GOLFMK8
GOLFMK7
GOLFMK6
GOLFMKV
VW GTI MKVI Forum / VW Golf R Forum / VW Golf MKVI Forum / VW GTI Forum - Golfmk6.com



Go Back   VW GTI MKVI Forum / VW Golf R Forum / VW Golf MKVI Forum / VW GTI Forum - Golfmk6.com > Technical Topics > Wheels / Tires / Suspension / Brakes / Chassis | Sponsored by The Tire Rack


The Tire Rack
Welcome to the Wheels and Tires section of GolfMK6. This area is proudly sponsored by The Tire Rack.

If you are making a purchase from TireRack, please help support GolfMK6 by clicking through to them with this link or clicking on the Tire Rack banner ad. Doing so helps give back to GOLFMK6 so we can keep this place running!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-06-2018, 12:25 PM   #1
TiCoyote
Oval Newbie
 
Drives: 2012 GTI
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: New England
Posts: 125
Did the roads get bumpier, or are my shocks going?

I'm suddenly noticing the bumps a lot more. It seems like the rear of the car is hitting small bumps harder and knocking me up and down. Overall, the ride seems less smooth. It's not a vibration, just hitting bumps harder.

I drive a 2012 GTI SE, stock. Right now I have winter tires on: 17" General Altimax Artic. They're on their 3rd season.

Also, this problem came on suddenly. I just noticed it yesterday and today.
TiCoyote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2018, 01:22 PM   #2
aj_law
Formula 5000 Driver
 
aj_law's Avatar
 
Drives: 2012 Tornado Red 4DR 6MT GTI
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 1,399
Could be the shocks/struts, but I'd probably attribute it to what old man winter does to New England roads. Potholes are a bitch.

If you're seeing "normal" suspension response when you go over a manhole, for example, it's probably just the bad potholes. If a minor bump like that is hammering back at you, then it's probably your suspension.
__________________
('12 4DR/TR/6MT GTI - MEMBER OF THE 155K+ MILE CLUB) WISHLIST (bolded done...*sigh*): Performance - Unitronic Stage 1 & CAI // Unibrace UB // DG springs // H&R 26FSB/22RSB // Tyrolsport Subframe Kit. Cosmetic - OZ Leggera HLT // Color matched markers/lip/rear emblem insert // OEM Black emblems // Depo Tinted LED tails // Raceseng Ashiko shift knob // 30% tint // Soundaktor delete.
aj_law is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2018, 01:55 PM   #3
BoostedVW11
GolfMK6 Elite
 
BoostedVW11's Avatar
 
Drives: Give The Supra A Chance
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Ohio/ NH
Posts: 20,386
These cars are prone to shocks failing.

Put a bunch of weight in the rear so it sags, measure both sides. mine was visually lower in rear left by like an inch. Confirmed taking it off car recently it was blown.
__________________
You dont need a silver fork to eat good food
Being smarter than you look is better than looking smarter than you are
You're not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just Relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.
BoostedVW11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2018, 07:36 PM   #4
TiCoyote
Oval Newbie
 
Drives: 2012 GTI
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: New England
Posts: 125
I'm kind of thinking a failing rear shock. The car is due for service in 2 months. Can I put it off until then?

How do I know if there is some other, more dangerous problem?
TiCoyote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2018, 08:21 PM   #5
BoostedVW11
GolfMK6 Elite
 
BoostedVW11's Avatar
 
Drives: Give The Supra A Chance
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Ohio/ NH
Posts: 20,386
youll be fine, i dove on mine for months . lots of people drive on blown shocks and dont even know/care.

if its blown it wont want to rebound thats why i say put weight in the rear. like 200 lbs
__________________
You dont need a silver fork to eat good food
Being smarter than you look is better than looking smarter than you are
You're not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just Relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.
BoostedVW11 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:08 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.