I finally got around to refurbishing some 15" Speedlines I bought a while back. Countless hours of finger and back straining sanding that will require years of massage and psychotherapy to put right... but hey at least I saved a couple of hundred dollars. Anyway they came up incredibly well, much better than I was expecting...so of course I put a ding in one of them with the wheel brace.
I had this idea the speedlines would fill in the acres of empty wheel arch space the pepperpots didn't...until I realised with the lower profile tyre they're the same diameter, perhaps even a tad smaller
So it appears I have a 205 gti soft roader...one of my friends even asked today if I'd jacked the suspension up...very depressing. After reading many posts on the subject I'd rather not lower the car, but I don't think I can live with the soft roader look.
The car's only done 128,000k and the rear suspension as far as I can tell is all original and seems in great nick, so I'm assuming the rear height is as per original, it's currently sitting at 345mm centre to centre.
I recently put new struts in the front, I went with Quinton Hazell Liptec gas shocks based on a few recommendations, this article http://www.eai.net.au/lipmesa.html ...but mainly because they were only $80 each. They feel good, firm but supple and not crashy, pretty much like the OE ones I had on my old GTI. But the front ride height is now 365mm c/c.
Anyone have any experience of new gas shocks raising ride height...and if so, did they settle or lose height as they got older?
Apparently 320mm c/c is a good height to aim for with the rear...but to bring the front down to the same level I'd need to have them reset 45mm lower, which seems a lot, should I go for something like 35mm to allow for 'settling' as they get older?