its time for me to start looking at looking at improving the handling of the car, i have a 1999 150bhp A3 1.8t sport around 68k miles.
so far all i've done is changed the standard 16" competiton alloys for 17" avus alloys with eagle f1's running 32F/36R and am in the process of getting a 312mm front brake kit installed.
i am unsure whether the previous owner has replaced any other parts prior to me getting the car, probably not so assume its still running the standard suspension parts etc.
based on the mods i've done, i'd like the car to (in no particular order):
-be slightly lowered so theres less space between arch and tyre (i understand the sport suspension is already lower than standard) but no so much that i scrape the LCR lip or my wheels start rubbing the arches.
-reduce body roll and understeer when cornering (upper/lower strut braces?).
-reduce nose diving under braking.
-be able to drive around in some comfort.
are there any parts that probably would have worn out and need replacing by now? i understand that the cambelt is recommended to be changed around the 75k mark, is there anything like that suspension-wise that i should be aware of?
also, im quite a newb when it comes to cars in general, i've seen the terms: "coilovers, shocks, arb, dogbone mount, powerflex bushes, lowering springs" all mentioned on this forum and others, but i have no idea what any of them are for! for example, why would i buy the "powerflex front kit" (from www.powerflex.co.uk) what will it give me over the standard part(s) it replaces??
so, can someone suggest what i would need and what the hit on my wallet would likely be?
i dont think i can fork out for the most expensive stuff (heard KW coilovers are mega expensive, whatever they do!), it is *only* an 1.8T after all, if i wanted to go to town on mods, i'd start with a better base car like a RS4 but i do realise that im not going to be able to get change from a tenner given what needs to be potentially done.
..at the end of the day i want the car to handle better as opposed to looking nicer due to being super lower or anything like that.