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    Hi, I'm new here recently bought an s3 8l in absolute red, I love her to bits and didn't want to start modding, but after going to a V.A.G show the other day I've changed my mind and can't wait! I've only sprayed the grill ATM in gloss black and she's looking mean, I just wanted to know what you guys would recommend with lowering, I love how she handles and don't want to ruin that and definitely don't want to start scraping sumps and bumpers haha as I've already managed to scratch the bottom of the front bumper on the standard suspension. I was wondering what coilovers you guys would recommend? I'd rather spend money and get decent ones than start having problems, also does anyone know if air bags or hydraulics are any good, I know they will be expensive, the problem is I want a daily driver and a show car in one haha. So if anyone knows if cars still handle properly on bags or hydraulics (obviously not while the bags/hydraulics are lowered) just in like normal mode? Haha then please let me know.
    also does anyone know what the best big brake kit you can get is? I'm looking to get her mapped soon and could do with some better brakes I think, I know people do the Porsche brakes or the Leon cupra r? I think but yer if anyone could talk to me about brakes it would be much appreciated haha
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    I wouldnt recommend coilovers given your description.

    Cheap coilovers are ****, good coilovers are expensive, and all coilovers will give you a fairly harsh ride compared with factory.

    Bilstein B12 kit is what i'd be fitting. OEM+ ride quality, with a subtle non-sump-smashing drop.

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    Thanks, this is the problem 25mm lowering will look rubbish at a show but I like to drive fast haha do you have any idea if air bags affect handling much? Because they would be ideal for a show but obviously I love how she handles arghh!! Haha so hard to pick a fast car or show car

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    Quote Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
    I wouldnt recommend coilovers given your description.

    Cheap coilovers are ****, good coilovers are expensive, and all coilovers will give you a fairly harsh ride compared with factory.

    Bilstein B12 kit is what i'd be fitting. OEM+ ride quality, with a subtle non-sump-smashing drop.
    What he says, with Brakes I have the LCR set up with DS2500 pads and it's good, really good.

    The alternative is to buy some decent discs and upgrade your pads to Ferodo DS2500's, they make the difference really!

    Also bare in mind, the bigger the brakes the bigger the alloys you'll have to fit, these will most likely include spacers.

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    You want a show car that's slammed on the floor and goes fast with decent handling? Hmmmm

    edition38 is a good site for all the 'scene' kids with stance and bags for more information on where to buy from and how they handle.

    In terms of brake options blackcupraa has given some sound advise - have a little play with the search option as well as I'm sure there are many slammed 8Ls out there with mods to keep the sump from hitting the floor e.g engine spacers
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    Didn't say that haha, I'm trying to decide what I'd rather tbh, it's hard because I love the speed so much but love all the V.A.G shows :/ I know I can't have both and I said I didn't want it too low on coilees that I'd be scraping haha. But cheers for the advice on the brakes and springs, and I guess ill check out online how much bags affect handling when driving normally, I was wondering whether anyone had first hand experience because they're obviously gonna talk b******s on there websites haha

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    Well do you have a budget in mind to spend at all?

    Could be worth speaking to these guys tomorrow -

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    If you want to buy Air kit get it from Poland, no scene tax lol.

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    Cheers mate, ill give them a call, I do have a budget ATM but will be getting a rise in July so I can start saving for whatever really, it's just what order I want to do it in and if I want a show car or not haha, but cheers for the help. It just all depends on whether the handling with be crud with bags or not lol. :D

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    I had KW coilovers in my s3. They felt the exact same as standard comfort wise but when it came to handling it was a completly different animal. Avoid budget coilovers, they will go low but thats about it.

    A proper air or hydraulic set up will be as good as high end coils. There is a lot of anti air people about spouting crap out of their mouths though.

    Avoid 2 way systems on bags and use the electronic control set up, although most high end stuff will have it standard.

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    Okay cheers for that mate, it all depends on the money then in that case, cheers though, very helpful, might just get some coilees for now until I'm earning some proper money and see where it goes from there haha. Would look sooo sick on bags though :P haha

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    As long as you stick to a good quality coilover kit and a set of adjustable rear tie bars you shouldn't have any problems.

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