I am reviewing my lowering options for my 87.5 CGT. I would gladly go with H&R springs or Eibach is they still made springs for my car. I would like the forums advice and experience on the ground control coilovers. Also, who has the best deal on them. Thanx
09-06-2001, 08:21 AM
I hear the groud control stuff is good, but it's almost twice as much as standard springs. Aside from the price, do you really need coilovers? I personally don't see them as necessary, since I a) Don't race; and b) don't really want adjustable ride-height, it's another thing that I wouldn't be able to resist playing with, and have a feeling that I'd never get it right. I think Blau sells H&R springs for the CGT fairly reasonably, their site is www.audiquattroparts.com.
09-06-2001, 02:11 PM
Intrax for one.
Coils are good if you race, need adjustability, and just want to look race. :o). You really cant lower the coils to there max on the CGT. Your shocks will have zero travel. On my CGT I had the GC coils. GC makes the parts for 2 Bennett, and sell them for less than 2B.
The OE lowering springs with a good set of shock is the perfect "street" setup. Pot hole friendly too! The coils tend to be on the "stiff" side,
and if you lower too much you'll damage your shocks easily on bumps. Plus the front strut needs to be cut and welded to make the coils work. Ya got to cut off the lower spring perch in such a manner as to not damage the shock tube.
Then weld on the lower coil adjuster shelf.(large washer) The Bilstein "Sport" shocks worked the best, but needed a minimun 1" of travel to work well.
09-07-2001, 04:06 PM
I think the real benefit of the GC setup is being able to select spring rates. You can also lift your car higher than stock, for increased clearance. I don't often play with the height, but being able to set it where you want it is really nice.
One warning though, THEY ARE A PAIN TO INSTALL! I have a full shop of tools to work with, and it took me quite a bit longer than I expected. The main reason is the rear strut housings are so large you have to grind their surface down to fit the rear threaded sleeve over.
All in all, it's about the best suspension setup available for these cars. I'm running 340 front/280 rear and Koni strut inserts adjusted most of the way to stiff, and it rides very comfortably with little body roll.