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Spring lowering How far can i lower and mk 4 golf gti fitted with 18 inch alloys?? Preferably just using springs!!

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Hi

You answered the question yourself there! You buy a set of lowering springs which suit your needs and fit them in place of the old springs.

I have known people actually remove the old springs and then cut them down to the required height before refitting them again, but I personally wouldn't recommend this practice unless you can get it perfect, because the springs not only have to be the same height, they also have to sit snuggly in their seats once they're refitted.

Very best regards

Geordie

Posted on Jun 10, 2008

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