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    Thumbs up Coilovers installed!

    At long last I have completed the coilover install, I thought I'd share a handful of photos of the results. This has been something I have always wanted to do, indeed I have been talking about this for nearly two years!

    The install was torture in parts, but the results are worth it :thumb:

    A full technical writeup will follow, I'll pop it in the guides section :thumb:

    Some befores...









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    Some afters... (needs a clean, but that will have to wait!)









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    Looks well mate what's the ride like?

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    It's very good indeed, this was SE suspension to KW Variant 2 and it's not all that harsh at all to be honest. You do notice the bumps a little more.

    I'm currently using 50% rebound for both the front and rear dampers, will probably stiffen the rears and leave the front at 50%.

    I need to give it a blast on some twisties, but all in all, it's excellent, turn in is very sharp.

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    I bet it feels like your sat on the floor now lol

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    It feels very low indeed, you have to use your knees alot more!

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    Looks bang on.
    If im right(which i might not be)the lower you go the harder it gets with coilovers.
    Put an RS4 RARB with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james0808
    Looks bang on.
    If im right(which i might not be)the lower you go the harder it gets with coilovers.
    Put an RS4 RARB with them.
    I have the RS4 ARB waiting to be installed, should be this weekend when I get to my parents house and use my dads ramp.

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    My RARB arrived this morning, and it's being fitted this weekend too. £60 delivered from VAG PArts, can't grumble at that !

    Also, cars currently being detailed. Will put up separate post shortly, but the work done so far on the solid black A4 is nothing short of amazing...
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    I'd have it even lower personally, another 2 centimetres at least. Get the lowers painted and the car will look absolutely mint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golf
    Get the lowers painted and the car will look absolutely mint.
    Got to agree with that.

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    Great work Neil.

    Looks like I'll have to get my V1's fitted ASAP!!

    Why did you go for the V2's? I just couldn't see the point of adjustable damping in a road based A4 + Having to remove them to adjust must be a complete pain.

    Can you tell me what thread you have showing F&R on the platforms/struts? What arch height or wheel centre to arch are you at too?

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubstar
    Great work Neil.

    Looks like I'll have to get my V1's fitted ASAP!!

    Why did you go for the V2's? I just couldn't see the point of adjustable damping in a road based A4 + Having to remove them to adjust must be a complete pain.

    Can you tell me what thread you have showing F&R on the platforms/struts? What arch height or wheel centre to arch are you at too?

    Cheers

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    Your probably right, I went for the V2's though because I thought if the setup didn't feel right at least I could adjust them (although in all likelyhood I probably won't be doing that much adjusting).

    The rears are a piece of cake to get out and adjust so will most likely stiffen the rear and keep the front as-is.

    Will have to measure the height for you when the car is back for the garage as I can't quite remember.

    Going to lower the front down a touch when it settles too

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    Top!

    Did you take the rear arch liners out to change the rears?

    A4 Avant S-Line quattro - Avus Silver/Silver Half Leather *240ps*346nm* - a few choice mods. Now Stared up ;-)

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    No rear arch liner removal required, just get a 125mm extension bar and your sorted, as per what I posted on tyresmoke, I now remember that the fronts have 65mm of thread remaining (adjustment range is 50mm to 80mm so middle of the road) and the rears are 13mm from top (adjustment range is 0mm to 25mm).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_S
    No rear arch liner removal required, just get a 125mm extension bar and your sorted, as per what I posted on tyresmoke, I now remember that the fronts have 65mm of thread remaining (adjustment range is 50mm to 80mm so middle of the road) and the rears are 13mm from top (adjustment range is 0mm to 25mm).

    FYI 60-90mm on the Quattro models
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    Full technical guide now available here (I was going to post it on this site, but I can't because of the photo limit)

    http://www.tyresmoke.net/ubbthreads/...page/0#1205777

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    Quote Originally Posted by golf
    I'd have it even lower personally, another 2 centimetres at least. Get the lowers painted and the car will look absolutely mint.
    yeah, you do need your lowers done....you know you want to...heres a pic to tempt you...



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    As it is settling the front needs to come down by about 10mm.

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    My V1's now fitted!!

    Wow! They are fantastic! The damping is so much better than the Quattro GmbH (1BV) suspension. If anything the car rides BETTER now than it did before, plus I can set the ride height where I want it.

    I was a bit more conservative with my height settings though - 20mm rear & 80mm front. I was hoping this would equate to a 10-15mm rear drop and a 20mm front drop (from my GmbH) but it seems the GmbH suspension was lower than I gave it credit! The rear is about the same and only a slight drop on the front. I looks like I'm going to skin a knuckle or ten in the next week or two.......

    Neil, thanks for taking the time for doing the guide it saved me a lot of head scratching for sure!!

    I'll just wait a couple of weeks now and get a full 4x4 geo' after I've got the height I'm after.

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    Great stuff Bub! I'm pretty happy with mine too, going round bends at speeds you thought were not possible is a bit of a thrill!

    I need to pick your brains on S4 brakes soon, I'll post up a thread later.

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    It must've been a real shock to you, I'm impressed and I had GmbH suspension!!!

    BUB
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