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Need to upgrade my suspension before too long. It's more of a cosmetic thing than for performance as I've only got a hundred and six horses to play with. I'll be running on 16"s alloys but I might upgrade to 17"s at some point.

The FK High Tec kit and the Koni RSK both look good budget options, which one should I go for?

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I've heard (from Chris I think?) that if you just change the springs then it'll be underdamped and the shocks will get knackered double quick.

Definitely want to change the shocks as well, just don't want to spend ?400 doing it!

Anybody got experience with these two kits?
 

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That's what he meant by standard Bilsteins, they are the more cost effective quality shock, and should last ages with a slightly firmer than standard valving.

Eibach springs again are high quality but not hugely expensive, often available second hand.

Do you know what springs the RSK kit comes with jsrp? Manufacturer wise, some cheap lowering springs give a very hard ride.
 

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Sorry I thought blaze meant the standard shocks were bilsteins! The springs in the RSK kit are by vogtland according to Milkfloat, with red koni shocks.

Know anything about these Beezer? And do you know where does good prices on the bilsteins?

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I am waiting for my FK Hi Tec kit as we speak. Having researched it as throroughly as I could, most seemed to agree the FK was perfectly up to the job (Koni make the shocks) and a fraction of the cost of rivals. If spending ?400+, I wouldn't bother with a matched set up and head straight for FK Highsports / Konigsports or KW Coilovers (I haven't because camber adjustment will bring this easily up to ?700+). I don't know anything about the Koni RSK kit, where have you seen this one?
 

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I have the FK High Tec kit! it is a very good option. I think my car is about 40mm lower and it handles a lot better too. The whole car feels firmer and there is reduced body roll when corning. The ride is only ever so slightly less comfortable than with the standard setup. I think it is only ?250 too! Do it!
 

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Quote: posted by Mikedav on 07/02/2005 14:43:08

I don't know anything about the Koni RSK kit, where have you seen this one?

Milkfloat has got the RSK kit I think, supposed to be a cheaper and more comfortable alternative to koni sport kit. It's available for about ?310.

Where are you getting your High Tec kit from?

Just had a look at said bilstein shocks, looks like I could a set for ?170 on motorsportworld. Eibach springs are about ?115, so whole lot would be well under ?300. Blazedoobie, have you got this setup?

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The FK kit is costing me circa ?250 from R1GTI. If I had known about the Koni kit at ?300 it definetly would have been on my list. But as I say, any more than that and I would just go coilovers...Highsports are ?400. If I didn't have 4Motion I would have by now [:(]

That price for Eibach shocks - thats for all four?
 

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Any links for the FK kit Mike?

Have heard good things about these, what's their normal retail price.

Wasn't going to lower mine but at that money I think I could well treat myself to a set in the very near future!

As for Vogtland springs jrsp, I have heard they give a reasonable ride quality but don't have any first hand experience of them.

Buying lowering springs is such a minefield, that's why I wasn't going to lower my mk4, having had so many kits from big names on mk2and mk3 Golfs and my old SEAT Ibiza that gave pants ride quality around town and bumpy B roads and you had to really dawdle over speed humps as the car just gave off a huge crash from the suspension area.

It's good to hear that someone is saying good things about the FK ride quality, may well look into that if I can secure a similar price.
 

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Quote: posted by Rye on 07/02/2005 15:41:04

I have the FK High Tec kit! it is a very good option. I think my car is about 40mm lower and it handles a lot better too. The whole car feels firmer and there is reduced body roll when corning. The ride is only ever so slightly less comfortable than with the standard setup. I think it is only ?250 too! Do it!

I second this, I have this kit on my TDi and it's sooo much better than stock plus it sits nicely with some 18s! [:D]

Here's a link to the company I bought mine from - Click
 

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Quote: posted by BeezerDiesel on 07/02/2005 17:36:44

Any links for the FK kit Mike? Have heard good things about these, what's their normal retail price.

Check out www.performancedriven.co.uk . I ordered mine from R1GTI (Richard) though because hes a top bloke. I originally wanted FK Highsport coilovers, but when you add in the cost of camber adjustment for a 4Motion, it starts to push ?700, and I don't really need the adjustability coils offer. At ?250 the FK Hi Tec seemed too good to be true, but after doing some research, I have read 90% positive reports. I am certain that the Koni kit is just as good though, I just missed that one when I was looking.
 

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Quote: posted by Mikedav on 07/02/2005 17:25:26

That price for Eibach shocks - thats for all four?

The ?170 is for bilstein shocks. With the Eibach springs and delivery it comes to ?300.

When are you planning to fit your FK kit? And are you doing the brushes and "dome bearings" too?

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Sorry, I missed this thread. The RSK Kit matches the Koni Reds 3 way adjustable dampers with Vogtland springs. I paid 3250 (list price ?270) much less than the ?310 mentioned above.

I got it from TSR Performance 01278 453036 at the Club GTI Mega Meet a couple of years ago.
 

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Cheers Milkfloat. Do you know how your setup compares with the FK one, or the Eibach+Bilsteins?

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Sorry i don't think I have been in a car with either kit. You are more than welcome to have a ride in mine if yuo are eevr passing. I am in Tewkesbury quite a bit, so could meet up if you don't fancy travelling.
 

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So is the FK Hight Tec kit recommended then? I did a quick search on here and it seems to get good reviews. I think I will be lowering my car at some stage and don't really need adjustables so this kit sounds like a good idea.
 

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Quote: posted by Milkfloat on 09/02/2005 08:30:47

Sorry i don't think I have been in a car with either kit. You are more than welcome to have a ride in mine if yuo are eevr passing. I am in Tewkesbury quite a bit, so could meet up if you don't fancy travelling.

Cheers might do that when I'm home sometime!
 
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