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Feedback - Front and rear ARB upgrades after FSD's

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by spiker, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. spiker
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    [Mar 17, 2008]
    Hi All

    For those of you who have been following my posts I have the FSD's and have been reasonably happy with them but hate the bounce at speed - great round town just a nightmare on the motorway.

    I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade the front and rear ARB to Neuspeed 22 / 19 ( thanks for the advice Ess-three) and also some neuspeed adjustable tie bars at the rear. A set of Pirelli rosso's finished the job at Awesome on Saturday.

    Incidentally Awesome did a great job - thanks to Sarah Mark and Dean especially great to meet you

    Anyway to the point of my post - I am still awestruck by the change in handling -I cannot still believe the improvement those ARB's have made. Not only do I have less body roll but the bounce has been pretty much disappeared. The tie bars have sorted the rear camber and the car tracks straight - handles like its on rails and feels tight - its like a totally different car. Cornering is more precise and confident and I am able to approach a higher speed with total confidence in all driving.

    If I had known the improvement this would make to the car I would have had this done long ago and I would strongly recommend this upgrade to anyway who feels they are suffering similar symptoms to the ones I had. I was concerned that the car would feel too rigid - but not at all and I no longer seem preoccupied with avoiding dips or holes in the road - the FSD's and the ARB's handle it brilliantly. I still think perhaps I should have gone with the Bilstens but hey - you make your choice but with the upgrades it has all fallen into place.

    For those interested the price was about £550+ vat for the front and rear ARBs and tie bars + about 4 hours labour and about £600 for the tyres + geometry and replacement

    The 18" rs4's seem great with this setup

    Ok so now onto the brakes - thats it for now
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    550 for arb's plus tie bars is cheap, are they forge tie bars,
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    Neuspeed

    Awesome did me a deal - should have been more like £700 but they were correcting an earlier sales issue.
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    but they have stop producing FSD`s now for the S3 ????


    glad to hear you like the set up now, I was going to do simular but still havn`t done owt yet :( time and money seem to go on my daughter now adays :)
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    [Mar 18, 2008]
    spiker,
    Glad things worked out well...

    Further playing with the tyre pressures, suspension settings and your driving style should give you no understeer and a very, very capable car!

    Enjoy it...the more you drive it, the better it'll become.
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    [Mar 18, 2008]
    not to sound too thick but FSD's?? :think:
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    [Mar 18, 2008]

    koni shock absorbers
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    [Mar 18, 2008]
    Another one with the same setup as me. Glad you're happy, I personally think the S3 should have come out of the factory like this. I haven't needed tie bars and the rear tyres are wearing evenly!
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    Aky

    Didnt realise you had this setup ! - You could have told me it was a good idea ;)

    How comes you dont need the tie bars ? - mine was about 2 degrees out with those wheels

    I think we've had this conversation before perhaps
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    I think you have and didn`t koni alter where the spring support was on the shocker as it was too high ????

    ive read so much my head hurts :(
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    [Mar 19, 2008]
    Hello Spiker
    Was good to meet you eventually
    Glad you like the car , I must admit the handling differences are immense with the ARB`s even my little Skoda is a dream to drive with them on
    But you always think about what next...
    For me wishbone bushes , then brakes and exhaust....
    never ending
    You did seem to have had an exciting day , and your Mrs too bless , it was a pleasure to meet another female enthusiast
    Sarah
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    [Mar 19, 2008]
    ;)
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