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Coilover install price?

draza74

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
OR
Ride
'17 GTI PP STG2
So I have a set of Raceland coilovers with 034 top mounts and I plan to slam them on the lowest settings.
How much do you think that should cost? I'm getting quotes for fucking 1000 for this BS.
I would think since there is tech. less work involved with mine that it should be max 4 hours on shop rates.
Max $500.
I was thinking 350 or am I stupid?
 

MonkeyMD

Drag Race Newbie
Huge variation based on location.
You having mounts should make for an easier install though (based on NO personal experience :D)

Tx - coilover install with new mounts was $480. That included 1 extra height adjustment
 

GTI Jake

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
Be prepared to redo that installation yearly as you’ve selected the two worst quality options for coilovers and mounts.

I’d recommend learning to DIY the job. Don’t forget you’ll need an alignment afterwards, but at least you’ll be saving on labor even after buying tools.

DIY guide: (NEVER use an impact on strut mount installation)

 

GTIfan99

Go Kart Champion
Location
FL
Be prepared to redo that installation yearly as you’ve selected the two worst quality options for coilovers and mounts.

I’d recommend learning to DIY the job. Don’t forget you’ll need an alignment afterwards, but at least you’ll be saving on labor even after buying tools.

DIY guide: (NEVER use an impact on strut mount installation)

This.
 

draza74

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
OR
Ride
'17 GTI PP STG2
Be prepared to redo that installation yearly as you’ve selected the two worst quality options for coilovers and mounts.

I’d recommend learning to DIY the job. Don’t forget you’ll need an alignment afterwards, but at least you’ll be saving on labor even after buying tools.

DIY guide: (NEVER use an impact on strut mount installation)

What do you mean i'll have to redo it?
 

GTIfan99

Go Kart Champion
Location
FL
What do you mean i'll have to redo it?
He means that you bought literally the worst combination of parts and you'll be replacing the coilovers because they're hot garbage and will fail in a year or so and the 034 camber plates require constant tightening and are going to rattle and drive you crazy, so you're going to take them off and try to resell them on the forums once you can't take it anymore.

If they're still in the package and you can return them, do so now.
 
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Desslok

Go Kart Newbie
Location
PA
Be prepared to redo that installation yearly as you’ve selected the two worst quality options for coilovers and mounts.

I’d recommend learning to DIY the job. Don’t forget you’ll need an alignment afterwards, but at least you’ll be saving on labor even after buying tools.

DIY guide: (NEVER use an impact on strut mount installation)

This is great advice. If you have the time and the space to work, you can buy every tool you will ever need. You will save money over labor on your initial purchase and save again with each subsequent job.

In a way, it's kind of like paying with cash instead of credit. You pay less and have more left over.
 

GTIfan99

Go Kart Champion
Location
FL
I'll update you guys on my experience with these coilovers..
Or death.
We all have to die some time. lol.

But seriously, look up the 2 x 4 method of strut install. I was able to do entire suspension in 2 hours. Be sure to drill a hole and get a 4" bolt, nut and a couple washers to secure it to the swaybar link when compressing the suspension with the 2 x 4.

And AGAIN, if it's not to late to return that stuff, return it.
 

draza74

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
OR
Ride
'17 GTI PP STG2
We all have to die some time. lol.

But seriously, look up the 2 x 4 method of strut install. I was able to do entire suspension in 2 hours. Be sure to drill a hole and get a 4" bolt, nut and a couple washers to secure it to the swaybar link when compressing the suspension with the 2 x 4.

And AGAIN, if it's not to late to return that stuff, return it.
I bought these like 7 months ago lmao
 

GTI Jake

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
I'll update you guys on my experience with these coilovers..
Or death.
I’m not saying you’ll die lol, but 034 is known to be the absolute worst quality in the industry (and they charge top dollar).

As for Raceland I’m speaking from experience, as I too had my low & slow days and dumped multiple mk2 and mk6 on them. They’re stiff which is a good thing when you’re that low, but they’ll actually fail internally every 10-15k miles so at that point there’s zero dampening.

On the mk6 I actually had a front strut come apart completely when I removed it for warranty replacement. At the time I had more time than money so I just swapped them out every 10k lol, the lifetime warranty is legit as I got several full sets of dampeners





 

draza74

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
OR
Ride
'17 GTI PP STG2
I’m not saying you’ll die lol, but 034 is known to be the absolute worst quality in the industry (and they charge top dollar).

As for Raceland I’m speaking from experience, as I too had my low & slow days and dumped multiple mk2 and mk6 on them. They’re stiff which is a good thing when you’re that low, but they’ll actually fail internally every 10-15k miles so at that point there’s zero dampening.

On the mk6 I actually had a front strut come apart completely when I removed it for warranty replacement. At the time I had more time than money so I just swapped them out every 10k lol, the lifetime warranty is legit as I got several full sets of dampeners





Well for now, I highly doubt these will sell and I don't drive my car a lot. It's a 17 with 13k miles on it.
I'm guessing in the next 5-6k miles I can afford something better so i'll just do that when the time comes.
Who knows, maybe these will last longer than expected?
 

Chogokin

Drag Race Newbie
Location
So Cal
They'll ride like absolute potato slammed...but they'll be fine.

I'd just look into a Facebook group and find a local guy that will do it in their garage. Friend of mine did just that. He dropped off the car in the morning and picked it up a few hours later. He got his coilovers, 55mm GTI knuckles, trailer hitch on his wagon installed for 500.

I got mine done by a VW tech at the dealer after hours. He charged 300 and took him just under two hours. There are shops about 1.5 hours from me that charge 250.
 

GTI Jake

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
Well for now, I highly doubt these will sell and I don't drive my car a lot. It's a 17 with 13k miles on it.
I'm guessing in the next 5-6k miles I can afford something better so i'll just do that when the time comes.
Who knows, maybe these will last longer than expected?
If that’s the plan reuse your OEM mounts, the 034 can be used as a paperweight or door stop if they can’t be returned or resold.

If I was 17 and had a mk7 I’d be doing the exact same thing so no shame in running your Raceland. That just doubles down on my advice for learning to do it yourself as that skill set will help you for the rest of your life and owning tools is important.

I have no clue where you live, but as others said people do suspension installations on the side all the time (myself included. I’m an aircraft mechanic & charge $250).

At the very least going that route you could learn from watching them do it and then diy next time.
 

TrinivdubOG

Ready to race!
Location
Caribbean
not sure what you guys are carrying on about, I've had the 034 Camber plates on my car for almost 2 years and have never needed to re-tighten them. Maybe its different for the 034 shock mounts but to say 034 stuff isn't good quality is simply ridiculous, as they were one of the first in the business to supply aftermarket parts to the vag community.
 

draza74

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
OR
Ride
'17 GTI PP STG2
not sure what you guys are carrying on about, I've had the 034 Camber plates on my car for almost 2 years and have never needed to re-tighten them. Maybe its different for the 034 shock mounts but to say 034 stuff isn't good quality is simply ridiculous, as they were one of the first in the business to supply aftermarket parts to the vag community.
This. I didn't want to argue on here but I didn't understand the hate for 034. I've only heard great things about them.
Their strut mounts have great reviews and seemed like the obvious choice because i've read that OEM mounts tend to make noise with aftermarket coils. I've read that their swaybar and end links is the BEST option out there for swaybars for the mk7.
I'm still convinced on that one and will be at one point def. buying that.
I tried to look up what these guys are talking about and can't find anything.
 

GTI Jake

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
This. I didn't want to argue on here but I didn't understand the hate for 034. I've only heard great things about them.
Their strut mounts have great reviews and seemed like the obvious choice because i've read that OEM mounts tend to make noise with aftermarket coils. I've read that their swaybar and end links is the BEST option out there for swaybars for the mk7.
I'm still convinced on that one and will be at one point def. buying that.
I tried to look up what these guys are talking about and can't find anything.

There’s literally tons of threads out there about 034 failures for parts across their whole line up. My phones acting up, but out of the dozens of cars I’ve lowered on OEM mounts regardless of which brand coilovers were used none of them ever made noise.

You want the best, here you go. (Speaking from decades of Volkswagen experience and 4+ years owning mk7 as well as running a side business dedicated to mk7 performance).

Suspension mounts = OEM

Endlinks= Moog

Engine and transmission = BFI
 
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