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Golf-V Aftermarket Suspension Guide

g60_corrado_91

Go Kart Champion
Location
IL
Ride
2006 GTI 6MT Pkg 1
you ever go to those meets ever tuesday in schaumburg?
I went to the first few, and last weeks since I had the 4th off. I also go to the CVO meets at the Schaumburg Portillos on Fridays; make it to most of those.

I think I'm pulling my HPFP tonight to ship it to APR, so I probably won't be going out this week.
 

the bruce

Go Kart Champion
Location
land
Ride
Golf GTI Mk.V 2008
On a side note:


1.
Volkswagen also sell complete suspension kits:

http://www.volkswagen-zubehoer-shop.de/shop/index.php?cat=c137

('Komplettfahrwerk')

Yes, these are DG springs paired with dampers !!

I'd still prefer DGs + Bilstein though. :wink:


2.
And here you can clearly read Mk.V DGs are not only developed for the 2.5
but also for the 2.0 TFSI:

http://www.volkswagen-zubehoer-shop.de/shop/product_info.php?info=p2315_Tieferlegungssatz--25-30-mm--max--VA-1050-1090-kg-Achslast.html

http://www.volkswagen-zubehoer-shop.de/shop/product_info.php?info=p2316_Tieferlegungssatz--25-30-mm--max--VA-1000-1030-kg-Achslast.html

http://www.volkswagen-zubehoer-shop.de/shop/product_info.php?info=p2318_Tieferlegungssatz--25-30-mm--max--VA-1040-HA-930-kg-Achslast.html

Don't care about German language, just read weight, engine type and part numbers.
 

the bruce

Go Kart Champion
Location
land
Ride
Golf GTI Mk.V 2008
If someone likes to raise rear just less than half an inch
I'd recommend this Audi TT ruber (non S-Line):


Nr 4:




1K0 512 149 B - TT S-Line/GTI/Golf/A3 etc.

8J0 512 149 - Audi TT (non S-Line) - ~ 7.5 mm thicker
 

bit of a trip

Ready to race!
Location
Bradenton Fl.
Ride
2007 Rabbit
how long will ur stock struts last on eibach sportlines?
the ride will suck anyways with the stock dampers & the Sportlines
How many miles do you have on your car Tphilho? Struts with 80k on them wont survive very long, but 30k may last longer.

But as snobrdrdan said, the ride will suck. Stock struts compression/rebound dampening is out of its normal operating position (lower, always slightly compressed), and a stiffer or softer spring rate will cause the valving to react poorly.
An adjustable set of struts/shocks is great because you can dial in the dampening to compliment the spring, instead of causing ride problems.

But yeah, stock struts won't last too long. Though, to play devils advocate with myself, I've seen posts on here with people claiming to have run stock struts and lowered springs for 10-20k miles with no problem; though, they weren't the 2" drop springs, always more conservative drops.
 

GTIF

Leadfoot
Location
Santee CA
Resurrecting an old thread, but here goes. I recently bought an 07 GTI Fahrenheit, with what they call the European sport-tuned suspension package. I don't know how this differs from stock GTI, but I want to lower it just a bit. I got a good deal on some OEM springs from an 09 GTI, claiming to lower an earlier MK5 by about an inch and still keep stock suspension characteristics.

Does anyone know any more detailed information on this? Are these springs the same as what I already have? I heard the later (TSI) GTIs all came with the European sport-tuned suspension, but I can't verify that. Thanks in advance for any info.
 

vegasGTI

Go Kart Champion
Location
Vegas
Resurrecting an old thread, but here goes. I recently bought an 07 GTI Fahrenheit, with what they call the European sport-tuned suspension package. I don't know how this differs from stock GTI, but I want to lower it just a bit. I got a good deal on some OEM springs from an 09 GTI, claiming to lower an earlier MK5 by about an inch and still keep stock suspension characteristics.

Does anyone know any more detailed information on this? Are these springs the same as what I already have? I heard the later (TSI) GTIs all came with the European sport-tuned suspension, but I can't verify that. Thanks in advance for any info.
06-07 GTI are have different spring and are about 1/2" higher. Any 08 or 09 GTI will have these springs. Not sure how they are different than the Euro sport tuned ones you speak of.
 

g60_corrado_91

Go Kart Champion
Location
IL
Ride
2006 GTI 6MT Pkg 1
Resurrecting an old thread, but here goes. I recently bought an 07 GTI Fahrenheit, with what they call the European sport-tuned suspension package. I don't know how this differs from stock GTI, but I want to lower it just a bit. I got a good deal on some OEM springs from an 09 GTI, claiming to lower an earlier MK5 by about an inch and still keep stock suspension characteristics.



Does anyone know any more detailed information on this? Are these springs the same as what I already have? I heard the later (TSI) GTIs all came with the European sport-tuned suspension, but I can't verify that. Thanks in advance for any info.


All US spec Fahrenheit's had the 2006/2007 US spec springs (AKA God damn minivan ride height). In 2008, US spec GTI's got the Euro springs. They're not an inch lower, but 0.6" lower all around. If you're doing those, you honestly may as well get new Bilstein or Koni shocks, strut mounts and bearings, etc. How many miles?
 

wronghand

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
oklahoma
All US spec Fahrenheit's had the 2006/2007 US spec springs (AKA God damn minivan ride height). In 2008, US spec GTI's got the Euro springs. They're not an inch lower, but 0.6" lower all around. If you're doing those, you honestly may as well get new Bilstein or Koni shocks, strut mounts and bearings, etc. How many miles?
Non of the US model year got Euro springs, which will not meet the US curb height requirement. 06-07 is the highest, It was lowered a bit starting 08. But my early built 08 front use the same 07 springs, only rear was lowered. Looks awkward.

Euro height is about the same as the DG springs. about 3/4" lower than US.
 

g60_corrado_91

Go Kart Champion
Location
IL
Ride
2006 GTI 6MT Pkg 1
Well, 09's for sure do have the Euro springs. And I think 2008.5 with the very first TSI 2.0T have them too. I have several friends who had 2009 GTI's and while they were still pretty high, they weren't 2006 to early 2008 high lol
 

GTIF

Leadfoot
Location
Santee CA
All US spec Fahrenheit's had the 2006/2007 US spec springs (AKA God damn minivan ride height). In 2008, US spec GTI's got the Euro springs. They're not an inch lower, but 0.6" lower all around. If you're doing those, you honestly may as well get new Bilstein or Koni shocks, strut mounts and bearings, etc. How many miles?
Yeah, it is pretty tall! https://postimg.org/gallery/3j5tz9wzk/1a79bd5b/#.WQDi5553wD4.mailto At least it handles better than a minivan. It currently is at 105K miles. I had one with 207K and found this one, so I upgraded. :biggrin:

I was referring to this info from the Fahrenheit Registry site:

2007 VOLKSWAGEN GTI FAHRENHEIT EDITION

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan, 2007 February 20 – Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that the exclusive Fahrenheit GTI has arrived at dealerships. This uniquely styled, high performance hatchback is available to only 1200 lucky customers.

The Fahrenheit GTI distinguishes itself from others in the lineup with its electrifying orange exterior color that is sure to turn heads. Each distinctive vehicle includes "Fahrenheit" badging and a unique vehicle number displayed on a three-spoke perforated leather steering wheel. This special edition also boasts a European sport-tuned suspension; 18-inch alloy wheels; leather top sport heated seats; a sunroof; Fahrenheit orange interior accent trim; Fahrenheit orange stitching on the floor mats, DSG™ boot, brake handle and steering wheel; and optional Sirius Satellite Radio.

This special edition GTI is priced at an affordable $27,665 and is only available with the advanced automatic DSG transmission.

Note: The above text is a press release published by Volkswagen.

So if Volkswagen says it has the sport-tuned suspension, I suppose it does. You're probably right though, if I want it to be lower and I'm going to the trouble of taking it apart to change springs, I should probably just go with a good aftermarket setup. Thanks for the advice.
 

GTIF

Leadfoot
Location
Santee CA
Since I already had the 09 springs ($40), had time on my hands and had to get in there anyway to change a CV joint boot, I decided to swap them in. It wasn't too difficult and dropped the ride about 5/8" to 3/4". It looks still stock but way better than before. At least it doesn't look jacked up now! Wheel opening dropped from 27" to 26-3/8" or so.

Here's some info on them for anyone interested. Another data point for this list.

The ride is slightly firmer. The wire of the 09 springs is thicker than the original 07 springs. Rears were 12mm, now 12.5mm; fronts were 13.1mm, now 13.5mm.

Color dots on 07 springs were blue, yellow, yellow, yellow on rear and red, red, white, white on front. Now dots on 09 springs are blue, pink, yellow, yellow on rear and yellow, white, white on front. So I didn't have the Euro sport-tuned suspension that VW claimed, but I do now! :wink:
 
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