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s line lowering advice?? i know a nothing!!

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    Right after just joining and reading some old threads trying to find out about lowering im baffled and would be v gratefull of of all your advice as everyone here seems to know more than me...i have a 56 plate black a3 170 s line i want to lower it with out my teeth dropping out when i drive!! It has 64k on clock is just changing springs ok??
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    I have the exact same car as you, age and model, and have lowered it on H&R 50mm lowering springs. All I changed was the springs. Aesthetically it looks much better and handling has improved - and although it is a firmer ride it really isn't bone shaking. I'd recommend

    Check out pictures here if interested - http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/a3-s3-sportback-8p-chassis/162709-garnet-s-line-messiahs-tdi-170-a.html



    Also worth considering spacers if your still on the standard S-Line rims. I went with 12mm on the rears and 10mm on the front
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    Thanks that def looks alot better are they 50 all round?...how many miles had your car done when you had springs fitted?
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    Fairly high miler, 98k. They were only fitted a few weeks ago so can't comment on whether the stiffer ride will add any extra strain to the ageing suspension parts that I didn't upgrade. I read that on an S-Line your safe just changing the springs because the dampers etc. are good enough to cope with the stiffer ride. So I think you'll be ok :)

    Yep, the 50mm H&R springs only actually drop an S-Line by around 35mm all round. The quoted 50mm drop is based on a sport/se A3 which is around 15mm higher than an S-Line as standard

    The other option you have beside H&Rs are Eibach Sportlines. They drop the car a little less on the rear though, so it gives the car more of a nose down look. Apparently they're a slightly softer ride too
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    I rang a (wont name them) retailer today and they said at 64k id need coilovers so thanks for that as have just bought the car and fitted RNSE CHROME i dont want to spend that kind of £££ just fitting springs would be lot better for me
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    They've just given you the generic response of "if your shocks have done more than 50-60k then they'll need to be changed", which isn't true. It depends what condition they are in.

    My car had done over 50k when I had Eibach Sportline springs fitted (50mm/40mm drop, front/rear) and my shocks are still fine almost a year later.
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    Do you have any pics of your car after the drop?sounds like im gonna risk it and just go for springs now tho thanks
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    Im just in the process of doing the same as ADS, I ordered some Eibach Sportlines springs from Germany as they only lower the car 5mm if that on the standard S-Line setup. One of my previous cars had Eibach Sportlines on it for over 60K (the shocks were eventually on about 90k) and it was still spot on ride-wise. I think most problems with aftermarket springs seem to occur when they are cheap, rock hard &/or stupidly low so they tend to wear the damper at an accelarated rate.
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    Plenty of pics here mate, from post #78 ----> http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/a3-s3-...art-nos-prices-tips-included.html#post1363718


    That'll be Eibach Pro springs then. They lower 30mm below standard height, so s-line already being 25mm lower than standard means you only get a 5mm drop. The sportlines will give you a 25mm/15mm drop front/rear on an s-line.
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    Sportlines will lower an S-Line considerably more than 5mm. You sure you haven't ordered Eibach Pro-Kit springs? They offer a 30mm drop on standard A3s, so around 10-15mm on an S-Line.... Or did you mean to type 5cm? :p
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    I was under the impression there's only a 15mm difference between standard an S-Line, not 25mm?
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    Nah, you're thinking of a Sport. It goes...

    Standard/SE = no drop.
    Sport = 15mm lower than standard.
    S-line = 10mm lower than Sport (which equals a 25mm drop on standard/SE).
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    so 50mm spring will drop it 25mm??
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    On an s-line, that is correct.
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    Just double checked & they're defo Sportlines so it looks like I'm getting more of a drop than expected then. Result :)
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    :yes: You'll be seeing a drop of up to 25mm then.
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