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S3 8P Top Mounts

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by S3P, Jul 18, 2013.

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    Hi All,

    I'm going to be replacing the shocks in my S3 8P soon and I'm wondering if anyone can give me any advice about top mounts; there's loads about them on the 8L forum, but not much I can find for 8Ps. The OEM part looks quite different to the run of the mill rubber mounts, is that the case? Do they wear out, and should I just replace them whatever as the suspension will be out? Everyone on the 8L posts seems to rave about LCR top mounts, is there a worthwhile upgrade for the 8P, or should I just use OEM?

    I'm also fitting 42DD gearshift bushings this weekend, so I'll be interested to see what difference they make.....

    Cheers,

    Phil
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    On the S3 8p you're looking at quite a costly move there.

    Why do you want adjustable topmounts.

    The cheapest way of getting extra camber is the TTRS TCAs but adjustable mounts such as the kWs need a lot of extra suspension work.
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    Thanks Alex. I wasn't really thinking of adjustable top mounts, just whether the existing ones would be knackered and whether it would be worth ordering some new ones, so I have them when the suspension comes off just in case. I just bought the car last month, so I don't know if they've been done before.
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    034 Motorsport top mounts are very good by all accounts
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    Ahhhh right I see.

    In that case replacement stock parts will be fine as I used the kW v3 suspension on stock mounts with no probs over around 30 000 miles before the whole lot was replaced.
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    Sounds like a plan then. How did the OEM ones look after 30000?
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    Bit chewy.
    Those are the suspension rubber mounts after 50 000 miles below

    [​IMG]

    I replaced all of the suspension bearings with Superpro mounts and the entire suspension with kW ClubSport gear.
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    That's my mind made up then, I'll get a new set from the stealer tomorrow. Was replacing the bearings a DIY job?
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    Not for me!

    It means dropping the coilovers etc and if I tried it it would be messy.

    I leave it to a man who can!
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    Ha ha! Fair enough, I'm no mechanic either, but I reckon I'm going to have to become one if I'm going to be able to afford all of these upgrades I never knew about before!! All of those hours watching Wheeler Dealers can't be completely wasted!
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    I hear you!

    You can make these cars surprisingly fast but it costs a LOT doing it well.
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    Thanks JPK, I had a look and can't find them for the 8P, only the 8L.
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    I would replace top mounts for sure. I wish i did. One of the top mount captive nuts started to spin.
    I had to cut the head of the bolt using a hacksaw blade. It was a nightmare!
    Its fairly simple to do though.
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    If you go with OEM replacements order the RS3 top mounts, they're tougher than the standard S3 jobbies & are slightly cheaper
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    just get some TT top mounts like Alex said , said what i got for mine stiffer and better sadly no polyurethane like 8Ls
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