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Long overdue 2B Coil-over report
Well, I've had the car back for over 4 weeks now, so I guess
it's about time I gave a report on the results. A few of you
will recognize that I've taken some of this post from private
messages to you. Sorry, I'm too lazy to write it all over again.
First, a little background:
Car - 1990 CQ, totally stock suspension w/125K miles
Upgrade - 2 Bennett Coil-over kit
Bilstein "shorty" inserts
The car went into the shop on June 22 for install with the
understanding that it would be ready for the trip to PP by June
29. Due to the shop's incompetent management and other bits of
bad luck, the job wasn't fully complete until July 17. This
caused me to completely miss AF98, but that's OK -- I was too
drunk to notice. ;^) I also got a significant amount of money
taken off the bill.
I won't say that the result makes up for the painful experience,
but it sure helps me forget about my bitterness. Put simply, this
car is transformed! It is now less of a cushy touring coupe, and
more like the sports car that it's looks suggest.
I was lucky enough to be able to put her through her paces on a
business trip last week. Thanks to a little help from Ed Kellock,
I found some great, twisty back roads through the smokey mtns.
You couldn't wipe the smile off my face with a brick! On the
occasions where I found myself held up by traffic, I just sat
back and watched the car in front of me use every inch of _both_
lanes to try to keep speed, while I stayed perfectly between the
lines and still gained on them! The new slotted rotors, carbon
pads, and ss lines came in handy, too. As an aside, Ed and I
enjoyed some fine beer, food, and Audi geek talk during my stay
in Greenville. I don't think either of us have anything on
Minnesota Fats, though. :^) I got a good look at his CGT
"beater", too. If that car is a beater, then mine has one foot
in the grave. It's a fine example of the white on white on white
on white on . . . I like it.
It used to take forever to take a set in the turns as the big CQ
body leaned. Now, the slight amount of roll is instantaneous. It
settles into the turning attitude very quickly and begs you to
push it. Brake dive is history, as is the squat on acceleration.
What I had previously considered throttle lag was just the car
wasting energy as it pushed the body around on the soft springs.
The car feels much more connected to the road now (not just
steering, but throttle and brakes too). No more vague steering
and throttle response. I'm not sure how much the Delrin bushings
affect all this, but I do know that the combination feels great!
Before, the body roll was a definite limiting factor in the
twisties. I knew that it wouldn't actually roll over, but there
was always that sickening "here we go" feeling. (apologies to
Hunter S. Thompson) Now, the tires are the distinct limiting
factor. There's usually plenty of grip, but I can feel the
sidewall rolling over. I'm currently running a set of D60A2s
(205-60-15) because I got them for $25 each, but when they're
gone, I'll be stepping up to something more sporty, possibly
going to 16".
The ride quality is only slightly more harsh, and very tolerable.
I'm using 325# springs in the front, and 250# in the rear. This is
a pretty good setup for the street. The CQ in stock form
is pretty mushy, and with 125K on the clock, it rolled like a pig
I REALLY need to get her on the track now. Before, it was hard
to concentrate on the course with all the chassis movement going
on, but now she just sticks! I'm hoping to find a few track events
here in the SE. It sounds like QCUSA will be opening a chapter down
The c-o kit is only about $200 more than a set of good springs. I
think the adjustability is worth it, plus I didn't want to be at
the mercy of the spring mfg with respect to the ride height and
spring rates. The construction of the kit is quite good, and
installation is pretty easy (unless you have it done by idiots!).
If there are any weaknesses in this setup, then I'm sure Ramana
and his flying circus will find them long before I do. ;^)
'90 CQ 20V - my 'coiled-iron' ;^)