Koni coil-overs are what I have and I love them.
I'm on Koni's as well. They're going away though. I've got a set of AirRex struts and bags coming though so the coilovers are coming off. The reason for this is that my JSW is sort of an all-purpose vehicle. It's my daily driver, it tows, hauls, and does unimproved roads and the coilovers just can't keep up. Not to mention the spring rates are way to soft for the JSW's weight.
Last edited by ToeBall; 09-25-2012 at 07:48 AM.
I am also on Konis. I did a lot of research before purchasing, and it seems that if you want a good quality height and damper adjustable kit, most go with Koni. There are, of course, other good options out there. I considered air also, but I know several people with air setups and they're too much maintenance for my taste for daily use.
Also... don't even second guess this:
at $14 you will kick yourself for not doing it. I tried it once without this tool, and struggled until I gave up. I tried it with the tool, and still can't believe how easy it was.
feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions
Also to OP- a lot of JSW guys complain about the saggy rear after lowering. I did a lot of reading/reseraching to try to find a common trend, and it seems pretty consistent that people who buy golf or A3 coilovers have this problem, and people who buy mk5 jetta sedan coilovers don't I purchased the mk5 coilovers and am very happy.
Last edited by ToeBall; 10-04-2012 at 12:07 PM.
Here's a photo with the coilovers in it from a while ago. As it turns out, the Ground Control camber-plates could not be made to work with the Eibachs and I had to go to Vorshlag for a custom solution.
_MG_1948 by Toe_Ball, on Flickr
My JSW is on Koni coilovers. I like the actual shocks, but you really need to run different rate springs as the ones that come in the kit are intended to ride nice under a Rabbit, so are way to soft for the JSW. This is how my JSW sat with the suspension almost all the way up.
IMG_0289 by Toe_Ball, on Flickr
Last edited by ToeBall; 10-07-2012 at 08:55 PM.
It doesn't look like you have a whole lot of camber... what is the point of the camber plates?
That looks nice the way it sits. Wheel fitment looks good too. I bought the Koni coilovers for a mk5 jetta sedan, and don't have any issue with the springs. They are definitely different from yours because I am close to the same height but still have a good bit of room to go up.
By the way - where did you get the tail pipe? Looks nice.
Thanks for all the helpful tips!
TyrolSport. They have a solution for it.
They add about 1/2-3/4 of a degree of caster and anti-lift. They've also got a solid bushing instead of a cutout one, so there's less deflection. Firmer ride though.
I'm not running camber plates on the JSW, and in fact have stock alignment specifications (Well, from the GLI). The camber plates are for the R and the alignment will be more aggressive as the car is a weekend toy/non-daily driver so I'm willing to sacrifice some tire life for improved handling.It doesn't look like you have a whole lot of camber... what is the point of the camber plates?
I called Koni about purchasing a set of different rate coils and they told me they only have the one spring rate. The good news is that the Koni coilovers accept just standard 2.5" coils, so it's easy to change if needed.That looks nice the way it sits. Wheel fitment looks good too. I bought the Koni coilovers for a mk5 jetta sedan, and don't have any issue with the springs. They are definitely different from yours because I am close to the same height but still have a good bit of room to go up.
It's a Gale Banks cat-back. I can't recommend it. Mine rattles sometimes. I'm told that they've redesigned it since, but as I've only had first hand experience with mine, it's all I can tell you.By the way - where did you get the tail pipe? Looks nice.
That's kinda the point of the forum.Thanks for all the helpful tips!
More parts for the R by Toe_Ball, on Flickr
Oh, forgot to mention, bigger brakes are going on as well.
Last edited by ToeBall; 10-17-2012 at 10:30 PM.
Been following this thread and looking for more info.. Trading in my MK6 Golf TDI for a 2013 JSW on friday! From what Ive been reading the spring rates are too soft to use on the JSW and because of this the rear end sags. Is this with ALL coil over setups? Reason being I looked at H&R's website and the coilover set up specific for this car has a different part number for the Golfs and Jettas. Because of this different part number, can anyone confirm that they are using a different spring rate for the rear? Has anyone used H&R's coilover for the JSW? I believe the part number is 54755-2
Those brakes look nice man. I think that I may push the knuckles and control arms for later purely on a price/weight savings ratio. I see light weight big brakes and light wheels in my future... and of course aluminum knuckles in the more distant future.
However, I'm wondering about those rear bushing housings... I'm still learning about this whole "anti-lift" thing... I come from the mustang world and they don't talk about suspension nearly enough- i'm not sure they even make something to change anti-lift on them. But anyway, if those rear bushing housings INCREASE anti-lift (keeps the nose from lifting so much during acceleration) then it may help being that I am FWD, because it will keep weight over the nose to reduce wheel spin. Do I have that right? Or do these increase lift/dive?
Top is TT, middle is S3, and bottom is Golf/GTI/JSW. The TT bushings need a small amount of modification to fit correctly on the Golf. Just a bit of mill or drill work, we'll see once I do the test fitting.
The bushings are solid and space away from the frame a bit more. They add caster so you get more dynamic turn in. Also, unlike the VW part, the bushings are solid so they will transfer more vibration, but also will provide better feedback and control suspension geometry better. It does increase anti-lift as a result of the extra caster (the accelerating wheels pull the suspension down a bit more). More importantly, it increases dynamic toe, and turn in gets dramatically better as a result. The downside is that brake dive is increased as well. This is why I can get away with the big brakes on the front without a huge upgrade in the rear.
There's a good thread here: http://www.golfmkv.com/forums/showthread.php?t=140113