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Coilovers and lowering

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Rockett, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Rockett
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    Hi guys,

    You may have seen some of my other threads that point me out as being totally useless when it comes to cars :sos: well its that time again.

    I'm soon to be purchasing a set of 18" wheels and tyres to replace my 17" sports currently on there. Once i've done this i want to get the car lowered so it sits a lot better. I literally have no idea though what i need to be able to lower it. I've seen people talk about springs and coilovers but i'm unsure if that's the only thing i need or if there's more to it?

    Can i just buy a set of coilovers and take into a garage, get it fitted and it's done?

    Secondly can anyone recommend me a good but cheap set? Would ideally like to spend about £400 (don't know if this is practical or not?)

    Thanks in advance for anyone able to help :anbet:
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    All you need is a set of coilovers, but make sure they're specific to your particular model else they may not fit.

    I have JOM's on mine and I'm happy with them, £220.
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    Coilovers if you can afford them as the height is adjustable. All depends on what you want really.

    Have a look on Dpmperformance as they have Springs and Coilovers.

    What car will they be for?
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    It's for a 2006 A3 2.0T sport.

    Ill take a look at that website.

    Can you be more specific about what model Brad?
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    He means what model your car is
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    Then you need to look for 8P1/2 A3 2.0T coilovers, specific whether it is diesel, 3/5 door etc, to ensure you get the right set! :)
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    I meant what model/type JOM's he has :happy:

    Found these but it says quattro, not sure if that'll make a difference or not?

    JOM Coilover Suspension Kit A3 8P 2.0T FSi Quattro, 2.0TDi Quattro, 3.2 V6 Quattro 05/03> - £180.00 : The premier online mail order VAG suspension and performance specialists. We offer a wide range of all the best branded suspension and performance

    Oh and it's a 3 door.

    Also these, although it says 2.0 and not 2.0T

    JOM Coilovers for Audi A3
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    The best thing you could do is contact them and give them your Reg so they can check to be certain.:yes:
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    Good plan, i'll do that. One more thing, anyone have a rough idea the labour cost for a garage to fit this?
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    All garages vary. Prices range from 120-250 from what i've seen
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    Thanks Damian, you posted 2 different parts there, can you tell me which one i need?
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    Avoid JOM, go for something like AP or V-Maxx.
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    If you have £400, spend £400. Coilovers you get what you pay for (generally). AP are meant to be very good, and reasonably cheap.
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    Out of curiousity, why avoid JOM?
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    What engine do you have?

    Damian @ DPM Performance
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    Can you recommend one of their products? Link me to a page maybe?

    What can you expect from a 'bad' set of coilovers, they aren't as comfy, break easily?

    Its an A3 2.0T Sport 06 plate


    Oh and not sure if it makes much difference but i dont intend to slam this to the ground, just want to lower it so it doesn't look like im sitting atop a skyscraper.
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    Each to their own, I rate them!
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    I don't think you're the only one, from what i've read so far i've seen more positive reviews than negative.

    Decisions decisions :think:
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    Well it's entirely up to you buddy, but the reason I bought coilovers is purely for looks, I could'nt give a flying **** how my car handles as long as its as low as I want it, I don't go throwing it around corners, I just enjoy it. For £220 plus £50 fitting I've got exactly that so I'm not complaining.. But having said that, if you want to tune your motor or fly around a track, I would probably recommend putting your full £400 into a set & making sure they're goodens, then you're best looking at your AP's and V MAXX' I would imagine :)
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    Well i want my car to handle well but i'm happy with how it's handling at the moment, im guessing although people have said theyre bad theyre not going to make the handling worse?

    Where did you get fitting done for £50? If that was the price for fitting i could afford to chuck more into the coilovers.
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    Yup, cheaper coils will be cheaper material and likely less developed. Worse ride/handling, more likely to seize etc.
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    The ride would be harsher but I doubt it would handle worse.
    I had a mate fit them for £50 mate.
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    Thought that might be the case :( Wish i knew more people into modding or who had garages near me. Im useless at this stuff so i'm a prime target for mechanics to rip off.
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    I've recently bought some AP coilovers from Damian at DPM. Not fit them yet but only heard good things about them, including the good build quality.
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    AP seems to be the way to go, just too much money for what i wanted to spend after factoring in fitting costs :banghead:
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    Do what I did matey, wait a bit longer and save up.

    Cheaper coilovers may cost you more in the long run if they develop a fault, but then again there's a lot of people running JOM's with no problems at all!
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    £450 will get you a set of AP coilovers
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