Before I get flamed for starting another thread, I've been reading suspension threads all afternoon and haven't found an answer
At some point this year I will be looking to replace my springs and dampers on my Avant 1.9 TDi Sport. At 146k old they are no doubt past their best! Looking at OEM replacements comes in at approx £500-600 which is in the same bracket as aftermarket spring/shock sets but these are lower. Now I bought an Avant so I could fill the boot (fishing gear, diy/building waste etc) and it's a daily driver so I'm not after a floor hugging cruiser. A 30mm drop (10mm lower than my current sport setup) would be acceptable I feel. With this in mind, I went out and checked my current arch clearance (measured from the top of my 17" audi 5-spokes to the edge of the wheel arch). The results:
Front right - 125mm
Front left - 122mm
Rear right - 105mm
Rear left - 109mm
Now can accept some small differences between sides due to wear but 20mm max front to rear seems excessive!? I understand that the B6 A4 is front high but the difference I'm seeing is the same as the difference between standard and sport suspension. Not right, surely???
The front suspension arms don't look like they're original so I'm wondering if the wrong springs were fitted during this process. Not as unlikely as it sounds as a few weeks after buying the car I discovered it had the wrong size front brake discs on. They were too small!!!