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Dear Edi­tor, I have been con­tem­plat­ing a de­ci­sion lately. I have just taken over a sec­ond hand Volk­swa­gen Scirocco 1.4 with about three years left be­fore its COE ex­pires. The owner has told me that the war­ranty has ex­pired a few years back and since then, he has gone to a third-party work­shop for re­pairs and main­te­nance needs.

Ad­mit­tedly, I’ve been talk­ing with a few fel­lows from the Volk­swa­gen Scirocco Club and we have since talked about up­grad­ing the han­dling on my car, which has been left relatively stock, from what I can see. Will han­dling be greatly im­proved like what they say? I am cur­rently look­ing at a set of coilover on sale, as well as other bits and pieces of up­grades that prom­ise to in­crease my car’s cor­ner­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

What are the other com­po­nents that I should be look­ing at too? – Ezekiel Loh Firstly, con­grat­u­la­tions on your pur­chase! The 1.4 twin-charged mo­tor un­der the bon­net of the Scirocco is truly a dandy fine en­gine, cou­pled with the Scirocco’s low-slung body, it is pretty much a per­for­mance coupe from birth for the econ­o­mist who has a pen­chant for some spir­ited driv­ing.

There are a lot of sus­pen­sion kits out there with vary­ing prices. Nat­u­rally, af­ter­mar­ket coilovers are not go­ing to go easy on your wal­let. These often cost more than a few thou­sand dol­lars. Why so, you may ask, sim­ply be­cause they have been rig­or­ously tested and pos­sess var­i­ous func­tions that will fur­ther aid you in your quest for clear­ing a cor­ner quickly.

Other han­dling com­po­nents that you can also look at in­clude an­tiroll bars, oth­er­wise known as sway bars. These are to com­ple­ment the coilover’s stiff­ness and pro­vide you with the slight han­dling edge, in­clud­ing the way you would like to car to turn, as per your driv­ing style.

Want to take it a step fur­ther? Re­in­forced lower arms, roll cen­tre ad­justers and har­dened bush­ings are the way to go, how­ever do con­sider your needs be­fore in­stalling these at a sin­gle go. Some of these af­ter­mar­ket up­grades might not be as for­giv­ing as their stock coun­ter­parts and might cause some dis­com­fort and an­noy­ance if your other half is not half as keen as you are to­wards stiff­en­ing your chas­sis.

In any case, Wheels Asia is just a mag­a­zine and email away, so do drop us an­other query if you have any! By the way, do re­fer to Fe­bru­ary 2016’s is­sue’s Mod Job, which also fea­tures a pretty soup-up Volk­swa­gen Scirocco! – Edi­tor

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