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Offline DKnight

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Time to buy some new shocks...
« on: May 31, 2008, 01:42:53 pm »
Well i think mine are past it, so its time to get some new

But im unsure on what to go for, as i think i will have to give in to the shite roads and get some that actually absorb shock lol

So does anyone have any personal views on what shocks are good/bad, i really arent in the mood for hard feel, i will sacrifice a bit of handling for comfort, as i drive it every day...

cheers

Dan

Offline PeteG40

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Re: Time to buy some new shocks...
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2008, 01:50:11 pm »
ive found its not really the shocks, but the springs that are hard.

Sam changed from spax shocks and springs to spax shocks and apex springs and it was a much better ride.

I changed from -60mm koni shocks and  springs to koni shocks and oem springs and the ride is softer still - even though the -60 springs werent bad

cheaper shocls like g max are usually softer.

yr welcome to try my - 60 springs - they are only 1000miles old

pete

Offline G-spot

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Re: Re: Time to buy some new shocks...
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2008, 05:18:55 pm »
I'm running new OEM shocks on -40mm Eibach springs, and I've got no complaints at all. I came across the shocks on Ebay last year, which was a it strange as local VW dealer told me that I'd have to buy a complete strut.  
The car had bilstiens on when I bought it, but one was leaking a bit so they had to be changed, at the time I was told they are the best shocks to buy(cos there expensive??)but to be honest it was quite a harsh ride on them with the stock springs.

Offline supercharged spaniel

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Re: Re: Re: Time to buy some new shocks...
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2008, 06:40:28 pm »
ive got an H&R cup kit i know its a full kit and you may not be after that but at only 280 quid or thereabouts its not that bad.

they are a really good piece of kit that isnt that harsh and give good all round handling.  done nearly 40 k on mine and they still feel great and are showing no signs of premature wear.  its 60/40 or 60/60 without the rear shims so have a nice stance too whilst still keeping a fairly oem look.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Time to buy some new shocks...
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2008, 10:28:19 pm »
^^Ive got the same kit as Spaniel, cant complain at all with the ride and handling.
I would say im not far off 40k on mine and it still seems sweet.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Time to buy some new shocks...
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2008, 02:30:08 am »
I use Bistein yellow (with big pistons(B8 series)) with stock springs and i find it quite hard, but not tiring...I have good handling especially in sharp steering...

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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2008, 09:19:41 am »
[quote pid=1570 author=Alexiskayak_7 date=1212283808]I use Bistein yellow (with big pistons(B8 series)) with stock springs and i find it quite hard, but not tiring...I have good handling especially in sharp steering...[/quote]

I guess my harsh ride may have been down to the fact that they were leaking caused by rust on the piston, but yours are the same as my old ones!!

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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2008, 11:00:54 am »
[quote pid=1563 author=G-spot date=1212250735]I'm running new OEM shocks on -40mm Eibach springs, and I've got no complaints at all. I came across the shocks on Ebay last year, which was a it strange as local VW dealer told me that I'd have to buy a complete strut.  
The car had bilstiens on when I bought it, but one was leaking a bit so they had to be changed, at the time I was told they are the best shocks to buy(cos there expensive??)but to be honest it was quite a harsh ride on them with the stock springs.[/quote]



oem are complete sealed leg/hub units on all polo mk3s - vag saw fit to sell replacement shock cartridge units for all other mk3s but tell you that you have to buy a full leg unit from them.

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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2008, 07:28:34 am »
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oem are complete sealed leg/hub units on all polo mk3s - vag saw fit to sell replacement shock cartridge units for all other mk3s but tell you that you have to buy a full leg unit from them.

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Ah balls, perhaps I've got Gt shocks then??  Oh well, it rides good at the moment, see what its like after fitting subframe and wishbones, decide if I need a different setup then.
« Last Edit: June 02, 2008, 05:39:26 pm by G-spot »

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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2008, 05:34:12 pm »
H&R Cup Kit ftw, works on Scottish roads so should work anywhere.