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Eibach Pro Kit on 2006 A3 - 10mm higher at front for some reason?

Manlikefunk2020 Sep 24, 2020

  1. Manlikefunk2020

    Manlikefunk2020 New Member

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    This is something that's always annoyed me since lowering my A3. I haven't been bothered to measure ride height front to back, but either the back is sitting too low and the front is sitting at the correct height, or it's the other way around. Personally I think it's the latter, if anything it should be the other way around as the engine is obviously in the front. Unless they specifically made those springs slightly stiffer/ taller for that purpose. It's not a huge reverse rake, but I reckon it's enough for me to notice as well as someone else.

    Hardly accurate but I did the shoe test this morning out of interest, and the toe of my trainer fits comfortably in the rear wheel arch. When I do the same at the front, there's a 10mm gap at least!

    Is there anyway of fixing this? I'm sure I read something somewhere that you can replace some part of the front suspension strut setup to it's 'S-line' counterpart (mine is non S-line) to make the gap smaller. Maybe I'm getting confused with something else I've read though.

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    Seriously, any time I think 'nice little photo opportunity', I take it, look at the huge front arch compared to the nicely and subtly tucked OEM+ rear gap and think 'No.' Case in point:

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  3. lafa3ro

    lafa3ro Registered User

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    Not sure if it fits the 3 door model as well, but most people uses TT rear spring pads to jack the rear by a couple of mm. Thats whats I did when lower my 5 door with VWR springs and it did help mitigate that effect. Although I would have liked a little more height at the rear still.

    Not sure about the sline vs non sline dampers though.
     
  4. Gazwould

    Gazwould Registered User

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    It's either intended to allow a turned wheel avoiding contact under compression with the wheel arch or the bushes haven't been reset .
     
  5. Manlikefunk2020

    Manlikefunk2020 New Member

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    Seems to make sense on the first point - although I don't really understand as the Sportline kit is lower than this so surely wouldn't allow for that - so why the pro kit?

    How do you mean 'reset' the suspension bushes?
     
  6. Manlikefunk2020

    Manlikefunk2020 New Member

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    Ah, well mine aren't S line dampers, so therein may be the problem. Thing is, I don't think I'd want to raise the rear, as if anything the front just looks too high as it is, so I don't think I'd want the rear at a similar height, ironically given my thread question...
     
  7. abmat

    abmat Active Member VCDS Map User

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    Looks normal to me, just like my old A3 sport. Quite hard to tell in the photos
     

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