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  • trbo95
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    First off, thank you to all that have contributed to this. Great info! My apologies if this is not the place to ask this but I'm looking for recommended spring rates for a 1997 Aspire using the Advanced/Ultimate suspension. Multi purpose car with a focus towards track days. Thanks

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  • ryanprins13
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    Originally posted by navdoc101 View Post
    I have the Festiva Motor Sports Lowering Springs. Can I use these? I am only going to do the front .
    How large in diameter are they? I believe the lowering springs are only meant so the stock struts and not the coilovers

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  • navdoc101
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    I have the Festiva Motor Sports Lowering Springs. Can I use these? I am only going to do the front .

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  • w4rkry
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    Originally posted by DirtMcGurt View Post
    Ok so the rear suspension is about the only thing I haven't done yet (redid rest of car stock in most aspects) I just put on new tires and some 13"wheels 155/80r13 and now when I go over bigger bumps and pothole I hear the right rear scraping the wheel well. Now I want to do the advanced suspension but my question being if I do it will it drop the car too low where the tires will rub. Can I jack up the coilovers to raise the ride height and avoid the problem. Is this a big problem with just simply having worn out stock suspension. Would it be corrected with the modded setup. Also I'm not terribly crazy about going crazy low with the car at most 1.5" and not crazy bout that. Is there any input yall might be able to give such as different spring weights (i.e.-120 , 105 , 150 for the rears) as well as the fronts.
    All the spring rate info should be in the beginning of the thread.
    The Coilovers give you much more space for wheels and tires.
    Have you actually checked where your current tires are rubbing? It's very common for them to actually rub on the stock rear spring perches (not the fender itself). A lot of that depends on what offset your wheels are. 155/80R13 should be nowhere close to rubbing if the offset is correct, even more so if you have rear coilovers (because they are thinner than factory, giving you more room)
    Yes, they are adjustable, you don't need to have it all the way low, it's very usable when adjusted to Max height. You can also gain some height if you flip the Coilover sleeves upside down. There is a second thread for that as well.

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  • DirtMcGurt
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    Ok so the rear suspension is about the only thing I haven't done yet (redid rest of car stock in most aspects) I just put on new tires and some 13"wheels 155/80r13 and now when I go over bigger bumps and pothole I hear the right rear scraping the wheel well. Now I want to do the advanced suspension but my question being if I do it will it drop the car too low where the tires will rub. Can I jack up the coilovers to raise the ride height and avoid the problem. Is this a big problem with just simply having worn out stock suspension. Would it be corrected with the modded setup. Also I'm not terribly crazy about going crazy low with the car at most 1.5" and not crazy bout that. Is there any input yall might be able to give such as different spring weights (i.e.-120 , 105 , 150 for the rears) as well as the fronts.

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  • Petna
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    Love the way list everything. Good job. So are you saying that you paid for a set of coilovers and could only use the fronts. The rears could not even be ajusted?

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  • Dragonhealer
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    There should be about one inch of space before the bump stop comes into play, select or cut as appropriate. If the squeek is because the diameter is too large, it can be reduced with a sander.
    Last edited by Dragonhealer; 09-29-2018, 10:02 AM.

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  • ryanprins13
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    Here is a video of how i narrowed mine down to fit. One i didnt get narrow enough and silicon spray helped
    https://youtu.be/3zBuI6FQEZI

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  • skeeters_keeper
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    The vw bump stops should be sanded to a relatively loose fit inside the spring.

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  • zoe60
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    Throwing this out there- If you have the ultimate suspension and notice a creaking sound in the rear, it is probably the VW bump stops rubbing the springs if you added them of course. I've been listening to that sound for about a year. Just got done removing the bump stops and viola! total quiet back there. Well, quiet as a 30 year old Festy can reasonably be. Hope this helps someone.

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  • firebush357
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    Originally posted by pitdroidtech View Post
    I'm not modding mine, just need to replace the stock units. I have the replacements - I assume a spring compressor needed for the fronts to swap the springs over to the new shocks. But couldn't work out from the pictures in the OP if the rears just pop out and if they can be put back and the spring compressed just by jacking up the wheel?
    Yeah, the back can be done by using a jack to lift the rear beam while you guide the strut up into the hole.

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  • pitdroidtech
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    I'm not modding mine, just need to replace the stock units. I have the replacements - I assume a spring compressor needed for the fronts to swap the springs over to the new shocks. But couldn't work out from the pictures in the OP if the rears just pop out and if they can be put back and the spring compressed just by jacking up the wheel?

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  • wack
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    Thanks mate, just checking before I got the die grinder out. My whole suspension has been stuffed since I had it, should be wonderful when its done ��

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  • w4rkry
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    Originally posted by wack View Post
    Just ordered all my bits. If any Aussiesare thinking of doing it, . Between postage and Aussi dollar, it ended up being twice the suggested. Crazy hey?

    I ended up going maxpeedingrods for the front if it makes a difference.

    I was Just wondering what the consensus was on slotting the front bolts. The pic in the thread at start was slotted bottom bolt up. But but the text said to slot the top bolt down.

    I just got my coilovers an the top has way more meat in it. Dunno anything about camber ect though.


    Thanks for the input as always guys .
    The top bolt should be slotted horizontally, while the bottom bolt slots up. The picture in the beginning shows it correctly,

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  • wack
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    Just ordered all my bits. If any Aussiesare thinking of doing it, . Between postage and Aussi dollar, it ended up being twice the suggested. Crazy hey?

    I ended up going maxpeedingrods for the front if it makes a difference.

    I was Just wondering what the consensus was on slotting the front bolts. The pic in the thread at start was slotted bottom bolt up. But but the text said to slot the top bolt down.

    I just got my coilovers an the top has way more meat in it. Dunno anything about camber ect though.


    Thanks for the input as always guys .

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