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anybody out there point me in the right direction of a diagram of the spring/shock set up. I want to be as prepared as possible when i replace them in the next couple of weeks. Ive tried a search without success. cheers.:beer:
 

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thank you thats great, seeing as labour is more than the cost of the springs i think its worth having a go.Ive faith in my mate who has done another cars springs in the past, however if he messes up....................
 

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Start spraying the penatrating oil on the upper control arm pinch bolt now. In a few weeks you might be able to remove it without too much work.
 

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ive found(not purchased) a set of eibach springs (60mm lowering).does anybody think these will cause a problem with my 18" rims and stock shocks .also do all passats have trailing arm suspension?
 

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The lowering springs will wear your stock shocks out faster, better to wait until you have some aftermarket shocks (most people use Koni or Bilstein) unless you want to go through the whole procedure again soon.There is a good group buy on Bilsteins right now-i got mine for 378 USD shipped. I just did the whole spring/shock install yesterday for the first time ever, and it took me and a friend about 7 hours, including the hour and a half waiting for a local autoshop to swap the springs out on the front struts.(We started doing the first one by hand with a cheapo DIY compressor, but it started breaking and was a royal pain in the ass, frustrating, time consuming etc. For $40, we let the shop do it while my friend and I ate lunch and drank beer. We also followed the same instructions mentioned above. A couple nut sizes were wrong, but its pretty easy to figure out the right one.The rims will be fine as long as you have the appropriate size tire on them.
 

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On a new car you could get by with stock shocks. Several people have had them up to 80K and loved them. But an older car will probably seem bouncy with upgraded springs on stock shocks. The shocks are not strong enough to control the stronger spring.
 

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I kept the stock shocks on my 04 wagon w/ 13k miles but it still has the bounce but it is a harsher / faster bounce due to the stiffer spring rate.
I recommend upgrading the shocks.
 
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