Our 12-point adjustable StreetSport Plus kit has been developed alongside the lessons learnt from designing and refining the race-versions of the Golf and Scirocco over the past decade. The StreetSport PLUS Monotube Coilover adjustable suspension kit is the perfect set up to suit the enthusiastic road and track driver.
Our StreetSport suspension range is European made by the same team that build all of our full-race suspension, using exactly the same quality and materials that we insist on for the race cars.
Hence this well-proven kit provides an adjustable damping and ride-height suspension system that genuinely offers the sort of quality, detailing and refinement that few of the ‘aftermarket’ suspension products can offer.
All of our kits use our premium monotube construction, which few kits at this level offer. Our whole Coilover family – from StreetSport up to our full-race TrackSport – have also been designed from the outset to be upgradable. All are fully European-made. As you will read below, uprated Linear springs can be fitted at any point on all models, and the Adjustable Top Mount will also fit any kit, from road to race. Many customers have really enjoyed being able to uprate their suspension kit over a few months or years.
The StreetSport PLUS Coilover suspension system differs from the StreetSport Coilover suspension system in that it has adjustable damping rates – a single easily-reached adjuster varies the bump and rebound settings of the damper through 12 settings front and rear to suit your preferences and usages. So, stiffen the damping when you get on-track, and soften it when you use the car on bumpy road use. It’s as easy as that.
The ease of adjustment is a really unique point of the StreetSport PLUS suspension kit. Too many ‘adjustable’ kits are so tricky to adjust that most owners eventually stop bothering. We wanted to develop a product that allows you to adjust the character of your car whenever you want to. So you can adjust your dampers by hand without even jacking the car up, with no tools. Simple as that. And the adjusters are beautifully over-engineered, with pleasing, heavy clicks for each adjustment – a lot of work went into getting that just right!
Other than this adjustability, the two kits have the same features. Either kit replaces the entire standard front and rear dampers and springs with high quality, monotube motorsport-derived units with much more sophisticated valving inside the dampers for significantly better levels of wheel control than any mass-produced damper offers.
Although the StreetSport PLUS Kit offers a tauter set up than the standard car in it’s ‘middle’ settings, the adjustability allows you to choose either tighter or softer settings than the (non-adjustable) StreetSport Coilover Suspension kit, allowing you to tailor the car’s suspension to your usage and taste.
Another very significant advantage of a coilover set up is that it allows full adjustment of ride height, using a simple threaded spring perch on the threaded body of the damper. This allows the car to run at your chosen height, from standard clearance down to ground-scraping show cars, whilst keeping the same spring length wherever you set it.
The StreetSport PLUS (and its cousin, the StreetSport non-adjusable damping kit) are European-made from strong, durable stainless steel powder-coated in satin black for durability, using a 22mm shaft and anodised aluminium spring seats. Damping force on rebound and compression are adjustable in 12 positions via the easily-reached anodised adjusters with a very clear (and pleasing) click action.
As a premium product, all the Coilover family are all of a monotube damper design. The main advantages of monotube dampers are that the pistons are much larger than those of twin-tube dampers, which are more normally the design that cheaper dampers follow. The larger monotube piston creates more flow through the valves than the smaller twin-tube piston as it can displace more oil through the valve; this makes the mono-tube damper more sensitive to small suspension movement.
The deflected-disc valve system found in our Monotube systems are more precise and consistent than the system of check valve, springs, and orifices commonly used in cheaper twin-tube dampers. Our Monotube dampers use much higher gas pressure which helps them to run much cooler than a twin-tube damper. This means our dampers are able to provide consistent damping performance under the harshest condition (such as track use).
Precision, consistency, and performance advantage mean parts used in monotube dampers have to be produce with higher accuracy than twin-tube dampers, and hence tend to cost more – but the benefits are clear to any suspension expert. We’d really recommend that customers don’t choose a twin-tube suspension system for your car without trying a monotube alternative first.
Each kit is made to the very highest of standards, produced alongside our full motorsport-specification suspension kits. We truly believe that by applying the standards demanded from high-level motorsport to a street suspension, there is no other coilover kit at this price-point that offers anywhere near the quality of engineering as the Racingline kits offer.
We have specified our own Progressive rate springs to match perfectly to the damping rate and car weight. These are finished in powder-coated blue with the RacingLine logo etched in.
Our springs are carefully selected for each vehicle chassis’ design and weight and come as standard with progressive springs. A progressive rate spring is one in which the spring rate changes depending on the amount of load placed on the spring, therefore the actual spring rate is not a fixed number. This allows the spring to offer a comfortable daily driving experience on the street yet offer excellent control over the bumps and sudden elevation changes seen on streets around the world.
A full Linear front & rear spring upgrade is available which can be added at any time. A linear rate spring has a fixed spring rate, meaning the amount of weight needed to compress it does not change with the load. They offer less of a compromise than the Progressive Springs, which give a softer spring rate in the middle of their travel, but firm up towards the ends of their travel (hard cornering or braking for example). The Linear Springs are just a stiffer spring, all of the time.
The main advantage of linear springs is the consistency in the way that the weight transfer from one side of the car to the other side, it should be very smooth and consistent, this makes the dynamics much easier to predict as the driver can anticipate weight transfer and body roll more accurately. Hence our Linear Springs offer superior control on the track over progressive springs but do so at the cost of comfort on the street.
These springs are designed to directly swap onto your StreetSport or StreetSport Plus suspension and are an excellent upgrade for anyone who frequents the track. Some customers even swap to the linear springs for a track day even and then back to the progressive springs when on the street. This is a key advantage of our Coilover suspension kits – other suspension kits do not offer this sort of upgradability.
TOP MOUNTS/CAMBER PLATES
Another unique design feature of our Coilover kits is that both Suspension Systems (StreetSport and StreetSport PLUS) are fully compatible with either our Solid Adjustable Top Mounts or the standard rubber mounts. Unlike many Top Mounts available on the market, our mounts are a direct swap that require no cutting and are completely reversible back to standard.
Find out more about Solid Adjustable Top Mounts
THE END RESULT?
A true transformation in the way that your car rides and handles. Think how a Porsche 911’s suspension behaves – taut, controlled but never crashy or harsh – and you’ll have a good idea of how your car will feel with the StreetSport kit fitted.
This was the brief to our engineering team – to adapt our race-winning motorsport suspension into something that would combine dramatic performance improvements whilst still delivering genuine day-to-day useability (see the picture, above, of our team benchmarking the new suspension against a couple of the industry’s best resolved suspension set ups – a 911 with PDC switchable suspension and a KTM X-Bow R). It was a tough challenge to reach – but we are thrilled with the end result.
We will provide you with our suggested suspension adjustment settings based on your planned usage of the car, which will act as our recommendation if you want to ‘fit and forget’, or as a good starting point if you prefer to find your own settings.
Versions of the StreetSport suspension kits (both adjustable and non-adjustable) are available for all cars on the VWG A5 Golf platform: 5 and 6, Scirocco, Jetta 07 and Jetta 11, Beetle 12, A3 and S3, TT, Leon, Octavia and others.
The StreetSport Coilover suspension kit is available for 2 and 4 wheel drive cars on the Golf/Scirocco platform. Our Anti Roll Bars are highly recommended with this kit too.
This kit is compatible with cars fitted with Volkswagen’s switchable ACC suspension – although it’s important to be clear you will loose the switchability of the standard dampers, and an additional electronic box is required from us at extra cost in order not to generate fault codes in the car.
For information, we also offer the TrackSport Coilover suspension kit which is an altogether stiffer set up for cars which regularly get onto track. It’s ideal for the more track-orientated car and driver, but it’s a significantly stiffer spring and damper rate than the StreetSport Kits. Please feel free to ask us for advice on choosing between the two.