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Old 09-04-2009, 09:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'll also add this like because it has a few more pics..

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Old 09-04-2009, 09:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Very cool pics!!!

Its cool to see another Performance/FE guy on here.

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Old 09-05-2009, 01:40 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Also, for those interested, a bit of a "build thread" from another local forum I post on. feel free to read through to look at the air-ride install.

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On nice smooth highways its nice, I can drop the car down extra low to make it a touch more slippery in the air, but I can pop up to go over any obsticals, speed bumps, or pot holes.
Welcome to EM! I've wanted an example of an air ride on Ecomodder, so your Jetta is extra cool.

I was going to ask you to post some pix of the air ride, and you already had it all laid out for us, .

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Old 09-05-2009, 01:56 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Awesome! Glad to help out in the air-ride department. If you have any questions I can answer them to the best of my ability. I must say I was displeased with the ride quality at first, and thought I had wasted thousands of dollars.. The bags have been on the car since the middle of may, and they just started to really get broken in the middle of last month. Before that the ride was pretty bouncy. I'm pretty happy with it so far, unfortunately, as soon as my gf gets her 2001 tdi auto I'll be selling the bagged '05 and looking for a mk2 jetta td.

Also, When you drive a bagged car, you tend to drive lower then anyone at a static ride height due to your ability to raise the car.. however, sometimes there are unforeseen obsticals, and you scrape the oil pan, or frame on the ground. I absolutely refuse to raise my car unless i know I'll scrape for sure. I've gotten hung up on speed bumps before, haha. I love getting the front lip to scrape just a little bit. It makes me smile.

When I get a mk2 it will be absolutly slammed on coil-overs. I'll be wielding a piece of 1/2" steel to the oil pan.
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Old 09-05-2009, 03:00 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Good info. I didn't know there was a break-in period for bags. If I had the $$, it would be such a cool way to solve the "bumpy City road" vs "Highway loves lowering" driving dilemma.

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Old 09-05-2009, 10:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I didn't realize there was a break in period either, untill i read about another guy who had just installed bags on his car and posted in another forum how much he hated the ride. Other members told him to tough it out untill the bags got broken in.. It was then I realized that my ride quality had improved over time.


Also, I'm more scared to drive low on the highway because we have periodic dips that will drive the front end of you car right into the asphalt. Not cool when you're low. At least in the city you're going slow enough to avoid them. I usually pick a height and stay with it. Usually that height is stupidly low. I just slow down and deal with bumps as I need too. Not always good for FE, but its easier that way
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Old 09-11-2009, 02:12 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Well kids, Saturday morning the car is going into the shop to have the air-ride swapped out for stock suspension again. I hope to have the air-ride sold this weekend or next. As for the car, i need to get it back to stock, then thats going to be for sale soon after..

Bring on the winter beater!!
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:50 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Just a not about lowered cars. I took off the air-ride today, and had to drive an hour home at stock ride height. I really noticed a difference in drag on the highway. I had to feed it more fuel just to carry momentum, I couldn't cost as far, and it just seemed to take more effort on the car's behalf.

So, I believe lowering your car makes a significant difference.
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:31 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Well, I'm bumping this thread because I'm back.

I sold the mk4 jetta, and the air-ride (took a little longer then expected) and now I'm back in a car worth calculating fuel mileage for. (I had a beater over the winter)

The new ride is a 1997 jetta, super low on coil-over suspension, 1.9IDI diesel motor with a garrett t3 turbo, and a 2.5" turbo-back straight pipe exhaust.

Originally the car made about 70-75 HP, now we're guessing it'll make 100HP when it boosts ot 30psi or more.

Providing I keep my foot out of boost above 15psi (so hard because its so fun) I'm hoping I can get some pretty decent numbers out of this car in terms of mileage.

I'll have a bunch of pictures after this weekend. Its going to be in a rather large, local, VW only car show on Saturday, and I'll be going on a ~250km cruise accompanied by ~150 other VW's. I doubt I'll get good mileage out of that trip...

Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting back into the performance/fuel efficiency game!

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Old 06-03-2010, 02:54 AM   #20 (permalink)
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maybe we should start a PHOTOSHOPPED thread.....

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