Author Topic: Replacement ideas needed for old KW V1 coilovers  (Read 1114 times)

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Kaliber

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Hi guys,

It's been a while since I've been on here, but I'm in need of sound advice.

I've been running with KW V1 coilovers for the last 8-9 years on my 2001 Jetta TDI. Recently the front driver strut is shot and I've been driving really low to the point where I ripped open my oil pan last month (again). It probably would've happened a lot sooner if not for my metal skid plate.

I don't have my original suspension anymore so I'm looking for advice or recommendations on what I can replace my coilovers with. I'm not looking to drop $1K+ on newer performance coilovers. Just a simple, cost-effective alternative to either raise my car, or another set of cheap coilovers that doesn't drop it too low.

I was thinking about going to a wreckers and looking for some old suspension, but I heard that may not be the best idea as I don't know what that suspension may have been through.

Any help or recommendations would be gladly appreciated.

Thanks!
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killerb09

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Re: Replacement ideas needed for old KW V1 coilovers
« Reply #1 on: Mar 21, 18, 12:24 »
rebuild the KW's....they are an awesome set up and would be the best option beyond replacing with new. 

Wreckers are good so long as you can identify good items that aren't shot. 

83RedRoc

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Re: Replacement ideas needed for old KW V1 coilovers
« Reply #2 on: Mar 21, 18, 12:53 »
Just talk to a KW Rep about getting new inner struts.  They come apart and are replaceable.   HPA has the tools if needed or used to anyway.

PB_NB

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Re: Replacement ideas needed for old KW V1 coilovers
« Reply #3 on: Apr 03, 18, 10:47 »
I was looking for something for the 02 GLI recently and found some JOM Coilovers at PG Performance for ~$550. We didn't get them but the price sure was interesting for new. Not sure how they compare to KW's but for a quarter of the price, maybe worth a look.

I have V2's in the Beetle with V3 rear shocks and they are very tight. I went with the V3 shocks in the rear to tighten up the bounce when pulling the trailer. When the trailer is off the car, the ride is very stiff.

HPA also has the ST line made by KW and they less expensive but not too sure how much.
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83RedRoc

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Re: Replacement ideas needed for old KW V1 coilovers
« Reply #4 on: Apr 03, 18, 13:41 »
Can also talk to HPA about their SHS coilovers, but I think those are only for the R32, on a mk4.

They are a bit above ST's ( I'd personally stay away from ST )

JOMs are hit or miss it seems some people love them, I had them in my Mk3 and they were fine, but I've been in some other cars and they are crap.