Sportwagen suspension upgrade, coilovers?

travis45

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14 Sportwagen, 96 Passat TDI Sedan
Looking for some advice on a suspension upgrade for my Mk6 Sportwagen.

I've heard of folks putting in Golf R components. Or I would consider coilovers but I want minimal lowering. The car is low enough already.

Does anyone know how much Golf R springs would lower my Sportwagen? Beyond that, are they any different than my OEM springs? Perhaps the R springs with some Bilstein HD's would be a nice budget upgrade without slamming the car.

I also have a H&R rear sway bar on the way.

What has your experience been?

Thank you,
Travis
 

andydg

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Used to have SW & Passat
If you don't necessarily want to lower it, you may opt to change the struts and shocks. The Koni FSD Damper set are very good. I had a set on my Volvo 850 and really liked them after having driven on Bilsteins for 100k plus miles. The advantage of the Koni's is that they recommend keeping the stock springs (If I am correct.). Take a look at Tire Rack with their suspension upgrade options for your wagon.
My current wagon personally has H&R sport springs and Koni yellows. I wanted something that would not need further/future adjustments as I would drive myself crazy constantly messing with it hoping to find the 'ideal' setting(s). With Neuspeed RS05's/17's it is perfect.
 

ksing44

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If you don't necessarily want to lower it, you may opt to change the struts and shocks. The Koni FSD Damper set are very good. I had a set on my Volvo 850 and really liked them after having driven on Bilsteins for 100k plus miles....
I'm dreaming about Bilstein HD shocks and struts for my Golf. Did you have the Bilstein HD? How would you say the Bilsteins you had compared to the Koni FSD? My thoughts are that the Bilstein HD hocks would tighten things up nicely. I'm sure they'll be firmer than stock, but I'm pretty sure I'll like that. I loved them on a previous car for the improved control, but it was a much different and heavier car than the Golf.
 

travis45

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I have a line on some H&R sport springs. I'm afraid that I'll get tire rub or negative rake.

How do you think they will work with the stock shocks?

What is your setup like with the H&R sports with the yellows? I want tight but not harsh. Still is a daily driver.

Thanks for your responses.

Travis
 

travis45

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Found even a better deal on the H&R sport springs. I'm pulling the trigger on them. Next question is if to upgrade shocks when I install them....
 

travis45

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Looking for shock recommendations to match with the H&R Sport springs.

From what I read on the Koni FSD's, they are a great balance for a car that is a daily driver.

Tell me what you run with your H&R sports and how you like em!

Thanks in advance.
Travis
 

97B4TDi

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Might be old but I’m curious what did you end up installing with the Sport Springs and did you like the ride?
 
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