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Lowering my Sportback...

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Horchsense, Aug 26, 2006.

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    [Aug 26, 2006]
    Don't understand anything about suspension at all - but would like to improve look of my SB sport - without making it look like a chav-mobile. Can anyone tell me the effects of replacing springs to lower by 30mm or so??
    Any recommended places to get this done in south east england (essex boy...) and approx. costs??? Also are eibachs (pro-kit?) the only recommended springs?? Local place (Rochford Tyres) suggests Apex (???)
    cheers...
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    really you should also replace the dampers with uprated ones as well to do the job properly.

    Not sure how much negative camber is created by lowering the A3 with eibach springs but you may also need some form of camber adjustment so that you can get the best out of the car handling wise and also so you dont scrub the edges of your tyres.

    I would advise doing the job properly really or not at all from past experience
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    Agreed. Stiffer springs with standard dampers often give you a bouncy ride.

    Horchsense, I would go further and question why you'd really want to lower the car at all, especially as you admit you know nothing about suspension! Unless you tear up the roads every day, changing the it for a lower and firmer setup is going to spoil the ride and the car won't necessarily handle any better.
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    [Aug 26, 2006]
    Well actually, as I said "would like to improve (the) look..."
    My A4 Avant sport had a noticably lower ride height and looked far better imho. I've never been happy with the look of the SB - the sportline wasn't available when I bought it. Dropping it a little is a far cheaper option than selling it and buying a new sportline...
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    I've lowered my 3 door, initially with a pro-kit and then with a sportline kit.

    Depending what spec you have now will depend which kit you want to go for. If it's an S-line you'll need the sportline.

    For pics have a look at the thread at the top of the forum for my car, there's pics as standard, pro kit and the final ones with the sport line kit.

    Regarding ride quality the pro kit gives a beter ride than the standard S-line suspension. The sport line is obviously harder as it is lower but still perfectley acceptable.

    Regarding swapping the shocks, if your car is an old wreck with a million miles then yes. If not your standard ones will be fine. The likes of VW and Mazda offer dealer fitted sports suspension which is just a set of Eibach springs.

    Personally if your going for springs go for Eibachs or H&R.

    HTH

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    If you look at the s-line models you'll notice they run quite a lot of camber on the fronts as standard.

    I've not noticed any adverse wear since lowering mine. In fact I have just managed to get 18K out of a set of front F1's, compared to 12-13K from the standard fit rosso's.

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