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How to sort the rear suspension on my S3 ?

Shadowman Feb 3, 2013

  1. Shadowman

    Shadowman Active Member

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    My 2011 S3 s/back has the Eibach sportline front springs and I run RS3 19' alloys and tyres, but I have noticed a couple of times that if I am really pressing on around a bend, the rear seems to almost 'slew' sidewards....almost feels like it is trying to rear-wheel steer.
    The tyres are the correct pressures which makes me think this is an inherent characteristic for this model , in which case what have others done to make the rear feel more planted in fast corners ?

    The initial turn-in is great, it's just the transition at the rear from that point on.

    Thanks.
     
  2. NHN

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

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    ARB upgrade.
     
  3. Shadowman

    Shadowman Active Member

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    Front and rear or just the rear ?
     
  4. NHN

    NHN Retrofitter - Audi - VW - Skoda - Seat Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

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    Rear is the easiest, so do this 1st, most arb's these days have adjustment holes to tighten things up more if need be.
     
  5. Shadowman

    Shadowman Active Member

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    Great advice as always....thanks for the quick response NHN :yes:
     
  6. S3Alex

    S3Alex Rarely neutral Team Ibis TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Audi S3 DSG

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    NHN has given you his customary good advice.....the S3 from stock understeers like mad,and is a bit wobbly,so the ARBs are the first thing to correct,followed by the rest of the suspension if that mod doesn't go far enough for you.
    A decent set of coilovers adds a lot as well(but more cost too),and allows a lot more adjustment.
     
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  8. S3Alex

    S3Alex Rarely neutral Team Ibis TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Audi S3 DSG

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    I think the other things are worth doing first,but I've also had the Haldex controller uprated,and had the full Superpro fast road bush kit,and antilift kit fitted.....of all the upgrades,the ARBs and coilovers probably make the biggest single difference,but the others do help as well.
     
  9. RedDejavu

    RedDejavu Well-Known Member

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    Do ARB front & back + anti lift kit you will not be disappointed!:D Just make sure you fit front soft and rear hard best combo and well worth the money.
     
  10. N8

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    ARB will dramatically improve the handling, along with coilovers as Alex mentioned, I'm going to fully polybush my car within the next month :wub:
     
  11. RedDejavu

    RedDejavu Well-Known Member

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    Do you use this GEN4 uprated HPA competitor controller Alex? Have read some good reviews about it and thinking to give it a go at some point later this year. Would it be worth it just for the road use?
     
  12. S3Alex

    S3Alex Rarely neutral Team Ibis TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Audi S3 DSG

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    As far as I know it's actually Gen.2,with a switched controller.

    I think it IS worth it,but it's not a huge difference,more of a subtle one,and certainly loads up the 4WD system quicker,and aids traction.
     

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