Project Lift-off Jetta

Mission – to take this:

Before lifting the Jetta, and with 195/60/14 tires.

Before lifting the Jetta, and with 195/60/14 tires.

To this:

After lifting the Jetta, and with 195/70/14 truck tires.

After lifting the Jetta, and with 195/70/14 truck tires.

Mssion accomplished obviously.

But let’s back up. WHO does that to a Jetta?! And an MK3 Jetta?! Well, we do. Before you shake your head at our TLR silliness, or apparent boredom, we actually live on a dirt road that mimics thoseĀ of which we labor upon with our off-road machine the Green Booger. While that may be a little bit of a dramatic description, no one likes miles of washboard. So the Jetta, who is already a Frankenstein custom car, has to be modified further. The MK3 is one of the most solid Jettas produced and is a perfect candidate for modification. Larry G had an idea and fabricated his own lift kit for the Jetta, which added an additional two inches to our recent lift just from the addition of larger truck tires instead of stock. Skeptical at first about the modification’s height, the maiden voyage proved the car handles better than before (besides the obvious enhanced ability to negotiate jumps), especially if you don’t mind being on three sometimes in turns. Which we don’t.

Larry G's fabricated coil spring perch next to the stock one.

Larry G’s fabricated coil spring perch next to the stock one.

Rear before.

Rear before.


Rear after.

Rear after.


Front before.

Front before.

Front after.

Front after.

After lifting the Jetta, and with 195/70/14 truck tires.

After lifting the Jetta, and with 195/70/14 truck tires.

Side view after lifting the Jetta.

Side view after lifting the Jetta.

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After lifting the Jetta, and with 195/70/14 truck tires.