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Lowering Audi A3 8L - Problems

N4THW May 1, 2011

  1. N4THW

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    Hello peeps few other q's.

    I'm buying coilovers today, I want to go for the cheapest coilovers possible as well, which are the cheapest ones to you guys knowledge for the a3? and I've got a few questions about the arb rubbing with the driveshaft. I've read over on here that lower than 40mm the arb WILL be rubbing on the driveshaft? So I was wondering if I dropped it 40mm front & back, with 18 inch rs4 alloys will it be okay and will it have no arb rubbing on the driveshaft? And... does anyone have any photos of an a3 lowered 40mm? I really want to see how low it is, because I want it low as possible, but low on ££ at moment without updating arb to a TT one? As well as spacers, what size spacers would you guys recommend I should go for, and where can I get them from? I want biggest possible without causin probs!
     
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  2. audi-tk

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    If the tyres u have are 225 40 18 get Jamex coilovers £180 tt ARB bout £60 new topmounts kit bout £40 ,5mm spacers for clearance on front bout £20. U don't NEED the top mounts
     
  3. A3Tom

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    You dont need top mounts but I'd say its best practice to change them being as you're having it all out anyway...thats what I did as I couldnt be arsed to revisit when the original ones wear out.

    Might be worth looking at other bushes whilst you're there too, wishbones, ball joints etc are all worth changing at the same time if your cars a bit leggy etc.
     
  4. audi-tk

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    best to hange it all. if going that low. would it be better to get new arb bushes too. another lowerign thread!! lol
     
  5. N4THW

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    thanks for all the coments guys. i may just have to drop it 40mm and leave it be until my ££ rises lol. is 40mm worthwhile with 18 inch rs4 alloys?
     
  6. A3Tom

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    Yeah man :)

    Mines dropped 40mm and I ran some 18" RS4s and it was fine. I would post a pic but Flickr's dicking me about at the minute.
     
  7. N4THW

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  8. A3Tom

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    Here you go...

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  9. A3Tom

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    Hope this helps.

    For info its running back on its standard 16's now and is a fair bit lower than in these pics due to the smaller wheels etc.

    T
     
  10. N4THW

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    that to me looks perfect mate.... i wouldn't mind it lower but for me to go lower it seems to go through all this ARB bullshit lol. I will focus on that when I got more ££ in the bank as this is my first car but I would like it lower. So 40mm drop with 18 inch (old style) rs4 alloys should be ok, no rubbing etc?

    Cheers mate
     
  11. A3Tom

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    I dont have any issues, not sure what it would be like with a standard anti roll bar though as I had KW ones fitted front and back when I had my car lowered.
     
  12. N4THW

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    We shall soon see :D haha, anyone know if i'll be ok to lower 40mm without changing arb etc etc? with 18 inch alloys
     
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  13. audi-tk

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    Yes
     
  14. stu_b

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    Yeah mines lowered 45mm just on springs with 17" no rubbing at all drives fine handles like a big go kart
     
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