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    [Sep 13, 2011]
    Looking to get a set of JOM blueline coilovers and if necessary shortened drop links for 2005 a3 2.0tdi dsg, believe strut diameter is 55. Would like them before this weekend if possible.
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    Hi. Thought I'll post here rather than start a new thread. I'm looking into a JOM coilover kit for my 2010 A3 8P Sportback 1.8TFSI. is this the correct kit:

    JOM Coilover Suspension Kit A3 8P 1.4T Si, 1.6, 1.8T FSi, 1.9TDi, 2.0FSi, 2.0T FSi FWD 05/03> - £175.00 : The premier online mail order VAG suspension and performance specialists. We offer a wide range of all the best branded suspension and performa

    Also not sure if it's the 50 or 55mm strut diameter that will suit my car. Is it just a matter or jacking up my car and measuring the diameter of the shocks to determine the diameter.

    Will I need anything else to install the kit, i.e., mounts, etc.

    Thanks.
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    Morning,

    The JOM kit covers both 50mm and 55mm front strut but we won't have them back in stock until the end of the month.

    Damian @ DPM Performance
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    Cheers mate.

    How about the top mounts/bearing and other hardware that I'll need to get them fitted? Do you sell them in a kit?

    Also how much for shipping to Australia (post code 4870)?

    Thanks.
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    No sorry we don't.

    Delivery would be £125.00 but as mentioned we're out of stock of the A3 8P JOM kit until the end of the month.

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    Cheers Damian.

    I think I've ruled out the JOM coilovers now having spent over a week of reading at night some reviews on various coilovers and spring/damper combos.

    All I want is to drop the car a bit to reduce the gap between the wheel arch and tyres but having the ability to adjust the height so I don't get the reverse rake effect. The car is on a sport suspension (15mm lower that standard) and the current wheel arch/tyre gaps are 50mm front, 40mm rear. I'd want to reduce it to say no less than 15mm gap front and 20mm gap rear). Therefore, it narrows my options for spring/damper combos to either the H&R 55/40mm kit or the Vogtland 50/30mm kit, both of which would be too low for me. That plus I would like the "softest" ride that I can get. That led me to looking into the into FK Konigsport coilovers or the FK Sport Edition plus which would give a minimum of 30mm drop that I can adjust 10-15mm down, and, thinking of keeping the adjustable damper to the softest setting.

    I don't care too much about handling as I won't be tracking the car nor drive it really hard.

    I'm leaning towards the FK Konigsport as the reviews that I've seen on the Koni dampers have all been good so far. However, I'm also wondering how the FK dampers in the FK Sport Edition Plus coilovers set on softest dampening would compare to the Konigsports. How do they compare in terms of softness at softest dampening?

    Thanks again mate.
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    Morning,

    Both the Konigsport and the Sport Edition Plus are adjustable damping with the Konigsport being a better build quality and also a more refined ride quality kit so if it was my choice I'd go for the Konigsport every time.

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    Thanks again Damian. Guess it's off topic on this thread now but I'm trying to keep it here rather than create a new thread.

    Noted that. Presumably it would be £125.00 delivery for the Konigsport to Australia as well?

    Apart from top mounts and bearing (front) and rear mounts, are there anything else that I need to buy to install the coilovers? I've read members here recommending ARB's replaced to go with coils, and, adjustable rear end links. Don't I'll need the adjustable rear end links as I won't be going any lower than the highest setting of 30mm? Is that right?

    I still can't make a decision on this. The more research I do, more avenues open up! I just figured that the Vogtland 50/30 springs would leave me about 15mm gap front and about 20mm gap rear, which is pretty much what I wanted to achieve! And thinking of combining it with good dampers such Bilstein or Koni for comfort. Opinions/advice based on your experience on them and/or feedback from your customers who have tried this combo (can't find anyone here in ASN who has tried it) would be appreciated.

    Another option that I'm entertaining (again!) is to start with budget coilovers say JOM or FK AK Street Coilovers (both below £200). At the highest spring setting (i.e., at minimum 30mm drop only), how do the ride comfort/softness compare to A3 S-line suspension? To give you an idea of my opinion of my ride comfort/softness standard, I've driven an A3 with S-line suspension (a few hundred k's on the clock - dealer demo car) and to me it's a bit crashy/bumpy as compared to my sport suspension (15mm factory drop). Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Just top mounts and bearings.

    It all depends what you want from the kit, a springs and shocks kit will give you more comfort over coilovers.

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    Forgot to mention that delivery on all coilover kits and springs and shocks kits would be £125.00 to Australia.

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    Cool! What about the rear mounts mate? Do I need to change them as well? And do you sell these mounts?

    The wheel arch to tyre gap in my car now is about 50mm front and about 40mm rear. I just want to reduce those gaps to say 15mm front and 25mm rear. Car is on 15mm factory drop at present (stock sports suspension). And I want the ride to be comfortable as my stock sport suspension (or if possible, better/softer).

    Based on your recommendation that springs and shocks will give more comfort and with the sort of reduction in wheel arch gap that I want looks like the Vogtland 50/30 kit would be the closest bet.

    Vogtland 50mm/30mm Sport Lowering Springs & Shocks Suspension Kit A3 8P 1.9TDi, 2.0T FSi, 2.0TDi FWD 09/03> - £360.00 : The premier online mail order VAG suspension and performance specialists. We offer a wide range of all the best branded suspensio

    Or maybe just the Vogtland 50/30 springs only on stock sports shocks? Would that be a lit harsher ride as compared to the matched Vogtland shock and spring kit above?

    Vogtland 50mm/30mm Sport Lowering Suspension Springs A3 8P / A3 8P Sportback 1.9TDi, 2.0T FSi, 2.0TDi FWD 09/03> - £175.00 : The premier online mail order VAG suspension and performance specialists. We offer a wide range of all the best branded susp
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    Personally I'd go for matched springs and shocks but depending on the condition of your current shocks and the mileage covered you could just change the springs.

    The front top mounts wear a lot quicker but I'd check both front and rear.

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    Okay. The car is fairly new. It has done 13,000km only. Would it be safe to assume that the mounts and shocks are still OK then?

    Also, can't see in your website but do you have springs that are -40 front and -30 rear? Or even -35 front -25 rear?
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    You should be fine then.

    No that drop isn't available.

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    Okay. How much would the shipping to Australia be for a set of springs only?
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    £85.00

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    Did more reading and I think I've made up my mind now. Springs/shocks with mild drop cannot give a lower front drop so may still result in reverse rake. Plus it shortens the life of the stock shocks which could mean it will require a new set of shocks sooner rather than later. Therefore I'll go the coilover route and go for JOM. So that if I'm not happy with it, I can take them off and sell and not lose a lot money. If I'm satisfied with them then well and good!

    Please do post it in here when they come back on stock.

    Cheers Damian.
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