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I recently installed B+G coilovers on my Golf 1.8T. Previously was stock. Just thought I'd give my thoughts on the setup after about 10 days of testing and driving... Btw, these are the ride height adjustable only (i.e. no rebound adjusting).
Of course going from the stock setup to the coilovers was like going from a Ford Escort to a Ferrari! The setup is now VERY firm. Brake dive and acceleration squat have been eliminated. While cornering the car has virtually no body roll...and I haven't even installed any after market swaybars!
So bottom line, the handling is amazing!!! The car is much more fun to drive now! Now on to the comfort, which is what most of you are probably interested in...
Of course with any after market suspension setup, the ride will never be as soft as stock. By definition when lowering your car, you will be sacrificing some comfort. This is where it gets subjective unfortunately. My idea of soft and firm may be very different than someone else's. I will try to be as objective as possible. I think there is no doubt that with these coilovers you can definitely feel the road much more, meaning you feel like you're in a go-cart.
Road imperfections and cracks in the road are hardly noticeable, not enough difference from stock to make the ride uncomfortable. Where you do notice a difference is mainly on big high speed bumps (usually on highways). The car hits the bump hard because of the stiffer springs and then rebounds fairly stiff because of the stiffer shocks. So it feels pretty harsh. In general though the only times I feel like these coilovers are uncomfortable are in situations like the one mentioned above and on crapy city roads (full of bumps, dips, potholes, manholes, etc.). The only remedy in the city is to just slow down.
One nice thing about these coilovers is that the shocks have a variable valving system. Basically when going slower the shocks aren't as stiff and as you go faster they become stiffer. I've noticed this driving around slowly over bumps and in the city for example. The ride becomes a little more comfortable over bad bumps when going slower.
Overall, the coilovers are very comfortable except for those occassions when there is a bad bump on the highway. Obviously they aren't too pleasant when driving around in the city. But I can't imagine that any coilover setup is...
Conclusion:
If you're considering buying coilovers, the handling characteristics are amazing, however the ride is much firmer and stiffer than stock (I would venture to say 50% stiffer than stock). If you can live with that, then they are for you, but if you can't handle a firm ride, then don't even consider them.
I would say that they are stiffer than any sport setup (i.e. H+R Sports or NS Sports), but more comfortable than race setups (H+R Cupkits, race springs, etc.). From my experiences, I could compare my ride now to a Porsche Boxter, firm and controlled. But you can feel the bumps more on bad roads with the VW. ...We can't really expect to compete with Porsche's though in terms of handling and ride comfort, can we?

What do you all think about coilovers? Opinions, experiences? I'm very happy with mine so far and I'm definitely getting used to the ride. Oh, forgot to mention that when i first got the car it was dropped so that there was NO wheel/well gap...could barely fit a finger. I guess that must have been about a 2"-2.5" drop? Since then I've raised the car all around so that it's probably dropped between 1.5"-1.75".
Hope this helps... Have a great day!



[Modified by [email protected], 12:16 PM 11-27-2001]
 

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Re: B+G Coilover Review ([email protected])

for the write up.
I have the same fears when driving throught the city or on rough roads, especially at night or when I don't know the roads.
But as far as ride quality & performance, the B&G provide great balance. My wife drives it into the city & never really complains that the ride is jarring at all.
Anyway, bump for B&G's.
 

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Re: B+G Coilover Review (Mars Noble)

Thanks for the heads up. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
I'm actually considering the B&G setup with the dampning adjustability. I just had two more questions that i didn't see answered, how is the quality of the overall setup and also, what kind of warantee do they ofer?
 

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Re: B+G Coilover Review (EuroSport98)

The overall quality of the suspension is very good. I feel that I can say that since various install shops have been impressed with the build quality when I brought them for install. So it's not just my opinion. Also keep in mind that B+G has been around in Europe for about 20-30 years I think. It's only been recently though (5 years) that they came over to the U.S. I think that's the reason they're not too well known.
As for the warranty, I'm not sure because I bought them from another Vortexer out West. However, I'm sure they have any typical suspension manufacturers warranty. A quick call to B+G in the U.S. could answer that question...
Hope that helps.
 

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Re: B+G Coilover Review (Al Bob)

I haven't put them to stock height yet, but will soon enough. Just adjusting them so far, it seems that there's plenty of travel upwards, so it really looks like they would go to stock height. ...Maybe I'll try tonight...
 
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