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Coil-over suspension question: What is the normal length

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..of a strut insert used in a modified strut housing of a 2002 with a coil-over suspension. When I purchased my '73 2002 that has coil-overs, I was given brand new Bilstein inserts so that I could replace the worn out inserts that the prev. owner was unable to remove from the housings. I removed the old inserts and they're longer than the new Bilsteins. I'm wondering if I should make a spacer for the bottom of the strut housing, or look for another strut insert that is longer. Sorry, I don't have a part no. of the new Bilstein inserts. I appreciate any help. - Larry

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A trick with 2002 race coil-overs is to shorten the strut and use a shorter VW Rabbit insert. This is what I have on my car. It also requires to cut two pipes and use them as spacers.

Those short VW inserts have the benefit of having a shorter upper stem, where the upper nut bolts.

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The specs for the P30-0025 Bilstein for a 2002 is:

Body: 446mm or 17.6"

Extended length: 641mm or 25.2"

Compressed length: 501mm or 19.7"

The 'conventional' insert for the short strut coilovers is the Rabbit/Golf (P30-0032), as Lee advised, and is shorter:

Body: 318mm or 12.5" (needs a 3" or so spacer with a 2" chop)

Extended length: 500mm or 19.7"

Compressed length: 384mm or 15.1"

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