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Discussion in 'Audi S4/A4/A4 Cab (B7 Chassis)' started by Spanner 1980, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Spanner 1980

    Spanner 1980 Member

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    Just fitted a set of 19s on my 2.0 tfsi avant se and wT to lower it a little bit, what are the best quality springs to buy without it becoming a hard an bouncy ride?
     
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    jdp1962 Grumpy Old Moderator
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    Contact Damian at DPM Performance, one of the tuning/modding firms that sponsor this forum. He can give you lots of information and advice on which springs to buy. I run Eibach springs on mine, and they are outstandingly good. H&R are very well thought of too.
     
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    Joe_Murphy21187 Tiptronic

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    H&R and Eibach coem highliy recommended by everyone who buys them.

    There is a seller of H&R springs on Germany eBay which is cheaper than buying them in the UK: autoteilemann on eBay

    Just double check your part numbers on the H&R website before ordering. Also a 40-50mm drop is ideal with 19", no arch gap
     
  5. Spanner 1980

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    Will they rub with that sort of drop? With 4 people in the car?
     
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    I repeat, contact Damian, and he will do his best to answer all your questions and steer you to the right springs for your car.
     
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    With all due respect Jeff the OP has probably came on public forum to get advice from guys who have springs fitted and have ran them over a period of time. No doubt Damian is a great and helpfull guy but personally I'd rather base my decision around what to buy from people like me instead of a salesman who's on loads of forums especially when I can buy exactly the same product cheaper elsewhere.

    Spanner, I run 35mm H&R springs and can have a full car with no rubbing and still comfortable. We probably need to know the specs of the wheels and tyres(width, offsets, profile etc) to give you a definitive answer tho.

    Here's mine on 19's with the H&Rs,
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    totally agree with ajax1976. comment above..
     
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    Ajax1976 & jdp1962, do you find your springs give a more comfortable ride than OEM springs? Especially given the state of British roads.

    I am considering Eibach for the slightly lower stance, but don't want an even harder ride than current OEM.
     
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    As indeed do I on further reflection. Apologies, Spanner.
     
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    My starting point was an SE, rather than an S-Line, so the ride was fairly good before. Fitting the Eibachs for lowering purposes has improved the handling without in any way damaging the ride, If anything, it is slightly better too.
     
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    Upgraded springs usually makes the ride firmer but less 'crashy', that's the general opinion from forums all over the place for the B7.

    Note: The s-line is already 20mm lower than the SE and lowering springs state their drop based on SE original height. I.e. if you have an s-line, a -40mm set of springs will actually lower you a further 20mm. Can make all the difference with changing up a wheel size though...

    I went from 18s on s-line springs to 19" on -30mm H&R springs (would've gone for -45/-50mm but they don't make them for my model) and I think it makes a big difference to the arch gap with only 10mm difference
     
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    Apologies for hi jacking this one.....but how much work is involved in changing all 4 springs?

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    Let me check my invoice, see how much labour I was billed.
     
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    Allan, my garage charged 2.5 hours to change the fronts, 1.5 hours to change the backs, plus 1 further hour for wheel alignment. So five hours labour in all.
     
  17. Spanner 1980

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    No need to argue guys as every ones opinion is valid but what Ajax says is right, I wanted real world opinions as supposed to a salesman on commission trying to sell me any old thing. The tyres are 235 40 19 and it has standard se suspension and it looks like it's on stilts lol.
     
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    I went from S line suspension, notoriously crashy and unrefined and I've never been in an SE so can't really comment on ride quality.
    Rubbing might be a potential issue tho, you really should be running a 35 series profile, 40 is a bit tall and usually found on an 18" wheel. In effect you wheels are an inch taller than they should be. If you're running a 8" or 8.5" wheel a 235 is perfect but the profile is wrong for me plus your speedo will be reading slightly out.
     

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