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Is this ok steering heavier now its lowered?

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    hi all,lowered my car 25mm on apex springs,fitted 2 new track rod ends and car drove ok,steering was a bit out,took it and had 4 wheel alignment,now car drives perfectly and steering is in the center,perfect!

    I have noticed steering has gone heavier than before (since 4 wheel alignment) is this normal? once lowered does it normally go slightly heavier? oh and ive had 18'' genuine s-line wheels.

    (if that makes a difference ,originals were 17's)
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    Well, it depends how heavier it has got.

    Normally yes it gets a more heavy feeling, but not that it should make you think about it.

    I went from 16" to 19" and it feels much heavier but still its not like it prevents me for driving like I did before..
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    oh it doesnt prevent me from driving it,ive noticed it heavier but i was told if anything after alignment it goes lighter,i would like it a bit lighter thats all,its not stupidly heavy but u can tell
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    anyone with vag-com /vcds can adjust the sensitivity on the steering making it lighter

    i have 19" rims fitted and took the steering sensitivity down from 5 to 2

    i can feel the road now
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    i got 18s and its on 3

    vagcom should adjust to how you want it...
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    This only works for pre 2007 models. Those made after 07 have a different steering rack and cannot be changed.

    I think it really depends on the front / rear ratio of the height difference after the lowering. If the rear is lowered more than the front then the F/R weight bias shifts more to the back and the steering will be lighter and vice versa.
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    mine was set on 8 and ive now set it on 9 and it feels great not too light or too heavy,i can still feel good feedback through the wheel........you guys must have a heavy wheel ......all you guys are 5 and below:wtf:
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    Surely changing from 17 to 18 inch wheels will make a difference to the steering as tyres fitted to the 18's will be lower and wider.

    Mark
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    Is it possible to change steering sensitivity on S3 2008 ? It is too light for my taste, I can't feel the road proprertly, also it's so unprecise in corners. Can that be changed somehow ? I have VAG-COM
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    I don't think so...
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    What presure are you running on your 18" wheels ?. I use F1's and they need 40psi all round. Pressure goes up with the width and profile.
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    Would changing the tyre pressure make a difference to the weight of steering . i am running 43 front at the moment and find the steering to light .
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    absolutely it does...
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    Im running 31/32 all round. its best to run near the same pressure as stated on the fuel cap.
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    If you have 18 inch wheels mate check your fuel cap again...lol no wonder its heavy, your running on flat tyres..

    I run 18" 225/40s and the fuel cap says 2.5-3 BAR. unless you have an S-line i doubt your cap lists 18" but take it from me, 40psi will make all the difference.
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    ive entered my car reg and a few others for sale on e-bay this is what i get.........
    Put ya reg in the link below and see what you get......heres a reg KP56 UNM
    ANYONE GOT A PIC OF THERE FUEL CAP STATING THE PRESSURES ?

    http://www.kwik-fit.com/tyre-pressure-search.asp
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    You want me to go out and take a picture !!!!!...............5 mins
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    low speed top fig.
    High sped/loaded bottom fig.

    Try 40psi and i think it will solve your problem..............and learn to trust people who answer your questions :)
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    THANKS VERY VERY MUCH.........i went on the kwikfit tyre site they gave me 30 ish so i went off there........thanks very much again. MY CARS A SPORTBACK I GUESS THERE ALL THE SAME ? 5 DOOR/3 DOOR?
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    Given that the SB is probably a little heavier at 38 to 40psi your erring on the right side. My advice would be to keep an eye on the wear over time but i dont think you will have any problems. i expect you fuel consumption to improve a bit as well and it should roll better of the gas.

    Let us know if it solves the steering /heavy problem .:yes:
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    OK THANKS.......think if i get chance il go to the dealers and check the s-line sb on the forecourt .....make sure this time.
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    Ive set it at 36 psi (front) and 33 psi (rear)
    Ive also adjusted the steering settings to 6
    They were originally on 8 when on 17" wheels/tyres when i changed to 18" i put it up to 9,now after the correct inflation i found it ok at 6 maybe could try 5 at some point but for now 6 is ok.
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