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Author Subject: 1998 GTI-6 "Which Spring"
sixxer

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Location: Aberdeen

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Post #1
Front coil spring broke.....Replacing front struts Bilstein B4 - Seems straightforward

Bilstein B4 LH Lefthand Front Shock Absorber 22-040657 ...
Bilstein B4 RH Righthand Front Shock Absorber 22-040664 ... Unsure if correct

Coil Springs - Not sure, searched online with OEM Number Sport2 (aircon) = Yellow White Green 5002P9

Springs available even though OE and colour code matches are different lengths

Looking for standard springs and shocks
Posted 24th Jun 2023 at 09:37
panosbr

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Post #2
If you need to keep the same ride height , you can purchase KILEN springs the specific part number that is made for GTI6.The KILEN are made as replacement of OEM with same dimensions and wire thickness.

A good option is to use springs from XSARA VTS (used ones come up for sale) but these springs will lower the vehicle about 2cm.
Posted 25th Jun 2023 at 19:08
Joep

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Post #3
Bilstein B4 with Eibach -30mm springs will get you at OEM height.

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My car park:
'96 Sigma Blue XSi6
'98 Diablo Red GTi6
'99 Onyx Black S16

All RFS powered!

Plus various other Peugeots
Posted 29th Jun 2023 at 12:21
alcon

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Post #4
Bilstein B4 front left 22-045959 (VNE-4595)
Bilstein B4 front right 22-045966 (VNE-4596)

these are the ones I've recently used

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1999 GTi-6 (china blue)
1999 Rallye (black)
Posted 29th Jun 2023 at 19:17
heliosphan

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Post #5
Joep wrote:
Bilstein B4 with Eibach -30mm springs will get you at OEM height.


Joep, can you expand on this point?

I understand that B4s are essentially a direct replacement for the OE Peugeot shock absorbers.
If Eibach -30mm springs were installed on B4s wouldn't the car sit at -30mm?
If the -30mm springs do indeed keep the car at the standard ride height, is this because the B4s are gas shocks and the Peugeot ones are oil?
Or to put that another way, is it that the true standard (Peugeot) shocks, being oil, will not exert any upward pressure on the car, whereas the replacement gas B4s do exert upwards pressure, by their design. And therefore in order to mitigate the upwards pressure of gas shocks a slightly lower spring is needed to get back to standard ride height?

This might be the reason for my ride height issues, if true.
Posted 1st Aug 2023 at 22:33
Joep

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Post #6
What you explain is exactly what I think is happening. There is another topic where I try to find an explanation why the -30mm springs do not lower the car when used in combination with the B4s. I believe it is because the gas shocks indeed push the car back up, thereby undoing the 30mm drop.

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My car park:
'96 Sigma Blue XSi6
'98 Diablo Red GTi6
'99 Onyx Black S16

All RFS powered!

Plus various other Peugeots
Posted 2nd Aug 2023 at 21:10
heliosphan

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Post #7
I know this isn't my thread but in case anyone finds it in the future; Joep you were dead right. I put Eibach -30mm spings on the B4s over the winder and I've now got the car back on the road for the summer - the ride height at the front is now perfect and matches the (standard) rear. No more monster truck front-end for me...
Posted 18th Apr 2024 at 21:43

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