AH FabricationsChris Nott
Results 1 to 27 of 27
  1. #1
    ryanstewart9's Avatar
    2nd Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Surrey/Hants/Berks
    Posts
    447

    How Different are S-line Springs to Sport/Standard Springs?

    As the title says,

    How different are the S-line Springs compared to the Sport or Standard springs?

    The reason I ask is because my rear offside spring has snapped off at the bottom, less than two months out of warranty!

    Bit of background:
    I noticed a metallic knocking noise coming from the back off the car and asked a local exhaust place to take a look as I thought maybe the exhaust heatshield was loose. A few minutes later the guy came back with the loose piece of spring in his hand and my heart sank.

    Spoke to both my local dealer and Audi UK and they are not willing to entertain a goodwill gesture as the car was not bought through a dealership (I'm the second owner and the car was bought through a trader in Sep 09), even though the car has been serviced and any work carried out has been through an Audi dealership all of it's short life.

    The dealer's reason for not helping or even putting my case forward to Audi is because I have not shown dealership loalty! And Audi UK's response was they're commitment ended with the warranty. I explained I wasn't looking for anything free, but I felt a goodwill gesture was not unreasonable as I'm sure the spring is meant to last longer than 3 years and 2 months. Nothing!!


    Now after ringing a couple of local motor factors and GSF, the do not list a rear spring for the S line and Euro Car Parts only list a standard or Sport spring. The guy at GSF did say you may find the S line springs are a dealer only part.

    Now I know some people will say just put a nice set of lowering springs on the car as it's the perfect time, but I've done all my modifying when I owned my VW's and would prefer to keep the car's suspension as standard (plus the wife drives the car a lot and the suspension is stiff enough).

    So getting back to my original question. Anyone know if the S line springs are different to the sport ones as I'm sure they are different to the standard ones?

    Also no one has really said how safe or unsafe the car is to drive with the cracked/snapped spring?

    Thanks....
    "If you ain't first, you're last!" - Ricky Bobby

    2008 A3 S-line 2.0 TDI PD140 (Pre-facelift)

  2. # ADS
    ADS
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Global
    Posts
    Many
     
  3. #2
    Smoothie's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lurgan N.I
    Posts
    1,431
    The S-line springs are slightly lower than a sport and certainly more firm! I have a set if you interested but suppose its just one your after?
    Moved to the Darkside click below:

  4. #3
    ryanstewart9's Avatar
    2nd Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Surrey/Hants/Berks
    Posts
    447
    Hey Smoothie, I'm guessing they are used?
    "If you ain't first, you're last!" - Ricky Bobby

    2008 A3 S-line 2.0 TDI PD140 (Pre-facelift)

  5. #4
    Smoothie's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lurgan N.I
    Posts
    1,431
    Ohh yea they are used mate, they are from a 2006 S-line! Covered around 40K! Just an option
    Moved to the Darkside click below:

  6. #5
    ryanstewart9's Avatar
    2nd Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Surrey/Hants/Berks
    Posts
    447
    Thanks mate, but like you said I'd only be looking for the one.
    "If you ain't first, you're last!" - Ricky Bobby

    2008 A3 S-line 2.0 TDI PD140 (Pre-facelift)

  7. #6
    Smoothie's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lurgan N.I
    Posts
    1,431
    exactly, out of interest how much is one?
    Moved to the Darkside click below:

  8. #7
    audicruiser's Avatar
    Audi Heaven

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Somerset
    Posts
    1,861
    Standard / SE springs are the standard height

    Sport is 15mm lower

    S-Line is 10mm lower than Sport

    S3 is around 10mm lower than S-Line
    Scott

    Audi A3 Sportback 2.0T Quattro S-Line 2007 8P2
    Lava Grey, Exclusive Line Black/Silver Leather, Heated Seats, Bose, RNS-e, iPod, Auto Lights & Wipers, Interior Light Pack

  9. #8
    Jord's Avatar
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Ellesmere port
    Posts
    273
    could you run s3 or sline springs on sport suspension struts?

  10. #9
    audicruiser's Avatar
    Audi Heaven

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Somerset
    Posts
    1,861
    Quote Originally Posted by Jord View Post
    could you run s3 or sline springs on sport suspension struts?
    Probably not S3 unless the Sport was a Quattro but S-Line ones you could...
    Last edited by audicruiser; 8th March 2011 at 20:30.
    Scott

    Audi A3 Sportback 2.0T Quattro S-Line 2007 8P2
    Lava Grey, Exclusive Line Black/Silver Leather, Heated Seats, Bose, RNS-e, iPod, Auto Lights & Wipers, Interior Light Pack

  11. #10
    2nd Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    370
    i changed my springs from "sport" to "s-line" last week and there is definately clear difference in ride height - although no more than 2cm. The ride is firmer also. Very pleased with the change and would recommend it

  12. #11
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Grantham UK
    Posts
    39
    Quote Originally Posted by ryanstewart9 View Post
    Thanks mate, but like you said I'd only be looking for the one.
    I don't think it is a good idea changing just one spring, just doesn't seem right!

    There should be quite a few spare springs available on this forum, it seems quite a common mod to change them.

    Shame about Audi response though
    Sportback, 1.8TFSI, S-tronic, Ibis, Adaptive Xenons, Leather/Alcantara

  13. #12
    Smoothie's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lurgan N.I
    Posts
    1,431
    Quote Originally Posted by 8ig_steve View Post
    I don't think it is a good idea changing just one spring, just doesn't seem right!

    There should be quite a few spare springs available on this forum, it seems quite a common mod to change them.

    Shame about Audi response though
    I've a set here if anyone wants them
    Moved to the Darkside click below:

  14. #13
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    250
    I also have a set in the classifieds :-)
    Now - A1 1.6TDI S-Line in Amfali White with comfort pack

    A3 2.0TDI gone but not forgotten

  15. #14
    ryanstewart9's Avatar
    2nd Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Surrey/Hants/Berks
    Posts
    447
    Update:
    Both GSF and ECP have told me that S line suspension is a dealer only part


    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie View Post
    exactly, out of interest how much is one?

    I must admit they seemed cheaper than I thought Audi would charge: 49.36 + VAT


    Quote Originally Posted by 8ig_steve View Post
    I don't think it is a good idea changing just one spring, just doesn't seem right!

    There should be quite a few spare springs available on this forum, it seems quite a common mod to change them.

    Shame about Audi response though
    Your right 8ig_steve which is why I ordered two, should be with me by Friday. Just need to get someone to fit them as I dont have any spring compressors.
    "If you ain't first, you're last!" - Ricky Bobby

    2008 A3 S-line 2.0 TDI PD140 (Pre-facelift)

  16. #15
    sachen's Avatar
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Leicester, UK
    Posts
    236
    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie View Post
    I've a set here if anyone wants them
    How much you looking for these dude?

  17. #16
    Smoothie's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lurgan N.I
    Posts
    1,431
    Open to offers buddy, any idea on postage costs guys?
    Moved to the Darkside click below:

  18. #17
    sachen's Avatar
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Leicester, UK
    Posts
    236
    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie View Post
    Open to offers buddy, any idea on postage costs guys?
    Just realised your in Northern Ireland...!! Thats collection out the question!

  19. #18
    Smoothie's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lurgan N.I
    Posts
    1,431
    Quote Originally Posted by sachen007 View Post
    Just realised your in Northern Ireland...!! Thats collection out the question!
    yea but postage shouldn't be too bad to be honest...!
    Moved to the Darkside click below:

  20. #19
    sachen's Avatar
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Leicester, UK
    Posts
    236
    Presuming will have to take it somewhere to get these fitted? Or are springs easy enough to change?

  21. #20
    Smoothie's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lurgan N.I
    Posts
    1,431
    Quote Originally Posted by sachen007 View Post
    Presuming will have to take it somewhere to get these fitted? Or are springs easy enough to change?
    depends how you are with cars lad?
    Moved to the Darkside click below:

  22. #21
    Farhan's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    West London
    Posts
    1,228
    guys use parcel2go, the springs will cost 15 to post at most, iv sent springs in a box for 7 collected and delivered.
    2008 A3 1.8TFSI 3 Door S Line - Lava Grey - Bose - Bluetooth - S Line Full Black Leather - Aux - Comfort Pack - Coming Home Lights - Storage Pack - Cruise Control - Ambient Interior Light - Footwell Lights - Audi IPhone 4 Cradle - Leather Armrest - BE Rear - MY09 Rear Lights - S3 Pedals - S3 Vents - BBS RS866 - Bi Xenons - Bluefin Stage 1 - K&N 57S Intake - Rev D Valve - Powerflex Dogbone Insert & Gear Box Mount


  23. #22
    NHN
    NHN's Avatar
    Modmetractor

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Coding Something
    Posts
    27,099
    I have a full set of Sport springs & shocks to offload.

    OEM RETROFITS - CRUISE CONTROL - SAT NAV - BLUETOOTH - AMI - HEADLIGHT SYSTEMS

    PARKING SYSTEMS - DIAGNOSTICS - FAULT FINDING - BODYWORK - PAINTWORK

  24. #23
    Reverse Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Kidderminster
    Posts
    4

    Springs!

    Quote Originally Posted by NHN View Post
    I have a full set of Sport springs & shocks to offload.
    Hi All, Sorry to barge in a resurrect an old(ish) thread, but I have just got an A3 Sportback, 07 2.0tdi SE.
    Previously had the 3 door Sport. i have noticed a huge difference in the way that it steers, not as responsive, and is very "comfy". Now, i prefer a harder ride, (no smutty comments lol), and was wondering about S line springs or Sport. Where can i find some? Not bothered about being used, price is the biggest concern for me, being a lowly paid charity worker.
    Any ideas/suggestions?
    Many thanks
    Matt

  25. #24
    NHN
    NHN's Avatar
    Modmetractor

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Coding Something
    Posts
    27,099
    I still have the full set available if interested for a sportback aswell.

    OEM RETROFITS - CRUISE CONTROL - SAT NAV - BLUETOOTH - AMI - HEADLIGHT SYSTEMS

    PARKING SYSTEMS - DIAGNOSTICS - FAULT FINDING - BODYWORK - PAINTWORK

  26. #25
    quattro81's Avatar
    All the gear.. No idea

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    982
    Quote Originally Posted by NHN View Post
    I still have the full set available if interested for a sportback aswell.
    I've got 2011 2.0 tfsi quattro BE and was wondering if you can fit s3 springs to get my ride height that extra 10mm lower.. So can you fit the s3 springs to the s line shocks, or am I being dumb and you need to replace shocks too?
    Red is the colour..

  27. #26
    NHN
    NHN's Avatar
    Modmetractor

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Coding Something
    Posts
    27,099
    You'd need to compare S3 shock parts against yours & see if they're the same, if so then will fit fine IMHO.

    OEM RETROFITS - CRUISE CONTROL - SAT NAV - BLUETOOTH - AMI - HEADLIGHT SYSTEMS

    PARKING SYSTEMS - DIAGNOSTICS - FAULT FINDING - BODYWORK - PAINTWORK

  28. #27
    quattro81's Avatar
    All the gear.. No idea

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Kent
    Posts
    982
    Just spoke to Audi, they were quite cagey lol...! But I managed to get a technician to tell me that the S-Line shocks are the same size as the S3 in all dimensions, but that they are slightly firmer (different oil perhaps?).. So the S3 springs will fit my shocks, but that Audi obviously can't reccomend mixing parts from any different edition!!
    For the record they are : front springs £73.16 each, rear springs £59.23 each
    front shocks £73.42 each, rear shocks £70 each
    Red is the colour..

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO

Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO