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Bye Bye Coilovers

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Hilife, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. Hilife

    Hilife AudiHolic........ It's an addiction

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    So its time to get rid of the cheap crappy coilovers. I'm fed up with constantly trying to avoid potholes. They have been on the car 2 years and they are shot.
    I'm looking to fit something standard in way of shocks and fit some Apex or Pi or maybe H&R springs and add some stiff poly top mount bushes but I dont want the car to sit so low and have the same problem.

    What sort of drop would give the car a good stance but not be too low that It bottoms out on speed bumps?
    I dont know the stock height of the S3 so I dont really have anything to compare to.
    Any advice would be welcome
     
  2. aragorn

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    Bilstein B12 Pro-Kit.
     
  3. Hilife

    Hilife AudiHolic........ It's an addiction

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    Yeh they look decent but very pricey
     
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    Im in the exact same boat as you. I have cheap FK coilovers and they have been the worst decision ive ever made.
    Once my hybrid is on, Im going to go down the Koni shock and Apex / Eibach / H & R spring route
     
  5. Hilife

    Hilife AudiHolic........ It's an addiction

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    Ye I think that sounds good, i'm struggling to work out what sort of drop would work best (25, 30, 35mm) I dont want to go too low but still want a decent stance
     
  6. Hilife

    Hilife AudiHolic........ It's an addiction

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    Can anyone tell me what the distance is from wheel centre to wheel arch with a standard suspension set up?
     
  7. DPM

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    If you're wanting to run standard shocks then I'd say the best option for springs would be the Eibach Pro's.

    Damian @ DPM Performance
     
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    I think you should be looking at around a quoted drop of around 25-30mm - I have H&R springs with a quoted drop of 25mm and I only very rarely scrape the harsh island type speed bumps
     
  9. Adam P

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    I am running the apex springs from ebay. Had them for two years and no issues and a great price. This is how the car sits.

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  10. Hilife

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    looks good, are they the 25mm or 30mm drop
     
  11. Adam P

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    Cheers, they are the 30mm drop ones mate.
     
  12. mark_S3

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    This is mine with Koni STR-T Shocks with H&R Springs -25mm

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  13. Vex182

    Vex182 Guess what I drive...

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    I can measure my standard suspension with standard wheels tomorrow morning.
     
  14. Hilife

    Hilife AudiHolic........ It's an addiction

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    Thanks Mark, looks sweet. Wasn't expecting it to look as low as that with -25mm springs. Are those 17" or 18" wheels?
    Steve
     
  15. Hilife

    Hilife AudiHolic........ It's an addiction

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    Thanks Mark, looks sweet. Wasn't expecting it to look as low as that with -25mm springs. Are those 17" or 18" wheels?
    Steve
     

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