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S3 Adjustable tie arms, coilovers

Andrew@A.L.D Sep 10, 2010

  1. Andrew@A.L.D

    Andrew@A.L.D May add NOS to 600+bhp S3.

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    How many of you guys with coilover have fitted adjustable tie arms

    How low can you go before they are needed?
     
  2. <tuffty/>

    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator Audi S3

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    doesn't matter if coilovers or normal lowering springs mate... -25mm and above would need tie bars else you end up with over 2 degrees neg camber

    <tuffty/>
     
  3. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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  4. sportstractor

    sportstractor Chugger

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    I have these, very impressed. Worth every penny
     
  5. ikbenben

    ikbenben Belgium S3 driver

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    I need them but they're forbidden for the belgian MOT :ermm:
     
  6. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    Andrew your only a stones throw away, come to my factory and have a look at a set.....as said very good quality...:sm4:
     
  7. Andrew@A.L.D

    Andrew@A.L.D May add NOS to 600+bhp S3.

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    I will take you up on that offer as soon as my S3 is road legal
     
  8. <tuffty/>

    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator Audi S3

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    Is that to do with TUV approval? I thought the KW tie bars were TUV approved?

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  9. S3 Paul

    S3 Paul Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    How many people have lowered their S3 far enough to need to address the front camber?
    Im currently deciding how best to sort the issue.
     
  10. Andrew@A.L.D

    Andrew@A.L.D May add NOS to 600+bhp S3.

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    I would be worried about the sump if i was going very low
     
  11. ikbenben

    ikbenben Belgium S3 driver

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    Unfortunately not...TUV is for Germany and doesn't count in Belgium :ermm:
    I'm looking for adjustable tie-bars that looks OEM.
     
  12. Madeley

    Madeley Member VCDS Map User

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    I will need a set of these when funds allow, l get bad tyre wear on the inner edges of the back.
    Anyone now the standard ride height of a S3, wheel center to arch? so l can see how much mines been lowered.
     
  13. jojo

    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator Team Daytona Audi S3 quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    They can't look OEM, because they have an adjustable bit in the middle. I think the Forge ones do look OEM, as they are black, could you not swop the upper ones, so it's not that noticeable?
     
  14. ikbenben

    ikbenben Belgium S3 driver

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    Indeed, i've seen the Forge ones and they do look the most oem of them all.
    Don't know...do you think the top ones are not noticeable?
     
  15. jojo

    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator Team Daytona Audi S3 quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    Depends on your tester I guess, if it's just a basic undercar inspection, then it wouldn't be too noticeable, but if they check these arms for play individually, then it wouldn't matter if they we're on the top or bottom.
     
  16. ikbenben

    ikbenben Belgium S3 driver

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    Hmm, when you change the suspension you have to go to a different MOT in Belgium, one where they measure the suspension geometry. So I fear for a fail with that much negative camber. Monday I have an appointment for an alignment.
     
  17. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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    if the test is just geometry then why the OEM ?
     
  18. S3 Paul

    S3 Paul Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    Mines lowered about 50mm ( i think) and even with the bottom ball joints pushed fully in im running too much camber up front.
    I get through a pair of front tyres about every year regardless of my driving style.
     
  19. ikbenben

    ikbenben Belgium S3 driver

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    Because they also do a check up if everything is fitted properly.
     
  20. Alex C

    Alex C Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Audi S3

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    if you lower your car without adjustable tie arms then you will get the non OEM negative camber, if you lower and use the adjustable tie arms to adjust back to the OEM camber then the geometry check will be passed? Surely? You use the tie arms to bring the camber back to the OEM setup, not to add negative camber, unless you want to. And you are allowed to fit non OEM parts anyway aren't you?? Hence the H&R monotube coilovers in your sig... sorry i'm not really following the logic here
     
  21. ikbenben

    ikbenben Belgium S3 driver

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    That's the point...there is no reason in the belgian MOT. You can change the dampers and springs but that's it. No poly bushes, no adjustable tie arms, no thicker arbs,....
    That's the reason why I have R32 arbs instead of Neuspeed and the dogbone bush is black. All stealth.
    So if the camber is out of specs...bad luck. Probably have to put the original suspension back on...which is completely worn :(
     
  22. DJ_Troopa

    DJ_Troopa K1 Driver

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    What do adjustable tie arms do? Just straighten up the wheel? I like my camber though :yum:

    :undwech:
     
  23. Mpathe

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    ikbenben
    ive made my own using the std tie bars so look stealth and you could use a cover to go over the adjustable bit like people use on motocross bikes shockers and surely they would never know.
     
  24. Dansmith

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    How are them back tyres?
     
  25. ikbenben

    ikbenben Belgium S3 driver

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    Do you have a picture of it? Is it strong enough?
     
  26. Swornd

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    So am I right in thinking if I lowered my car (having coilovers put on Thursday) around 40mm I would need to get this sorteed or would it still be fine to drive without them?
     
  27. Alex C

    Alex C Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Audi S3

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    if you lowered 40mm you would have a lot of negative camber and hence increased tyre wear on the inside of your wheels, so you would need to get the adjustable tie arms to correct the camber.
     
  28. Swornd

    Swornd Member

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    Is increased tyre wear the only downside? As I don't really do enough miles for it to matter.
     
  29. Alex C

    Alex C Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Audi S3

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    i have heard that lowering your car puts more strain on the tie bars and that the OEM ones are relatively weak and can break, the adjustable ones, whilst being adjustable, are also stronger.... but this is what i have heard and can be taken as hearsay
     
  30. S3 Paul

    S3 Paul Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    If you read all the forge stuf about the need for them... you will see a few horror storys.
    Standard ones can snap.My cousins TT snapped one without the car being lowered at all, They are said to be under more stress once you lower the car
     
  31. Mpathe

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    ikbenben
    i'll get some pics for you, mine have been on for 6 months now and not a problem from them.

    as for the std ones snapping, i think its because the bush on the hub side ceases up and so crack the bar.
     
  32. ikbenben

    ikbenben Belgium S3 driver

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    Thx ;)
     
  33. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    nearly... it is the rose joint that seazes on the hub, that causes it to snap, they are very thin at that end, you can bend them with your hand! aftermarket are a lot stronger
    from what i have read, there was a recall on early s3,s to replace the rose joint...
     
  34. S3 Paul

    S3 Paul Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    Did this recall cover the TT roadsters too?
    Audi told cousin they hadnt seen it happen before so i told him im sure ive seen it before... they said nope... and he had to pay for all the repairs
     
  35. s3dave

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    Recall Details for AUDI - A3, S3 and TT
     
  36. Dani_B19

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    Mpathe, you selling them on ebay by any chance? Ive seen an exact match on ebay as what your refering to!

    Has anyone on here fitted 2 pairs of adjustable tie arms? I've nearly got the funds to finish my suspension off now :), and thought while im at it, is it worth getting 2 pairs?
     
  37. Mpathe

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    no they still on the car, not unless someone has knicked mine while ive not been looking
     
  38. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    There is no need for both to be adjustable and could actualy cause problems when aligning, i am going to make a fixed stainless pair for my upper ones, purley for cosmetic reasons (and a little added strength) plus i have thousands of polybushes in stock...lol
     
  39. S3 Paul

    S3 Paul Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    Dave.
    Howmuch would you charge for a pair of fixed arms?
    With polly bushs or... the bushs alone and i could just rebush my old arms
     
  40. s3dave

    s3dave TFSI Hybrid Supporter

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    stainless fixed arms with polybushes £100
    polybushes each (2 halves) £10 per set (2)
     

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