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ANOTHER suspension thread.

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Effect, Dec 5, 2007.

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    I have a pretty much standard 2001 S3 with 95k on the clock and I find the suspension crashy and harsh, it seems to thrash ME for every single little imperfection in the road and it gets tiresome on longer journeys.

    I would like some new suspension (struts and springs) I would like to achieve two things

    1 - make the car a little bit lower (bearing in mind its probably sat lower than when new anyway due to worn out springs/dampers)
    2 - make it more comfortable to drive


    Suggestions please. :)
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    The classic response, H&R springs with Bilstein B8 dampers.
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    Koni FSD's with springs? Handling is transformed and it isn't too hard. Doesn't crash over bumps and pot holes
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    I used r32 oem bilstien dampers on mine with H+R lowering springs. Rides great , not to stiff and doesnt crash and bump all over the road. I got my shocks for 70 quid second hand off ebay, so can be a very a cheap upgrade!
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    strange as a std R32 can be quite hard.
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    Yeah there a touch harder than the after market bilstien set up for the s3, as i compared the rear shocks against each other and the r32 shock was stiffer. On the road it works well, and still a very comfy ride, better than standard ride quality in my opinion.
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    my only concern is that i really dont want it harsher than standard as i feel it is harsh enough already.

    I have been spoilt with a boat of a mondeo that i had before which just soaked up everything :)


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    Also forgot to ask how low can you go before you need to get the adjustable rear tie bars as well.
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    About 10mm I think. My FSD's and Eibach springs currently don't require tie bars.
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    That's probably about right...
    the optional 20mm lower suspension on the late cars wear the inside edges, so 10mm is probably about the limit.
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