1) BLAU™ Sport Vw strut and shock absorber kits are easier to install because they include the necessary related components (i.e. mounts, stops, boots) and assembly hardware that is commonly needed for successful strut and shock replacement.
2) BLAU™ Sport Vw strut and shock absorber valving is designed specifically for each individual vehicle application.
3) BLAU™ Sport Vw strut and shock absorbers feature both Japanese mono tube and twin tube designs. These designs allow for a free floating shock shaft piston with chambers inside the shock separating the oil from a high-pressure gas charge. You can expect reduced body roll when cornering and excellent dampening characteristics while you conquer demanding road conditions.
4) BLAU™ Sport Vw strut and shock absorbers are filled with Nitrogen gas, delivering superior performance. Nitrogen gas lessens aeration of the shock's dampening fluid. This maintains continuous shock dampening performance, reducing shock fade, resulting in less tire wear and longer suspension component life.
5) Unlike other popular name brand struts and shocks, BLAU™ Sport Vw struts and shock absorbers are filled with a long life, multi viscosity oil containing Mos2 moly lubricant. Mos2 helps resist fluid breakdown and maintains year round shock fluid performance under all weather driving conditions. Mos2 greatly reduces wear on all internal shock components extending the shock life for years of great shock performance.
6) Advanced internal self-lubricating shock components from Japan result in less shock shaft friction combined with a Fluon banded shock shaft piston, increasing shock life and improving dampening sensitivity.
7) BLAU™ Sport Vw struts and shocks meet/exceed the quality of original equipment. We're so confident of the superior quality over any other brand that we offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty on them.
Get the job done right when using BLAU™ Sport's Vw strut shock kits. Our kits include all the necessary shock or strut mounts, bump stops, dust boots, and shock related hardware (varies depending on application) to ease installation. You won't have to run to the hardware store when you strip that seized bolt during old shock removal. When replacing all critical components you can be assured of that new car feel again! BLAU™ Sport Vw shocks and struts meet / exceed the quality construction of Vw Bilstein shocks (Touring Class Brand), KYB GR2 shocks, and Boge shocks. With decades of specialized Vw experience we understand how important the Vw driving experience is. Be assured that BLAU™ Sport shocks make it better! "Feel The Road" with BLAU™ Sport Vw struts and shocks.
Kit Includes: (Depending On Application)
VW Strut Shock Absorber Kits Include:
The following links will take you straight to the Product Detail page with kit specifics and kit prices.Vw Jetta Models
Vw Jetta Strut Shock Absorber Kit - Mark III
Vw Jetta VR6 Strut Shock Absorber Kit - Mark III
Vw Jetta Strut Shock Absorber Kit - Mark IV
Vw Jetta VR6 Strut Shock Absorber Kit - Mark IV
4WD = All Wheel Drive 4Motion Models
2WD = Front Wheel Drive Models
Vw Golf Models
Vw Golf Strut Shock Absorber Kit - Mark III
Vw Golf VR6 Strut Shock Absorber Kit - Mark III
Vw Golf Strut Shock Absorber Kit - Mark IVl
Vw Golf VR6 Strut Shock Absorber Kit - Mark IV
Vw Beetle Models
Vw Beetle Strut Shock Absorber KitVw Passat Models
Vw Passat Strut Shock Absorber Kit - 2WD Sedan
Vw Passat Strut Shock Absorber Kit - 2WD Wagon
Vw Passat Shock Absorber Kit - Sedan 4Motion
Vw Passat Shock Absorber Kit - Sedan 4Motion Enhanced
Vw Passat Shock Absorber Kit - Wagon 4Motion
Vw Passat Shock Absorber Kit - Wagon 4Motion Enhanced
Starting in 1999 it became more common for Vw vehicles to be offered from the factory with two suspension options. 'Comfort' suspension systems (stock ride height), or 'Sport' suspension system (lowered ride height). (1) Vehicles with 'Comfort' suspension have a stock or normal looking ride height, and are equipped with shock absorbers that are valved to yield a softer ride quality similar to an American luxury car. (2) Vehicles with 'Sport' suspension from the FACTORY, have shorter springs that results in a slightly lowered vehicle stance of approximately 1” along with shock absorbers that have been valved to yield a slightly firmer ride.
BLAU™ Sport Vw strut shock absorber kits are designed to replace worn out struts and shocks on Vw vehicles with either a 'Comfort' suspension system having a stock ride height or a FACTORY equipped 'Sport' suspension system which has lowered the vehicle approximately 1”.
PLEASE NOTE: BLAU™ Sport struts and shocks are NOT intended or designed to be used on vehicles equipped with AFTERMARKET lowering sport springs (i.e. H&R, Eibach or others). These spring kits tend to lower the vehicle more than 1” which make them dimensionally not compatible with BLAU™ Sport struts and shocks.
You will appreciate that BLAU™ Sport Vw struts and shocks have been engineered to provide slightly firmer ride characteristics than that of the stock original equipment 'Comfort' setup and similar ride and feel to that of factory 'Sport' suspension.
VW Models Known To Have Factory 'Sport' Suspension Options:
• Vw Jetta GLI w/ VR6 Engine and 1.8L Turbo
• Vw Jetta GLX w/ VR6 Engine and 1.8L Turbo
• Vw Golf GTI w/ VR6 Engine and 1.8L Turbo and Suspension Codes PR-G76, PR-G81
• Vw Passat w/ Suspension Code PR-1BE
Is it time for new Vw shocks or struts?
According to a 2009 AASHTO summary report, only 1/2 of US major roads are said to be in good condition with more than 60% of roads in major cities in poor condition. This translates into an estimated $335 in vehicle maintenance and operation costs each year and up to $746 in major cities.
Bad road conditions may be out of our control, but you can be more prepared for them by replacing your worn out Vw shocks or struts. The importance of new shocks or struts goes beyond mere comfort. Worn shocks or struts can affect steering, tire wear and your Vw's responsiveness. New Vw shocks and struts along with related suspension components (i.e. ball joints etc.) can improve your vehicle's ability to maintain traction, help it respond to quick turns, and emergency stops. If you notice bald patches on your tires, excessive shock oil seepage, vehicle pulling, a spongy feel and slow recovery time after driving over large bumps, or sharp knocks such as when going over railroad tracks, it may be time to purchase one of BLAU™ Sport's Vw Shock Strut Kits.
Do I Really Need To Replace My Audi or Vw Shock or Strut Mounts, Stops, and Boots?
The importance of servicing your Vw suspension the correct way can not be overstated! In this economy many are trying to save wherever possible. However, think carefully before cutting corners in this department. When replacing Vw shocks and struts in our own service facility, we've seen that other suspension parts (i.e. Vw shock mounts, stops, boots, and hardware) show significant signs of wear or have already begun to deteriorate and are not reusable. Many customers who've replaced only their Vw shocks or struts, have found that they're still experiencing similar suspension problems as well as random front end suspension noises. This may be because other worn shock or strut related components can simulate the same symptoms as bad shocks (see below section regarding the complexity of diagnosing Vw Passat Audi A4 A6 A8 suspension system noises). Why go through the significant labor to replace the Vw shocks or struts only to realize a failure in one or more of the related items, consequently needing to redo your suspension job again? Many wish they would have spent the extra money up front than face this labor intensive job again. Consider the following:
Vw Bump Stops and Dust Boots (Depending on Model). Many times when a shock or strut begins to go bad the seals begin to seep oil. This oil leaks onto the bump stop and begins to eat away at the rubber foam material, affecting its density and ability to perform its job properly. If the bump stop isn't replaced, your new shocks have the chance of bottoming out, causing internal shock damage and premature failure. Replacing the stops helps protect new shocks from bottoming out when hitting potholes and rough roads. Leaking shock oil can also get onto the dust boots. Over time this eats way at and weakens the rubber causing it to deteriorate and eventually rip. Ripped dust boots allow road grime and dirt to contaminate the shock causing scarring of the shock shaft and seals resulting in premature shock failure. Replacing the boots protects new shocks (shock shaft and seal) from dirt and dust ensuring that they last a long time.
Vw Shock or Strut Mounts. Nearly all Vw models that we've had in our facility for shock or strut replacement needed new mounts. These Vw shock mounts are made of a rubber material and with age collapse and deteriorate. This is especially noticeable in the front of the car since it supports the engine and endures the brunt of road impact. Worn shock strut mounts often cause a noticeable clunking noise when going over bumps (see below section regarding the complexity of diagnosing Vw Passat Audi A4 A6 A8 suspension system noises). There may also be noticeable play at the top of the spring perch while the suspension is loaded (not un-sprung).
Vw Passat Audi A4 A6 A8 models have one of the most complicated front suspension systems on the road today!
We often get calls from customers who are still experiencing noise after replacing their shocks and related components. This is because control arm and shock related noises can be very similar. It is a difficult task to diagnose front end problems; even for the most experienced mechanics that work on these special suspension systems. Only automotive technicians that are familiar with the complexity of your specific Vw front suspension should trouble shoot and repair it. Equipped with 8 control arms (each with ball joints), 2 tie rod assemblies (each with inner and outer joints), and 2 sway bar links; the front suspension has a combined 24 moving hemi / ball joints and bushings that make your front Vw Passat Audi A4 A6 A8 unique in complexity. This also makes your Vw expensive to maintain. Stay tuned for a more detailed page regarding the common front end noises that can be associated with control arms.
From 1978-1995 all Audi models front suspensions were equipped using a strut assembly design. Starting in 1996 with the introduction of the A4 and 1998 with the Vw Passat, they began using a very complex 8 piece control arm front suspension design utilizing just a shock absorber for dampening. This complex 8 piece control arm and shock absorber design is still being used on the larger platform Audi A4, A6, A8 models. Vw discontinued the complex 8 piece control arm design and shock absorber in 2005. With the exception of the Vw Phaeton and Toureg models which still use shock absorbers all other Vw models, Jetta, Golf, Rabbit, EOS and Beetle utilize strut assemblies. The popular Audi A3 models uses a strut system.