Re: Rookie suspension ?????s (CarPoor)
Bingo. See, you're not such a rookie after all http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif Height adjustability was the main reason I recommended coilovers for you. Otherwise, I wouldn't because of the cost and harsher ride.
I continue to enjoy my ProSystem very much. The only thing I am really looking to do is make the steering firmer, tighter, and less boosted. I don't know how to accomplish this directly, except for maybe crimping the power steering fluid hose (?)
In the future, I may fine-tune the suspension by adding an upper strut tower bar and maybe a 25 mm rear sway, but the Eibach springs and shocks are here to stay!
If you are looking for a similar system for your old cabby, I don't think Eibach ever made a ProSystem for it -- the ProKit springs, maybe, but definitely not the shocks. For shocks, you might want to look at Boge ProGas.
Some additional notes you may find useful:
You shouldn't lower your cabby much at all, because you will lose much of whatever precious suspension travel you have left (older VW's don't have much to spare!). If you want to lower > 1.25", you should forget about separate springs/shocks and go with coilovers, because they preserve more suspension travel. I would personally NOT lower the car and just change the shocks to some Boge ProGas. http://www.autotech.com/shocks.htm#boge
You might want to look at Shine's Real Street setup as well, as they make a good minimally lowered suspension kit. http://www.srsvw.com/page5.htm
Another issue with old VW's is that their body structure is very weak (if it wasn't already that way from the factory, years of corrosion will make it so). It would be a very good idea to add structural rigidity in the form of an upper-strut tower brace and a lower subframe brace. I am not sure if a rear upper or lower brace is available for the cabby, especially with the space required to stow the top. Perhaps VW already reinforced the cabby adequately around the "tub" anyways, to compensate for the lack of roof...
My 2 cents...
[Modified by catalytic, 7:42 PM 2-14-2002]