Forge Alltrack/Tiguan/all MQB Lift Kit, FMLFT1
**You do have the option to run the lift kit without the upgraded Atlas rear shocks/mounts but we highly recommend them.**
You can find the upgraded lift kit here!
My name is Arno Kissell, Smith VW Performance department manager. The love of lifted VWs started for me as it did for many with the Mk2 Golf Country. One of my favorite vehichles was a Mk3 Jetta with suspension spacers and taller rear springs. It was hard to beat the improved functionality on and off-road, not to mention the look! A decade later, much has changed in the Volkswagen scene, but some core element remains - lifted VWs are cool! With that said, we are proud to release our Smith VW Alltrack lift kit solution in collaboration with Forge Motorsports!
Our lift kit story -
The moment the Alltrack was unveiled, a mental build started. Knowing the MQB platform had some distinct differences, but was very similar to previous generations. In preparation for the project, I talked with Josh from Nothing Leaves Stock (NLS) about the lift on his Mk5 Rabbit “Country” project for some valuable pointers.
Our first Alltrack arrived September 23rd, 2016, this was just before the H2Oi car show in Ocean City, Maryland. Soon as the car landed, we put our techs to work. The disassembly started immediately while inspecting and comparing components. Armed with the ground work we covered pre arrival and the physical parts in hand a spacer design started.
With the help of a family friend and owner of a local machine shop, we produced the first Alltrack lift spacer kit. Through product testing, slight adjustments were made and the spacers were installed on our silver Alltrack, along with a host of other upgrades.
Our Alltrack was completed on September 30th, 2016. Lovingly branded as the “AllTheWayUpTrack” - compliments of our parts manager, Darryl Gatts - and on the road to the H2Oi car show. It was a definite head turner as most people had yet to see an Alltrack, let alone a modified one. When the clouds opened up and the downpours came, we even got to get a little mud on the tires ready to pull out fellow show goers who were less suited for the conditions.
After months of testing, the lift kit was removed and inspected. At that time, we found a couple items to be addressed. We experienced rear shock absorber and shock mount issues. Our remedy is OEM extended Atlas rear shocks, more robust shock mounts, bump stops, dust boots and required hardware.
Later we partnered with Forge Motorsports to carry out further testing and production. The only difference being a ¼” change in front spacer thickness to streamline production of the Atlas/Alltrack kits.
We are confident that our lift kit solution is the ideal modification for Alltrack owners looking to get a little bit more out of what is already a fantastically capable car!