JOM Coilovers fitted and ran in
Well I went against the grain a few months ago and took gamble after driving a mates golf on the same coilovers. Never was a fan of the cheap coilovers when I first had some on my old mk3 golf a few years back. But the ever increasing good reviews made me have another shot
So I got the coilovers, they cost me £200, first impresions was the zinc finish looked crap and the build quilty was visualy poor looking. Any way they seemed to be well put together despite the poor look and and the dampers and piston rods etc all seem very stong. The only thing i was put off was the metal the rear adjusters and the perchs seemed to be very soft metal.
So i went ahead and fitted them, first impressions they were fairly stiff but not neck breaking stiff, handling was also improved and and they was not crashy so i was impressed.
After a few weeks of running in they got alot softer and almost stock like ride, i was a little disapointed. Anyhow they were set pretty high and etc, but i left them for while longer, eventually the height settled down once it did they began to feel alot better.
So yesterday I decided they was ran enough for me set my stance and rid of the wheel gap. Once the car was up on stands and the wheels were off the coilovers looked to still be pretty good condition. They have done approx 2000 miles, about 500 of that was motorway the rest is spent pot hole ridden b roads. No sign of rust yet and the perchs hadnt even remotely seized and they have not even been greased, and no leaks etc.
They was lowered alot more, once back on and settled I was happy the stiffness of ride increased massivly, but they still managed handle the poor roads without being a horrid ride, and imo the ride is far better than stock and the lower they go the better the rides seems to be:wacko:. Handling again seems to be far better the front end seems have a little less understeer, and body roll has been greatly reduced too and also feedback from the road seems alot better. My only complaint is the rear has too much - camber and seems to get a little skitish and also visualy it looks like the rear wheels are toeing in a bit.
So i went to see friend to get second opinion and he was amazed by the feel and commeted on how nice the ride was from a £200 set of coilovers. Also we compared to friends 05 leom TDI on eibachs, they felt much better no where near as crashy and alot less harsh but somehow alot stiffer.
So overall I am mega impressed, and the setup on the dampers is almost perfectly set to how i would want it. The ride is better and the handling is so much better and makes the drive million miles more fun.
So there is my opinion, £200 well spent on coilovers that suit me to a T without breaking the bank. They come with a 2 year warrenty and TUV certficate, i would happily recomend these to anyone who is looking for a entry level set of coilovers. I will also keep my thread updated if I have any issues etc and will also get the car up and inspect in another few thousand miles to see how they are coping. So there are definatly now no excuses for huge amounts of wheel gap.
Pictures to follow shortly.