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After front Bilstein strut install, did your front end stay the same, (height)?<br>Mine has jumped up over an inch and it looks like an AWD. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>If I can't figure out what happened, I'll have to put lowering springs on the front as it looks plain DUMB and embarrasing the way it is now <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by JRL at 5:42 PM 3-16-2006</i>
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (steve s)

I never had the drys on, had 16" snows (came with the car along with the Titans) but before the strut install gap was, I would guess maybe 1/2" to 3/4 tops.<br>After the front Bilstein install I now have over 1-1/2"+ gap, looks like an XC <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I knew it was going to be a disaster when I saw it with snows but now with Titans it looks absolutely rediculous.<br>I never installed a front Bilstein before without a lowering spring so I have no other car to judge by but I would think others would have made a comment if this happened to them.<br>I knew the rears may put it up 1/4" but not over an INCH!<br>The rears already have Bilsteins on for about 4K miles and it looks nice and tucked in<br>I won't post a pic, I'm embarrased <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br><BR><BR>
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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (JRL)

Hey JRL,<br>I believe this happened to me aswell not to sure because I did'nt measure.<br>40 series tires does'nt help me too.<br><IMG SRC="http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f315/yorkbrick/IMG_0430.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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JRL,<p>Had the same issue with my Red 850 and it took a while for it to settle in...but it never came down all the way. You'll need to put lowering springs on it...<p>Good luck and cheers,<br>Prospero
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Prospero</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">JRL,<p> You'll need to put lowering springs on it...<p></TD></TR></TABLE><br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I was trying NOT to do that with this car, it looked just fine stock (before), it rides and handles great now.. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> but looks like a frog <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Anyone have a pair of H&Rs around they want to sell?
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (yorkbrick)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>yorkbrick</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hey JRL,<br>I believe this happened to me aswell not to sure because I did'nt measure.<br>40 series tires does'nt help me too.<br><IMG SRC="http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f315/yorkbrick/IMG_0430.jpg" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Yeah, that looks about right, bad <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> (yours <B>and mine</B>)<br>Looks dumb and very UN R like
 

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hmm.. maybe it's because my shocks are almost 7yrs old with 50k miles on them.. but i don't have the car around so i can't see if it's that tall too when i unlowered it.
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (gdogg16)

Wil the Konis <B>NOT raise the car?</B><br>If so, which Konis and will they match OK with the Bilsteins on the rear?
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">After front Bilstein strut install, did your front end stay the same, (height)?<br>Mine has jumped up over an inch and it looks like an AWD.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Jim, do you remember when I installed mine last summer and we went round and round about how to measure the height? I kept claiming they were higher than before by about an inch (or more) and you wouldn't believe me. Well, now you know what I went though. Don't worry though...after a few weeks of driving, mine seemed to settle down some...but not all the way down like it was when it had the OEM boges.
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wil the Konis <B>NOT raise the car?</B><br>If so, which Konis and will they match OK with the Bilsteins on the rear?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>JRL --<br>Because of the way Konis are valved, they tend not to be subject to the same awkward settling that you are experiencing. I installed a set on the rear of my wagon (along with the remaining H&Rs, as I wanted to see whether progressively dampened shocks would offset the harshness you warned me about with lowering wagons -- it does, by the way), and at medium dampening it sits with a slight rake, albeit a little less than with the stock setup. <br>Hope this helps.<br>Cheers! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (JRL)

My car seats like an AWD bid time after I installed Bisteins, upper mounts and spring seats <b>last summer</b>. Didn't settle down at all. I've bought the front OMP springs already, - someone was selling fronts only.. But car is perfectly level now and honestly I don't know if I want to install fronts only. <br> <br> t5mmmm, <br> do you have any pics of your car (<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> ) with fronts only? I mean other that uploaded on your cardomain page? I've lost GTG pics.. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> I IM-ed you some time ago about it...
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (Papa_Kirlo)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Papa_Kirlo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> My car seats like an AWD bid time after I installed Bisteins, upper mounts and spring seats <b>last summer</b>. Didn't settle down at all. I've bought the front OMP springs already, - someone was selling fronts only.. But car is perfectly level now and honestly I don't know if I want to install fronts only. <br> <br> t5mmmm, <br> do you have any pics of your car (<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> ) with fronts only? I mean other that uploaded on your cardomain page? I've lost GTG pics.. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> I IM-ed you some time ago about it...</TD></TR></TABLE><br>If you want to sell the OMPs I may be interested
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wil the Konis <B>NOT raise the car?</B><br>If so, which Konis and will they match OK with the Bilsteins on the rear?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Something about the bils on these cars that makes just hate lowering springs. We get this all the time on VS and as soon as they switch to koni the issue is resolved. It's sad though, because I'm such a huge fan of bils, so much more than koni...
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>If you want to sell the OMPs I may be interested</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I had OMPs on my wagon over the summer just to test them out, they're good spring, not too harsh with decent lowering.
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (gdogg16)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gdogg16</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Something about the bils on these cars that makes just hate lowering springs. We get this all the time on VS and as soon as they switch to koni the issue is resolved. It's sad though, because I'm such a huge fan of bils, so much more than koni...</TD></TR></TABLE><br>As you know I've used Bilstein (tourings) with H&Rs on the fronts of my last 3 S70s and found it to be a perfect combination (for me).<br>The 850R is much lower to start with so it didn't occur to me that they would be any problem without lowering springs. I guess that's why my S70s didn't drop too low <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> and more of less matched the (stock) rear springs and Bilsteins very well. In fact my last T5 (99) really didn't have a lowered look at all, it just sat "right"
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (JRL)

I have Bilstein HD's but with EST lowering springs. I have about a 2 finger space between fender and tire. I wouldn't mind getting lower but for Bilsteins it seems to be not bad.<p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v698/mikeandreatos/003.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (voda001)

LOWER??? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> What the heck size are those?
 

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Re: Anyone installed Bilsteins on an 850 R (JRL)

They are 15" wheels, tires are 195/60 if I recall correct. Yeah just a tad lower, no front gap and tucked a tad in the back would be nice.
 
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