I'm in the process of doing up my newly aquired Mk.5 R32 and one of the things on my mind is a new set of shocks. I'm keeping the original springs and height and would like a ride quality which is nice and firm but not harsh over broken/uneven tarmac. Not too far from original ride quality is my goal.
At the moment I'm thinking of going for a set of Billies mainly based on reputation. I read somewhere that Bilstein B6 are about 15% firmer than most OE dampers, and given that the R32 is 10-15% heavier than (say) a Mk5 GTi, I'm thinking it should be a good match (correct me if I'm wrong).
Chatting with my local Bilstein dealer, he told me that B6s and B8s have the exact same damping rates but I should go for B8s (slightly shorter shaft designed for lowered springs) rather than B6s (for standard springs) because the R32 in standard guise is an inch lower than most regular Mk.5s which the B6 was designed for.
Thoughts and/or advice anyone?
Edited by obomomomo, 04 January 2017 - 06:45 AM.