Alignment: Impossible with H&R springs?

Steven Hauptmann hauptmanns at
Mon Jun 9 16:06:56 EDT 2003

I have the same tire wear issues. I just ordered a pair of ECS camber
plates. I'll let you know how they work out when I get them installed in a
few weeks. Also planning to add the Benz brace as well, but that may be a
couple of months out due to time constraints right now.

I hope they work because I gave my stock springs to a I
really like the "non-boat" feel of the H&R's.

Steve Hauptmann
South Carolina
'91 200q20v, H&R's w/Bilstein sports
'87 GTI, H&R's w/Boge tg

-----Original Message-----
From: Jacob Michaels [mailto:jalexmichaels at]
Sent: Monday, June 09, 2003 2:43 PM
To: 200q20v at
Subject: Alignment: Impossible with H&R springs?

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My recently purchased 200q20v has H&R springs with newish OE shocks.  Tires
front show excessive inner tread wear. Seems like an alignment needed to be
done, but I hesitated about exactly what to do after I read posts and other
info about the alignment problems associated with these cars, especially
lowering springs installed.

After absorbing this information, it is hard for me not to conclude that it
almost impossible to achieve a proper alignment with these springs
And that the only recourse if I want to keep these springs is some sort of
aftermarket device like Bernie's controversial strut brace.  What are
opinions?  I do have the OE springs. Should I ditch the H&Rs?


200q20v, 1987.5 coupe, 2001 Passat Wagon

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