The rest are really a judgement call. I did top mounts and sway bar bushings in poly but I may go back to oem for the top mounts. I'm getting a strange clunk that I can't seem locate despite having no play and all new parts.
Ok. Looking at online retailers and have some questions. Here is the plan and a few more detailed questions for the experts:
Bilstein PSS Coilovers - Where to purchase? I seem to find them to be much more than $1000 mentioned a few times in the thread. Is there a place that does quarterly sales?
R32 Rear Swaybar - possibly modified
DEFCON 1 or Track - Recommendations requested?
MCPi MadMax Control Arms
Front Bushings - OEM or Poly?
Front Wishbone Front
Front Wishbone Rear
Front AntiRoll Bar
Steering Rack Mount
Rear Bushings - OEM or Poly?
Rear Wishbone Front
Rear Control Arm
Rear AntiRoll Bar
What else am I missing? Should I look at any camber correction?
As far as the PSSs, wait for AWE to run a sale. They are a forum sponsor and frequently run sales. I did just that and got set for around $1050 shipped. I'll elaborate more on my Max inspired setup later, but I have asked all the same Qs as you to him and have gotten great, informative answers.
Edit: just checked and they are running them on sale NOW for $1050
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Originally Posted by 85744437
^^^ Related to this post, I made this video because I'm taking my shocks out to be refreshed and revalved, therefore I needed to have some visual insight of the dynamic rear wheel behavior to guide my valving decisions (the front is pretty much figured out).
It might not be much to the general population because my spring rates are so high, but it gives an idea how much movement is still present even in moderate street driving with 1,300 lbs springs. If you're running low in the rear and/or have some soft springs, just know that you're likely riding the bumpstops in many dynamic situations (laterally loaded suspension and hitting a bump on the surface for example).
how much were you able to trim rear bump stop?
I just chopped them in half (maybe a bit more past halfway) -- You'll be able to get about an inch of additional travel. Sorry I didn't put more thought into it and took measurements, it's one of these thing where every little bit helps and you have to leave some cushion against bottoming out... so about halfway instinctively feels right.
Yes, trim the bumpstops. The rear ones are OEM and conservative. Any setup will welcome and benefit from some extra travel before sitting on the stops (the front is dependent on what comes with the front strut used).
Hi ive been reading and found most people use koni, bilstein, h&r
My question is which is the best for performance, lightest, and under 1500 usd. For mk1 tt quattro
I dont care about the ride quality but my roads do have the pothole disease
Im thinking my options are
Koni 1150 series adjustable
Bilstein pss fixed
H&r street performanc ss
Or am i missing one?
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This winter I did the Bilstein coilovers and could not be happier. They are not adjustable. They are aluminum and way lighter than the stock struts. The ride is only a tad stiffer and the rebound is fantastic, I live near Detroit where I am regularly airborne on terrible roads. I did all poly bushings in every control arm and trailing arm, I used the offset bushings from ECS in the rear so I can set rear camber and it gave me plenty of adjustment as I am not "slammed". Played with some alignment settings and car is track ready balanced with the rear coming out just before the front end lets loose, essentially tail hangs out about 10-15 degrees in a full power slide on a turn. I paid $1067 from ECS but I think it was just a set they had on the shelf, they matched the price for me that CARID was willing to give me plus I spent a couple grand all together on other things with them.
Well, I did the steering rack and tie rods last year so those stayed put. I did the balljoints (Lamforder, don't go cheapies on those or they won't last) Powerflex bushings in the front control arms, the ECS dog bone mount with poly (hint, don't use their bolts, they seemed cheap and my factory ones looked great so I reused them) Powerflex trailing arm bushings, Powerflex rear control arm bushings and the offset ones on one set to be able to adjust camber (I am only 1.5 inches lower in the back so it had plenty of adjustment without going to adj control arms). I used rubber in the sway bars as they sent me wrong size poly so I just didn't feel like going back in there, my front sway bar was way bigger than the bushings they set it measures around 21mm. I also used the ECS coilover install kit with hardware, wish I went with different strut mount bushings as I hear they won't last but so far so good. Front is dropped 1.25".
Here is link to making the rear stiffer (for less understeer)