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James03

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Hi All, Happy New Year!

I've just discovered that my rear offside spring has snapped on my Mk4

VW have quoted £500+ to replace both the rears (they won't do one at a time, they suggested).

Looks like I can get one of the more well known VAG specialists to do a full set of four Eibach springs for £395 fitted.

Having not lowered before, I've got a few questions before I take the plunge, if anyone is able to help?
  • Will I find the drop causes issues on speed bumps etc?
  • Will I see the shocks take any extra wear for being lowered?
  • Would lowering it affect the handling of the car much?
  • and can I expect uneven tyre wear, even with proper alignment?
Otherwise, I'll try to find a cheaper way to replace the OEM springs.

As a total newbie to suspension troubles, presumably coilovers are going to be massively more expensive, so I've ruled those out, unless there's a really good reason not to?

thanks!

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Ryan-H

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This has always been a common problem on this car.. As for your questions.

1, Not unless you lower it substantially.
2. Depends on the stiffness of the springs,
3. Yes, it will handle better, Eibach are a good make
4. No, that's what a proper alignment aims to avoid, by setting the car up correctly..

Hope this answers your questions, now go and get them fitted! :good:

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Question following on from that looking at kw variant 2 coilovers, does the ones from a mk1 tt 3.2 fit on the mk4 r32 thank you in advance :-)

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Question following on from that looking at kw variant 2 coilovers, does the ones from a mk1 tt 3.2 fit on the mk4 r32 thank you in advance :-)


Yeah they do.

Did you win the ones on ebay?

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Excellent thank you, I think they are still going just wanted to double check that they would fit before bidding and ending up with ones that doesnt fit :-), have u got a set?

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Excellent thank you, I think they are still going just wanted to double check that they would fit before bidding and ending up with ones that doesnt fit :-), have u got a set?


The TT is the same chassis as mk4 but engine from a mk5 I'm sure.

Nah had v1's gonna bid in these but not crazy money

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first of all 500 is a rip off i had my rears replaced for genuine vw ones and it cost 320 fitted so i would advise you to shop arround, would defo go aftermarket though ... wish i did when i had the chance !
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I've had two rear springs, and a front spring replaced, I got then all second hand but in good conditions from some of my fellow forum members on here! Think I paid £60 two rear springs and £40 for a front!
£500 you'd be mad to pay that!


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Aftermarket springs are a total waste of time on the mk4 in my view. I did much the same as what you're considering, had a snapped spring got a ridiculous quote and got some H&Rs instead. They lasted about a year before I got coilovers which are far superior comfort wise in my book
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What a pain in the rump. I'm just waiting for mine to snap!

The TT is the same chassis as mk4 but engine from a mk5 I'm sure.


Audis are funny with their 3.2 engines. The TT uses a MK4 engine but with their own BML code (or something like that), but has the MK5 MAF and bigger airbox etc. The Audi A3 3.2 has a MK5 rocker cover, MK5 block (lower compression), MK5 baffled sump and pump, MK5 MAF and throttle (no coolant lines), but still uses MK4 cams, MK4 cam sensors and MK4 injectors, but with a MK5 returnless fuel rail!! Weird!

The BUB engine is the most up to date R32 engine (different cams, different sensors, EV14 injectors etc etc) and only appeared in the MK5 Golf afaik.

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What a pain in the rump. I'm just waiting for mine to snap! Audis are funny with their 3.2 engines. The TT uses a MK4 engine but with their own BML code (or something like that), but has the MK5 MAF and bigger airbox etc. The Audi A3 3.2 has a MK5 rocker cover, MK5 block (lower compression), MK5 baffled sump and pump, MK5 MAF and throttle (no coolant lines), but still uses MK4 cams, MK4 cam sensors and MK4 injectors, but with a MK5 returnless fuel rail!! Weird! The BUB engine is the most up to date R32 engine (different cams, different sensors, EV14 injectors etc etc) and only appeared in the MK5 Golf afaik. Sorry, I came over all nerdy there for a minute :D


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:)

I only know that because I cobbled together an R32 engine for my Corrado from assorted VW and Audi bits. Honestly, R32 engines are a real pain in the arse for platform sharing differences.

Got the engine cover today mate, cheers for that!
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