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    S3 Ride Quality

    Hi Guys,

    Picked up my S3 on Saturday and I'm really impressed.

    I'll get pics up as soon as I can!

    One thing that is bothering me is the ride quality when driving on normal town roads! Going over pot holes/speed bumps etc.

    The ride seems really crashy, and I can see after a while this is going to get me down! The 8L S3's wern't like this!

    Will changing the springs help? If i get a set of eibach springs, will this improve the way the car rides over bumps/pot holes etc? Will changing the springs make the ride firmer (i don't want this).

    Cheers
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    Tip: Always take a piss before every journey - makes you feel like you need a piss even when you don't!! - put 19's on and its worse.

    I think the OEM recommended tyre pressures dont help, they are very high.
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    Congrats on your S bud. Awesome colour i might be abit biased

    Whats your tire pressure set to? Lower profile's also aren't gonna help.
    TBH, the stock suspension didn't bother me as much though.
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    Its a hot hatch so what do you expect lol never mind the crashy ride and enjoy it in the bends!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by *ace* View Post
    Congrats on your S bud. Awesome colour i might be abit biased

    Whats your tire pressure set to? Lower profile's also aren't gonna help.
    TBH, the stock suspension didn't bother me as much though.
    42PSi front, about 36 or 38 on the back from memory. Since the weather has warmed up in the UK the ride feels much harder, so the warmer ambient air temps must make the air denser???? It's firm, but its not a ball breaker.
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    Drive a new CTR and see if you still think the S3 rides hard!
    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

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    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulAr View Post
    Drive a new CTR and see if you still think the S3 rides hard!
    I bet a day in one of those would leave you feeling like you'd spent an evening at a Michael Barrymore pool party!
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    Quote Originally Posted by warrencox View Post
    Tip: Always take a piss before every journey - makes you feel like you need a piss even when you don't!! - put 19's on and its worse.

    I think the OEM recommended tyre pressures dont help, they are very high.
    LOL! I think i'll have to install a portable toilet in the boot!

    I think you hit the nail on the head regarding Tyre pressures! I checked them earlier and they were 42PSI front, and 37 Back.

    I have now changed them to 38PSI front, and 30 rear! It makes a hell of a difference!

    Cheers for the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boydie View Post
    Its a hot hatch so what do you expect lol never mind the crashy ride and enjoy it in the bends!!
    I dont expect a hard crashy ride to be honest! For a car to handle well, nobody said it needs to have rock hard suspension lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by warrencox View Post
    I bet a day in one of those would leave you feeling like you'd spent an evening at a Michael Barrymore pool party!
    lmfao thats classic lmfao

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    Quote Originally Posted by warrencox View Post
    I bet a day in one of those would leave you feeling like you'd spent an evening at a Michael Barrymore pool party!

    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
    S3 (8P), Ibis, DSG, Milltek, SHARK

    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulAr View Post
    Drive a new CTR and see if you still think the S3 rides hard!

    had one and can def say that it is the hardest riding car i have had!!
    Past cars.....

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    nice to be back after diesel power

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo555 View Post
    had one and can def say that it is the hardest riding i have had!!
    I'll give you this chance to edit that post before me or Paul jump on a reply, lmfao

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    Now:
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    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
    S3 (8P), Ibis, DSG, Milltek, SHARK

    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
    Golf MK4 GTi 18T - 200bhp, MTM ECU, Forge DV
    Golf MK3 VR6 - Cat Back
    Corrado VR6 - JAMEX
    Corrado G60 - JAMEX, BRM Charger rebuild
    etc....

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    mines on 19 s and imo is no different to oem 18 " wheels
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    Cheers guys for the comments.

    Would changing the springs to something like eibach make it ride better?
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    eibach wont they only supply 2 springs !!
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    Worked for me mate.

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    I got a black edition S3, not checked the Tyre pressures, not that I think they will make a massive difference if a little hard, though I rather have them a little harder than soft, it may save a rime and Tyre in a pot hole.

    I would not say it is annoyingly hard, but firm is a word that comes to mind for sure, it is fine on reasonable roads, but when they get really rough it is a bumpy ride.

    Though I guess as yours is so new you are still going really SLow, if you go really really fast the ride is quite smooth

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    humm i run mine at full audi pressure and it seems fine, if your is brand new, the dampers and springs could be still settling it?
    mine is firm but car from crashy... tho i did come from a 12 year old alfa 156 which didnt have the best set up by a long way!!

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    Cant go along with this idea that because its a hot hatch it should ride like a shopping trolley....

    I have a new A4 1.8T avant exec 160 s-line loan car at the moment and that rides like a steam roller !! makes my 3.2 feel like it has air suspension. Its so bad that on my regular run to work over the downs, where i could drive the A3 at 60 mph with one finger on the wheel, the A4 needs both hands because the bumps take the steering and send you straight off the road.
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    I think ride on S3 is pretty good with stock to be honest. Had a go in a Mini Cooper S recently.............. jesus, now that was crashy , unbearable to be honest.
    The state of our roads at the moment , anything other than a hovercraft will feel rough me thinks !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NHN View Post
    Worked for me mate.
    Thanks, I hoped changing the springs would make a difference.

    I'll see how I get on over the next few weeks and go from there. As I say, lowering the tyre pressures seems to have made a difference so will see how it goes.
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    I've 19" BBS CH with 235/35/19 tyres and H&R 25mm springs and the ride is just as good, if not better than standard!

 

 

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