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Old 08-13-2018, 05:53 PM   #15
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Here's a question .... For the B6/B8, how does the OE bumpstop fit the bigger tube?

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There are disadvantages of inverted monotube that you may not like. For example, due to requiring high pressure gas it’s easy to lose the smooth ride you want. Run some Google searches on the B6/B8s for the MkV and you’ll come across an endless stream of complaints regarding how harsh they are. I believe it was Neuspeed that spec’d them differently for the MkVI, and as I understand it the valving in the Bilsteins they sell is much nicer.

Another disadvantage that I dislike is that due to being inverted, I don’t have easy access to the bumpstops. So I can’t add or remove packers if I want to fine tune my car’s handling balance.

Twin tube Konis are also a bit cheaper. I got my set for about $150 less.

With effort the Bilsteins are definitely the more capable damper, but if you get them on the car and you hate them they have to come back off to be adjusted. If you’re shooting for perfect, they’re what you want.
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Here's a question .... For the B6/B8, how does the OE bumpstop fit the bigger tube?

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I was typing my last post as you posted that... the answer is that the OE bumpstops aren’t used. Bilsteins have bumpstops that are internal, so the damper has to be partially disassembled to change them.
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I had koni yellows for a few years, They are adjustable so you can make them stiff if you want, or loosen them up and they are great on the street. They are what I most frequently recommend for street cars.
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Old 08-14-2018, 06:48 AM   #19
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Here's a question .... For the B6/B8, how does the OE bumpstop fit the bigger tube?
You don't really need to use them, but you can. The piston narrows at the top to fit the mount, and the narrowed section is long enough to fit the bump stop (but it's just there to take up space, since the internal stops do the work). The rears are the same diameter as stock, so that's not an issue.



I switched from Koni FSD (stock replacement) to Bilstein B8s with VWR springs, and the Bilsteins are a better match for the springs. The ride is much better than the FSD; you definitely feel the road, but it's not harsh at all. All the bounciness is gone and it's still perfectly comfortable for long highway hauls.

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Old 08-16-2018, 12:07 PM   #20
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Check your bumpstops. If they’re stock length on a lowered car they’re probably engaging and quickly ramping up your spring rate every time you hit a bump, leading to an awful ride.

If this is the case there are “sport” replacement bumpstops you can get that are just over a half an inch shorter with a similarly gentle progressive increase in rate.

VW part numbers...
Front: 1K0 412 303 F
Rear: 1K0 511 353 N

If I had to guess I’d say that it’s the tears that are causing you trouble, as they’re nearly in use at stock ride height. If you lower the car an inch and don’t cut them or replace them they’ll be compressed roughly a half an inch. This may also cause the car to have a bit of a forward rake.
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I need these part numbers .... Gonna order the rear short ones.

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