best coil-over strut setup

bluecollarpilot

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I've had a failure in my Bilstein PSS strut kit and I'm in the market for a new coil-over strut setup. I refuse to buy Bilstein as they will not cover the failure under warranty.

Does anyone have a non-Bilstein recommendation on coil-over kits?

Thanks,
John
 

AUGSX

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You can also check out H&R, they have excellent reviews and amazing lifetime warranty.
 

Low Trq

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I second KW

I have no VW specific experience with them, but a friend had V3's and another got club sports. I've ridden and helped install them and they are a very well built solid suspension. i would not hesitate to buy a set.
 

Old fe

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Can you elaborate on the failure? May save others some grief.

Let us know what you go with and results?

Thanks neighbor
 

greekdubber

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I would not recommend H&R there service is horrible and not very knowledged or there product,also wasnt impressed with there ride....now I've owned 4 KW kits 3 on VW's 1 on my C55 AMG and by far the best riding kit,but there hit or miss on costomer service.If you a KW kit with excellent support and customer service then buy a Eibach coilover which is a re-labeled KW kit
 

MRFire

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I've heard not so good things on VWVortex about Koni customer service. I was thinking of going with ST coil overs but they have a 5yr warranty. I rather something with a lifetime warranty.

I didn't know Eibach were relabeled KW. Good to know...
 

AUGSX

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My experience with H&R has been excellent, including the customer service. They even sent me some free part for my coil overs, dust boots and bump stops as these coil overs were used when I bought them. I'm happy.
 

greekdubber

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if you get a KW,ST or Eibach kit get one from a Golf,because the jetta kit is universal for the sedan/wagon so they use heavier taller rear springs and the Golf uses more of the correct spring for a sedan.
 

greekdubber

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I can say this....every AMG Black-Series and P30 performance package cars come factory with KW coilovers hence why I couldnt buy V3's for my AMG and the cheapest Black-Series starts at around $150,000 and thats a C-Class I have photos of them on a CLK63 Black-Series
 

kwong7

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I expected more from H&R. I have the Dunebuggy coilovers on my MKIV and have about 150K miles on them. They are holding up fine, but I feel like they could have matched the spring/dampers to the car a little better. The ride is very firm...sometimes harsh on a bouncy or rough road. However, the ride is superb on a smooth surface. I've never tried Konis on a VW, but I've good experiences with them on my old Nissan and Honda.
 

amstel78

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I can't really provide any input since this topic is for VW's, but I had Bilstein PSS9s in my E46 M3 along with Turner Motorsport camber plates, and after the car was corner weighted, rode extremely well. I never had a problem with Bilstein tech support either. The dampening adjustments didn't do much... more like they were either on or off, but I could usually set them somewhere close to middle, and the only thing needing adjustment was camber or ride height depending on whether I was tracking the M3 or just putting around on the streets.

Given the choice, I'd go Bilsteins again based on my experience with the M3 if and when I decide to modify my Golf.
 

bluecollarpilot

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Old Fe,
The struts are just over 2 years old and they are leaking fluid already.

Also, there was a noise issue, it was a real PITA to figure out. Turns out the spring cap that rested on the strut bearing was plastic and broken. It allowed the spring cap to bounce a little on the strut bearing making noise. VW has since made a metal replacement which allows for no appreciable flex, resolving the issue.
 
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