Friday, July 29, 2011

MK6 Jetta- Coilovers+Wheels

We just don't do bags at Dorbritz Designs.
Here is a MK6 Jetta that was done up in a moderate drop using Koni Coilovers, Rotiform BLQ Machined 19 x 8.5 et 45 and Hankook evo v12 225/35/19's all supplied by Dorbritz Designs.
The customer was looking for something a little bit better than stock and I believe it was achieved. 


Before


After




Saturday, July 16, 2011

Air bagging a MK5 .:Ruined (Airlift+E3 Level Pro)

Bagging a .:R?
Isn't that sacrilegious?
The car is .:Ruined now, really.
At least the owner has a sense of humor and and I am sure he will be hearing it from many .:R owners. Although this isn't the first bagged .:R, it was mine and here's how it was done.
The car was fitted with the Ridetech E3 Level Pro to help keep the car true to the road along with the sway bar using the new Dorbritz Designs sway bar brackets for the Airlift front struts. The Leveling arms work in conjunction with pressure sensors to give feedback to the driver. They were trim to fit up front and were mounted to the lower A-arm and upper frame to allow proper travel. The frame was also notched to allow the car to sit flat on its' belly.
The rear was set-up w/ Slam specialties re-5's and D-cups as well as H&R ultra-low shocks. The leveling arms were attached much like the front but by welding on a tab to the lower control arm.
Here comes the tricky part, keeping the spare in the trunk as well as making access to the rear mounted battery and still having some trunk space. By building a custom fiberglass enclosure to hide and house the dual Viair 444c, management, brain and wiring as well as a color match 3 gallon aluminum tank with ".:Ruined" done up in matching spun aluminum trim, we were able to tuck everything away neatly. All wrapped in dark gray suede the trunk was on its' way to having a tailored look.
The controls to the system were mounted on a matching suede panel that was stashed away in the ashtray cubby.  The 12v power outlet was moved to the side of the center console to allow the control to fit snug in the compartment.







Monday, July 11, 2011

Air Bagging a MK6 Golf TDI-No Notch ( Airlift + Ridetech E3)

The car that was supposed to be bagged was a Mk4 GLI. In a twist of fates, the car was wrecked and totaled a week prior before it's appointment. The owner was determined to have a car bagged one way or another. What better way than starting off with a brand new TDI Golf.
The most two most important things to the owner was one keeping a very stock look on the inside and retaining the sway bar with out a frame notch.
The suspension set-up was based on the Airlift XL's for the front and the Airlift performance series bag and bracket for the rear. Using the first prototype sway bar mount to be used on the Airlft Xl's, they were mounted on the front strut retaining the sway bar.
The Ridetech E3 management was then mounted in the spare tire area using a 3 Gallon aluminum air tank and dual Viair 400c compressors to supply the air. With all the components mounted snugly the factory cover was used to conceal the set-up with none the wiser.
The E3 controller was mounted on top of the ashtray/coin holder lid. It still allows the use of the 12v power outlet and can be hidden as well by flipping the lid, again, stealth is key.