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    S3 Suspension

    I have a standard S3.

    Unless I'm full on driving (we all know that cannot be done too often) the suspension is just too hard.

    Anyone done anything to theirs to improve the overall ride comfort?

    Here's hoping, or another car will be up for sale!
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    It sounds to me you keep buying the wrong sort of cars mate? sporty cars always have hard suspension!

    Maybe you could try some adjustable damper/shocks, Koni FSD's are highly rated.

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    didnt you take it for a spin before you bought it? I found the S3 suspension to wishy woshy when driving hard, so uprated the springs and ARB's

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    Last edited by mitch78; 4th March 2009 at 00:38.
    Ex 8L S3 driver

    also A3, 320, Golf, Clio, Astra, Focus, Mondeo, Laguna, Escort, Calibra, 220, others and now back to a Focus...

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    ^^^^^Snap! I should have the H&R's on this week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantom View Post
    It sounds to me you keep buying the wrong sort of cars mate? sporty cars always have hard suspension!

    Maybe you could try some adjustable damper/shocks, Koni FSD's are highly rated.

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    I love a hard ride, but that is not the problem I am having. Its the choppy low speed ride that disappoints. On the test drive which was a long one, approx 2 hours, I was pushing the car to see if it would be acceptably fast enough after the V8 RS4. It ticked all the boxes with the much lower running costs.

    Its only in real use that the low speed problem becomes apparent.
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    It IS a bit bumpy at low speed. I find myself swerving to miss manhole covers but hey, you cant have it all

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    Quote Originally Posted by L60N View Post
    It IS a bit bumpy at low speed. I find myself swerving to miss manhole covers but hey, you cant have it all
    But would it not be nice if you could!
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    I think you could lose some belly weight flaps (only joking!!!)..
    Most of the Audis are way to harsh on the springs , the only one that was just right funnily enough was the RS4, but then you'd agree there probably.
    I must admit the M4 is a git especially around your area; that bit past the caldra is ridiculous and has shaken me senseless in every car .
    I defy anyone to even change the radio channel over this piece of road at 75!; its that bad.

    I have heard eibach springs or H&R which are progressive are good but dont know anyone who has done it on an S3 new shape...
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    Quote Originally Posted by catsflap View Post
    I love a hard ride
    I think that goes for most on this forum mate!
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    I actually find the suspension should be a bit firmer... after 10k it seems to have soften a bit or is it just me?

    Any ideas / sugestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantom View Post
    ^^^^^Snap! I should have the H&R's on this week!

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    Phantom

    Not called this week yest to show you trhe car at its in the body shop!!!!

    Was on the M61 last fri and a waggon threw a stone up which hit my wing, small scratch and tiny dent (hardly noticeable), could have left it really but it will bug me knowing its there!

    So, its been in the tuning shop for a week, now the body shop, I've hardly driven the bloody thing yet.
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    ^^^^Have you got a side on pic L33TAY ?

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    Not yet mate

    will get one tomorrow, car should be ready for end of play tomorrow.

    I'll put it up tomorrow evening.

    Lee
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    Lovely mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The911SC View Post
    I think you could lose some belly weight flaps (only joking!!!)..
    Oi !!!!

    I would agree RS4 was a near perfect ride, even though it was on 19".

    M4 is dreadful, and Newport is no better. So grin and bear it then, till the next car change comes along.
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    Not yet though?, you not quite reached your 3 month boredom level yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The911SC View Post
    Not yet though?, you not quite reached your 3 month boredom level yet?
    I'll have you know its a 9 month itch!
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