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Alpen

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To be honest I think the coil overs may be a bit rich for me. If the general consensus is the vw 30mm springs provide the result anyway, and I don’t want to go particularly low. The only benefit is the coil overs give you that flexibility, but it’s quite a lot to pay. Especially when I’m driving around with 2 kids in the back, I can’t really see the rest of the family appreciating bouncing around at 60mm
Despite it looking pretty rude
 
Sandyvan

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Despite it looking pretty rude
As said Dude if you get up this way have a look and give it a try. shop around on price as well, VW Leicester and Liverpool charge just over £400 the last I had done.
 
AlanC

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Interesting. The Bilstein B14 Coil Overs I recently purchased also had a 36 month warranty. I was informed by VW that these however invalidated the vehicles warranty, whether fitted by VW or not!

I sent them back
I had a set of HR springs fitted some years ago which dropped the van by 40mm.
Even though the van is 2010 (with 17" wheels as standard) so well out of warranty, my local VW dealer refused to investigate and repair the front anti-roll bar last year because non-VW items were fitted to it. As we had a trip booked I had no choice but to get the HRs swapped to Eibach springs just to get the ARB repaired.

The HR springs did mean the rear mud flaps caught the ground often, as did the SpareSafe occasionally. This now doesn't happen.

I also think the ride is improved slightly, less harsh.

Alan
 
Jay17cali

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To be honest I think the coil overs may be a bit rich for me. If the general consensus is the vw 30mm springs provide the result anyway, and I don’t want to go particularly low. The only benefit is the coil overs give you that flexibility, but it’s quite a lot to pay. Especially when I’m driving around with 2 kids in the back, I can’t really see the rest of the family appreciating bouncing around at 60mm
Definitely strong money agreed but I can assure you the ride quality is improved ..with good quality coilovers but again it’s all about what’s affordable and what’s for you :)
 
Ch1pbutty

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Hi, Sorry to hijack your thread. I need to lose 20mm height in order to fit my van+roofbars (whispbars) the garage, so looking at the VW springs to lose 30mm.

(Been quoted £438.70 + VAT including the 10% California Club discount at local dealers.)

My wheels are 16”. Has anyone done same combination and if possible would you have a photo please?
 
Sandyvan

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Hi, Sorry to hijack your thread. I need to lose 20mm height in order to fit my van+roofbars (whispbars) the garage, so looking at the VW springs to lose 30mm.

(Been quoted £438.70 + VAT including the 10% California Club discount at local dealers.)

My wheels are 16”. Has anyone done same combination and if possible would you have a photo please?
Photos above or are on page one but with standard 17" wheels.
 
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Volkywagen

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Ah man.. I want something that is Ronal turbo style really, but these are the closest I could find that have the load rating for a van and that are only 18's. There's lots of 20's out there but I just don't think that's going to work practically.. I'm hoping that these are going to be better in the flesh than the look of them fitted in photos online? Especially re-finished in red!
I had ronal turbos on my Mk 2. Cracking rims :thumb
 
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Borischarlton

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I had 50mm H&R springs and standard shocks for a while. The ride was really bouncy and it crashed into pot holes. Went for the SoLow coilers from Transporter HQ and I can't believe the difference. It drives brilliantly, nice and level in the corners, not harsh but no bounce either. Completely transforms the look of the vehicle as well, its not for everyone but I love it.

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Matc

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I had 50mm H&R springs and standard shocks for a while. The ride was really bouncy and it crashed into pot holes. Went for the SoLow coilers from Transporter HQ and I can't believe the difference. It drives brilliantly, nice and level in the corners, not harsh but no bounce either. Completely transforms the look of the vehicle as well, its not for everyone but I love it.

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Saw that on their instagram page the other day - looks great!
 
Alpen

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I had 50mm H&R springs and standard shocks for a while. The ride was really bouncy and it crashed into pot holes. Went for the SoLow coilers from Transporter HQ and I can't believe the difference. It drives brilliantly, nice and level in the corners, not harsh but no bounce either. Completely transforms the look of the vehicle as well, its not for everyone but I love it.

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As you’ve made the investment in coil overs then you can vouch that it was a worthwhile investment? What’s the deal with the superlo Shocks transporter HQ are promoting? Are they custom billsteins?

My only worry with doing the 30mm drop is that I won’t be happy it’s enough and then it could have been £600 toward coil overs.. I’d probably still want to use the Vw Eibach ones though because of the warranty, and that will make it even more pricey than the B14’s which I’m sure do exactly the same thing.

I still think only going to 18’s is probably the right choice for me as I want to get om camp sites and down tracks without issues.

It does sort of seem a bit silly to put coil overs on a van as it’s not a race car and it is literally for looks alone. I also read somewhere that the ride is harder on the coil overs than it is on lowering springs? Is that your experience? I guess as you were lowered 50mm before it would have been quite a lot stiffer than a 30mm drop tho?

I don’t think I’d want to go quite as low as you have, it looks awesome but I want to get the front splitter too, and I still want that to get that above a Kerb as a minimum, bearing in mind the track comment..

Still struggling to make a decision as you’ve probably gathered!
 
Volkywagen

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I had 50mm H&R springs and standard shocks for a while. The ride was really bouncy and it crashed into pot holes. Went for the SoLow coilers from Transporter HQ and I can't believe the difference. It drives brilliantly, nice and level in the corners, not harsh but no bounce either. Completely transforms the look of the vehicle as well, its not for everyone but I love it.

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Borischarlton

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As you’ve made the investment in coil overs then you can vouch that it was a worthwhile investment? What’s the deal with the superlo Shocks transporter HQ are promoting? Are they custom billsteins?



It does sort of seem a bit silly to put coil overs on a van as it’s not a race car and it is literally for looks alone. I also read somewhere that the ride is harder on the coil overs than it is on lowering springs? Is that your experience? I guess as you were lowered 50mm before it would have been quite a lot stiffer than a 30mm drop tho?

I don’t think I’d want to go quite as low as you have, it looks awesome but I want to get the front splitter too, and I still want that to get that above a Kerb as a minimum, bearing in mind the track comment..

Still struggling to make a decision as you’ve probably gathered!
It is definitely silly but, I see it as more of a "lifestyle" vehicle rather than just a camper and I love tinkering and making it look just a little different, not over the top. As for the cost, this is my take. I spent 50k on the vehicle and put springs on it that cost £300 ish, whilst it looked better than standard the drive was pretty horrible. These SoLows are in a different league from both my previous and standard setup. It really does handle like a car now. There is no need to go as low as yes, I am going to struggle in some situations and when we go to the Alps in the winter I have chains to consider but will cross that bridge....

Yes, the suspension is developed along with Bilstein and I had Transporter HQ fit it at their base, can't fault them.
 
Jay17cali

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It is definitely silly but, I see it as more of a "lifestyle" vehicle rather than just a camper and I love tinkering and making it look just a little different, not over the top. As for the cost, this is my take. I spent 50k on the vehicle and put springs on it that cost £300 ish, whilst it looked better than standard the drive was pretty horrible. These SoLows are in a different league from both my previous and standard setup. It really does handle like a car now. There is no need to go as low as yes, I am going to struggle in some situations and when we go to the Alps in the winter I have chains to consider but will cross that bridge....

Yes, the suspension is developed along with Bilstein and I had Transporter HQ fit it at their base, can't fault them.
Looks Awsome ....
Always Had b14s on my California’s ,like you say if your spending 50k on a van you want it to look how you like.
Im always mindful of the suspension just like I am pulling up to kerbs with the alloys.its not rocket science..the b14s on my Cali went very low compared to a standard Kombi/transporter due to the weight..for warranty reasons I’m going for the eibach coilovers from vw just hoping there as good as the b14s..
 
Volkywagen

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Looks Awsome ....
Always Had b14s on my California’s ,like you say if your spending 50k on a van you want it to look how you like.
Im always mindful of the suspension just like I am pulling up to kerbs with the alloys.its not rocket science..the b14s on my Cali went very low compared to a standard Kombi/transporter due to the weight..for warranty reasons I’m going for the eibach coilovers from vw just hoping there as good as the b14s..
So what’s the script with these eibachs then. Is it something new Vw are offering? Are they lower than the sport line 30mm springs? How much are they to supply and fit if you know?
 
westfalia

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T5 SE 174
I had 50mm H&R springs and standard shocks for a while. The ride was really bouncy and it crashed into pot holes. Went for the SoLow coilers from Transporter HQ and I can't believe the difference. It drives brilliantly, nice and level in the corners, not harsh but no bounce either. Completely transforms the look of the vehicle as well, its not for everyone but I love it.

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Consider it Slammed. :thumb
 
Jay17cali

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So what’s the script with these eibachs then. Is it something new Vw are offering? Are they lower than the sport line 30mm springs? How much are they to supply and fit if you know?
Vw approved coilovers supplied by vw through eibach so like the sportline are 30mm lowering these are fully adjustable from 30 to 65mm and with proper eibach dampers not standard t6 commercial dampers .
Fully warranty approved

They ain’t cheap but as you know neither is a California.
Around £1450 plus fitting...
I like a lowered van always have and as long as you buy quality gear you don’t get this harsh ride people always seem to think...
 
Alpen

Alpen

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Birmingham
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T6 Ocean 150
I think I’m definitely swaying to the line of thinking, buy once and buy right! I’m planning on keeping the van for 10 years+ so I should get the use out of them... I’ll let you know if I find a better deal on the vw eibach coilovers anywhere. Mines a 19 plate so gotta think about the warranty, otherwise I wouldn’t be worried
 

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