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Beginner’s Guide / Tips for Buying a Street-Based Suspension

bfury5

Go Kart Champion
Location
CT
looking for some help here, lowered the car on coils, had an adjustment, then had alignment. car was ok, then springs compressed and it seemed like i was pretty slammed as far as low is. had some decent bumps since I was slammed. After a week, seemed like alignment was off. Took car back in to readjust things (Fix alignment), shop raised the front and all is now smooth as far as going over bumps and everything is.

It stills pulls to the left tho, so im thinking alignment is off. Last time I talked with the tech he was saying it could be due to being lower, but im 100% thinking alignment is off since springs compressed ect and the alignment shop need to redo their job. Tech said its possible I might need shorter front end links as the OEM ones are long and im still pretty low on coils.

What do yall think? Will another alignment fix this with OEM front end links/sway bar, or do I actually need shorter end links. Car did drive good on initial alignment, Now if i take my hands off the steering wheel it pulls left. Tech was saying it could be torque steer, which I never had before. Any advice is appreciated, thanks.

I would get an alignment, I always get an alignment when changing the ride height. As you raise and lower the strut (in the front), if you leave the tie-rod the same length it will either cause the front tires to toe in or toe out depending on how you change the height.

Did you have two different shops do the height adjustment and the alignment?
 

mk7_bk

Autocross Champion
I would get an alignment, I always get an alignment when changing the ride height. As you raise and lower the strut (in the front), if you leave the tie-rod the same length it will either cause the front tires to toe in or toe out depending on how you change the height.

Did you have two different shops do the height adjustment and the alignment?
yeah, at this point I am just kinda dealing with it. Its only on acceleration around 70-80 on highway you can feel it drifting left
 

Desslok

Autocross Champion
Location
PA
Car(s)
2019 Rabbit
yeah, at this point I am just kinda dealing with it. Its only on acceleration around 70-80 on highway you can feel it drifting left

So, it's set up for NASCAR then.
 

odessa.filez

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Roswell, GA
Car(s)
2016 GSW 1.8tsi auto
looking for some help here, lowered the car on coils, had an adjustment, then had alignment. car was ok, then springs compressed and it seemed like i was pretty slammed as far as low is. had some decent bumps since I was slammed. After a week, seemed like alignment was off. Took car back in to readjust things (Fix alignment), shop raised the front and all is now smooth as far as going over bumps and everything is.

It stills pulls to the left tho, so im thinking alignment is off. Last time I talked with the tech he was saying it could be due to being lower, but im 100% thinking alignment is off since springs compressed ect and the alignment shop need to redo their job. Tech said its possible I might need shorter front end links as the OEM ones are long and im still pretty low on coils.

What do yall think? Will another alignment fix this with OEM front end links/sway bar, or do I actually need shorter end links. Car did drive good on initial alignment, Now if i take my hands off the steering wheel it pulls left. Tech was saying it could be torque steer, which I never had before. Any advice is appreciated, thanks.

post alignment sheet if you can.

front toe asymmetry is usually meaningless, rear asymmetry might affect it.

if your install shop loosened the front control arms.at the subframe attachment point and failed to re-tighten, that could cause a drift. Same where ball joint attaches.
 

Dakaos

New member
Location
Georgia
Car(s)
2016 MK7 GTI S
Hey guys! I would like to add my own experience to this thread. Very recently I picked up some Whiteline Springs and Rear Sway bar.

Here are the specs if anyone is wondering

Front 4.1kg/mm (229lb/in) rated springs 30mm drop
Rear 4.3kg/mm (241lb/in) rated springs 35mm drop

I haven't had much time with this setup. Also my struts and shocks are factory with 85+k miles on it, which I don't believe I'll keep for too long on the car. My impressions are the springs are minor in improvement from stock. Looks way better but seat time will tell if I really enjoy them or not. I've owned a car with cheap coils overs before in my 20s and I didn't think coils would be for me this time around because I daily drive the car. Love the info so far. I'll have to update my post after I put new dampers in. I'm leaning towards bilstein to be honest. Hope this helps the thread.
 
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