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Suspension upgrade questions

Fatbloke Jun 10, 2020

  1. Fatbloke

    Fatbloke Registered User

    Hi All

    I have been looking at lowering my 2016 A3 8vf tdi quattro for a while but couldn't seem to get the right kit.

    I now think a B12 kit would fit but I am not sure whether to go for the pro kit or sportline kit. Ideally I would like to lower the car (already factory sports springs) by an additional 25mm - 30mm. Thoughts??

    The other thing I wondered about was if I lower it will there be any issues with getting the geometry in spec? Some cars are ok but some are not. Is there plenty adjustment on the A3?

    What else should I change? Top strut mounts and bearings I will probably do anyway but are standard ones ok? Anything else required?
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  3. VWNCC

    VWNCC Registered User


    Given that you want to lower it by another 25-30mm from the OEM sport suspension, you will want the sportline kit if you go with the B12.

    I have been on the B12 kit (pro kit so not as low) for about 3-4 years now and no issue with brand new top strut mounts and bearing since installation (about 60k km with the B12).
  4. DPM

    DPM Site Sponsor Site Sponsor

    As above, you'll need the Sportline kit. Let me know if we ca be any help with info or prices.

    Damian @ DPM Performance
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  5. Fatbloke

    Fatbloke Registered User

    I measured the height from the ground at the centre of the wheels to the centre point of the arches at front and rear are both 665mm.

    I looked to see what 25mm drop was like and 35mm drop.

    25mm is fine but 35mm is just a bit too low as its virtually sitting at the top of the tyre.

    Anyone else got the 2016 150tdi with the prokit or sportlines that could put some side pictures up please?

    Measurements to compare would be awesome too if possible. It would be good to know what the actual drops will be.
  6. Peter Peter

    Peter Peter Registered User

    Why do you want to do it ?


    2UC - S Sports Suspension
    G06 - Front Shock Absorbtion
    UB5 - Rear Shock Absorbtion for Sports Design

    S-line (with S-line Sports Suspension Selected)
    2UG - S Line Sports Suspension
    G04 - Front Shock Absorbtion
    (no code given for rear shock absorption)

    S-line (with default Sports Suspension)
    2UC - Sports Suspension
    G04 - Front Shock Absorbtion
    (no code given for rear shock absorption)

    S-line (with Sports Suspension de-selected)
    2UA - Deselect Sports Suspension
    G04 - Front Shock Absorbtion
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2020
  7. Fatbloke

    Fatbloke Registered User

    It sits too high and is bouncy and wallowy to drive.
  8. Peter Peter

    Peter Peter Registered User

    I have sport trim not sline and I wouldn't change.. just right .. very good on crossing humps
    B4 I had 2011 a3 I lowered 40mm and changed shockers to KYB springs cheap from ebay and driving over humps .. was like running into pot hole ..
  9. 8v1.8tfsi

    8v1.8tfsi Registered User

    Everytime someone post the codes for the suspension they never seem to match anything i have got on my service booklet, you mentioned GO4 for everyone one yet mines say GO3 ? Can anyone tell me what suspension if have by looking at this picture ?

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  10. Fatbloke

    Fatbloke Registered User

    PRCode: 0YF = Weight range 6 installation control only no requirement forecast
    PRCode: 1AT = Electronic stabilization program (ESP)
    PRCode: 1JC = Rear shock absorption for sports design
    PRCode: 1KE = Disc brakes rear
    PRCode: 1N3 = Speed-related variable steering assist (Servotronic)
    PRCode: 1SA = Without additional engine guard
    PRCode: 1ZE = Disc brakes front (Geomet D)
    PRCode: 2PF = Leather trimmed multi-function sports steering wheel
    PRCode: 3FA = Without roof insert (standard roof)
    PRCode: 3NZ = Rear seat bench unsplit backrest split folding
    PRCode: 3PQ = Electric front seat adjustment driver
    PRCode: 4GH = Windshield in heat-insulating glass with sunshield
    PRCode: 4K4 = Radio remote controlled central locking
    PRCode: 4KC = Side and rear windows in heat-insulatingglass
    PRCode: 4R4 = Power windows with comfort operation andcircuit breaker
    PRCode: 4UP = Driver's and front passenger air bag with knee air bag and front passenger air bag deactivation
    PRCode: 4X3 = Side air bag front with curtain air bag
    PRCode: 5D1 = Carrier frequency 433.92 MHz-434.42 Mhz
    PRCode: 5SJ = Left exterior mirror: convex
    PRCode: 5TG = Decorative aluminum inserts dulling
    PRCode: 6TS = Right exterior mirror: aspherical large viewing field
    PRCode: 6XD = Exterior mirrors: electrically adjustable/heated
    PRCode: 7K1 = Tire pressure warning light
    PRCode: 7MM = Emission standard EU6 plus
    PRCode: 7UF = Navigation system - Standard
    PRCode: 7X0 = Without park distance control
    PRCode: 8GU = Alternator 140 A
    PRCode: 8Q3 = Automatic headlight-range adjustment dynamic (self-adjusting while driving)
    PRCode: 8Z5 = Not hot country
    PRCode: 9S6 = Multi-function display/on-board computerColour
    PRCode: CC1 = Alloy wheels 7.5J x 18
    PRCode: E0A = No special edition
    PRCode: F0A = No special purpose vehicle standard equipment
    PRCode: G02 = Front shock absorption
    PRCode: J2D = Battery 380 A (68 Ah)
    PRCode: L31 = Suspension range 31 installation control only no requirement forecast
    PRCode: Q4H = Comfort sports seats front
    PRCode: QI6 = Without service indicator
    PRCode: TR1 = 4-cylinder diesel engine 2.0 L unit 04L.A
    PRCode: U5B = Instrument insert mph speedometer Great Britain

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