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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old April 7th, 2019, 12:48   #121
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Hey man checking out your Jetta which looks awesome. Were you running stock springs in the rear? I've had a new beetle TDI with the metalnerd kit and it's just too small for my kiddo now, so I'm about to put lift up my wagon. I didn't use any lift in the rear for the beetle because I think just some heavy-duty shocks made the difference.
were you running anything special for a strut in the front?
I'm a park ranger here in Nevada and do a lot of backcountry hunting so anytime I can not have to drive my truck 8 hours saves me some cash.
Did the 215/75s rub when driving dirt roads, ever try a 215/60?
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Old April 11th, 2019, 06:55   #122
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Also a jeep guy here. Every time i buy a car i think about doing this and have to restrain myself...this post is not helping my restraint HAHA. That wagon looks so badass i might just have to keep an eye out for one just for this purpose......Or maybe BFG's on a Jetta sedan haha.
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Old April 11th, 2019, 10:39   #123
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I have a question... I would like to put the 10mm spacers in my struts, but the car is all together. Here is the gist of my question: can I apply down force/weight to the front struts remove the nut, add spacers and then tighten the bolts back down? My front has settled a bit more than I would like, and the rear looks too high. This isn't just about looks, as an additional 0.390" in the front adds safety. Any ideas, better ideas?
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Old April 12th, 2019, 05:27   #124
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you would have to put spring compressors on, unbolt the nut on the top, push down on the strut shaft from the top (wooden hammer handle works good, as does a 2nd set of hands you can trust) pull out both the rubber mount and the strut bearing from the underside, then you can push back down on the strut shaft and slip on the spacer(s) put new strut bearings and rubber mounts (recommended since you are already in there and they aren't spendy) and reconnect the hat & nut on the top properly.

yes it can be done, but you are working around spring compressors, the fender, pushing the shaft down from above, and reaching in from below to get the old mounts and bearings removed and everything reinstalled in that same tight area.

you do this at your own risk, this is Not exactly an easy ballet to pull off.
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Old April 12th, 2019, 08:51   #125
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Growler, thank you for the heads up on this process. Initially I thought it was possible w/o breaking down the struts, and then it dawned on me this is likely no easy job. I have a set of spring compressors I purchased years ago I considered shortening to simplify the job. The drivers side is cake to access, the passenger side not so much.
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Old June 16th, 2019, 19:26   #126
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Well those look great! I notice this was posted in 2016. How did the do over time? How was the handling, ride tire wear? I assume they made your gears a bit taller so how was it getting started on a steep hill? Thanks.
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Old June 22nd, 2019, 05:03   #127
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Sorry I haven't been very good at updating this thread.... The lift is still dong great! I have had zero problems with it.... Ive put nearly 40,000 miles on it... I ran the Grabbers for about 1 year and got tired of them... they were noisy and I found I was always between 4th and 5th gear on the mt. roads near my house. I switched to 205/70-15 geolander A/T's and its the perfect setup. Feels like stock, still looks good, and doesnt effect gearing and fuel economy the way the grabbers did. They are quiet and still work good on dirt roads and snow. I use this car for everything.. its like my little truck! The only wear items i have replaced are the rie rod ends... I dont know how old they were... they were on the car when I bought it... So it likely was mileage related and the condition was exasperated by the lift but who knows. Other than that its all good. No goofy tire wear or axle/ball joint issues. Im still averaging 42-45 mpg.

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