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Hello all, just got myself a GT TDI 130 and am loving the performance but am hoping to be able to improve the handling. My old Pug 306 TD would be left for dead by the Golf but in terms of handling it was miles more fun in the twisties. The wife's Citroen c2 VTR is more rewarding in the bends and feels a lot more precise and composed, although a lot bumpier - the missus likes the ride in the Golf as a passenger and I need to try and retain most of this.

As I'm new to having to make handling mods, I'd like some advice. Don't flame me for my ignorance...

I've done a bit of research and am looking at an ARB kit to begin with to help in the bends. I've not got any experience with this so can anyone answer some beginner questions:

- Do I need to replace front and rear roll bars?

- What sort of improvements should I expect?

- Will it affect ride quality?

Seen this kit: http://www.awesome-gti.co.uk/product.php?xProd=11908&xSec=1110&jssCart=e6445e02f775e1783a7e1b9614ed5f40

and this http://www.awesome-gti.co.uk/product.php?xProd=11900&xSec=1110&jssCart=e6445e02f775e1783a7e1b9614ed5f40

What's the difference?

Sorry for being thick on this one. Would be grateful for any advice! Thank you...
 

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How do you fit a rear roll bar? Is it something a regular VW specialist garage could do or is it a tuning specialist job?

I take it you've had it done, No7.
 

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a couple of axle stands and 20 minutes of your time and you'd be good.

another mod to think of is replacing the rear wishbone bushes with firmer audi tt ones and change the rear beam bushes for skoda fabia vrs ones.
 

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I wouldn't be confident DIYing it for something that affects the handling to be honest. Is it straight forward though for someone who knows their way around a car?
 

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Sounds easy...might try DIY.

Thanks for the replies. I take it that it's worth doing. Which rear bar would people recommend?
 

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Bump!

Also, which insurance companies are modification-friendly. Mine aren't! So looks like I'll be waiting until April to make any changes when I can renew.

Anyone got any idea roughly how much a rear anti roll bar will add to my premium. Currently on £500 a year. ish.

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As others have already said = You can make a significant difference by just doing the REAR bar.

Premiums are *normally* only affected by performance upgrades - find a sensible insurer and go and have fun in your transformed car!
 

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to fit the front you have to remove the wheels and drop the sub frame was a pain in the ass.

i will soon be getting the rear done as i also have been told it makes a real improvement
 

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I changed my front ARB and it made no noticeable difference.

Then I fitted a Whiteline 24mm REAR ARB and its amazing. Makes the car so much better to drive.

That combined with my Coilovers makes the car handle really well compared to standard. Next up im getting every single bush changed to "Super-Pro" at the weekend. Ive had that makes it even more better. [:)]
 
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