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Old 05-28-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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what to buy ?

i'm on the market for a new set of springs + dampers.
the old ones are rusty so it's time for something new

i'm on a tight budget so i'm looking to spend no more then 500 euro

my options so far:

Bilstein b4 + eibach springs for around 500 euro
AP/DTS Coilovers for around 400
H&R Cupkit for around 500
Vogtland, V-maxxx and stuff for les then 300 euro

vogtland and v-maxx i think isn't the best choice

Bilstein b4 + eibach is i guess a prove combination with a slight drop in ride hight

AP/DTS Coilovers are reasonably priced, but i'm scared it will negatively influence the ride quality as in i think it will be to stiff.

H&R Cupkit, good stories, but i think it's to low for me
Since i can't finde the 35/20 kit and 55/35 is to low for me (i guess)

another thing i found is the cupkit from AP, it's available in 40/00 drop and 40/20 drop

my current ride height is 34cm rear, and 37cm front

ride hight of 34 is nice, it looks pretty, only the front needs a drop to 34 or maybe 33 cm

want your thoughts! thanks in advance
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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No one respond this so since it on topic I'd like to revive this thread... What springs or possibly spring/strut combo is a good "bang for your buck" or good buy for someone on a budget?
I'm looking for decent quality but more importantly price... with a moderate drop (probably a sport set up) I'm only doing daily sometimes "spirited" driving on the street so I want something that will still have a decent ride but i care more about handling then a few bumps.

Second piece... If my struts are in good shape do I need to get upgraded shocks/struts or can i just get lowering springs with my factory shocks/struts? I know it is recommended for a better overall set up to do both but since this is on a budget I was thinking about just getting springs.

help me out what's everones thoughts?
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:20 PM   #3
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:59 PM   #4
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Go with the HR cupkit. I had them on my GTI and loved them. Ive got Sachs super touring struts up front with eibach sprot springs, and bilstein HDs on the back right now.

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