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Coilovers - rear dampening adjustable from bottom

SonicBloom

Ready to race!
Location
Bay Area, CA
Ride
2017 GTI S
Which coilovers offer rear dampening adjustment from the bottom? From my research only EQT and Bilstein B16? I know some brands sell an extended rear adjustment tool but can those be used from the bottom or only from the top by drilling a hole through the car?
 

bachelor

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Toronto
Which coilovers offer rear dampening adjustment from the bottom? From my research only EQT and Bilstein B16? I know some brands sell an extended rear adjustment tool but can those be used from the bottom or only from the top by drilling a hole through the car?
KW V3 can be adjusted easily by jacking up the rear a bit.
 

CarolinaPanthers

New member
Location
New Jersey
Catuned and ORT as well. ORT has gotten decent reviews from the Audi world recently. Not as much out there from Catuned, but seems relatively positive.

EQT, Forge, Catuned, and ORT seem pretty similar. 24-32 clicks of adjustment, adjustable camber plates/pillowball mounts, and bottom of shock adjustment. I like that EQT has more testing/tuning time on the MQB platform, and fixed camber plates might be a positive imo - less to go wrong or add NVH.

I’m sure the devils are all in the details though which would require a little more digging.
 

SonicBloom

Ready to race!
Location
Bay Area, CA
Ride
2017 GTI S
Seems not many in the $1500-$1700 range which sucks. Don’t like Bilstein so maybe I need to consider going with BC Racing or hope I won’t need to adjust KW street comforts more than once.
 

CarolinaPanthers

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Location
New Jersey
A few are in the $1-1,250 range. I'd pay a few more bucks over BC for the ease of the rear adjustment.

Not knocking BC's at all. Had a set on a different car and was absolutely pleased. I just prefer the ease of adjustment on the lower shock placement if I were buying a set, but I'm easily enticed by knobs to turn lol. My only concerns are reliability when exposed to salt and other road grime.

But realistically, how often do you think you'll feel the need to adjust the damping?
 

GTI-CAL

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Bay Area
Nice. I wonder if the V2 and the Street Comforts can also be adjusted this way.
i have the street comforts and no, it can't be. Terrible how theres no easy access to adjust from the rear without removing the shock. KW does make reach tool that connects to the adjustment knob.
 

SonicBloom

Ready to race!
Location
Bay Area, CA
Ride
2017 GTI S
Thanks for all the comments. I’ve narrowed it down to:

EQT
Cons are NVH from the camber plate. I’d also have to go with custom spring rates because the defaults are too low in the rear. Wish Swift or Hyperco springs were an option.

KW Street Comfort
Cons are rears have to be removed to adjust dampening

H&R OE Sport + Koni Yellows or Bilstein B8
Cons are Limited to no adjustability.
 

CarolinaPanthers

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Location
New Jersey
Are all from Taiwan-Forge, EQT, K-sport, YCW, BC, etc?
If I had to hazard a guess, that sounds likely. That said, I’m sure there are subtle tweaks (piston size, calving, materials used, etc) that each manufacturer can make.

But there’s at also the difference between the newer style rear shocks that adjust from the bottom (EQT, Forge, et al.) vs. the top (K-Sport and BC and such).

Thanks for all the comments. I’ve narrowed it down to:

EQT
Cons are NVH from the camber plate. I’d also have to go with custom spring rates because the defaults are too low in the rear. Wish Swift or Hyperco springs were an option.

KW Street Comfort
Cons are rears have to be removed to adjust dampening

H&R OE Sport + Koni Yellows or Bilstein B8
Cons are Limited to no adjustability.
I don’t believe EQT has camber plates. Others at a similar price point do, and I haven’t heard many complaints about NVH. I might be getting confused, but I think custom rates are an option for EQTs.

ORT Coilover look similar, at least in picture comparison and specs, to EQT, and have Swift, Hyperco, and Eibach spring upgrades and available as a standalone purchase. Will those springs fit EQT? No idea haha.

I keep switching back and forth between Koni Yellows and coilovers just to keep it simple. With too many adjustments it’s easy to go down a rabbit hole.
 
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SonicBloom

Ready to race!
Location
Bay Area, CA
Ride
2017 GTI S
I don’t believe EQT has camber plates. Others at a similar price point do, and I haven’t heard many complaints about NVH. I might be getting confused, but I think custom rates are an option for EQTs.

ORT Coilover look similar, at least in picture comparison and specs, to EQT, and have Swift, Hyperco, and Eibach spring upgrades and available as a standalone purchase. Will those springs fit EQT? No idea haha.

I keep switching back and forth between Koni Yellows and coilovers just to keep it simple. With too many adjustments it’s easy to go down a rabbit hole.
I was mistaken EQT has pillow ball top mounts in front which can cause NVH. I thought they also had adjustable camber. Maybe I can remove them without voiding warranty...
 
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