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Suspension rattle and hum, everything needs replacing....good advice please

Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by warrenb5, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. warrenb5
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    Hi all,

    New here and its a fantastic forum, my background is VW early golfs so this is my first B5.

    Its a standard 1999 facelift 1.8SE (non turbo) :ermm:
    Just touched 170k, but the engine is really smooth and bodywise its very straight.


    Its a nice tidy car which I do want to keep, but the suspension is in a poor state.
    1: lots of rattles and squeaks from the front and back of car over uneven surfaces.
    2: worn or broken front coil springs as 'nose down stance', bottoms out over bumps, already ruined undertray which is now gone .
    3: suspension very soft.

    Okay its a big list, but I need help / honest advice so I can save this car.

    Looks like I am going to need to replace springs / shocks, all arms and bushes.
    Anything else you think I should be replacing at the same time please advise.

    Best parts / kits to use and best affordable suppliers for parts, any other advice as I may try and do this myself at home as I am on a budget.
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  2. Bradderz_1988
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    Bradderz_1988 Dont replace it, Upgrade it !!

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    Use meyle or lemforder for suspension parts !!

    As for springs and shockers it depends on what you want the wietecs seem a good kit !!
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    Thanks Bradders,
    Yes been reading some of the forum and have seen a few people mention the Meyle HD kit, what suppliers stock this kit and is it everything you need (car set) or are there additional parts I would need?
    Any steps in the right direction would be really helpful.

    Thanks
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    I fitted a Meyle HD kit and so far its done 65K and it's still going strong. For shocks & springs I went for bilstein shocks and a set of eibach pro springs (not street) as the pro set was near to the standard Audi sports springs, and has given a nice stance to the car. For the rear I replaced the subframe bushes, I also did the engine & gearbox mounts and the car drives like new.
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    spartacus 68 Member

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    Some useful links here if you're doing the job yourself. AudiDIY.com Audi B5 A4 DIY Suspension Articles

    Only other thing I would add is to replace the ARB rubber bushes. Often overlooked, but a simple job and makes a world of difference.
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    Awesome link there sparticus68 thanks for posting it.

    all the best

    Mo.
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    Thanks for all the advice, really useful.
    This will really help
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