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S-Line - should it be lowered?

khan637 Feb 15, 2013

  1. khan637

    khan637 Member

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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.
     
  2. leeds2592

    leeds2592 When I grow up, I want a 964!

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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.
     
  3. Ash187

    Ash187 Audi-Retrofits.co.uk Site Sponsor VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A5

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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
     
  4. 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?)?
     
  5. jayc94

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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 ;)
     
  6. khan637

    khan637 Member

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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.
     
  7. rOb_A

    rOb_A Active Member

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    my BE S Line is now on eibach sport lines, sits and rides just great :happy:
    well worth the $$$
     
  8. khan637

    khan637 Member

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    so you remove the original springs and replace with what mm?
     
  9. rOb_A

    rOb_A Active Member

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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:

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  10. 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?
     
  11. rOb_A

    rOb_A Active Member

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    all good, had no problems at all :thumbsup:
     
  12. 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:
     
  13. GNJ_Motorsport

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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.
     
  14. GNJ_Motorsport

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    That looks great :)
     
  15. chazd

    chazd Active Member

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    Mine on coilovers

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  16. Bramley

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    Eibach sportlines! Love mine
     
  17. khan637

    khan637 Member

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    Thanks for the help and pics. Coilovers cost too much, will probably just get some eibach 40mm springs.
     
  18. WilkyA3

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    I've just started a post with pics of my sline lowered. I think it's a must!
     
  19. Audi27

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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
     
  20. khan637

    khan637 Member

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    Springs? 40mm?
     

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