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I have a 2000 with the 1.8 turbo, manual transmission. Where I live you need a good off road vehicle 75% of the time just to get to my house. So I’m looking to turn my bug into something I can still drive to town and back. So I need some advice from people who have made the transition.
What shocks/springs are the most preferred?
And any other advice you could give.

Thanks in advance!
 

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It seems to depend on how much height you want to add on to your vehicle; spacers, springs and even new shocks/struts seem to be available.

https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&hl=en-us&ei=SXxxXPm8CofRjwSQxo5Q&q=volkswagen+mark+iv+suspension+lift+kit&oq=volkswagen+mark+iv+suspension+lift+kit&gs_l=mobile-gws-wiz-serp.3...22332.46842..47484...0.0..0.355.2982.1j11j4j1......0....1.........0i71j30i10.9Knxh4JyjPM

The metal erd spacer kits; seem to offer 1" or 2" kits:

http://www.metalnerd.com/mobile/vwaudi-accessories/lift-kits

This company sells spacers, sorings and shocks/struts:

Idparts, has a spring/shock/strut kit; instead of using spacers:

https://www.idparts.com/lift-spring-set-mk4-golf-jetta-sedan-p-6177.html

This company,shows examples of both installed on the new beetle:

http://www.vwliftkits.com

2" seems to be a popular lift height and still maintain normal suspension geometry and not cause major problems without adverse wear, problems, causing things to break, clearance issues or not being able to do a proper alignment.
 
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