Finally got around to install the B8's, H&R 25mm, MKIV R32 rear ARB and some uprated droplinks front and rear. It's a transformation that's hard to explain. It's a new car now. Handles very well. Here we go...My review:
Sucks up bumps way better than OEM.
Not bouncy at all - I've tried the H&R Cup kit on a 8L (A3) and the Weitec Hicon GT adjustable on a 8P and they were both VERY bouncy at lowish speeds.
This kit even handles speed bumps with ease.
Acceleration: now without the dramatic wheelie effect, where the car squats and the front lifts. It's just flat on the tarmac.
Braking: Improved feel when you brake into corners. Now the car is stabile and doesn't feel "on the edge". Also nose doesn't dive nearly as much so the car feels much easier to steer while braking hard.
Dampers tighten up when they need to. You definately "feel"the road better and it's just amazing how much faster the car is able to go around corners at high(er) speed. Changing direction at high speeds is just a matter of thinking where you wanna go - the car just obey
The Golf MKIV R32 rear ARB works a treat. It's 19mm and coming from the OEM 15mm it was needed! Took away 60-70% of the body roll. Basically stabilizes the car. Had to drop the exhaust and remove heatshield, but no biggie. Worse to come when the front ARB will be changed
Now the tires are the limit, not the suspension...
I will fit a larger Neuspeed front ARB to eliminate the last bit of bodyroll and I DEFINATELY need to get the Neuspeed adjustable tie rods. The camber is really off now (good in turns I guess - but funny looking and bad for tirewear)
Old vs New
OEM S3 vs OEM R32
To the scrappie...may this never find a way to a car again
How it hopefully will look in a few weeks time...(not lowered on that pic)