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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I am extremely happy with the 2wd gw lift springs/ bilstien hd's/ addco sway bar setup in my carat. Not the weight of a Westy tho.


Agreed.
I have had that setup on a Carat vs. Westy and the two rides are very different.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stock Westy springs on 2WD GL Vanagon. Fully laiden weight on front shocks=0 coils touching. Confused

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Here are the new GW 2wd lift springs on an 87 Westy

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You have the 2wd springs which are wound a bit differently than the Syncro springs.

Also, I may be wrong but it looks like you might want to have your front springs checked, it doesn't look like its sitting properly.

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Shocked Shocked Shocked

Is it that bad?


Hey Dave. Sorry, I didn't mean to worry you about this. Though I was pretty shocked to see the way that they were sitting in your van when I saw them yesterday. Being that your van is bone stock with nothing but the factory interior I would definitely recommend that you email Gowesty and see if you can get a replacement or something Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Waiting on an answer from GW. I wonder if the compression would change with the front springs installed?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Waiting on an answer from GW. I wonder if the compression would change with the front springs installed?


It shouldn't, the new springs up front won't change the weight of anything.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great cost, made in the U.S.....and they work! ..no brainer.I'll run em.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so looking at photodaves photo, whats the point of installing springs that have the first four coils compressed other than ride height? looks like a spring not matched to a vehicle in my eye.....I agree with: Shocked Shocked Shocked

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, in effect it would appear to be the same as having a shorter spring installed with a 1 1/2" or so spacer.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My ears were burning!
Here's some pics of the rear springs installed. Any feedback is appreciated.

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Mine look exactly the same, I assumed this was normal and the spring decompressed the ones that touch during travel...rides and feels normal Confused
I guess we wait for a response. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bosruten wrote:
photogdave wrote:
My ears were burning!
Here's some pics of the rear springs installed. Any feedback is appreciated.

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Mine look exactly the same, I assumed this was normal and the spring decompressed the ones that touch during travel...rides and feels normal Confused
I guess we wait for a response. Smile


That makes me feel better! Did you upgrade your shocks, CVs or anything?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone have pics of em on a NON westy?

We are talking about these http://www.gowesty.com/ec_view_details.php?id=23482&category_id=&category_parent_id= springs. Right?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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60 Day Satisfaction Guarantee: We are confident that you will love these springs. If you do not love the way they feel, you are free to return them anytime within the first 60 days for a 100% refund. Shipping & installation labor excluded.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That makes me feel better! Did you upgrade your shocks, CVs or anything?


I installed OME's, rebuilt and clocked the CV's. I added 18mm spacers for looks?...I suppose. It is a Weekender with a Zetec. I can't see 50lb's having much effect. I have approx. 1500Km's on this set up.
Have you driven the van?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I installed OME's, rebuilt and clocked the CV's. I added 18mm spacers for looks?...I suppose. It is a Weekender with a Zetec. I can't see 50lb's having much effect. I have approx. 1500Km's on this set up.
Have you driven the van?


I've only driven about 60 km because I haven't put in the front springs and done the alignment. I wasn't worried until I saw some of the reactions in this thread! So far it seems to ride fine.
How do you like the OME shocks?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone on here tried both the old vs the new Gowesty springs?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well GW says this is exactly how they are supposed to look and since they designed them I will accept that and give them a go.
They also say the stock Boge shocks should work well and won't be as stiff as OME. Anyone running lift springs with stock shocks?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yea.. somethin bout that.. aint lookin so right.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would understand if the "coil bind" (coils touching) were to happen when the spring is being compressed under load or going over a bump increasing the spring rate as explained by GoWesty but I don't see the advantage of starting off with bound coils in a syncro that is not even in motion, no extra weight, stock engine and not even loaded up for camping! what is the advantage of that? Just curious.
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