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S-Line - should it be lowered?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by khan637, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. khan637

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    Hi All

    1st day of driving my T FSI 2006 S-Line A3. As nippy as it is, I think the handling is not great when driving into corners etc.

    I was hoping with an S-Line that I would not have to lower it.

    What have you guys done to enhance the drive in relation to handling?

    Sitting on OEM 18" alloys at the moment.
     
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  3. leeds2592

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    IMO, even at S Line height, with a bit more of a drop, whether it be by coilovers or springs, it will look and handle better.
     
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    If you dont want the car looking any lower but want improved handline then get some Eibach pro kit springs, otherwise i would recommend you go for the Eibach sportlines, lowers the car nicely and still maintains a comfortable ride quality.
    The pro-kit will maybe lower your car like 10mm so it's not noticeable... The sportlines however will give you like a 30mm drop which will make it look better
     
  5. khan637

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    Hi Mate,

    Just for clarification, the first suggest is just changing springs which I understand.

    The second option - is that a full pack (coil overs and springs? or just springs?)?
     
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    I fitted coilovers to mine the other week and it improved the handling loads, not sure on springs though but i have some eibach 50mm springs forsale brand new ;)
     
  7. khan637

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    Hi Jayc94

    I have a S-Line, therefore I am persuming this sit lower than a standard A3 already?

    I am interested in lowering it, but not with a view or ruining the drive. I have always lowered my cars previously and want this to remain comfortable. I think 50mm will be too much, I think 10 or 20mm on top of the S-Line stance would be adequate.
     
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    my BE S Line is now on eibach sport lines, sits and rides just great :happy:
    well worth the $$$
     
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    so you remove the original springs and replace with what mm?
     
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    50mm at the front/40mm at the back, pic will help
    therefore its 25mm/15mm lower than the S Line. as mentioned above, looks and ride improved :yes:

    [​IMG]
     
  11. khan637

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    thanks mate the pic really helps, the A3 is new to be, only owned mine for 2 days. How does your handle road humps?
     
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    all good, had no problems at all :thumbsup:
     
  13. westers

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    I like that a lot, although the front looks a smidge low, however I guess that's down to weight distribution and the need for the suspenders to be set accordingly.

    I've got a a standard s-line and it handles fine - well, compared to a MK V Golf GT Sport 170 TDI, which bounced across every country road and, going into corners, pitched and yawed like a piss head on his drive home from the pub. Good fun though, and taught me how to drive smoothly. Oh, and running Kumho tyres - they taught you how to drive with no grip, lol.

    My problem with the S-line is lack of feedback from the front, but that's probably due to the tyres I inherited - Bridgestones. They stick, but don't really tell you what's going on (a lot like Kumho tyres).

    I dunno why I posted the above ramble :uhm:
     
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    If you are going for just springs then I'd get either Eibach Sportlines

    Eibach Sportline 50/40mm Lowering Springs A3 8P Sportback 1.6 TDi, 1.8T FSi, 2.0T FSi, 2.0TDi FWD (09/04-) - GNJ Motorsport

    Or H&R

    H&R 50mm Lowering Springs A3 8P / A3 8P Sportback 1.6, 1.9TDi, 2.0FSi, 2.0T FSi, 2.0TDi FWD (05/03-) - GNJ Motorsport

    Coilover wise the AP kit is popular and would allow you to set the height how you like

    AP Coilover Suspension Kit A3 8P / A3 8P Sportback 1.8T FSi, 2.0T FSi, 2.0TDi FWD 55mm Strut (05/03-) - GNJ Motorsport

    The standard S-Line suspension isn't the best as you have found out.
     
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    That looks great :)
     
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    Mine on coilovers

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    Eibach sportlines! Love mine
     
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    Thanks for the help and pics. Coilovers cost too much, will probably just get some eibach 40mm springs.
     
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    I've just started a post with pics of my sline lowered. I think it's a must!
     
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    Looking at those s lines lowered I think mine needs some coilovers. Didn't think would make much difference but does by far
     
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    Springs? 40mm?
     

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