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Bilstein B12 vs S-Line suspension

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by influxsg, Apr 10, 2010.

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    [Apr 10, 2010]
    Hey guys,

    What can you tell me about the bilstein b12 suspension in comparison with the stock s-line. I'm only interested in the handling, i totally disregard the ride comfort.

    Many thanks
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    [Apr 11, 2010]
    KW ADL over Bilstein
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    [Apr 18, 2010]
    Thanks a lot N8, but that didn't help me 2 much :D. Anyone with different opinions is well apreciated i can buy the B12 kit for as low as 250euros :)
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    [Apr 18, 2010]
    Bilstein are good quality so go for it if the price is right lad.
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    [Apr 19, 2010]
    Don't waste your time and money with OEM S-Line suspension.
    I had it on my car and its too soft for a sporty use.
    I swapped them for bilstein B8 and Eibach sportLine spring which is like B12. Huge improvement in handling and sharpness.
    Know I fitted B16 PSS 10 on my car.
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    [Apr 19, 2010]
    Laurent, any pics fo your car with the mods?
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    [Apr 19, 2010]
    Don't want to pay disrespect but it's all written in french..:D and shamefully i must admit i don't speak that language.
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    [Apr 19, 2010]
    Yes, sorry, but N8 asked for pictures.
    I don't feel like translate it all, right now.
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    [Apr 19, 2010]
    No worries laurent.d, your commets are more than apropriate ;), i've managed to understand using google translate :), please tell me how would you complare B12 agains B16 is very a that great difference.

    P.S you have a wonderful car, well done
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    [Apr 19, 2010]
    Agreed. You might as well upgrade if you want sporty handling. The s-line suspension is ok but for that money you might as well get the Bilsteins.

    Laurent: you've got an awesome car there ... I love the 'Ring photos on page 4!!
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    [Apr 19, 2010]
    First of all B16 are adjustable, ride height and damping.
    B16 are softer when fitted on soft and stiffer fitted on hard.
    But more than that, B16 damping is smoothest, more subtle.
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    [Apr 19, 2010]
    Thanks guys for your comments.
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    [Apr 20, 2010]
    @laurent.d: do you happen to remember the codes for the B8 dampers, and how low was sitting the care in comparison with the s-line suspension.
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    [Apr 20, 2010]
    On my invoice it's writed:

    Front 600 VE3A819
    Rear 600 BE5A820

    But I found out BE5A611 on the company website where I bought it.

    Damper don't lower the car but springs yes.

    Eibach SporLine lowered the car of about 1,5 cm other S-Line springs
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    How much fitted did you pay for your brakes? in €?
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    [Apr 21, 2010]
    2607€ for the brakes.
    102€ for the labour.
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    Thats so much money man, I could have got you CHEAP deal if u lived in UK.
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    [Jun 14, 2010]
    how is the ride with them dampers?
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    [Jun 14, 2010]
    About B8 ride:

    The ride is very taut and firm but still not too uncomfortable for me.
    It can be some time to time a tiny bouncy but overall the ride is superb.
    The car is much more stable at high speed.
    Steering is sharper.
    The car doesn’t move around anymore when driving hard.
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    [Oct 23, 2011]
    I was considering the B90 version of this kit in order to soften the ride as the Irish roads are so bad that I find myself weaving down the road to avoid them.

    Would this kit be a better softer ride than the standard S line suspension? Or could someone recommend a suspension set up that would be softer? Not too worried about handling as it's the wife's car

    I have a 07 A3 SB 2.0 Tdi 170 DSG S line

    thanks
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