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Handling upgrade 2.5V6TDIQ

RadCap Oct 4, 2009

  1. RadCap

    RadCap Member

    Well while I do like the Audi it think the handling is **** poor.
    All the joints, camber and alignment are in A1 condition... The car doesn't really fill me with confidence on the twisty bits though. I am running low to mid range tyres on 16's and do know better tyres and a lower profile will give it more grip.

    The car is a pre facelift 99 car with a 6 speed manual box.
    It has a stock set-up with genuine Audi suspension components used.

    RS6 wheels are next on the list with Potenzas. What springs are best and how much lower should I be looking at with enthusiastic driving in mind?

    Also I think Audi set up the car for boring understeer, is the S4 equipped with a thicker ARB?
    I don't want any rear end action, just to neutralise the car more on bends...
  2. jcb

    jcb Active Member

    get the geomerty done by a 4 wheel specialist.
    It will transform your car.
    When I bought mine, motorways were scary places. floated all over the place, tramlined, twitchy, very scary indeed.
    Had the geometry done with the stock 70k suspension and it was a different car. lowered the front tyre pressure 5psi and the nose heavy understeer went.

    best £100 I ever spent on it.

    lots of info on spring damper combos for a slight lower and firmer ride. not convinced ARB's will correct anything on there own but a stiffer rear ARb can help dial out some understeer.

    I went for coilovers and polybushes. its firm but very direct
  3. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

    S4's had the same front ARB, and any thicker front ARB will just make it understeer more.

    Tyres will play a huge part though. Craigs S4 was rubbish until he fitted the eagles, especially in the wet.

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