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Old May 16th, 2010, 08:21   #346
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Default Koni Sport Springs

Two years ago I installed Koni FSD struts and shocks on my Jetta TDI. At the time, I decided not to spend the money on new springs because the FSDs were advertised as working well with the OEM springs, and they did.

Late last year, the Koni Sport Springs went on sale, so I bought them, and yesterday, I finally got around to installing them. As advertised, the new springs lowered my car about 1-inch all around. Of course, my wife doesn't understand why I NEED to lower my car at all.

I used new strut mounts and all the essential bolts and nuts holding everything together. An air impact gun is a must for removing and installing struts and shocks, as well as spring compressors.

When I removed the front struts to install the new springs, I scraped off the chipping paint and repainted them with Gold Rust-Oleum spray paint. Amazingly, it was the same shade of gold. It bothers me that after spending so much money on the FSDs that the paint started to chip right away, which caused them to start to rust. I've heard others complain about the same thing. Realistically, the chipping and rusting will likely continue. Regardless, the FSDs work great, and hopefully the new springs will make the driving feel even better.

Tomorrow after work I'll go get the wheels re-aligned.





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Old May 16th, 2010, 12:14   #347
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the set up you have is very very nice. I used it for like a year and a half before i upgraded to some fk coilovers. it will handle a lot nicer in the corners.

for another well needed mod on this platform look for a used 28mm swaybar. brand doesn't matter, but it will reduce body roll a fair amount. you won't need to worry about your front one for the most part, but it wouldn't hurt to upgrade to your front endlinks(not too expensive). i don't know how much that it helps as i did a lot all at one time.
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Old May 16th, 2010, 16:23   #348
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Thanks; I'm sure I'll like it too.

I already have a rear sway (stabilizer) bar (Post Nr. 76) and an Upper Front Stressbar (Post Nr. 121). I don't get much body roll with these two bars plus the DG Panzer Plate installed.
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Old May 16th, 2010, 21:21   #349
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This job is such a PITA.... What a ball buster... I have to say R&R the front shocks is for me one of the most back and knuckle busting jobs on my car. Glad it was you Chris and not me doing this. You will love the lower springs and the way the car will look and feel. Good Job! Post some photos of how she looks with the lowered stance and the body work.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 00:15   #350
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i'm sure the car will look very nice. i am looking forward to seeing some updated pics of this fine modded machine.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 00:22   #351
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what do you currently run for rims in summer?
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Old May 17th, 2010, 05:26   #352
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what do you currently run for rims in summer?
Squire89, you can see the answer at Post Nr. 267, including a picture.

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i'm sure the car will look very nice. i am looking forward to seeing some updated pics of this fine modded machine.
Now that the front third of my car looks so nice with the new paint job, I want to replace the scratched up bottom air deflector (spoiler). After that, I'll take some pictures and post them. Maybe I can convince my wife to take a picture of me with my project car.

While working on the car this past Saturday, my wife comes out to the garage and asks, "Why can't getting into the car, turning the key, and just going be good enough?" Women! Most just don't understand our desire to make our rides better.

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This job is such a PITA.... What a ball buster... I have to say R&R the front shocks is for me one of the most back and knuckle busting jobs on my car. Glad it was you Chris and not me doing this. You will love the lower springs and the way the car will look and feel. Good Job! Post some photos of how she looks with the lowered stance and the body work.
Yes Pierre, the whole job is a pain. Now you know why it took half a year for me to finally install the springs. However, since I installed the struts and shocks two years ago, I knew what I was up against. That Metalnerd spreader bit doesn't work as well as I would like, and I totally ruined a nickel to get some more opening space for the struts. Even installing the rear springs was a pain (hint: be sure to disconnect both shocks before removing and installing springs). It pretty much took me all day to do this job, and I'm glad it's done. I was rather tired on Sunday morning. I still think changing out a clutch and flywheel is harder, and I did that twice!

I have to say that I'm not sure what "R&R" means. Maybe I'm getting old and this is some sort of texting jargon; though I'm not really that old (i.e., not too many gray hairs). To me, "R&R" means rest and relaxation, which this modification certainly is not.

Two more modifications coming soon, and then an upgrade to RC5 in June.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 07:20   #353
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Haha. Nice work, also waiting for new stance pics!

R & R is "remove and replace"
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Now that the front third of my car looks so nice with the new paint job, I want to replace the scratched up bottom air deflector (spoiler). After that, I'll take some pictures and post them. Maybe I can convince my wife to take a picture of me with my project car.
if you don't have it already look into the 4 motion front valence or spoiler as you called it
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if you don't have it already look into the 4 motion front valence or spoiler as you called it
I decided against the Bora 4-motion front valence. I don't really like the look of it, and I was able to pick up the OEM front valence and a water deflector (mine broke a few months ago) from my local dealer at wholesale.
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Old May 18th, 2010, 19:59   #356
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Yes, taking out and putting the tranny back in is another bear. I have to swap out trannies between my Jetta and Golf and I dread doing it. I think I will pay my neighbor kid to do it for me. The 3.16 R&P may be great for a daily driver but it totally sucks for an autoX car.. It's gotta go .. .the second gear is way too tall and too slow. Going back to stock tranny in the Golf and I will use the 3.16 R&P in my daily driver Jetta.

You will love RC5 ....

Where are the photos of the lowered stance?





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Yes Pierre, the whole job is a pain. Now you know why it took half a year for me to finally install the springs. However, since I installed the struts and shocks two years ago, I knew what I was up against. That Metalnerd spreader bit doesn't work as well as I would like, and I totally ruined a nickel to get some more opening space for the struts. Even installing the rear springs was a pain (hint: be sure to disconnect both shocks before removing and installing springs). It pretty much took me all day to do this job, and I'm glad it's done. I was rather tired on Sunday morning. I still think changing out a clutch and flywheel is harder, and I did that twice!

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i'm sure the car will look very nice. i am looking forward to seeing some updated pics of this fine modded machine.
Ugh! The demanding pressure is killing me.

It's been raining lately. Supposed to be nice the next few days, so perhaps I'll be able to wash the Jetta and take some nice pictures. I would like to install the new front valence first, which I might be able to do tonight.
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While working on the car this past Saturday, my wife comes out to the garage and asks, "Why can't getting into the car, turning the key, and just going be good enough?" Women! Most just don't understand our desire to make our rides better.

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LOL, careful there, people get offended when you tell it like it is .
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Here are the results of my wheel alignment after installing the Koni Sport Springs. The front was off a bit, but all is good now. Most important to me, my steering wheel is still straight (pet peeve).

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While working on the car this past Saturday, my wife comes out to the garage and asks, "Why can't getting into the car, turning the key, and just going be good enough?"
A good response: "Same reason one pair of black shoes just isn't enough."
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