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    Recommended garages for fitting new suspension

    Hi all. Im about to take the plunge and order new dampers, springs, ARBs, spacers and adjustable tie arms for my S3. Obviously this is going to cost a small fortune and im just wondering if anyone can recommend any garages to fit it all? Im based in the northeast of England so the closer the better, but im willing to travel if the price is right. Not only that but I dont want to be taking it back every 5 mins with problems because they'd done a bodge job!

    Ive had a quote from a place in Newcastle today - 640 plus vat - or 16 hours labour. Does this sound reasonable or are they having my arm off?!

    Any advice would be much appreciated

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    Saw you coming mate, thats high. Though some of the bolts etc can be troublesome it deffo shouldnt be that long. Its a good 300 plus at garage prices i recon. Also you need to find yourself a garage familiar with the cars are there are subtle things that can make the difference when tweaking and fitting the suspension

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    Thanks, I had a feeling it was a tad high! It was a Vag specialist recommended by someone off here, which is good, but it means im going to be spending well over 2k overall on parts & fitting, which I dont want to do.

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    unless of course that includes all the kit to go on too lol
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    Which place in Newcastle was that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redline1984 View Post
    Which place in Newcastle was that?
    Addington motors mate.

    Can anyone think of any other reputable garages? Im thinking if giving Ron Turnbull a ring in the morning (Vag specialist in Teesside) Theyve done my services with no problems, including Haldex services, but im not sure what theyd be like with suspension work.

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    How about DPM?

    Volkswork in durham maybe?

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    DPM is where im purchasing most of the parts and was my first port of call, but unfortunately their fitter is unavailable
    Isn't Volkswork next door to Ron Turnbulls in Middlesbrough? Or is there another company in Durham? Ive heard a few bad stories about the Middlesbrough garage if its the same one, so wont be ringing them lol

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    Lol, the more I think about it the more rediculous it seems, and im no mechanic!

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    No - there's one in Durham (well just outside, it's in Meadowfield I **think**). I have no idea how good they are though mate. I'm trying to think who told me about them. Someone deifintely told me about them but can't remember who!

    Chance for a mini meet also as it's commuteable for me...when I get ma wheels!

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    It is a good days work, depending on the cars co-operation, also depending on any anomilies found at the same time 8 to 10 hours MAX

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    16 hours labour???!!!.

    Midland VW changed my cambelt, waterpump, complete suspenson and ARB's in about 8 hours!.

    Price including all the parts was about 1k...so they're having you over for sure.

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    They're having you on, it took me and a friend a day to fit my coilovers and front arb with no ramp or air tools.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by recomdos View Post
    No - there's one in Durham (well just outside, it's in Meadowfield I **think**). I have no idea how good they are though mate. I'm trying to think who told me about them. Someone deifintely told me about them but can't remember who!

    Chance for a mini meet also as it's commuteable for me...when I get ma wheels!
    Thats sounds like a good idea, will be good to see how the car handles when its all done!

    Well Ive got a few numbers to ring in the morning now thanks to yous all! Fingers crossed ill knock a couple of hundred quid off that 640!

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    the rear is very easy to do even for a amature DIY car man. The front is more involved.
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    As said by other members that's far too much Andy.

    We're still trying to sort something out for you but it's prooving difficult at the moment.

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    16 Hours? Do they do the work blindfolded? It should take half that maybe a little more.
    Demontweaks do fitting but im not sure on there prices or whether there close to you.

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    Rang Demon Tweaks and they said it'd cost around 175 including the alignment! Ive asked them to look into properly and ring me back with a definite quote but even if its 100 more thats excellent! Still waiting on return calls from Ron Turnbulls and Volksparts so will keep yous posted.

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    Demon Theives will be major money I imagine.

    If you semi-confident its a driveway job, get a mate to help and you'll have it done in a day easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_S3 View Post
    Rang Demon Tweaks and they said it'd cost around 175 including the alignment! Ive asked them to look into properly and ring me back with a definite quote but even if its 100 more thats excellent! Still waiting on return calls from Ron Turnbulls and Volksparts so will keep yous posted.
    They used to charge me 60 just to do wheel alignment on the front of my Corsa so I reckon there being a bit generous with that quote.

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    The guy quoted me 41 for the wheel alignment afterwards, however im not sure if that is VAT inclusive. Probably not

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    Volksparts have quoted 370 all in including alignment, or 7-8hours labour. Thats more like it!

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    Demon tweaks are good and arent to pricey but they will add the VAT afterwards so the quote you got on demon tweaks was properly right but +15% for the VAT = 200.50 Dirt cheap actuly.....Sounds like theres a catch lol.
    Just make sure you get a fixed price and not a labour price! Im sure they will run into some proplems as the parts your swapping can be a b@$tard at times to get off.
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    Well, Chris at Demon Tweaks has quoted me 179.80, inclusive of VAT, and including a 4 wheel alignment. Whats more he says the price is fixed regardless of any hold ups that may arise. Almost sounds too good to be true, so Im worried it is! Anyone have any experience with these guys?
    Ill be ordering the parts soon and as soon as they arrive ill be booking it in! Can't wait! Its a bit of a drive from Teesside but it gives me time to enjoy the transformed car on the way home!

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    Thats a very good price inc a 4 wheel alignment... I wonder if they understand what they are letting themselves in for?

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    That price seems really good, I thought it should cost almost 100 for a wheel alignment alone?

    I was going to tackle this job myself but at that price even for a 260 mile round trip I'd rather take it there!

    Are you going for the day then and waiting while they do the job?

    What suspension bits did you go for (brand etc)?

    The only downside I can see is that I thought you should let the suspension 'settle' for a few days before doing the alignment so you might need it doing again, or is this rubbish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_S3 View Post
    Well, Chris at Demon Tweaks has quoted me 179.80, inclusive of VAT, and including a 4 wheel alignment. Whats more he says the price is fixed regardless of any hold ups that may arise. Almost sounds too good to be true, so Im worried it is! Anyone have any experience with these guys?
    Ill be ordering the parts soon and as soon as they arrive ill be booking it in! Can't wait! Its a bit of a drive from Teesside but it gives me time to enjoy the transformed car on the way home!
    Only real thing I had done there was my wheel alignment but tbh I wasn't overly impressed. Sadly they where the only garage with the laser equipment and low ramps that could do it.

    I'll stand by my original statement of thats to cheap but I hope i'm proved wrong !

    Prepare for a long boring day, everytime I had my car booked in for a set time it took at least an hour to get it on the ramp !

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    If its a fixed price what does it matter if they dont know what theve let themselfs in for. My friends friend use to take his scobby there and he was always impressed with the work they carried out. At the end of the day they know what there looking at and are all qualified and insured (hopfully) so whats the worst that can happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by deece View Post
    That price seems really good, I thought it should cost almost 100 for a wheel alignment alone?

    I was going to tackle this job myself but at that price even for a 260 mile round trip I'd rather take it there!

    Are you going for the day then and waiting while they do the job?

    What suspension bits did you go for (brand etc)?

    The only downside I can see is that I thought you should let the suspension 'settle' for a few days before doing the alignment so you might need it doing again, or is this rubbish?
    Yeah ill be taking a couple of days holiday hopefully just in case they dont realise what theyve let themselves in for! Ill just take my laptop down I guess and watch some movies, surf the net, talk to you guys etc lol

    Im going for the ChriS3 and EssThree recommended setup as follows:

    Bilstein B8s and H&R 25mm springs
    Forge rear adjustable tie arms
    Neuspeed 22mm front ARB
    Neuspeed 19mm rear ARB (Audi TT)

    And 10mm spacers on the front, 15mm on the back just to finish the look. Figured if Im going to do it, ill do the bloody lot in one go!

    Also going to get them to visually check OEM bushes, see if theres any that are looking worn. Will probably just replace them with OEM again though.

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    Seems like you've ended up getting a really good price on the fitting Andy, hopefully we'll be able to sort you out with most the parts your after.

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    Yeah cheers Damian, ill be giving you a call soon

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    Andy did you get your suspension done in the end?

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    The Billy B8s are currently out of stock at DPM so just waiting on a PM from Damian then we're away! Ill start a new thread to post my thoughts when its all done, so watch this space!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_S3 View Post
    Ill start a new thread to post my thoughts when its all done, so watch this space!
    I'll guess it'll start with:
    "It's a completely different car, and should have been like this from the factory".

    I'm sure you'll not be dissapointed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_S3 View Post
    The Billy B8s are currently out of stock at DPM so just waiting on a PM from Damian then we're away! Ill start a new thread to post my thoughts when its all done, so watch this space!
    Bilstein have one set coming in stock in about 14 days Andy if you want to put your name on them just give me a ring.

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    I should be home from work before midday tomorrow Damian, so i'll give you a ring as soon as I can!

    I'll guess it'll start with:
    "It's a completely different car, and should have been like this from the factory".

    I'm sure you'll not be dissapointed.
    I hope you're right Glen, after spending over 2k on suspension alone I hope it blows my bloody socks off! lol

 

 

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