1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

A4 B7 2.0 Tdi....sports suspension

Discussion in 'Audi S4/A4/A4 Cab (B7 Chassis)' started by mcs6, May 9, 2005.

  1. mcs6
    Offline

    mcs6 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2005
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    [May 9, 2005]
    Hi guys.... finalising spec for my car...has anyone ordered/driven an A4 with sports suspension on standard 16 inch wheels?

    The S-Line seems to stiff while the standard SE seems to soft...wondering whether to add 17 inchers or sports suspension...any ideas?

    /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif
    #1
  2. Ads

    Ads

    [Sep 19, 2014]

  3. imported_sregorap
    Online

    imported_sregorap Guest

    [May 9, 2005]
    Hi,
    I have just changed from an '02 SE Avant with 16" alloys to a '05 S-Line avant running 18" rims, yes it is a firmer ride but the handling is also a lot tighter making the whole car feel more agile.

    I would have thought the sports suspension was a better route rather than just increasing alloy size, so that you get the stiffer spring ratings and damper settings, but by keeping 16" alloys will have a 'taller' tyre sidewall to absorb some of the harshness.
    #2
  4. mcs6
    Offline

    mcs6 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2005
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    [May 9, 2005]
    Thanks....Since writting the original message I actually drove a B6 sport (i.e. 16inchers and sport suspension) and thought it was a great mid way solution...

    I called the dealer and changed the 17 inchers (sniff...they look good /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif ) to sport suspension and the standard SE rims (16 inch).

    Now for the wait....
    #3
  5. gizze
    Offline

    gizze Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2003
    Messages:
    615
    Likes Received:
    0
    [May 10, 2005]
    The difference between 16" and 18" is very minimal, I have changed twice on A4's, so the difference between dropping down from 17" to 16" would be so small ride wise I think you will regret it.

    I have just changed the 17" 5 spokes on the cab for 18" S4 wheels and again can't really tell a difference.

    The one area that Audi really lets itself down on, imho, is the suspension. The SE is truly awful, far too wollowy whist still managing to fell every small lump and bup in the road as if it were a crater. The sport is a little better, no better at reducing the amount of jarring but you gain a little handling. The S-line on my A3 was pretty good, actually absorbed the pot holes etc. better than any se or sport I have owned and the handling was superb.

    I have just bought a cab sport and as soon as fund permit I will get some decent shocks and springs on it if I decde to keep it.

    the only difference you will notice with 16" wheels is it will look a bit /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/swear.gif! And you will regret it later.
    #4
  6. Amchlolor
    Offline

    Amchlolor Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2005
    Messages:
    5,604
    Likes Received:
    3
    [May 10, 2005]
    [ QUOTE ]

    the only difference you will notice with 16" wheels is it will look a bit /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/swear.gif! And you will regret it later.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    I agree.
    I've seen new A4's with 16 inchers,and they look awful. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsdown.gif
    #5
  7. mcs6
    Offline

    mcs6 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2005
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    [May 10, 2005]
    I see what you mean...but as I said...when I drove the S-line it felt way too stiff for me...

    In any case..the way I thought about it was...i can add the 17inch wheels later but not the sport susp unless you go aftermarket lose warranty which i don't want, as I am keeping the car a LONG time (7 years).

    Thanks for the help guys....oh and by the way I went for the 15 spoke 16inch wheels so they don't look as bad as the standard ones.
    #6
  8. Banwell
    Offline

    Banwell previously LeeS3

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2003
    Messages:
    393
    Likes Received:
    0
    [May 10, 2005]
    Lexus?
    #7
  9. ElDingo
    Offline

    ElDingo New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2005
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    0
    [Jun 23, 2005]
    I've got one and don't recommend it. Fine around town, but too bouncy on the motorway, and much too much body roll and lurch when changing direction quickly. My old Leon Cupra R had a better ride, and that's saying something!
    #8

Share This Page