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    Rear Shocks

    Currently looking into replacing the rear shocks to complement my lowering springs as i believe the offside rear is fooked and wanted peoples reccommendations on a budget.

    Also if anyone has any shocks (dampers) for sale let me know

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    what's so good about bilstein's?

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    more the point whats not good about them?!
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    Just had these fitted mate, and rate them highly, but to be fair I dont know how they compare to cheaper alternatives.

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    are the rear shocks easy to replace yourself ?
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    Hi,

    which ones exactly?

    May get Weitec GT shockers

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_S3 View Post
    Just had these fitted mate, and rate them highly, but to be fair I dont know how they compare to cheaper alternatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyboy199 View Post
    are the rear shocks easy to replace yourself ?
    On an S3, yes. Took me ~20mins per side.

    Fronts are more of a pain, as they are struts, so have to be removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alijames View Post
    On an S3, yes. Took me ~20mins per side.

    Fronts are more of a pain, as they are struts, so have to be removed.

    Cheers,
    Only 20 mins each?!?! That sounds quick and easy, whats actually involved?

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    If I recall correctly,

    1. Jack up the car, put on stands and remove the rear wheels.
    2. Put trolley jack under hub to support once shock is disconnected.
    3. Undo top and bottom bolts of shock mount.
    4. Remove old shock, and install new one, making sure the bolts don't cross thread as I nearly did!!
    5. Torque up bolts. Sorry can't remember the settings of the top of my head.
    6. Refit wheels and get the tracking checked ASAP!

    There is an article about changing suspension on a Mk4 golf at
    http://www.nclh.org/car/coilover_howto/
    which is where I got most of my info from. The fronts are pretty much as he says. The S3 has a slightly different rear suspension layout, due to the Quattro system.

    Think that's all...
    Last edited by alijames; 12th August 2009 at 11:16.
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    Right, i do indeed need new rear shocks now after confirming the offside rear is badly designed and rod pushes past top mount.

    So which dampers, need to order today???

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    Best speak to Damian at DPM...

    Cheers,

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    Oh yeah forgot about Damian.
    Anyway originall ordered a set of Koni Sport rear dampers which are top adjustable which is great but spoke to Venom and they are out of stock so got some Spax ones instead which are bottom adjustable which is even better.

    Should arrive tomorrow


    Quote Originally Posted by alijames View Post
    Best speak to Damian at DPM...

    Cheers,

    Alistair
    Last edited by audi18tdan; 12th August 2009 at 13:54.

 

 

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