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Hey, was looking to sort the suspension on my 1.8T first, and would like to go for coilovers so i can adjust the height accordingly when i decide to get bigger alloys so they fill the arches nicely :D

What quality coilover kits are there for the 1.8T? Cheaper would be better but i'll pay for quality! A mate has Bilstein PSS9 on his Ibiza Cupra and says its pretty good...

Also are there any problems in lowering the mk4? Coming from the Saxo community I've dealt with issues with the PAS pipe when lowering on mk2 saxos, and I seem to remember seeing somewhere that mk4's have problems rubbing on something when lowering the front more than say 1.5"? I'd like to educate myself about this issue now if it exists as I plan to fit 18" wheels at some point.

Any advice much appreciated :)
 

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FK r pretty good but they lower 55mm, or KW r the absolute daddies they lower to 65mm!

ps. Also note that if u go lower then 50mm u will need to change ur anti roll bars and as they wil rub with ur drive shafts!
 

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What about arch rubbing when lowering with non standard size rims? You get rubbing with 16's on saxos when you lower them! How would 50mm look on 18's? Would like to avoid buying performance ARB's/Sway bars etc, think the coilovers are enough for my needs.
 

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FK Highsport seems like a good bet, they're a pretty decent price and i wont need adjustable damping. Can anyone confirm if they come with this replacement rollbar? What about big wheels as well?! I doubt 50mm on standard 16's will be the same as 50mm on 18's? Or is there not much difference due to the fat standard tyres?
 

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A few points:

- If you have 225/40/18 tyres they have the same rolling radius as the standard wheels

- FK coilovers go lower than 55mm! That is the range they state, but they then say they also allow "further lowering for track day use". i.e. you can go very low on them! I'm in the process of fitting my konigsports at the moment, i'll post some pics up when its done.

- Cheapest place for highsports in the uk i found was europerformance.com ?428 delivered. You can find it on german ebay cheaper.

- If you're lowering on coilovers you'll need a H&R or eibach anti roll bar, or some ARB drop-links to prevent driveshaft rubbing. If you're not lowering it enough for that to be an issue, then it might not be worth getting coilovers....just 35mm springs maybe.

- I think arch rubbing is only an issue with 19's, a massive drop, or really wide rims. A golf can take 18's and a reasonable drop with ease.....remember the R32 comes with 18's as standard, so the arches are plenty big enough

- I don't think the FK's come with an ARB (mine didn't)...but they do sell one separately.

Hope that helps
 

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Thanks for the help Faisal, I'm set on going for height adjustable but not damping adjustable coilovers, which is why im looking at the highsports, and i have also seen the very nice price on europerformance :)

So how much are these replacement ARB's or drop links? what exactly do you need to cure the problem? do you need to buy 2 of ARB's/drop links for front/rear? cheers
 

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Its only the front ARB that's an issue....it'll make contact with the driveshaft if you lower the car more than about 35mm.

I'm not sure how much the drop-links are and if they're even that effective. The way I see it, its worth getting a new front anti roll bar because the stiffer bar will also give you a handling improvement wheras the drop-links won't. My H&R ARB was only ?90 cos i got it 2nd hand, but I think they're about ?230 new. You're better off looking out for one of the eibach group buys on the forum....front AND rear ARB's for around ?200.

Do a search and you'll find loads of info on all the questions you're asking.
 

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Thanks for the advice, is there much difference between eibach and H&R in terms of performance and quality? ECS Tuning do both makes, with a very similar price for the 22mm front/25mm rear kit. I take it 22/25 is the ideal combination of ARB sizes if thats what you get with the kits?!
 

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There are certain applications which arent height adjustable. Can anyone shed light on which applications? I'm sure you can get all round height adjustable for the 1.8T though.
 
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