Sorry I haven't had a chance to respond to each of the e-mails I
have received asking about the parts / cost of Eric's suspension kit.
So, thought I would kill as many birds as possible with this post.
First, if you want to know about the specifics of the suspension
kit, I highly suggest you e-mail Eric. His address is
STEADIRIC@aol.com. He has always been prompt in his responses to my
Second, as for specific parts, I'm not sure I can tell you
everything he has used. This is how I decided to buy the kit:
1. I drove some cars with various "suspension upgrades". All
Audi's, some were kits from well known "Audi guys", others had been kind
of pieced together. Pretty well disappointed after this. IMHO, there is
much more to a suspension kit than lowering a car and making it ride hard.
In an earlier post, I referenced a Hoppen kit on an S4. Contrary
to some of the lectures I have received via e-mail, I was not flaming
Hoppen or the kit. Supposedly, this guy really knows his Audi's. *MY*
problem with the kit on the S4 was ride harshness. Over the years I have
driven race cars that I loved, and street cars that I loved. NEVER, have
I driven a track car on the streets around here and loved it. IMHO, you
just can't have a "full-on" track suspension on a daily driver and enjoy
it. The S4 I drove may have been great on the track, but it was a
ba**buster on the street. Therefore, it was worthless to me.
2. I took a ride in Eric's car, then simply told him "put it on
my car". Again, "feel" is a personal choice. And, while I do not know
how Eric's suspension feels on the track, I *do* know how it feels on (a)
a "closed" country road course [amazing] [how the course was "closed" is
another story--couple of radios, buddies with cars, etc., long story
really]; (b) going around cloverleaf off-ramps at 70+; (c) on the highway
at over a ton; and, (d) in every day driving. And, it feels *just* the
way I want it to. Firm, but not harsh. Responsive, but not jittery. In
fact, *I* believe it rides [the car that is] better now on the
street--stop and go, etc., than in stock form. I have no complaints
So, while I can offer hours of subjective analysis of the
"Eric-kit", talk to him about the specifics of the kit. Frankly, I
bought it because it worked, not because of the name brands used. But, I
will say this: IMHO, get this kit before you do anything else [I still
have stock box, turbo, etc.]. My thinking was, why add more horsepower
to a poor handling car?
Again, all disclaimers. I paid full boat, and, frankly, would
have flamed it if it didn't work so damned well.