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Advice on fitting 8N tt suspension to S3

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Maverick1, Jun 15, 2013.

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    [Jun 15, 2013]
    Hi folks,

    I'm about to sort the suspension in my 02 Bam s3, and after spending hours on the phone and Internet have come up with no local solutions. I'm in Australia - and have decided it will be easiest to purchase my equipment abroad. I have recently learned that 8n tt shocks and springs will fit my s3, and was considering purchasing OEM replacement Kyb's and most likely OEM kyb springs (also for a tt) which I can get for a reasonable cost.

    Ive also recently done all front + rear bushes, new tie rod ends, ball joints, drop links and gruvenparts lower rear tie bars.


    I don't want to lower it as it sits quite low already which I suppose is due to the original equipment being rooted. There doesn't seem to be any OEM options for an actual s3 as all the kits I have seen are "performance" oriented and drop the ride height to some degree.


    Any thoughts as to if this is a good/bad option are much appreciated!






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    Right so after shopping around, I managed to settle on an AP shocks and springs kit from DPM. see how we go.
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    I'll just add that I'd avoid Gruvenparts arms. Go for Forge, CPT or something else. S3dave on here also does them I think. If you do go for Gruvenparts, then get the poly bush ones.

    I assume, going by the plates, you're in QLD?
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    Hi Sam,

    I used to be in Qld, but I'm in Sydney these days. I've already got the gruvenparts arms installed and they made a massive Improvement to the handling and yeah I have the poly bush ones. I'd imagine the rose joints would be very harsh?
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    Oh cool, another Sydney-sider!

    It's not that they're harsh (they weren't). It's that the rose joints were really cheap/low quality items and wore out very quick. I run rose jointed front control arms and touch wood, they've been great so far.

    I got quite a bit of wear in the end:

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