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If you lower your car on standard shocks, it won't handle much better than standard, and your shocks will wear out very quickly. You can lower 40mm on standard shocks but they wont last very long, any lower will wear them out silly quick.

Can people verify this? All without arch work

MK4 - (All assumed to be 7/7.5" wide)

17s - Gonna scrub at 40mm down, and hit the innerwing on full lock.

16s - OK to 60mm down with 195/40 tyres, with any bigger will scrub.

15s - OK till 80mm + down on 195/45s (depending on offset)

13x6s - et 13 didnt scrub at 60mm down on 175/50s

16x7.5 - et35 lowered 60mm on 195/45s scrubbed and needed arch work (or smaller tyres)

MK2 and 3 coupes (assuming they will be the same, and 6/7" widths and normal offsets)

15s - 40mm down will scrub

14s - OK to 70mm I've heard on 195/45s

13x7 et -7 front 13x8 et6 rear lowered 60/40 on 175/50s no scrubbage

Obviously alot depends on offset, and how hard the suspension is....

Can everyone add to this with what suspension they are running, and offsets if the arches have been rolled etc? And for Mk1's, Mk2n3 squarebacks. Mk5 must be the same as a Mk4?

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13x5.5 ET19 -70mm 165/55/13 mk1 ('81) Derby. Doesn't scrub on the arches but if you hit a small pot hole it will bash the fuck out of the arches.

13x4.5 ET45 -70mm standard tyre size (forget the numbers) doesn't scub, not on full lock and not on speed bumps or anything.

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L5NTN

mines on 7x17s with a 50mm drop and after removin mud flaps it doesnt rub at all,if you are drivin it very hard u get a tiny bit on the inner arch but nowt to loose sleep over,et 40 by the way

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Guest mk3match

mk3 coupe standard suspension rubs on top and inside edge of arch with 195/50/15s :D

lowered 25mm on g40 springs with 185/60/14s is fine though. ;)

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Philj

Can add another one. 13x7 et-7 with 175 50s front, and 13x8 et 6 with 195 45s back, lowered 60/40 on an HnR kit, doesnt scrub at all, not even at 30mph speed bump.

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Guest polomanic
mk3 coupe standard suspension rubs on top and inside edge of arch with 195/50/15s :D

Are you sure aboot that? i swear thats what i've got and its not rubbed at all.

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Guest mk3match

absolutely i had to take them off cuz they were unsafe they were on for 6 weeks and the tyres needed replacing from new.

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Toopay_MkIII_GT

"lowered 25mm on g40 springs with 185/60/14s is fine though"

really? because my gt is on standerd supension with 185/60/14 VW Alloys and they scrub like a bitch! ys that then?

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schneil

doesn't it depend on how hard you are suspension is. Standard mk3 polo suspension is waaay soft

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Guest polomanic

I'm really confused now, i have bought my 40mm drop kit and by the sounds of it i have wasted my money if i cant put it on the car now...I think thats what I'm running at the min 195.50.15 will i be able to lower it?

o and i got this as well, i dont know what this means either lol 4x100 ET38

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Rolo

i had a set of scalla wheel's with 185-55's on and lowered about 60mm,

that never rubed at all. ;)

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DaveG40

Mk3 Slammed on Coilovers Pulls your arches down which aint good....

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Jake-GT

mk3, 13x7 et3 all round. -70mm on spax adjustable damping kit. Arch lips bashed back and sealed. Backs rub occasionally, not sure about fronts but theres about 2cm's clearance. Also, hits the floor very regularly, but I think thats mostly because of my terrible hanging exhaust :lol:

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Guest bigpoloben
195 50 15s will scrub for def on 40mm.

i had trouble with this tyre size at standard height on a mk3

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Guest polomanic

lol i guess mines...urm speacial.

I'm gonna have to get some smaller wheels me thinks....i want to have my cars arse scraping on the ground :p

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mk3rob

i had trouble with 195/50/15s on my mk3 gt and it scrubbed like hell then swapped to 195/45s and it doesnt scrub unless I'm fully loaded (4 people) i was talking to a guy and the manc meet on sunday and he was saying he got different bump stops he was running 15" ats cups on 195/45's on a g40 and it sorted his problems

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Djsimmy

mk5 with 15 x 6.5 80mm down will scrub on bumps when wheels arnt straight

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Polo-junkie

just wondering does anyone know if lowering down a mk2 polo estate on 40mm lowering springs , will there need to be arch work done to get on 7x13 ats classic alloys

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GiorgioGT

185/50s on 14" wheels. Lowered 40mm will I get any scrubbing?

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MK2 and 3 coupes (assuming they will be the same, and 6/7" widths and normal offsets)

15s - 40mm down will scrub

14s - OK to 70mm I've heard on 195/45s

13x7 et -7 front 13x8 et6 rear lowered 60/40 on 175/50s no scrubbage

gettin a bit mixed up with myself,..but if its ok to go -70mm on 14's then I'm assuming it will be fine to go a -60mm drop all round on std 13" steelies,..can anyone just confirm this please :?

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Mariojoshi

provided you have a low profile tyre, yes, that should be ok.

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GiorgioGT
185/50s on 14" wheels. Lowered 40mm will I get any scrubbing?

anybody :?:?

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Philj

All depends on offset and width...

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