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    1. n00b
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      05-12-2019 05:47 PM #1
      I have recently installed coil overs and camber plates on my mk1. I have OZ racing Supertourismo 16x7 wheels, 37 offset. I can’t seem to get the car anywhere near low enough ( top of tire about 2cm below fender currently ) without hitting the bump stops and ending up with a horrible ride. Is it safe to cut some of the bump stop out to go lower and still have some shock travel?
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      05-12-2019 05:54 PM #2
      Stance, already disqualified for any help

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      05-12-2019 06:00 PM #3
      Secondly, ride height doesn't correlate directly into handling/steering/grip. 16" wheels are big wheels for mk1 race car. What tires? What brakes? What class? SCCA,NASA? Struts in front, shocks in rear and iit would be called travel. What "coils"?

      Sounds more like a street car with a dangerous cage that wants to be a scene car to get attention. Educated guesses here. Bump stops have a purpose, if it's a race car, you're looking for performance far more than comfort. So remove 50%of the bump stops, but you shouldn't be tucking and have vertical control arms of you're looking for function.

      Care to rephrase your cars purpose and your intentions?



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      05-12-2019 06:47 PM #4
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      You need drop plates and raised strut mounts. I ran them on my mk1 so I could properly fit 175/50/13 with no fender gap. It actually rode well considering how low it was. Mainly because I didn't have to crank the coilovers all the way down.
      Don't cut your bump stops and crank the them all the way down, it will ride like **** and blow the strut out.
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    7. 05-12-2019 07:29 PM #5
      Could you cut the bump stops? Yes. Should you? If you do, you run the risk of allowing the suspension to compress too much when you hit a bump. Damage usually occurs.

      Sadly, VW did not allow that much suspension travel so when you start reducing it, there is even less. Changing the strut mounts will allow you to lower the car and still have some travel.

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      05-12-2019 08:37 PM #6
      Full disclosure I purchased this car already converted into a “race car” and yes it does get a lot of attention, thanks. I changed out the Bilstein struts with lowering springs to coil overs for looks alone. I understand that I’m not going to get track performance and that’s not what I’m trying to accomplish. I want a slightly lower ride height with safe and reliable performance for daily driving. Cheers

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      05-12-2019 09:12 PM #7
      Raised strut mounts are the way to go with coil overs if you want a somewhat enjoyable ride with the stance you’re trying to achieve.

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      05-12-2019 09:37 PM #8
      Buy real suspension, height adjustment separate from travel.

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