Lowering your VW Transporter can make a big difference to the look and feel of your van or campervan. But it's important to understand the pros and cons before you do it.
Now, we know what you are thinking. Lowering springs will do the job, right? Well, not necessarily. The best thing you can do for your VW T6 is to find out what will be perfect for you and your van.
Available to purchase from Wildworx:
Every single one of our suspension kits that are available for you to purchase for your VW T6, are TUV Approved. TUV Approved means that a sample of the suspension kit has been taken and tested for safety, and is found to have met all of the minimum requirements of the German Equipment and Product Safety Act. If you are planning on getting your suspension kit fitted here at Wildworx, you will be glad to know that we have a team of fully trained and qualified professionals who are more than ready to get started on the job.
Should I choose Coilovers or Lowering Springs?
Now, we know that for a lot of people this can be a difficult decision.
- Lowering springs are a cheaper and easier way to lower your van and improve its handling.
- Coilovers can lower the van and make it handle much better with more adjustability.
In our opinion, we believe that coilovers are the better choice for lowering your VW T6. Coilovers will allow you to adjust the height of your VW T6 at any time. With lowering springs, your VW T6 will be stuck at one height. You will also find that when driving your VW T6, you will feel more of the road. Some people don’t mind these extra bumps, while for others this is definitely a no go.
Lowering springs can sometimes cause faster wear of both the shocks and struts. If you are someone who is on a tight budget, then opting for lowering springs may be a better choice in the short term, but it's important to consider the impact on your Transporter.
Overall pros and cons:
- Coilovers are adjustable
- Lowering springs stay at one height
- Coilovers can give a smoother drive
- Lowering springs can cause faster wear of shocks and struts
- Lowering springs are much cheaper than Coilovers
What are the advantages of Coilovers for my VW T6?
Coilovers provide a smooth ride by compressing as you drive over changing road conditions, and they expand as road conditions level back out.
There are so many various advantages that coilovers can provide for your VW T6. Whether it is for the look of your van, or ride quality, Coilovers are probably the best choice for lowering for your VW T6. Coilovers can improve the handling of your VW T6. They help your T6 to stick around any corners & reduce body roll if lowered to an appropriate height.
Springs and shocks are matched to reduce any potential wear that may occur on the system. When it comes to the cosmetic side of things, Coilovers will instantly provide your VW T6 with a sport slammed look which will boost the appearance of your VW T6.
- Sporty look for your van
- Better handling
- Reduce body roll
- Stiffer drive which enables you to lower the vehicle
- Easily adjustable
What about the cost?
Cost always plays a key part in Transporter accessories. When it comes to suspension kits, we highly recommend you go for coilovers instead of lowering springs for your VW T6. You will also find that with suspension kits for your VW T6, you will often get what you pay for.
Yes, you may want to save as much money as possible, but this could have a detrimental impact financially in the future. When you go to purchase coilover kits, always try and get premium ones as they will do the job perfectly!
Coilovers for Transporter Range: £400 to £2,000
What mistakes do people make when they lower their T6?
The first mistake that people make is buying cheap coilover kits or lowering springs. You really don't want to do this. Some people may find what they think is a great bargain, install the suspension kit into their VW T6, and then a couple of months later have to spend more money on either repairing or finding a new suspension kit. Don't do it! Just buy the correct kit to start with. It will only cost you more money in the long run.
When you shop for suspension kits, you may not be aware that the shock and spring absorbers can actually be sold separately. This may not seem like a huge issue at first, but it really can be frustrating as the original parts of the system need to match up. This can create more issues when trying to match the parts later on.
Best coilovers for my VW T5 & T6
The Van slam coilovers aren't your usual bland colours, and that’s exactly why we love them! They have been coated with a durable finish for corrosion protection to ensure that they last. And if that's not enough, they also come with a lifetime structural manufacturers warranty. The VanSlam Coilover Kit comes with everything you will need to lower your Volkswagen T5 or T6 Transporter van.
Best budget coilovers for my VW T5
The JOM blueline is one of the best budget coilovers that are available on the market for you to purchase for your VW T5! All cheap JOM blueline coilovers are zinc plated to prevent any corrosion that may potentially occur. So if you are on a tight budget, then the JOM blueline coilovers are for you!
VW T5 T32 coilovers
The Van slam coilover kit allows you to lower your VW van between 40mm and 70mm. They are ideal for allowing your van to sit perfectly
Vanslam coilovers is the perfect coilover kit for your VW T5 or T6 transporters. They are high performance coilover suspension systems engineered by 5Forty, and change the look of your van majorly by offering up to a 70mm drop. They also come with a lifetime structural warranty and are TUV approved. If you want to find out more, you are more than welcome to contact us here at Wildworx Customs using the information we have provided below.
Warranty + Insurance
If your VW T5 T6 Transporter is still under main dealer warranty It's important to understand what Coilovers will do to your VW Warranty. Sometimes modifying your VW Transporter can void your main dealer warranty. Make sure you read up on the terms and conditions of you Volkswagen Van Warranty on the VW website.
You will also need to make sure modifying your VW Van doesn't alter or void your insurance policy. There are some policies that do not allow any aftermarket modifications to the van. Be sure to check directly with your insurer. Some companies are happy for you to modify your vans. We recommend:
- Van Insurance - https://www.vaninsurance.co.uk
Lowering your van and alloy wheels
It's important to take into account what lowering your Transporter will do to your alloy wheel choice. There is a fair bit to take into account here. From payloads to tyre size. Basically you're trying to avoid rubbing on the wheel arch. Check out our guide on VW Transporter Alloys here.
Can I install Coilovers or Lowering Springs myself?
If you are going to install the coilovers yourself, you really need to make sure that you are aware of everything that will be involved throughout the process. This includes things such as what tools or equipment will be needed, how the suspension kit will be fitted, and also how to install the suspension kit correctly. If you do not know any of these things, or are lacking knowledge in specific areas, please do not attempt to fit the suspension kit yourself. You really do not want to be in a position where your safety is compromised, or where you will find yourself spending more money in the future as a result of a fault from the suspension kit. If you know that this is something which applies to you, the best thing you can do is to hire a team of professionals to complete the job for you. Even if it is an extra small fee, it really will be worth it! However, if you are in the position to fit the suspension kit yourself, then totally go for it! Different platforms such as Youtube will be a great way to help you out in any tricky situations.
- A reasonable understanding of car mechanics is a must
- Basic use of tools is important
- Internet connection for Youtube! 😅
What we offer at Wildworx
Here at Wildworx Customs, we offer the Low Pro Adjustable Coilover kit. They offer a lowering range between 40mm and 70mm. These are an affordable upgrade for your Transporter, these adjustable coilovers will give your vehicle a better road stance while helping to reduce body roll.
Whoever has installed your Coilovers or Lowering Springs, you need to make sure you take your VW T6 out on a test run. This could be just down the street, or even to the shop. Wherever it is, we strongly suggest that you do take it on a test run after the installation. This is because it will allow you to see if you have fitted it correctly, and make any issues visible. Watch out for:
- Changes in handling
- Any noises
- Rubbing on tyres or wheel arches
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