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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old August 22nd, 2013, 06:17   #271
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Regarding the lower rear shock mount extension method.... Any idea if a piece of square tube will fit instead of the angle iron+flat stock bolted in? Basically the same idea, with the forward face of the tube trimmed to allow the shock eye room.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 06:47   #272
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Regarding the lower rear shock mount extension method.... Any idea if a piece of square tube will fit instead of the angle iron+flat stock bolted in? Basically the same idea, with the forward face of the tube trimmed to allow the shock eye room.
I used square tubing, and welded it to the old mount. Threw some paint on it. Figure i can cut the piece off if i had too, although im not going back now.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 10:10   #273
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What struts, shocks and springs are folks running with their lifts? I'm thinking about installing the Metalnerd 2" lift. I'm using Bilstein HD struts and shocks right now, and will probably stick with those, but what springs are people using? Factory? Or something else?

ETA - Well, I just downloaded and read the Waiver for the Metalnerk kit, and you can't use it with aftermarket springs or Bilstein HDs. If I go that route, the Waiver says I "must use the EXACT color-coded spring that came with [my] engine/chassis combination." If I want to use Bilsteins, I'll have to use T/Cs--"Struts with large diameter pistons such as Bilstein HD and SP models (yellow paint) are NOT compatible."
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Old January 31st, 2014, 12:56   #274
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Dante:

If you decide to get the lift and go for different struts please let me know, I'm looking for a used set of HDs.
The Koni Red or FSD would be a good choice with that kit.

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Old January 31st, 2014, 18:29   #275
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Has MN figured out a way to lift cars with ESP? Guess I should go look at his site...
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Old January 31st, 2014, 20:00   #276
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What struts, shocks and springs are folks running with their lifts? I'm thinking about installing the Metalnerd 2" lift. I'm using Bilstein HD struts and shocks right now, and will probably stick with those, but what springs are people using? Factory? Or something else?

ETA - Well, I just downloaded and read the Waiver for the Metalnerk kit, and you can't use it with aftermarket springs or Bilstein HDs. If I go that route, the Waiver says I "must use the EXACT color-coded spring that came with [my] engine/chassis combination." If I want to use Bilsteins, I'll have to use T/Cs--"Struts with large diameter pistons such as Bilstein HD and SP models (yellow paint) are NOT compatible."

I've had this lift a little over a year now. I used 3 year old Bilsteins, and bought 4 new (carquest) VR6 wagon springs.

Still awesome.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 05:23   #277
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The issue with ESP is that you can get it kicking in some on corners more then before a lift since center of height is taller. That said-I have had a lift with ESP for 100K miles and plan on more once I get it running again after the engine fire (not related to the lift-likely the fuze box above the battery).
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Old February 1st, 2014, 08:56   #278
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Good to hear. I wouldn't be permitted to use the MN kit, of course... but I'm still interested. I may take this up with a local mechanic. Even one more inch of clearance would be a blessing on backroads.
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 09:06   #279
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I've had this lift a little over a year now. I used 3 year old Bilsteins, and bought 4 new (carquest) VR6 wagon springs.

Still awesome.
NonStop, by "this lift" you are referring to the DIY lift, right? Is the DIY lift compatible with Bilstein HDs? What struts are you using?

Grant, thanks for the info regarding the Koni Reds. My HDs probably have 100,000 miles on them though. I got the Shine suspension quite a while ago.
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NonStop, by "this lift" you are referring to the DIY lift, right? Is the DIY lift compatible with Bilstein HDs? What struts are you using?
Yep DIY lift.

Bilstein TCs From three, now 4 years ago.
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NonStop, by "this lift" you are referring to the DIY lift, right? Is the DIY lift compatible with Bilstein HDs? What struts are you using?

Grant, thanks for the info regarding the Koni Reds. My HDs probably have 100,000 miles on them though. I got the Shine suspension quite a while ago.
None of the spacer-style lifts will work with the HDs because they are an inverted damper and the spring seat can't fit further down the shaft.

Your options will be different springs, some sort of spacer between the mount and the spring, adjustable spring perches or a different top-mount.

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Old February 3rd, 2014, 20:20   #282
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None of the spacer-style lifts will work with the HDs because they are an inverted damper and the spring seat can't fit further down the shaft.

Your options will be different springs, some sort of spacer between the mount and the spring, adjustable spring perches or a different top-mount.

-Grant
Thanks Grant. I ordered a 2" Metalnerd kit. It turns out they made a few specifically for use with Shine springs. I'll probably go with Koni Sports (since I'm used to the Billy HDs) or maybe FSDs. I'm a CPA, so I probably won't be installing the lift and new dampers until after April 15. I'll try to keep you posted in case you're still interested in my HDs.
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Old February 3rd, 2014, 21:25   #283
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I think then MN kit with Shines will be a cool combination, I'd love to here about how it goes.
I'm down in Washington all the time so if you decide to sell your HDs I can likely come get them.

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Old February 6th, 2014, 11:14   #284
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I'll keep you posted, Grant.
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Old May 6th, 2014, 12:53   #285
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I've been trying to find the best way to do a 1.5 lift under $100. Looking through all the ways to do a lift. I've came with $40 moog wagen springs in the rear (i have them installed now and got a 1.25 lift) and having a local machine shop make 1.5 inch spacers for the front. This will level out the car. I talk with the local machine shop and i can get the 1.5 inch front spacers ALOT cheaper if i order more than just two. So i wanted to find out if anyone else was interest in this and i could make a bigger order. Let me know if any of you are interest.

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