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Author Subject: Back to standard ride height
matt16v

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Hi all

I'd like to put my car back to standard ride height as there's a few places I fairly regularly hit the nose of my car, mostly a couple of steep driveways or speed bumps.

I'm running the B12 kit at the moment with 21mm bars. I believe the rear just needs to be adjusted to suit the front, does anyone know the standard rake?

For the fronts I'm a little confused. I think I need to buy B6's but I'm unsure as to whether I need to go back to standard springs?

It would be nice to soften the ride off a little. The roads around here, especially the country roads are generally in poor condition and the ones in good condition are still very bumpy. Will the raised ride height improve comfort at all? My mentality is more travel = rally car. I've just gone back to 55 profile tyres which has improved things noticeably.

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Posted 31st Jul 2017 at 00:59
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Have you thought about going to a local motor factors and getting all new original shocks and springs?

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Posted 31st Jul 2017 at 07:10
superchargedblack1997gti6

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I'd keep the b8 shocks and just get some genuine springs to go with them?

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Posted 31st Jul 2017 at 07:59
RallyeRed

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Agree with Ross on that. Simples
Posted 31st Jul 2017 at 10:00
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if the rear beam has been done then that'll need doing too or it'll look a bugger!

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Posted 31st Jul 2017 at 10:41
matt16v

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If the B8 shocks can be run with standard springs for the original ride height, what purpose do the B6 fronts that are available serve?

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Posted 31st Jul 2017 at 12:58
superchargedblack1997gti6

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B8s are slightly higher dampedfirmer I believe?i

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Posted 31st Jul 2017 at 13:02
barrym

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Yes different damping rate. Not sure about ride height suitabilty as B6 rears are availablr in 2 different specs, B6 and B6 sprint. B6 for standard to -30mm drop and Sprint for mor than 30mm drop

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Posted 31st Jul 2017 at 15:31
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The B8's have a shorter rod designed for lower running so they aren't suitable for standard ride height.

Comfort is defined by the spring rate and the damping characteristics. Raising the ride height while keeping spring rates and damping the same won't improve comfort.

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Posted 31st Jul 2017 at 15:58
miki4

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One could try some OE springs from a TU engined 306, couldn_t you? Should sit lower and thus be okay with the B8s and have a weaker spring rate.
Posted 31st Jul 2017 at 17:37
matt16v

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Rich E wrote:
The B8's have a shorter rod designed for lower running so they aren't suitable for standard ride height.

Comfort is defined by the spring rate and the damping characteristics. Raising the ride height while keeping spring rates and damping the same won't improve comfort.


Thanks Rich.

I didn't want to go back to standard dampers as they're the more primitive than the B6's / B8's.

I guess the best course of action would be B6 up front with standard springs and raising the rear to match. If I was doing it properly I'd probably want to swap out the 21mm bars for standard but I'd be tempted to see how I get on with it.

Any ideas on the standard rake / height difference between back and front?

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Posted 31st Jul 2017 at 18:53
adam b

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miki4 wrote:
One could try some OE springs from a TU engined 306, couldn_t you? Should sit lower and thus be okay with the B8s and have a weaker spring rate.


Noooooooooo..... Far too soft

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Posted 31st Jul 2017 at 21:32
jord294

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Rake can be around 20mm

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