Yeah I've used mintex before and had no problems.
I did wonder if mine were genuine as they came off eBay from a trusted seller.
Although the boxes didn't have Mintex stamped on them they had TRD on them which when googled say Mintex
Why is it when I look for upgraded brake pads (brembo/ferodo) or brake lines (hel/goodridge) I can never find anything compatible for a 2011 S3 yet hear about others completing the mods... ?
All TMD Friction products have unique part and manufacturing batch information, the packaging specification is almost impossible to replicate and TMD Friction employs anti-counterfeit security seals that include holographic technology. At Automechanika 2010 we will reveal a new security seal which incorporates 5 different anti-counterfeit technologies, some of which have never been previously used in the automotive sector.
If a branded product is presented in plain packaging, or packaging with a different brand
- Check the box contents and the product carefully, without a clear explanation from the parts distributor Ã¢â¬â don't buy the product and demand only official packaging
Hi mate, makes sense TMD Friction are the mother company of Mintex, Pagid and more, here's their dedicated website relating to fake's of their brand products.
Fighting the Fakes
Specifically note the part that states all of their branded products come in branded boxes with anti-counterfeit hologram seals and also note the following statement:
If they came in unbranded plain packaging It sounds like you may have been sold counterfeit Mintex discs?
So my Eibach B8's arrived the other day and I dug out the Pro-Kit springs I've had for a while now
Unfortunately I have exactly the same issue as Mechanic69, the Pro-Kit springs are way too short for the B8 front dampers, by about 30mm:
Not good really.
Not sure what to do, Bilstein UK will modify them for me I just need to post them down but something tells me that I shouldnt be splitting and modifying a brand new set of dampers to suit springs..... dunno, it just don't seem right.
Get them shortened, you wouldn't know they have been modified. So much better than stock. Bit of a ball ache as they should fit out of the box. Hope you get it sorted mate.
Hey mate, they were sent to Bilstein along with the Eibach springs on Thursday.
I've asked them to confirm 100% that there's no performance hit by adding 30mm worth of internal spacers before doing anything to them, if there is I've asked them to source the correct length pistons from Germany instead. As the end of the day as I see it it's Bilsteins mistake, they should never have had these dampers listed as 100% compatible with the S3 8P in the first place as clearly they are not without being tweaked, does make you wonder though how many people have fitted them before us and why it;s not come up before?
Weird, I'm sure they will sort it out for me either way though.