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Suspension Kit vs. Springs+Dampers

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by shresh, Feb 25, 2005.

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    As above, I want to impove my car's road hugging abilities, but I am on a tight budget.

    Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of going for a whole suspension kit (not coilovers as these are way out of budget) over a respected set-up like H&R springs + Bilstein dampers - quality, reliability, price... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    Like most here, I want to get the biggest improvements possible for as little money as possible!

    cheers in advance
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    FK do really good cheap Kits
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    richy - how much are the fk kits?

    I am after a very decent ride, and am strongly considering the tried and tested H&R spring/Bilstein damper setup. I am just wondering if I can get a better performing 'integrated' kit for less?

    However I dont want to get into ARBs (still not sure what they are) and bushes and the like as my budget stops before Ess_Three's!
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    well the height and damper adjustable coilovers are £500/£600 depending where u get them...

    so the normal kits are going to be well below that...
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    really? the coilover kits I've seen have been around the £1000 mark.

    I am looking for a quality brand I can trust, and so have probably been looking at some expensive sites as well!

    which manufacturer does a £600 set?

    either way, i have no use or time for an adjustable set up in my TDi - that will wait for my next, and hopefully fast, car!
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    i was looking at koni shocks, specials & sport shocks adjustable damping but they about the 500 quid mark
    special offer up to 30% firmness adjustment and sport 25% and up

    koni's are definently tried and tested!
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    the FK are the Koni
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    ok... i feel like a complete idiot now... i dont know how i failed to make the link of ARB = Anti Roll Bar!!!

    I had just springs on my golf mk4 with standard shocks. and turn in improved considerably as well as body roll, but the ride suffered badly. this time i want to change the shocks as well as and try to understand more about the car handling.

    I heard the Konis can be too stiff but i guess thats down to settings. Basically my budget is about £500, stretchable slightly if the gains are worthwhile of course! #

    What would be recommended? Also with the H&R/Bilstein setup, which ones are the dampers to have as they have a few models.
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