If you use your car on a daily basis, and are only looking to uprate one aspect of your car, then you can’t do better than our Sport Springs. What do they do? Well, by replacing the car’s four standard springs with re-engineered, different-rate and shorter Sport Springs, the vehicle’s center of gravity is lowered, reducing body roll for better handling whilst maintaining the ride quality and comfort of your car. No other changes are needed, it’s as simple as that.
This is what makes the Sport Springs special – we have concentrated all of our engineering development into the Golf springs, rather than offering a wide range of ‘generic’ springs for all makes and models as many spring companies do. We would only offer a spring set that has been developed exclusively for your car, rather than one that ‘will do’. Typically we go through 20-30 combinations of spring rates and lengths for each model before we finalise the specification.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
As the standard-fit dampers are of a much more sophisticated design these days than on previous generations of cars, we have found that the upgraded Sport Spring kit delivers a surprisingly worthwhile improvement to your car, subtly stiffening and lowering it.
The Sport Springs that we have developed for the Golf (and the other cars using these platforms) all match correctly to the standard dampers, making this a very cost-effective modification to any of these cars. With different engine weights, we have different options for front springs depending on your car’s powertrain. These springs are fully compatible with cars fitted with Volkswagens’s switchable ACC (Adjustable Chassis Control) dampers.
One of the comments that we get back from owners all the time is how impressed they are with the ride quality with the springs fitted. Whilst that may be a surprise to those who haven’t tried our Sport Springs before, it’s no surprise to us as the carefully-developed spring construction means that the spring rate in the middle of its travel is very similar to standard. It’s only towards the end of the spring’s travel (so, when braking or cornering hard) that we have engineered the spring to stiffen up.
We now recommend this set up for all but the most demanding use (such as track use, or when a very low ride-height is required, for which the StreetSport Coilover Suspension kits are ideal).
Many experts consider suspension development to be as much an art as a science. In truth, it’s a bit of both. What is certain is that an ‘off the shelf’ spring set that some companies offer is not going to be optimised for any particular car. For our Sport Springs, we were very determined to put extensive development into determining the perfect specifications for the Golf platform. So, our development cars have covered tens of thousands of miles to determine the ideal rate for these Sport Springs; we are very proud of the end results and can promise with confidence that we believe these to be the best springs for your Volkswagen on the market.
We have chosen to lower the car by 20-25 mm in order to preserve the wheel travel needed to keep the usability of the standard car. For the 4 wheel drive sports models such as Golf R and Audi S3, the reduction in ride-height is less as the standard car already has a lowered ride height from factory. Go lower or stiffer as some popular lowering springs do, and in our experience your car will bounce and crash its way along the road as the dampers are mismatched to spring-rate, and the springs themselves run out of wheel travel. You also risk reducing the life of your dampers significantly if you choose the wrong springs – which the Sport Springs are guaranteed not to do.
The Sport Springs are a linear rate spring with a barrel-type shape so the end coils taper in. This allows us to preserve the ride quality in normal use, but stiffen the spring rates at the ends of its travel when cornering or braking hard.
The springs come in powder-coated gloss blue with RacingLine logos, and work extremely well in combination with our Anti-Roll Bars.
Note that we recommend that you get your car’s wheel-tracking verified as a part of the installation process. Whilst the ride-height reduction that the Sport Springs provide keep the geometry within the Volkswagen-recommended tolerances, if your car is not brand new it may have already been moving out of tolerance with use, so it is good practice for your installer to verify that all is well after fitment.
Lowering range: 20-25mm
Spring rate: 31N/mm
Wire diameter: 13.25 mm
Lowering range: 20mm
Spring rate: 33N/mm
Wire diameter: 12.5mm