If i had the cash for an S3 i wouldnt be ******* around with budget anything lol
This thread is about the pros and cons of budget coilovers
Don't disagree, they'll be better out of the box than worn OEM, but in many cases I've seen them 'self fitted', and as there are so many parameters of adjustment it's a minefield for feck ups. Then people go dialling them up / down / inbetween, and the effects on the geometry in variable weather conditions is just license for affecting handling. At the end of the day you have less than a shoe footprint in contact with the road at any one time, so ensuring what controls that contact footprint getting properly connected onto a damp British road is critical.
Want to be clear, each and every one to their own, but personally I'd go lowering spring and uprated dampers (e.g. H&R kit from Damian @ DPM for instance). Not saying they're unsafe - no mention above of me saying they should be outlawed in my post, I just hold an alternative view to 97.5% of the rest of the modifying world who think coilovers are the only route for the 'serious' motorist as without them you must be an amateur.
. Warren i here you .but on the 8P there is not to many ''parameters of adjustment'' At all .You raise or lower then you let them settle a while .Then you take the car to a qualified garage and they check alignment and adjust to suit ? Are You saying that people shouldnt be doing the job ?
Ok what i am saying is this ,If you search this site you will find a particular person who payed for fitment and the garage fecked the job up .Its on here or E38 .Anyway what i am saying is that not all garages are competant with them.I would rather do most of my stuff myself as do most Enthusiasts ,Ok Some can afford to pay for fitment some cannot .I can afford it but i enjoy doing it,My car has now settled And will be properly re aligned this week somtime, At a cost of around £45 tops .I could have got lowering springs and used the old shocks but tbh my setup was well on its way out anyway.
I had the chance to buy cheapies off a guy on here and went for it .I had a few teething problems dropping it to low .Rub a dub stuff .I am to old for a bone shaker so back up it went and now its near on perfect?
If people fit them then complain about tyre wear or terrible noise/stiffness, then thats because as you say they have ''self fitted'' expecting that to be the final job ,not having it set up correctly afterwards and expecting it to be hassle free , perhaps they should not be lowering there pride and joy in the first place ...
I think the manufacturers should be forced to explain more in depth about the pros and consand a better explanation in the boxes , then we would not have so many probems and complaints