Hi... New here... Great write ups on this site that have helped a lot in planning and product recommendations. Thanks in advance!
1998 TDI w/ 225K miles on stock suspension and stock steelies. New to me. I'm new to VW in general. So far love the mileage... handling sucks.
Stock Height or slightly plus. I live on gravel road, have steep long unpaved driveway. I carry a heavy load in the trunk regularly and would like to pull a 500lb trailer at some point without sag. I want to be able to travel at highway speed ++ w/o roll when I need to. I live where winter snow gets nasty. Looking for widest stance w/o rubbing. I don't want wide wheels/tires because I don't want it to effect my awesome mpg and I need the snow traction of a narrower tire. I want to do my upgrade once so I can align / spin balance once. I most likely will bring it to a local garage that I have a good relationship w/. (I have no garage, gravel drive, no torque wrench, no spring compressor, etc. etc.) Looking for critique of plans and "you should do this too while you're there", or "wrong part number... that won't fit"
Parts in hand:
Honda FIT rims: 16 x 6J x E53 machined from 56.1 to 57.1
hub/wheel centric Rear spacers 38mm x 57.1 bolt on w/ new studs and lug nuts (et 15 final)
hub/wheel centric Front spacers 12mm x 57.1 w/ longer lug bolts (et 41 final)
195-50-ZR16 Continental Extreme DWS x 4 (0.5cm over stock radius)
Koni Yellow Sport Adjustable Shocks / Struts for 4 corners
Retain stock front springs
Eibach Front and Rear Sway bars
And this stuff from Germanautoparts.com
Suplex cargo control rear springs from
Rear spring, heavy duty
Rubber spring pad, upper rear
VR6 strut mount kit, HD
Nut, strut bearing retaining
A2/A3 upper rear shock mount
Bump stop, VR6, front, exc Pas
Front Dust boot, early VR6, front
Bump stop, rear, VR6
Rear shock dust boot
Control arm bush kit, hybrid
I don't have the front sway bar yet because I bought a "kit" thinking it was a f&r kit but actually just a "rear kit". I also don't have the 12mm spacers because my loser mail lady delivered it to the wrong address. Post master told me to report it to the police as stolen. ARRRRRRR!!! I also didn't buy front sway bar links because they look fine... should I?
Next thread... brakes.