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Clem604

Autocross Champion
Location
Vancouver BC, Canada
Car(s)
2018 VW GTI
How much lower is your car now ? since with B8 + DG springs?
Ty
After the DG springs settled, the total drop was about 1 inch.
 

BananaSlug

Ready to race!
Thanks for the reply!

it is under-damped ? bouncy over potholes/bumps or just stiffy in terms of not as comfortable ?
It wasn't bouncy at all, just stiffer where I could feel more of the imperfections of the road. As Clem mentioned, 10-15% stiffer sounds about right.
 

Cssoz

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Toronto, Canada
Car(s)
Golf 7, 2017 1.8T
After the DG springs settled, the total drop was about 1 inch.
Total 1 inch from stock everything? or after changing to B8 plus?

im trying to figure out Eibach + B8 Plus total drop from stock. i daily this car >.< and u know how winter gets sometimes
It wasn't bouncy at all, just stiffer where I could feel more of the imperfections of the road. As Clem mentioned, 10-15% stiffer sounds about right.
What's your total drop BananaSLug ? if you remember, caz you would have the same setup as I would eventually go for

THanks to you both!
 
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Clem604

Autocross Champion
Location
Vancouver BC, Canada
Car(s)
2018 VW GTI
Total 1 inch from stock everything? or after changing to B8 plus?
When I had OEM shocks the total drop with DG springs was 1 inch. Now with the B8's installed it raised the ride height by roughly a 1/4 inch. I'll take a pic for you later on.
 
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Cssoz

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Toronto, Canada
Car(s)
Golf 7, 2017 1.8T
When I had OEM shocks the total drop with DG springs was 1 inch. Now with the B8's installed it raised the ride height by roughly a 1/4 inch. I'll take a pic for you later on.
D= B8 Plus increased it by 1/4 inch ? LOL
picture =o!
Thank you!

btw how come you did not go for Eibach or H&R springs instead?
 

Clem604

Autocross Champion
Location
Vancouver BC, Canada
Car(s)
2018 VW GTI
D= B8 Plus increased it by 1/4 inch ? LOL
picture =o!
Thank you!

btw how come you did not go for Eibach or H&R springs instead?
I went for DG based on the good reviews on here. I was also able to get them from the VW dealer near me for a decent price so I went for it. Here is a picture of the car as it sits now. After looking at it for a bit it appears the B8's only raised the car by maybe 1/8th of an inch

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Daks

Autocross Champion
Location
Toronto
Car(s)
GTI PP
Fly ride.

how were the DG on stock struts?
 

BananaSlug

Ready to race!
Total 1 inch from stock everything? or after changing to B8 plus?

im trying to figure out Eibach + B8 Plus total drop from stock. i daily this car >.< and u know how winter gets sometimes

What's your total drop BananaSLug ? if you remember, caz you would have the same setup as I would eventually go for

THanks to you both!
I honestly do not remember the measurements, but I have some pictures.

Before pic and right after installation:



After settling:

 

Clem604

Autocross Champion
Location
Vancouver BC, Canada
Car(s)
2018 VW GTI
Fly ride.

how were the DG on stock struts?
They were great, rode almost like it did with the stock springs.
 

Cssoz

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Toronto, Canada
Car(s)
Golf 7, 2017 1.8T
I honestly do not remember the measurements, but I have some pictures.

Before pic and right after installation:



After settling:

  • Thank you for the before & after settling pics.
  • damn lowering spring + B8 is too low for winter :"(
  • Thank you!!! for showing me! valuable information!!!!!

I went for DG based on the good reviews on here. I was also able to get them from the VW dealer near me for a decent price so I went for it. Here is a picture of the car as it sits now. After looking at it for a bit it appears the B8's only raised the car by maybe 1/8th of an inch

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  • Thank you Clem! for your picture as well!
  • from what i know DG spring - 0.75" (front?) vs 1.2-1.3" lower for eibach-H&R springs
  • amazing TTS brake kit >.<! <3

They were great, rode almost like it did with the stock springs.
Did you notice any performance difference with just DG springs on stock system?
 

Fcs003

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Nashville
Car(s)
Gti mk7.5
I went for DG based on the good reviews on here. I was also able to get them from the VW dealer near me for a decent price so I went for it. Here is a picture of the car as it sits now. After looking at it for a bit it appears the B8's only raised the car by maybe 1/8th of an inch

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what is the finger gap on your front and rear?
I was supposed to get my dg's and bilsteins installed yesterday but the shop wasnt going to have it done in time b4 i go out of town, so i scheduled an appointment for vw to do the install.

Now im on the fence about if i should install the bilsteins or not... I like a comfortable ride and it sounds like...
-stock shocks are more comfortable and lower the car more than b8's
-if i return the bilsteins I save $700
-also i guess my stock shocks would still be under warranty if i dont replace them

im weighing out the pros and cons of stock vs B8's
what are your pros and cons of b8's vs stock shocks?
 

Clem604

Autocross Champion
Location
Vancouver BC, Canada
Car(s)
2018 VW GTI
im weighing out the pros and cons of stock vs B8's
what are your pros and cons of b8's vs stock shocks?
B8 Pros:
*More composure at all speeds
*Car corners more flat
*Yellow shocks and struts look cool 😎
*Will last longer than OEM shocks (Allegedly)

B8 Cons:
*Ride is stiffer (But not by a significant amount IMO)
*Costs $700

Stock Shocks Pros:
*Free!
*Ride height with DG springs is about 1/8th of an inch lower
*Ride is more comfortable than B8 (But not by a significant amount IMO)

Stock Shocks Cons:
*Feels more nervous during high speed+cornering
*Doesn't look as cool (as the B8's)

My suggestion, since you already have the B8's in your possession, is to fully send it 👊. I think you'll be quite happy with the end result.
 

Ezekiel81923

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Royersford, PA
Car(s)
2019 Volkswagen GTI
Definitely install the B8's if you have them.

I'm on B8's and H&R Sports. Car is about 1.25" lower. The ride does stiffen a little but it's really not bad. You "float" less at high speeds and don't bounce around as much on really bad roads. Combined with the rest of my setup the car really feels composed and stays very flat through corners. It's night and day.

Plus the B8s have a lifetime warranty.
 

Fcs003

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Nashville
Car(s)
Gti mk7.5
Definitely install the B8's if you have them.

I'm on B8's and H&R Sports. Car is about 1.25" lower. The ride does stiffen a little but it's really not bad. You "float" less at high speeds and don't bounce around as much on really bad roads. Combined with the rest of my setup the car really feels composed and stays very flat through corners. It's night and day.

Plus the B8s have a lifetime warranty.
Thanks y’all. The rear of my car, with stock everything has a 3 finger gap. Front has 3 1/2 finger gap. So I definitely need TT pads
I’m afraid the rear won’t drop at all with the TT pads + bisteins though
 
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