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I got some goodies today!
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Bilsteins? Info...get more of it
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+1 Looks great, monotubes are great, would like more info myself.
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Edited from another conversation with him:

Bilstein pn ve3-4406-m0 Extended length to the bottom to the bottom of the threads is right around 17", travel is between 5-6"...I should have them tomorrow to get more info and start fitting them.
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Bilstein Group A fronts for the MK2 Jetta.

What I know, since I am waiting for them to arrive from my dad:

Extended Length is ~17"
The mounts are the right width for the rear MK1a knuckle, just under for the fronts. bolt spacing is around 2.5".
pn ve3-4406-m0. I will have more info and pictures when I get them.
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Cool let us know how they work and how they work out for you....might I ask what they run?
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Right around $300/each. there was about a 6 week waiting time on them.
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Bilsteins are pretty sweet. They are very consistent compared to most other shocks/struts. And are easy to rebuild/revalve.

I am kinda stuck awaiting parts right now. I did a bunch of miscellaneous little projects over the weekend. I ran air lines in the shop so I wouldn't have to drag an air hose all the way across the shop from the air compressor. Makes using air tools much more convenient. I worked out mounting details on the splitter and spoiler, now if the parts would just get here. I pulled the new hood pins out of the rear and installed them in the front so I could mark, drill and prep the front hood. Still awaiting the second set of pins.

The new body work is basically ready for paint. So prepping and spraying in coming soon. My least favorite thing.

I also fabbed and installed the side pieces that take up the gap between the engine cover and the sails. I cut these from DiBond as well.



With the engine cover/deck lid in place:

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That's looking fantastic Steve. Can't wait to see it done.
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Ok, I'm at a stopping point, waiting on some parts, but the major work is now done. Awesome news! they slide right over the knuckles, and it is just a matter of enlarging the top holes slightly to make the struts bolt up. And for the part I am waiting for: the struts are designed for 2.25" springs. Everything I currently have is 2.5". Techno Toy Tuning upper hats fit perfectly, and I don't want to have to purchase everything again, so I ordered some Koni spring perch adapters to fit my 2.5" springs. I would like to switch to longer springs, but as of now my ride height will be really close to what it was running my 6" setup.

now for pictures!

This is a comparison with the rear strut:


Front:


It is just a matter of making this hole line up all the way around:


Axle clearance at full compression (no springs):
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Front tire will clear no problem:


The rear tire will hit before full compression, I will see how this works with springs in once i get the adapters:
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I had no trouble with the 20x10 clearing the front fenders. The rears would rub (as would the 20x9.5s. Rolling the fender lip helps. I massaged mine some with a big plastic mallet.
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I was under my car, and I saw a set of mounting holes that I couldn't figure out what was originally mounted in that spot. Ten minutes later i realized that they were the sway bar attachment points. Is that a bad thing?
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I was under my car, and I saw a set of mounting holes that I couldn't figure out what was originally mounted in that spot. Ten minutes later i realized that they were the sway bar attachment points. Is that a bad thing?

What's a "sway bar"?
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I coulda sworn I hear you say "BALLAST mounting point."

Here's your "plan":
buy 1 lead pipe of sufficient diameter;
thread and cap the ends;
partially fill with lead bird-shot to achieve a desired minimum weight;
enjoy moveable ballast*!



*legality remains questionable; dubious at best.
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What do I mount there to remove 100lbs though??? :P


Can someone tell my why there are 3 different spring standards within .25" of each other??? I should have just measured the spring perches instead of going off of all of the conflicting and missing info. These shocks use 60mm springs. Had to order another set of adapters <_<.
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HA! Yeah, that kinda sucks. Formula car coilover shocks have always been 2.25" ID. Then they started making coilover kits for struts and the 2.25" springs were just too small to fit over the struts so they upped them to 2.5". In Europe, the coil over springs were always 60mm (IIRC).
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finally!




Now I can finish up all the rest of my projects, get it aligned and weighed, and I'm almost ready for the season to start.



doing a bit of weight reduction, intercooler relocation, and possibly some fiberglass work. Fender flares are on the way too.

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