Hey all, i have spent the last 3 years driving a MK2 Golf fitted with FK Konigsport coilovers, i live in cornwall so the roads are a discrace! there may be a few A roads that arent too bad but the rest of the road network is seemingly laid by idiots who cannot lay flat roads and especially cant prep the roads to stop the constant pot holeing that is so common!!! (rant over) sorry if that offended anyone!
Anyway, when i got my 2001 s3, i loved the fact it was so smoth and all the bumps and dips i had to put up with were taken up by the softer dampening, i know this is the characteristics of coilovers and it is to be expected so there is an obvious difference.
Basically, i would love to lower my S3 a little bit, mainly for looks but maintain the ride quality as much as possible, i have had enough of striving for top handleing, i am getting a set of H&R ARBs after reading comments on the forum so these with a slightly lower center of gravity and the 4wd will hopefully be enough for what i want to achieve.
What are my options? Will springs reduce the life of my dampers significantly? Say 50mm springs? Is this a lot of extra work for the pistons as they are standard length? Is there short piston dampers available that are not the normal 30% harder?
What about the use of lowering caps? I know (but never used) this was a cheap way to lower a golf a further 10mm. Does cheap ALWAYS mean bad?
Would my shocks be safe with 30mm or 40mm springs and lowering caps and still not be much different from standard ride?
Sorry for the super long post, hope someone can give some input???
My main goal is to keep the comfortable feel the S3 has
Thanks for any info and advice, James