- Apr 18, 2001
- Southeast Texas
- 2004 Passat Wagon (chainless + 5 MT + GDE tune)
Thank you 740GLE for your feedback. I will research the airlift helper bags. Have you used them personally?airlift helper bags, toss 20lbs in them and you'll be riding level. Adjust the bags down when not carrying that weight.
Is that a drawtight/curt style tow bar? at 200LBs you're over the weight limit due to the forces applied, good luck not bending it over the bumps. 200lb is for a trailer hitch, not 200lbs 3ft from the mounting points.
Yes, we will eventually research those too.Two words:
But yeah, the air spring helpers that go inside the coils would probably be the only thing that would allow it to be used for normal driving AND for the overloading, but ideally that is not the best car for your endeavors.
Rooftop carriers will better distribute the load, but you'll have the added wind resistance.
A small utility trailer, like the little clamshell ones, are great though. Car won't notice it back there, tongue weight is negligible, and they are small enough that one person can unhook them and move them about when needed. You can even store them upright on end in the back of a garage.
So the forces are the same if 150lbs is 30 feet from the mounting points?Thank you 740GLE for your feedback. I will research the airlift helper bags. Have you used them personally?
The Curt hitch I have has a tongue weight limit of 200 lbs. (https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Volkswagen/Passat/2015/C11234.html?VehicleID=201519521). I estimate our loads will be more around 150 lbs or so.
Indeed not.So the forces are the same if 150lbs is 30 feet from the mounting points?
It's a pain to get them in without removing the springs. I did it in 2 vehicles. The blue are softer and thinner. Also the quick connector on the blue suckAgreed. Don't even have to take the springs out (I was able to do it on two Mk7 Sportwagen with the springs still in the car).
Here's a DIY from the Mk6 forum that covers the basics - same idea would apply.
Completed the install of my Airlift 1000 kit this weekend. Installation- This DIY isn't hyper detailed and I left certain aspects vague on purpose in the video like air hose routing and where to install the schrader valve as there isn't really a "right" way to route the hoses or where to put...forums.tdiclub.com
I only found the blue one to fit a 2015 Passat (https://www.firestoneip.com/kit-search/):If I would have known. I just tossed my helper bags I had for my wagen. But yeah. Firestone coilrite. The red ones. Blue ones are thinner.
The red ones aren't direct fit. I found red ones that were slightly larger
Cargo carrier. Heavy trailer. Yes. Moving a ice house that's has 500lbs tongue around the block. The 1000s are designed better. 2 years and 50k miles easily on them. I have a wagen and would carry 400lbs in the back pretty regularly.So you have a cargo carrier like the one in the first post?
The difference ff between them is the reds are thicker and very shightly bigger. And they don't have the stupid quick connect. Is the Passat irs? I put mine so the nipple went through the bottom, snaked the line back through the control arms to the center. I may have a picture of it. Lemme look.Ok, I was able to cancel my order. I will not put one for the Airlift 1000 60815 until I will find a shop willing to do the job with this brand and model on my 2015 Passat.
I'm pretty certain the Passat has independent rear suspension. You can do this even without the triple squares required to remove the sway bar end links. Jack up the car take both tires off. Lower the rear rotors onto wood to take some pressure on the suspension. Undo both upper rear shock mounts. Jack up the rear end should be enough to get the springs out. And then take all the air out of the bags and fit them in through the bottom or the top. Remember the spring orientation though. And as stated as easiest if you point the hose nipple down then you won't have to drill any holes.Hello DivineChaos, very appreciative for taking the time to explain and post the picture. So is doable in a wagen, it is most likely doable in a 2015 Passat.
Any strong disagreements in the room?