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just got the gmax suspension installed.. dropped by 30mm all around.
but i just have some problems which hopefully u can answer!
when take corners at speed, it sounds as if the wheels are rubbin the arches, at the back of the car. but when ig et out, i cant see and wear on the tyres, or have rubber on the arches. i also guessimate that the wheels are too far in the arches to touch them, as i have no spacers on the rear.
another problem is that when i go over the smallest speed bump or pot hole, the rear makes alot of sound, as if the suspension isn't oiled enough. i cant describe the sound, apart from being loud!
but apart fromt this, the suspension is actually really good, the car feels to be going alot faster, where i was doing 90, i'm now doing 95, and i can do roundabouts at 50 instead of 40.. so i'm not gonna complain.
just wondering if i should oil/grease the suspension, or will it wreck it, and should i be experiencing problems with the wheels touching the arches
I like the list of Mods you have on the car so far, if you dont mind me asking but where did you get your suspension kit from? how much did you pay as i have been after a suspension kit for a while but could not one to fit a MK3 Ibiza 'Chill' 1.4 model.
any advice would be wicked.
to get this suspension.. click here (http://www.dcp-shop.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=3838&osCsid=d946daa3bfb28a3dfb40e9b8860ec33e)
its £239.99. lowers by 30mm all around. they will ask for your chassis number, to make sure it fits.
but still, i need to get these problems sorted with it.
The suspension will need time to 'settle' so will drop a little bit more, check the front wheels are not rubbing the arch lining when cornering, also probably worth taking the back wheels off and checking the inside of the wheels are not running on the suspension cup.
well i've now realised tat the front wheels are rubbing on the arches :(. anything i can do about this??
iwas hoping that the other sounds are because the suspension isn't warn in properly yet, but it doesn't seem to be getting any quieter,. if it hasn't gone today, then i'll go to the garage and get it checked.
if hitting the arches then ask for your money back as they didn't fit it right
if hitting the arch liner, jack the car up, remove the wheel & cut out anything that's been rubbed.
cheers, well i'm gonna take it back and ask them about the annoying sounds. they still haven't stopped. :( why cant anything go right for me!!
Originally posted by cus
why cant anything go right for me!!
cos you bought a poor quality kit that was fitted by amateurs?
Originally posted by m0rk
cos you bought a poor quality kit that was fitted by amateurs?
lmao but true ;)
Suspension's next on my list but u've only got to read the reviews to realise that an H&R Cup Kit is the only way to go (unless u want coilovers, in which case KW sound the nuts ;D)
have you got the correct offset of wheel?35-38 is correct i think,no doubt someone(m0rk)will tell me if i'm wrong;)
how do i find the correct offset?
i know the suspension was cheap, but i wasn't expecting these types of problems from them, because of them being cheap, i was expecting them to only suffer from poorer ride and handling that cant compete with koni and other manufacturers. i will probably upgrade the suspension, but i'd rather stick with these and just get the problems sorted
if you really are catching the archs then it's a) too soft b) setup wrong
you've not answered the question I asked about what it's hitting
cheapness is irrelevant - it's to do with quality.
well i dont know what its hitting. i've checked the tyres, and cant see signs of wear. and checked the inside of the arches, and cant see anything unusual :(. i'll go to a different garage this time and see what they think is happening.
Perhaps it's hitting the spring or the spring holder on the shock absorber.
I drove a Golf VR6 with a Jamex (which was what gmax were called back then and still are on the continent) and it drove badly over imperfect roads, a lot of oscillation of the springs and crashed badly over pot holes. New rear bump stops may help your problem or if you can see that the arches are not going to rub try 5mm spacers on the back to clear the suspension components and your wheels if that's the problem. What offset do your wheels have?
G-max formaly jamex is notorisly shite.
think that answers all your woe's I think:(
ah well, nevermind. i'll make do with these woes for now, unless its damaging my car. i have the original suspension if i want to refit it. thanks for the help though
if its reltively new, id ask for my money back
Just had a customer ring up who has bought an Ibiza Cupra R with a gmax set of springs installed.
He says it's slammed at the front, one finger tyre/arch and he reckons he can get his fist between the back tyre and arch!!??
He took it to a track day this weekend and it handled like s**t!!
Anyone had/seen this before??
G-Max.... reputation preceeds it..
Better off with a SEAT Sport kit... refined, engineered and quality.
i had g-max on my mk2 ibiza. it was the biggest pile of cack i have ever seen. when it was on the car the suspension was RAISED about 60mm at front and slammed about 80mm at the rear. a truly appaling piece of kit. it looked like a space ship ready to launch.
Cant believe g-max is that bad, whats an alternative complete suspension set up for the 1.4 MK3 Ibiza thats not too expensive??? and where can obtain a kit.
Any help would be great!!
Nobody buys something which is cheap and expects it to be as goo in all respects as something which costs more. If you want bargain basement then there are uspension kits out there that will fit that niche: Raceland, Apex, Jamex, Gmax. Plenty other off the shelf kits tho eg Bilstein, Koni, H&R, KW which for obvious reasons cost that bit more.
whats a good kit and i know u get what u pay for, do what do u suggest as a good kit for lowering a MK3 Ibiza 1.4 'Chill' model and what sort of price can i expect to pay???
i have recently installed a full gmax suspension kit on my car, the kit would lower my car by 40mm, and i had the kit fitted, it only lowered by around 25-30mm, but the people who installed said that it would lower another 20-25mm after the kit settles in??? is this correct? did they just not install it properly, as my brother had a different kit installed on his car and it dropped the full 40mm as soon as they were fitted?
has anyone had the same issues as me?
any help would be greatly appreciated
it does take about a month to settle, to get its correct ride height. i know that i started this thread years ago, but now i have a cupra with good coilovers installed.
listen to what everyone is saying, and go for a better quality kit. it was nothing but trouble on my old car.
a friend of mine had gmax on his old car an the back hardly dropped an the front was on its arse!
are eibach any good ive heard there spring kits are ment to be really good?
yeah! i've heard they are quite good
the gmax kit on my old car did drop it alot, and it handled quite nicely. but squeaked loads, and just seemed to be terrible!