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General Information

Year
-2016
Make
-Volkswagen
Model
-Touareg
Color
-Black
Packages
-W/ Tech
History
-My second VW and couldn’t be any happier
Building a nice VW to explore and camp in

Modifications

Drivetrain
-If I win the lottery, I’m going biturbo
Exterior
-Yakima Lock N Load Platform
-Weathertech window deflectors and sunshade full vehicle kit
- Wilco Off-road high clearance spare tire carrier
Lighting
-Upgraded fog lights and light pod for the hood coming soon
Exhaust
-Muffler delete
Suspension
-Forge Motorsport lift kit installed
Wheel and Tire
-BFGoodridge A/T KO2 275/65 R18 on 18x8 OEM

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How's the forge motorsport lift kit? I have a black tdi as well and looking to build it up a bit. Has the handling change? MPGs? Any rubbing?
 

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How's the forge motorsport lift kit? I have a black tdi as well and looking to build it up a bit. Has the handling change? MPGs? Any rubbing?
What’s up rubybear, congrats on the Touareg, I wish I had a TDI. Soooooo let’s begin lol I absolutely love the lift kit, but’s it’s more of a lvl kit since it kinda raises the front more to minimize the factory rake or stance(in my opinion). I was about to buy a lift kit off eBay(China) but i heard about forge making a kit and had to buy American cuz Merica! The built quality of the kit felt pretty good, some polyurethane composite I’m guessing but only time will show how long it will hold up. I was disappointed that the kit doesn’t include instructions and when my mechanic and I called forge for some help they said the reasons for not including instructions was because of liability issues, which I think is total BS, but they were quick to respond with useful information. Side note when I called forge I talked to a head manager and didn’t like the way he talk down to his mechanic(the gifted person who designed and installed this kit). Also I believe on their website it’s states the front strut assembly doesn’t have to be disassembled for installation but that is incorrect FYI. The installation wasn’t easy, and not having instructions doesn’t help. The rear strut assembly are definitely harder to install than the front and the the battery for the car is located under the driver seat, like wtf VW lol. You definitely need to be careful and torque everything down to spec and mark every bolt, washer, and nut to show it’s original orientation to minimize the negative impact it will have on your alignment. An alignment is required after installation! For Handling its really subjective, yes the center of gravity is higher and the rear spring rate is altered but to be honest I really can’t tell a difference in handling from its stock form besides taking corners a little slower. For MPG it ain’t great, I’m kinda lazy and scared to find out what’s my actual mpg but I feel like the taller tire i installed had the most impact on mpg. For rubbing I was actually slightly rubbing/tapping on plastic without the lift only in reverse at full crank for some reason( thanks to tdimark69 for pointing this out)but I “heard” it might be a different story for tdi since I “heard” they have a vent going into the wheel well but don’t quote me. After lifting it though, no rubbing at all. My overall thoughts about the lift/ leveling kit is that there’s definitely some cons 1)“might”wear down some suspension components faster eg: bearings and rear shocks 2) mpg 3) cornering speed but for me the pros 1) overall look 2) ground clearance 3) Meeting VW fans at gas stations lol easily outweigh the cons but at the end you just have to do what makes happy, even though your wife says cars are stupid.
 

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What’s up rubybear, congrats on the Touareg, I wish I had a TDI. Soooooo let’s begin lol I absolutely love the lift kit, but’s it’s more of a lvl kit since it kinda raises the front more to minimize the factory rake or stance(in my opinion). I was about to buy a lift kit off eBay(China) but i heard about forge making a kit and had to buy American cuz Merica! The built quality of the kit felt pretty good, some polyurethane composite I’m guessing but only time will show how long it will hold up. I was disappointed that the kit doesn’t include instructions and when my mechanic and I called forge for some help they said the reasons for not including instructions was because of liability issues, which I think is total BS, but they were quick to respond with useful information. Side note when I called forge I talked to a head manager and didn’t like the way he talk down to his mechanic(the gifted person who designed and installed this kit). Also I believe on their website it’s states the front strut assembly doesn’t have to be disassembled for installation but that is incorrect FYI. The installation wasn’t easy, and not having instructions doesn’t help. The rear strut assembly are definitely harder to install than the front and the the battery for the car is located under the driver seat, like wtf VW lol. You definitely need to be careful and torque everything down to spec and mark every bolt, washer, and nut to show it’s original orientation to minimize the negative impact it will have on your alignment. An alignment is required after installation! For Handling its really subjective, yes the center of gravity is higher and the rear spring rate is altered but to be honest I really can’t tell a difference in handling from its stock form besides taking corners a little slower. For MPG it ain’t great, I’m kinda lazy and scared to find out what’s my actual mpg but I feel like the taller tire i installed had the most impact on mpg. For rubbing I was actually slightly rubbing/tapping on plastic without the lift only in reverse at full crank for some reason( thanks to tdimark69 for pointing this out)but I “heard” it might be a different story for tdi since I “heard” they have a vent going into the wheel well but don’t quote me. After lifting it though, no rubbing at all. My overall thoughts about the lift/ leveling kit is that there’s definitely some cons 1)“might”wear down some suspension components faster eg: bearings and rear shocks 2) mpg 3) cornering speed but for me the pros 1) overall look 2) ground clearance 3) Meeting VW fans at gas stations lol easily outweigh the cons but at the end you just have to do what makes happy, even though your wife says cars are stupid.
Well I ****ing love the build! It's definitely where I want to take mine. I picked up some cayenne 18s that have a different off set so I'm hoping to clear some falken 265/65/18 and then I'll think about lifting it or not. $300 for 4 pieces of plastic is kind of nuts! Have you thought about any under body protection?
 

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Well I ****ing love the build! It's definitely where I want to take mine. I picked up some cayenne 18s that have a different off set so I'm hoping to clear some falken 265/65/18 and then I'll think about lifting it or not. $300 for 4 pieces of plastic is kind of nuts! Have you thought about any under body protection?
Thank you, cayenne wheel will look nice on the Touareg. Just saw someone putting G wagon wheels on a Touareg that got me excited. Yeah $300 is pricey but it’s a budget entry lift, just like lowering springs for a car. Yes! I have thought about skid plates ;) From just looking under the Touareg it’s doesn’t look like a hard job to fab up some pieces because nothing hangs lower then the body like a truck would. I would just get longer bolts( adding the thickness of the skid plate to the length of the bolts) for every bolt used to hold up the thin OEM plastic cover. Then use the plastic covers to outline cuts for the skid plate and just mount it to the existing holes. Hopefully it can hold the weights of the skid plate, but I would also talk to my mechanic and get his input on airflow, making sure nothing overheats. This is just my idea on how I would start the project so don’t sue me lol. I wish I could start this project but it’s on my list

  1. tow hitch spare tire carrier
  2. Forge Motorsport hood pod or led bar on rack( whatever’s easier to wire)
  3. Sidestep/rock slider and skid plate
 
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