Which Suspension Kit To Enter My Underground Garage ?

Discussion in 'Suspension Steering Brakes' started by P0L0, 14 Jun 2018.

  1. P0L0

    P0L0 New Member

    Hello guys !

    I write you from France, because You guys seems to be professionals about lowering Vw T5/T6 :laugh:
    I'm driving a 2016 Caddy Maxi up to December, then I'll get a T6 Van. This is my fifth Caddy and I really like it.

    But I'm a dad since previous month, and I need a third seat :p So I'm looking for a suspension kit for it.

    I have a funky :cool: underground garage for my car, and I need to go there with my van everyday.


    The Caddy can go down with no problem :


    So I ask my Vw dealer to lend me a t6 to try if it can go down to the garage.
    They give me a TDi204 DSG: Wow :eek:


    But the roof Touched the gantry in the middle of the van...

    So I had a look on the web to find something... AirRide, Coilovers,...

    I think that putting lowering springs on original shock absorbers is not a good idea, what do you think ?

    I saw airRide system, but:
    1. Can I drive in lowest position ?
    2. Can it support lots of manipulation (normal height, low, normal) I have to go twice a day
    And coilovers. Different prices, probably for different qualities.....5.40 VanSlam / Bilstein B14 / Kw v2/v3. Which one...

    I need something resistant because I drive 35.000 miles a year, and I keep my vans 3 years. So It has to be good for ~100.000 miles.
    I need to be under 1m90 (75in)

    Thanks a lot guys !!
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  2. DaveyB

    DaveyB Senior Member Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

    Bilstein B14’s will drop you to 1.85m easily, possibly even a bit lower.
    Airride will drop you lower still, but upto 5 times more expensive.
    PM someone like @Leeroy33 or @Keaney both of whom are running air. They will be able to advise on whether you can drive and manipulate steering in the lowest setting.

    Like the underground garage - that is proper Batman!
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  3. P0L0

    P0L0 New Member

    1m85 would be peeeeeeerfect :inlove::inlove::inlove::inlove:
    Is there any difference If I put 18" wheels instead of basic metal 16 wheels (for the height)

    Air ride: ok, I forget !!

    Thanks for the garage !!
    I saw a picture on facebook, and I managed to do the same, on likely :rofl:

  4. DaveBos

    DaveBos Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    Nice garage @P0L0 :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    18" alloys shouldn't make a difference, overall diameter of wheel with the tyre should be very similar with the right tyre size.
  5. DaveyB

    DaveyB Senior Member Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

    I run 18’s and B14’s, so you’ll have no problems.
    As comment above, your overall rolling circumference on the 18” wheels will be exactly the same as 16’s, as the sidewalls have less depth.

    Right, now let’s talk about that garage;
    1. Underground = uber cool
    2. An M3
    3. A GT3 as well !!!!
    Go on be gone, you’ve already overstayed your welcome, nobody likes a poser. :rofl:

    (obviously i’m jealous;))
  6. Tourershine

    Tourershine Senior Citizen VIP Member T6 Legend

    I think he meant he'd seen the above picture of that garage colour and style on FB and copied it, (as in the GT3 in the garage is a pic off FB)
    Last edited: 14 Jun 2018
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  7. DaveBos

    DaveBos Senior Member VIP Member T6 Legend

    I concur @Tourershine , wish people would take the time to read the posts and not skim read them :whistle::whistle::whistle:
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  8. P0L0

    P0L0 New Member

    Unfortunately, Tourershine is right, the GT3 is not mine :sick:, just the M3 :D

    I saw it on S.Heiligenstein's FB page:
    S.Heiligenstein Photographie

    Wow Cool !

    Would it be possible for you to measure the height
    Are your B14 set to the lowest position ?

    Thanks a lot
  9. DaveyB

    DaveyB Senior Member Moderator VIP Member T6 Legend

    It all depends on how you read the statement!
    “I saw a picture on Facebook and managed to do the same”.
    There is no inference that the garage in the picture is the one that his was copied from. It does not say “here is a picture from Facebook that I copied mine from”.
    So there. I did read it properly, I just drew a different conclusion from what the words said.
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  10. P0L0

    P0L0 New Member

    I sincerely apologize if my English is not perfect, I do not want to create tensions between the members of this forum :confused:
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  11. Mooncat

    Mooncat The Members VIP Member T6 Guru

    You could always wait until no-one is looking, unbolt the gantry and move it a metre closer to the garage door! You have measured everything beyond the gantry to confirm there is nothing lower haven't you? It also looks very tight down there so you might need to get out through the van's rear doors too.
  12. LpeppsT6

    LpeppsT6 Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    I’ve just had accuair cvt fitted and goes down low normal ride height is 1.85 and 1.75 aired out but can only drive in straight line aired out(low)


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  13. Ads_Essex

    Ads_Essex Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    Looks great. What did that set you back @LpeppsT6?
  14. LpeppsT6

    LpeppsT6 Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    The accuair cvt was just under £5k then had H&R anti roll bars and adjustable bushes and fitting so around £7k ouch
  15. Ads_Essex

    Ads_Essex Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    Ouch indeed
    andys likes this.
  16. Salty Spuds

    Salty Spuds Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    VB Airsuspension VW approved
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