem to be happier with the comfort levels that the Eibach setup has over the H&Rs.
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      08-09-2012 05:47 AM #3
      yeah i was leaning more towards 1BE, but then the question that comes up most frequently is whether to match the setup to the codes or to the weight. i was thinking just match the codes and call it a day. I've only read that the 4motion cars experience lift after matching codes.
      Quote, originally posted by vwjetta13 »
      - i think to myself "maybe i should have got a 1.8T"...but then i step on the gas to remind myself that i made the right choice

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      08-10-2012 08:42 AM #4
      19's on my B5 wagon killed the ride.. If you want a "soft" but firm ride, go 17, and get better shocks with maybe Neuspeed soft sport springs or the equivalent.
      Theres my 2 cents, FWIW..

      Oh.. If your towers are rusting out, how you passing safety inspection?

      Or maybe I'm misunderstanding when you say mounts on the struts..
      Last edited by jfg69; 08-10-2012 at 08:51 AM.
      WTB: B5 fogs; clean rear bumper skin; votex lip; Neuspeed or H&R springs; 1.8T flex pipe

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      08-10-2012 09:42 PM #5
      Man how I do not miss that wheel gap lol

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      08-12-2012 12:18 AM #6
      well i need to keep off the ground, up state new york roads resemble something like the gaza strip . and on top of that i make weekly trips to whiteface in the winter . i would love to lower it but the drop would leave her dead in a snowbank or on a pothole in short time.

      the shocks and struts are rusting at their mounts to the wheel assembly, not on the towers. i have some crazy russian that has done exhaust work for free in the past and he passes my inspection every time.
      Last edited by jasonlrch; 08-12-2012 at 12:23 AM.
      Quote, originally posted by vwjetta13 »
      - i think to myself "maybe i should have got a 1.8T"...but then i step on the gas to remind myself that i made the right choice

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