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Dampers and Springs or Coilovers ?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by cecilthesausage, Feb 22, 2011.

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    cecilthesausage ...It's Never Finished...

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    I am just about to invest in new suspension. and just wondering what everybody is using..... Im more or less being pushed towards Billy B8,s and H+R Springs...... What does everyone else think ?
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    Im a coilover fan, my kws are very forgiving.... the B8s+ h&r combo seems popular what ride/looks are you after
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    I use my car a lot with my job I work all round the country and want something that is comfortable but will tighten everything up at the same time. I would like her to sit a little bit lower but not to low, your kw,s are the all singin all dancin 1,s arent they Dave ?
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    There great for the motorway...there not crashy on the street, but firm I think KWs are the middle of the road there are more expensive ones....
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    I'm considering some AP Coilover 's in the summer, replace the old shocks and give it a better stance :)

    Depends if the front can be adjusted enough to still give me nice even tyre wear. I do too many miles to be munching though tyres every month on the inner edge
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    you should be able to get everthing bang on, on an s3, i had 4 wheel geometry done and it transformed the car
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    Thats good to know, I know I can get tie bars for the back as I had them on my old S3, I was about to say some guy on here makes them now and realised its you Dave haha

    It was more the front ball joint adjustment I was worried about, I know theres a bit of adjustment available but wasn't sure how effective it would be at 35mm ish.

    Whats yours lowered by?
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    Its around 55mm and the adjustment on the front ball joints were plenty, they got it 100% (had to move the chassis 1.5mm)
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    Sounds good.

    I'm hoping for coilovers and spacers, bit of paint first though.
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    I think if its for everyday uise, go for the billys. Cant see coilovers giving as good of a ride. Im tempted by some myself, as im not really after adjustability, just decent quality damper
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    I'd go for springs and dampers too,

    I had coilovers fitted on my old A3 and the first week I drove the car I thought what had I done, completely ruined the ride comfort I had, however I did get used to them and the car handled like on rails, but I wouldn't put any on the S3, would be B8's and H&R's going on other peoples description of ride comfort aswell as handling.
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    I think if your willing to spend the price for that spring/damper combo, you should be able to get some quality coilovers for the same price which i would go for.
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    Personally I'll be going for a springs and dampers kit. I've been out in an S3 on AP coilovers and it handles well but for the driving i do the standard suspension is fine so I'll be ok with a half decent kit. Going for the KW kit.
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    It looks like Billy B8,s and H+R Springs it is then. Cheers Lads much appreciated
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    You won't be disappointed with that.
    I believe the Eibach springs give a slightly softer ride, not sure about the Apex, but the H&Rs are fine for me.
    Firmer than standard but still more comfortable somehow (must be magic).
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