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A4 SE lowering options

Discussion in 'A4/A4 cabriolet/S4 forum(B6 chassis)' started by manosskali, Sep 5, 2011.

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    Hi guys

    I have got an A4 SE with 17 inch alloys and as you can probably imagine it sits too high up. I am looking into lowering it about 30-35mm but want to do it as economically as possible without loosing too much of the comfort the SE suspension provides. Could i just swap the SE springs for Sport ones or would i need to swap the standard shocks for Sport ones as well? I have also seen these: eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace . Has anyone used them in the past? Ideally i didnt want to spend that much (considering fitting costs too) and if i can get a decent stance with OEM Sport springs then i think i would go for that option. Any advice please?
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    stick sports / s.line ones on it 20 to 25 mm lower and the ride is good
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    Is it worth going the spring route on a SE, as that's my next plan of attack ??
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    thanks for the advice

    i ll keep looking for a set of sports although they are hard to find at sensible money

    quattrojames: looking forward to see the difference your new springs make!
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    As mentioned the Eibach or also H&R springs are a very good option.

    Damian @ DPM Performance
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    to give an idea this is mine. I went from SE to eibach sportlines. also upgraded to 17s. they have lowered a little more (not a lot though) as the pic was taken the day after fitting.

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    Me too.... although it's slow progress so far, I did at least manage to open the box today .....

    I too gave up waiting for a set of secondhand sports springs to fit mine come up.

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    think i paid £140 for mine from venom. not too bad I thought.
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    Deanski: Yeah i like the new stance, i dont want to go too low because i live in Sheffield and the road quality around here is ****.
    You said its now gone a little lower, would you have a recent photo now they 've settled? What is the ride like compared to the SE - obviously going to be harder but how would you rate it in comparison? I think the price you paid sounds quite reasonable - as long as you are happy with the result.

    Quattrojames: I like the look of that - few things give as much pleasure as a new bit for the car! Looking forwars to see them fitted!
    The last brand new shiny car bit i bought was a Prodrive back box for my Subaru - someone else is enjoying that now. I ve not had my A4 for very long though - it will get some treats too!

    Would i be right to think that springs are model specific due to different engine weight etc? For example could i fit sport springs from an 1.9 or 2.5 diesel to my FSI?
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    You would be right. Technically they will fit but the different spring weightings would play havoc with your ride height, it might be fine but it might not, and I didn't want to find out the hard way! Hence why I gave up searching for such a specific item and bought aftermarket.
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    the ride is not that much different TBH. it gets a little "choppy" on a rough road but I always thought the A4 wasn't a great ride. my previous car was a rover 75 which was like a magic carpet but a lot more rolly. The eibachs have transformed the handling though. it is really flat through corners that i used to get a bit of a lean on with SE suspension. This is a more recent pic. it doesnt look much different really LOL. I dont have any trouble with speed humps or anything.

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    quattrojames: thanks for confirming, it sounds like i ll also be going down the aftermarket route. considering that TPS quoted £260 for a sports springs set, aftermarket is by far the most economical option too.

    deanski: on your 'before' photo it seemed that your front end was sitting maybe a bit higher than the back? i ve seen that the eibach sprortlines are supposed to lower the back by 35-40mm and the front by 45-50mm. would you say thats an accurate estimate? is your front now sitting lower than the back - cant really tell on your recent photo - or is it level?

    thanks for the info.
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    forgot to mention that improving the handling is also one of my main objectives. although i find the ride comfortable, going through corners enthousiastically could make you feel a bit sea sick at the moment. finding the right balance of ride comfort / good handling / aggresive stance is very important but not easily achieved without spending a fortune on expensive coilovers
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    it will never be level as the front wheel arches on the b6 are higher than the rears.
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    I suspect I'll end up with B5 perches on mine, going in for the Eibachs tomorrow, if I was a bit more organised I'd have got some perches too.
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    Good luck for tomorrow, looking forward to see the results. See what you think when Eibachs are fitted, If you feel perches are needed you can go for them too
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    just thought (this mind sound silly due to the fact that we are talking about different models anyway, B5-B6) would the perches need to be model specific too? could i fit perches of a diesel B5 on my B6 petrol?
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    I've just collected mine, it looks a LOT better. I think B5 perches on the front are a good idea, not essential short term but I'll perhaps do it when I change the shocks.

    Will get some pics up soon.
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