Did you have alignment check after installing coilovers? If so, did it need adjustment?So car was lowered today by AKS Tuning with the Eibach Pro Street S coilovers, they are made by KW but have a very different sprint set up. The drop is 30mm to 60mm which for the GTI is 20mm to 50mm over the stock GTI. Mine is set around 25mm but may be fettled when settled.
I have always been a big fan of Bilstein Coilers and their B16 kit but nothing for the GTI, also ran KW V1s in the past.
Decision to go Eibach was due to the fact their springs have always ended up on my cars, I tested their Revo springs on my Mk7 and also dealt with them on the M2 in order to improve the ride.
Originally it was going to be a spring drop, if I had gone down this route I would have gone B12 and changed the dampers. Speaking with Eibach the decision was made to go coilovers based on I am loving the GTI and plan on doing some track days and sprinting in it and wanted it to be sharper but usable everyday.
I have only done 50 miles and will give some further thoughts but have managed to take it out on some interesting roads which I drive a lot, the obvious is it is lower, has less roll and turn in is sharper and I feel you can put the power on earlier (but still can light up the esp coming out of a slow tight corner), there is less pitching under acceleration and braking so it feels more neutral. It is firmer but not crashy but you do get a bit more feedback through the wheel (something I like).
They are an investment but for me suspension is something where I have spent the money.
So far it has been over plenty of speed humps and some woeful roads and my road is currently not got its top coat
Thanks dude.Ideally you should get the alignment check done but its not necessarily essential. I keep fiddling with my ride height so have still not had mine done till I finally settle on a permanent height but am keeping an eye on the tyres to check for any uneven wear or issues.
Hi Mark, just following up on this. I have the non-GTI kit just arrived from Autodoc, and the main front springs are "ERS-H-170-60-0040" which is a 40N/mm spring rate. Do you still have the part number for the GTI version of that spring ? And was that the only difference you're aware of ?On closer inspection I can see the spring rate is higher on the front of the GTi specific version compared to the kit for all other Up's.
50nm as apposed to 30nm that's from googling the ERS spring numbers from both products