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[Newbie] Wheels, tires, shocks for an A2 8v GTI from stock

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Hey guys, first time in the suspension area... I've got a stock 1986 8v GTI that I want to do some running gear mods with. For one, with the Vortex discount direct through Ronal, I can pick up a set of Ronal LS ACTs (15x7") for $99 each. Then through the Tire Rack I can get a set of Dunlop SP Sport 8000s for $79, but not sure on Vortex pricing through that. Then H&R Sport Springs for $179, Tire Rack as well (do we get discounts on that through the Vortex too, or is it just wheels and tires?). My main question is, is it ok to put the H&Rs on my ride with the stock shocks and struts? I won't be upgrading the shocks for at least a year if not two (the front shocks were replaced a couple years ago with OE Boges). Please help!
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Re: [Newbie] Wheels, tires, shocks for an A2 8v GTI from stock (NightFlyerGTI)

With a car of this age; there are probably a lot of related parts that need replacing. Upper strut bearings being the main ones. To replace springs you have to take apart the strut assembly. Furthermore; to take apart the assembly you need some special tools like the VAG slotted nut tool and a spring compressor. After that's done, and the car is back together you need to get an alignment. It may seem like a lot but by replacing all worn parts and upgrading with aftermarket parts you have a 'fresh' suspension and no need to worry about other stuff going bad. I'd say wait(save money) until your suspension is totally shot and banging around. Then do it all at once. Oh yeah, also check your ball joints while you're there...
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