[Vwdiesel] a2 Jetta rear suspension
mikel at buncombemain.nc.us
Wed Nov 12 15:50:28 PST 2008
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2008 14:08:10 -0600
From: James Hansen <jhsg at sasktel.net>
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] [SPAM] Re: a2 Jetta rear suspension
To: DIESEL <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
>> Seems that that would decrease the amount of travel available going this
>> route, so I guess you'd need to know how much travel you could afford to
>> give up - do these things raise the car any when installed?
> Yes, but should not be enough to cause coil bind- just remember that's
> the enemy. The manufacturers design the system so there should never be
> coil bind through the normal suspension travel, so there is room, but
> not to any extreme. That's the trouble with all spacers that just take
> up room- you have to keep the coil bind in perspective. Raising the
> spring perch or using a spacer just increases the amount of compression
> on the spring and gets all the coils closer together.
Aha, thinking about it more, I can see I'm gonna lose a bit of travel
using a spacer, too, about however much the height of the spacer is, I
guess - but it'll take somewhat more force to bottom it out than it did
previously. I actually got around to doing it this afternoon, and am
glad I changed my plan from 2" to 1.5" for the spacer, as that seems to
have raised it 2 or 3" - just got finished about dark-thirty so haven't
taken it for a drive yet.
> Taking a piece of
> the spring out of the action by using a spring rubber actually raises
> the effective rate of the spring, actually making it less likely to go
> into coil bind.
It's funny, I could understand that the other day after reading the info
on the website, but its escaped me for right now how that works- I may
have to see if I can get some to experiment with when I'm hauling
materials in the Jetta.
> > I didn't know there was such a thing, thanks...I'll have to see if the
> > local FLAPS have them and what they cost - I like *Your* price a whole
> > lot better than that website's price :)
> They are selling stuff to racers, and expect $$ for a gold plated piece
> of rubber.
Ah, I see...
> The cheap ones work just as well in this application as the
> expensive ones. Plain rubber ones should be available for under 20
> bucks, just remember to zip tie them in so they don't leave. Jack up the
> side you're working on first to open up the coils (and use jack supports).
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