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I've been thinking about lowering my car soon. Really want airbags but just doesn't seem practical. So my second choice is coilover probably going w/the h&R coilovers. OK my question is I've heard alot of people talking about strut bearings and mounts getting destroyed shortly after going lower. Have you guys had these problems? Can/should I get better strut mounts and bearings and install them the same time as I lower the car? Do you just deal w/the problem when it happens and replace them w/oem strut mounts and bearings?
 

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depends on how many miles you have racked up.

I would say if you have 30k+ miles or so it would be a good bet to change the mounts and bearings. BUT if you only have 5k miles..then the parts are brand new why bother, ya know?
 

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I have heard if you have more than 50k miles on your car, they should be replaced. so I would go for an upgrade if I were you.
 

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I have just a lil over 30k so I guess changing them before I install the coilovers is a good idea..right? If I do this am I going to have to worry about doing it again in a year?
 

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yes but those VW motorsport bushings, bearings cost like $150? I mean I'm sure they are that stiff/good but damm its a VW not a benz. I thikn you should get just new oem stuff and you'll be good. Anyway its not like your track your car every week, do you?
 

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I had H&R Coilovers for 30K miles without a problem with strut bearings or mounts. And I didn't drive them easy either. When I sold the suspension and put the stock back on everything was in great shape. I did replace the bearings though just because everything was already off. No worries, just do it
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It really depends, I know my drivers side strut mount went, replaced it with another OEM one, going again. Some spring time I'm going with VWMS ones (if I still have my car). Also, just a suggestion, but I think you will find a lot of people on this forum will highly reccomend going with sports springs/shocks as opposed to coilovers. VW's tend to get the best handling at close to stock ride height.
 

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straz85 i have been reading alot on this forum about that and but I really want ride heigh adjustability. I'm starting to re-think my options though. I'm not going to go the track regularly so i dont' really need coilovers. It would be cheaper also. Should I still replace the strut bushings and bearings?
 

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Anything more than a 1.8" drop will hurt handling (proven w/ simple phsyics)and cause the bushing to wareout faster.

Get spring/strut kit over coils.
 

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Get the dampers fro them that will help proloing them alittle but all in all your going to have to get new ones.


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