My Tiguan is driving hard and bumpy

bandit287

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Hello there,
i am an owner of a 2011 Tiguan 4Motion 2.0 TDI 170PS .

Ever since i bought it, it drives really hard and bumpy (i feel every bump) and my wife and kid complain from the back seats that its like a boat. On a few occasions, where i drove on a road with challenging turns, they almost threw up. I have checked with my mechanic about the shock-absorbers on the 4 wheels and it turned out the front 2 were changed with Sachs and the rear ones where not. I have no DCC in my car.
Any advice, or someone with similar problem ?
 

chrisJClark

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Hello Bandit


What size wheels you running as my 2013 Tiguan came with 17" with 235/55R17 a somewhat high profile but when i was shopping around for this car i did see others with 18" 19" and even as high as 20" , Keep in mind that low profile tyres can give you better cornering but give you a harder ride and higher profile worse cornering but a softer ride. Going by others reviews 19" to 20" wheels are known for abit harder ride then some would expect .
 

bandit287

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I have the exact same tires 235/55R17. As for the front dampers, i wouldnt know where to look for the part number.

First posts normally go in introductions else you could get a free fix and we never see you again!!!

i did, for some reason it wont appear in the introduction section.

Here is a picture, but thats all i could give you right now
https://imgur.com/26Zc5Gb

 
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Keithuk

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I have the exact same tires 235/55R17. As for the front dampers, i wouldnt know where to look for the part number.



i did, for some reason it wont appear in the introduction section.

Here is a picture, but thats all i could give you right now
https://imgur.com/26Zc5Gb


This forum has some bugs but making and intro isn't one of them.

Your picture shows sweet FA its private why is it porn?

Post the picture link in
 

bandit287

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Keithuk, what ? its not porn lol. I dont know why it wouldnt show properly. I made a second introduction.
Anyway,

i managed to get the number from my front shock absorbers :
Its 82 4904 004 176 Sachs.

My mechanic, who i trust a lot says that changing all of the 4 absorbers may not change the fact its driving like a golf cart and that there is no leakage from the absorbers. They look a bit ruff to be honest, from the outside - with dents, which i read is one of the reasons for not properly functioning absorbers.

And some people tell me that this particular model has some kind of "sport suspension" and thats why its driving like it is - is this true ?

Thank you
 

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Yes it has sports springs and dampers, you could retro fit the comfort spec parts but they would need to be very carefully worked out, do you have a cooperative VW dealer parts man? You are in Bulgaria?
 

bandit287

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Thank you for the information Crasher. I am from Bulgaria and parts are not a problem. My mechanic is great too, but i would be very grateful if you could elaborate on what exactly needs to be done. I mean if i tell him i need to order the parts for the comfort spec, he would need OEM numbers of the dampers and springs. And is that everything that needs to be changed ? Only springs and dampers ? No need to tweak something else on the suspension ? Thanks a lot.

P.S. and what do you mean "worked out" ? What exactly needs changing ?
 

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Yes springs and dampers although the anti roll bars are 0.6mm thicker but I would leave those. You need an experienced VW parts person who can work out which Comfort spec springs you need. For example, your car has 5N0 411 105 AF front springs marked 1 x green 1 x white 1 x yellow which are for weight group L10 (866>910kg) and the front dampers are G03 sports so you would want G02 standard dampers and standard springs in a weight group 866>910kg for G02 dampers . The spring I judge it as needing is 5N0 411 105 AA which is for G02 dampers and weight group L05 which is 866>910kg. The front damper I get is 5N0 413 031 AM which a G02 for weight range L05... so you can see it is complex and must be done correctly, getting someone to take responsibility for ordering the right parts my be difficult.
 

bandit287

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Thank you, that is helpful. I will inform my mechanic and we will try to change it as you have written. What about the rear ones ? Are there any specifics there or i just order the same for G02 ?
 

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The rear dampers need to be 1JA instead of 1JC and the rear weight range is 0YG (720>736kg) and I would stick to weight group 0YG for 1JA. I get the spring as being 3C0 511 115 AG (1JA+0YG), damper 5N0 513 049 BB which is 1JA+0YG and stick to the OE bump stop 1T0 511 359 as these are for 1JA and 1JC. These are only my opinion and whoever orders needs to check this and take responsibility.
 
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