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    1. Member GTIXpress's Avatar
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      02-15-2019 01:54 PM #1
      I'm looking to refresh my suspension this spring. I currently have Koni FSD struts/shocks and OEM springs. I'm in Central Illinois, so I have to deal with snow/potholes/assorted crappy weather. The OEM ride height has worked well. What springs on the market are comparable to the OEM lowered springs? What is also a good replacement for the Koni FSDs as those don't seem to be on the market any more? Coilovers are an option, however they need to be able to deal with salt in the winter and I don't plan on raising/lowering depending on the season.

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      Edit: Looks like Tirerack still sells the Koni FSDs with Eibach Pro-Kit springs. How do these springs compare to OEM?
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      02-20-2019 05:39 PM #2
      Another option: How do the ECS coilovers compare to struts/shocks?

      https://www.ecstuning.com/b-ecs-part...21544ecs01kt1/

      This whole kit is cheaper than just the Koni FSD struts/shocks and springs.
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    4. 08-04-2019 09:48 AM #3
      I have the forge adjustable coilovers on Guam (really bumpy roads) and I'm set to stiff and she handles like she's on rails brother. I feel the bumps, but not as bad as a typical strut/spring combo. And I'm low enough to where I don't have to do the honda speed bump shimmy, but low enough to ruin the seat bolster as my fat a$$ plops into my gokart. I'm loving the setup so far. Just comfortable enough to where my qife doesn't complain and stiff enough to where I feel planted.
      Great setup in my opinion

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      08-16-2019 08:13 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by GTIXpress View Post
      I'm looking to refresh my suspension this spring. I currently have Koni FSD struts/shocks and OEM springs. I'm in Central Illinois, so I have to deal with snow/potholes/assorted crappy weather. The OEM ride height has worked well. What springs on the market are comparable to the OEM lowered springs? What is also a good replacement for the Koni FSDs as those don't seem to be on the market any more? Coilovers are an option, however they need to be able to deal with salt in the winter and I don't plan on raising/lowering depending on the season.

      Thanks!


      Edit: Looks like Tirerack still sells the Koni FSDs with Eibach Pro-Kit springs. How do these springs compare to OEM?
      It will somewhat depend on your budget and also your ultimate priorities. The tried and true setup since the MkIVs came out has been Bilstein Sport shocks on H&R Sport or Race springs. The Sport springs are a similar ride height to the OEM 32G suspension, maybe a little lower, and just a little stiffer. The Race springs are more noticeably lower and stiffer. The Konis aren't bad shocks, but every time I've moved back to a Bilstein shock from something else I have been incredibly happy.

      Given where you live and what you mentioned as being your priorities, I would stay away from budget shocks and coilovers. They never pan out. Buy nice or buy twice. If you're considering coilovers, you can't go wrong with Bilstein, Koni, H&R, or KW. I've been through the gamut of suspensions on my 20th, and you will absolutely feel the difference (both immediately and over time) with quality shocks versus budget ones.
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      08-16-2019 08:54 AM #5
      I had KYB Adjustable shocks and H&R race springs on my GLI, (ECS sells a package I believe) loved the set up. Easy to change settings on the shocks, especially the rears as the knob was on the bottom of the shock. Springs were a 2" drop so if thats too low you could opt for sport springs instead.

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      08-16-2019 02:08 PM #6
      I ended up going with Koni FSDs again along with matching Eibach springs. Tirerack still sold them as a matched kit. Ride height looks to be the same, although ride quality seems a bit harsher. I think these springs have a different spring rate than the stock ones, even though most people thought that the factory springs were Eibach. It's not bad, but I definitely feel every bump in the road.
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