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Nineeightyone

Autocross Champion
Location
Pennsylvania
Car(s)
20 CX5 19 GTI 10 MZ3
they're 1875

Actually going to return my used set to FCP soon to get a refreshed set. Drop me a PM if you're interested
I'll have to mull it over, ccan you give a general review of them? Tbh I was very pleased with my ST X coils, I was initially thinking XTs because damping adjustment is nice on the Koni Yellows but I'm looking for some height adjustability as well, and then it kind of became a 'well why not get camber adjustment as well' situation. Pretty much just for looks but I'd like the car to feel a little more planted, also planning to do the FSB since I already did the ST RSB and I'm a fan. The thought process is that if everything is designed to work together, it should be ideal rather than trying to piece together bits from different kits and not knowing the math/logic of suspension design well enough to pick out things with specific characteristics.
 

manu97

Autocross Champion
Location
Chicago
Car(s)
MK7 R
I'll have to mull it over, ccan you give a general review of them? Tbh I was very pleased with my ST X coils, I was initially thinking XTs because damping adjustment is nice on the Koni Yellows but I'm looking for some height adjustability as well, and then it kind of became a 'well why not get camber adjustment as well' situation. Pretty much just for looks but I'd like the car to feel a little more planted, also planning to do the FSB since I already did the ST RSB and I'm a fan. The thought process is that if everything is designed to work together, it should be ideal rather than trying to piece together bits from different kits and not knowing the math/logic of suspension design well enough to pick out things with specific characteristics.
The added camber made a world of difference. Had no complaints on them - some added noise from the pillowball mounts for sure, but nothing crazy (no rattles or anything of that variety). I didn't slam them - probably left about half an inch between wheel and fender. The only complaint/quirk I can think of was the rears were set at max height to get to the height I wanted.

If you're planning to max out the camber (I did, it maxed around -2.8 if I recall correctly, no uneven/strange wear), you will have to drill out/expand the opening in the strut tower. Just something to be aware of.
 

Acadia18

Autocross Champion
Location
The Greater Boston Metropolitan Area
Car(s)
2019 Golf R
I'll have to mull it over, ccan you give a general review of them? Tbh I was very pleased with my ST X coils, I was initially thinking XTs because damping adjustment is nice on the Koni Yellows but I'm looking for some height adjustability as well, and then it kind of became a 'well why not get camber adjustment as well' situation. Pretty much just for looks but I'd like the car to feel a little more planted, also planning to do the FSB since I already did the ST RSB and I'm a fan. The thought process is that if everything is designed to work together, it should be ideal rather than trying to piece together bits from different kits and not knowing the math/logic of suspension design well enough to pick out things with specific characteristics.



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If you want adjustable dampening, they're a little bit more money.
 

Nineeightyone

Autocross Champion
Location
Pennsylvania
Car(s)
20 CX5 19 GTI 10 MZ3
The added camber made a world of difference. Had no complaints on them - some added noise from the pillowball mounts for sure, but nothing crazy (no rattles or anything of that variety). I didn't slam them - probably left about half an inch between wheel and fender. The only complaint/quirk I can think of was the rears were set at max height to get to the height I wanted.

If you're planning to max out the camber (I did, it maxed around -2.8 if I recall correctly, no uneven/strange wear), you will have to drill out/expand the opening in the strut tower. Just something to be aware of.
Definitely not looking to drill, did you have any issues with camber not staying in the set position? Also similar goals, looking to stay fairly tall (by scene standards) but improve road handling a little, and look a bit nicer.

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If you want adjustable dampening, they're a little bit more money.
I'm scared of Zhongzhong coilovers lol
 

manu97

Autocross Champion
Location
Chicago
Car(s)
MK7 R
Definitely not looking to drill, did you have any issues with camber not staying in the set position? Also similar goals, looking to stay fairly tall (by scene standards) but improve road handling a little, and look a bit nicer.


I'm scared of Zhongzhong coilovers lol
No problems with camber slipping. I don't think drilling out the strut towers is that big of a deal - any coilover that adds significant camber and has damping adjustment on top would have this problem.
 

Nineeightyone

Autocross Champion
Location
Pennsylvania
Car(s)
20 CX5 19 GTI 10 MZ3
No problems with camber slipping. I don't think drilling out the strut towers is that big of a deal - any coilover that adds significant camber and has damping adjustment on top would have this problem.
That's fair, personally though my intent was to leave them intact IF I do camber adustability at all. I'm not doing anything competitive with it, just looking to get a little more confident handling out of it. I may just order the ST XA, and later on get camber plates IF I feel the desire to go that route. Or hell, even the eurosport plates are an option. Either way, I've got plenty of time to research.
 

manu97

Autocross Champion
Location
Chicago
Car(s)
MK7 R
That's fair, personally though my intent was to leave them intact IF I do camber adustability at all. I'm not doing anything competitive with it, just looking to get a little more confident handling out of it. I may just order the ST XA, and later on get camber plates IF I feel the desire to go that route. Or hell, even the eurosport plates are an option. Either way, I've got plenty of time to research.
Eurosport pucks seem to be a very good choice. Low NVH + camber? Perfect
 

Nineeightyone

Autocross Champion
Location
Pennsylvania
Car(s)
20 CX5 19 GTI 10 MZ3
Forming a plan, hopefully it's a sensible one. I've got way too much fore-aft suspension play, so I'm gonna address that in the spring. ST XA coilovers, Eurosport top hats, solid subframe bushings & locking collars, and and ST front sway bar. Then/as quickly as I can, upgrading tires. With all of those things the car should be FAR more confidence-inspiring, and we'll see how it feels at that point while I let the wallet recover. For the moment though, it's safely parked in the garage til springtime.
 

Nineeightyone

Autocross Champion
Location
Pennsylvania
Car(s)
20 CX5 19 GTI 10 MZ3
Alright so it's cold, and I'm bored. SO. BORED. Controversial shit incoming.

I bought some vinyl wrap, because I had a gift card. Going to wrap an AccessPort faceplate with this forged carbon-look vinyl. Not done but a progress pic. What I really like is that if I decide I'm not a fan, I can put the regular faceplate on. EZPZ. It sorta goes with the steering wheel. Debating about if I want to do the parking brake handle as well, but we'll see. Either way, pretty easily reversible.

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Also got a big old kit of hose clamp pliers and accessories, because I'm tired of fighting with stupid clamps in stupid places with nonsense tools. Just some Zhongzhong specials from Amazon, I figure they don't need to be Snap-On or anything. Also got an automatic center punch, tiny wrenches, and an extended spark plug socket, in the hopes that I'll stop having to fish my standard sized one out of the head.

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And then we have this beauty. The Oil Udder. I'm so amped about this. Not really relevant for the GTI because we have an oil filter accessible from the top with a nice easy drain, BUT this will come in super handy for several of the other cars in the fleet. It's basically a funnel that's made of a grippy rubber with a magnet in the center at the bottom, that you can slip over the oil filter and it allows for the oil that would normally drain all over the place to be directed into a waste container/pan. The package thing I got comes with the little hanger that holds it via the magnet, as well as the dual plugs at the bottom -- one fits over the 3/4" (I think) barbed end, and the other is the same size as the barbed end and allows you to cap off an additional piece of hose. It's a small operation, made in USA, inexpensive, and solves an annoying problem. Right up my alley.

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manu97

Autocross Champion
Location
Chicago
Car(s)
MK7 R
Does this actually fly with FCP? No questions asked because of the lifetime warranty?
If so.. what set?
Yep. It used to be a nicer policy than now - I bought when they'd refund you the original order price. So I bought it in 2020, bought it again late 2023, and sent back the ones I purchased in 2020. They refunded me 1650, and I paid 2000, so for 350 bucks I got a brand new set of coilovers.

They have changed the policy to only give you store credit now, so that's not ideal, but as long as you return all the pieces to them, it'll work.

You do have to buy/rebuy the same product - I got the XTAs originally, so I rebought those.
 

riceburner

Autocross Champion
Location
nice try PPNT
Car(s)
MK5 Best GTI
kurger bing is the wierdest facebook page. if you want a laugh
 

Nineeightyone

Autocross Champion
Location
Pennsylvania
Car(s)
20 CX5 19 GTI 10 MZ3
baby it's cold outside, but I finally spent just a little time in the garage freezing my ass off -- put in the mount for my fire extinguisher. I was looking for a solution that would be minimally difficult to reverse if I so desired, BUT still be readily accessible in the (knock on wood) event that I need to put out a fire.

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Extinguisher is an Element 50, and uses a pair of nuts and bolts to hold the bracket to the lower trim piece -- which is separate from the rest of the center console and was not only easy to remove, but also is in a place where even buckled in and with my back against the seat in my driving position, I can reach it to deploy readily without issue. It's also out of the way of my primary passenger (my wife) and shouldn't be hard to avoid kicking.
Also, did y'all know that with a decent drill bit, you can make holes in plastic just by turning the bit with your hands? I didn't have a battery in the garage and needed to make a hole, and thought maybe if I just make a little mark I can go get a battery and not lose my placement -- well then I started seeing little black curly-cues, and decided to keep going. Lo and behold, I now have holes in my expensive car where there weren't holes before.
 
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