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*********EURO SPRING PIC ADDED********

**********H&R Race / Bilstein Sports Pic Added***********
Since we are in the process of trying out many different suspensions on my GTI I thought I'd share the 1st swap. Next up is the Euro springs & Stock Shocks. Should be done next week. After that maybe some Race springs w/ The Bilsteins & then on to Coilovers. I'm doing this to get a feel for multiple setups & have good feedback for all MK5 owners.
Stock Height


H&R Sports #54750 / Bilstein Sport Shocks.

It lowered it a solid 1.5 & still rides good. Handling is much sharper...oh yeah while the car was on the lift we put a H&R 24mm rear swaybar on too http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
Link for springs only
http://www.parts4vws.com/catal...54750
Combo kit with Bilstein Sports
http://www.parts4vws.com/catal...%2FBL
Combo Kit with Koni sports
http://www.parts4vws.com/catal...%2FKO

OE Euro Springs / Stock Shocks


Link to order & get in Line for the Euro Springs
http://www.parts4vws.com/catal...EUROS

H&R Race #54750-88 / Bilstein Sports


Link for Race springs only
http://www.parts4vws.com/catal...%2E88
Combo with Bilstein Sports
http://www.parts4vws.com/catal...%2FBL
Combo with Koni sports
http://www.parts4vws.com/catal...%2FKO
H&R coilovers


H&R Sports #54752 / Bilstein Sport Shocks w/19" wheels

H&R Sports #54752 / Bilstein Sport Shocks w/17" wheels


Koni FSD Shocks w/euro springs.


More to come soon!
Mike Potter

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Re: MK5 GTI Stock to H&R Sports and Bilisten Sports Pic's (Parts4vws)

That looks SWEET!!!
I was debating if I should get neuspeed sports or the H&R Sports. The H&R's drop it just a tad bit more than the neuspeeds. My choice.....H&R http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: MK5 GTI Stock to H&R Sports and Bilisten Sports Pic's (Parts4vws)

Looks good Mike!! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif to the Potters!
 

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Re: MK5 GTI Stock to H&R Sports and Bilisten Sports Pic's (Parts4vws)

Just put my H&R/Bilstein Sport combo on last night,......a good deal firmer but oh so much more responsive! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
I managed to do the install without undoing the axles too.
 

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Re: MK5 GTI Stock to H&R Sports and Bilisten Sports Pic's (mattdesmond)

Good stuff Mike! Good to see you in the MKV forums http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: MK5 GTI Stock to H&R Sports and Bilisten Sports Pic's (syntrix)

Quote, originally posted by syntrix »
Good stuff Mike! Good to see you in the MKV forums http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif


Thanks Guys! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
We have the Springs & shocks in stock along with some other options also. I'm still going to try others but I may just go back to this in the end.
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Re: (Red-MkV-GTI)

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Can you provide a brief R&R procedure? Are you having to remove the axles from the front hubs as of seen on an DIY thread?

If you find a way to do the driver's side easily, that's what we all want to know.
You can probably compress them just right with loosening the axle at the hub, but it's more work than it's worth.
FAQ is in my sig below, with new rear bumpstop info http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: (Red-MkV-GTI)

Such a dramatic difference! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif Looks real good on stock 18s.
Can you install the sway bar without removing the rear suspension?


Modified by Sincity at 8:47 PM 3-22-2006
 

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Re: (Sincity)

In my opinion I think the H&R springs have the perfect drop compared to all the other springs. I wish I had the money for a set, installation and alignment fees are a big http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif .
 

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Re: (sohardtopickname)

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In my opinion I think the H&R springs have the perfect drop compared to all the other springs. I wish I had the money for a set, installation and alignment fees are a big http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif .

i agree with the first part. But the second... not so much... parts, install and alignment are about $600 give or take $50. That is half the price of a full coil over, and (I'm guessing) darn close to the performance for a daily driver's needs. A bargain.
 

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Now that you put it that way I guess it is a bargain. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

But what I meant was I don't like how there's an additional $400 charge for installing $200 springs. I guess I can't complain though, gotta start saving up.


Modified by sohardtopickname at 11:26 PM 3-22-2006
 

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Re: (Rabbit222)

nice drop from stock, incidently did you go for the entire H&R spring and coilover set or just springs.
how does the ride differ from stock?
also what did you get done on the rear lights??
thanks
 

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Re: (Sincity)

Quote, originally posted by Sincity »

Can you install the sway bar without removing the rear suspension?

Yes,...but you still need some triple square sockets. It's an easy swap.
Quote, originally posted by syntrix »

You can probably compress them just right with loosening the axle at the hub, but it's more work than it's worth.

It is possible to do both sides without undoing the axles. The passenger side can definitely be done by just loosening the strut pinch bolt and upper nuts, and swaybar(and level sensor). On my car we did have to loosen the three lower a-arm bolts to get a bit more wiggle room to pull the strut out, but we still didn't need to undo the axle.
A copuple of other notes:
Don't forget those level sensors!
The rear sway bar links are kinda tricky to get back in.
Turning the steering wheel a little each way will help to remove the struts.
Take note of the orientation of the upper strut carriers and put them back in the same way.
 

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Re: MK5 GTI Stock to H&R Sports and Bilisten Sports Pic's (Parts4vws)

Quote, originally posted by Parts4vws »
I'm doing this to get a feel for multiple setups & have good feedback for all MK5 owners.


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