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Audi S3 drop on springs advice

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by AntonTDI, Jan 6, 2013.

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    Looking to drop my S3, lowest I could go without rubbing and rolling arches etc... I want a even gap front and back as standard the fronts sit a little higher, I would like 50mm front 40 back to get this... Do you guys agree and if so what springs are the best? Bearing in minds it's 4wd etc... It's got rotars on...

    Thanks :)
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    Give Damian@dpm a shout, he's the man for suspension systems, top bloke.
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    Im sure the H&R 25mm's are the lowest springs available for the 8P?
    Thats what im using at the moment, looks ok on the standard wheels and sits pretty much evenly. I wish id have just got coilovers to start with :think:
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    Thanks guys, you got a pic of your car on the 25mms mate?
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    Havent got any pictures since fitting them really, theres quite a few in 'The Rimz thread' in this section though
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    25mm H&R are the way to go. Excellent spring. Been in my car 3.5 years with no issues what so ever, no rubbing on either my 18" standards or BBS CH 19's.
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    I'm on 25mm KW also with no issues. Now anyway, bit of creaking from front offside when first fitted but that went away after a couple of hundred miles bedding in, looks pretty decent with the spacers too:)
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    Does anybody have a step-by-step, with photos!, of how to replace OEM springs with lowered springs on an S3? Thanks.
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    im the same wish id have just gone for coilovers to start with,good springs the h&r ones but if your wanting a really noticeable drop there not really the way forward as the only do 25mm. mine will be available soon when i fit my coilovers if your interested done around 600miles on them.
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    How much does it cost to have springs fitted?
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    PaulAr S3 (8P)

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    My old S3 on H&Rs (25mm)

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    Hey guys, do the H&R springs affect the ride much? Do they make it a lot firmer?
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    I got h&r on mine. Totally transform the ride. May I also suggest the 11mm forge spacers to finish off.
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    When you say transform, I take it you mean for the better? I don't mind the ride in mine as it is.

    Paul, those pics look great. Does your car have H&R springs all round or just on the front to even the arch gaps up?
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    I also like how my original suspension is. But not too keen on the huge gap from tyre to arch. Is it possible to keep the suspension with the same feel but lowered? I've been looking at coilovers but from past experience there very hard. I've also been thinking getting dampeners and springs separate but not sure how I'd know what it'd feel like before I buy...
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    H&Rs alround.
    The car drove much tighter, turn in was better and roll was greatly reduced.
    Bit bouncy on some fast A roads but I worthwhile mod IMO.

    Dont forget to get a full geo set up. I was told it was uneccessary and it cost 2 front tyres after about 3K miles.

    I paid £180 for the srings from Awesome.
    £100 fitting.
    £40 geo set up.

    Cheers

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    I find the hrs to be quite hard but not as hard as coilovers. Defo a well worth mod. Got the springs off Graeme at www.gnjmotorsport.co.UK and he did me a great deal for springs. Spacers. Wheel bolts and lockers. Much recommended.
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    As an alternative this is mine on Eibachs Sportlines (only comes with 20mm front springs to remedy the reverse rake from stock):
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