[200q20v] H+R/Bilstein Upgrade Revisited - milder options?

ekellock at juno.com ekellock at juno.com
Wed Sep 6 20:10:15 EDT 2000

I also went Bilstein HD's and stock springs
with my V8 5spd.  It actually gives a bit more
suspension travel since they're gas pressurized.
The only thing that I don't like about them is
the additional busy-ness over slightly less than
smooth roads.  I pulled a set of HD's out of
my 83 GTI for this reason.  The effect is just
a bit less noticeable with the V8, but still, it
could be smoother during normal driving over
slight irregularities.

Amazingly, my mother thinks it rides absolutely
wonderfully.  I was visiting her all last week and
one day we went for 250 mile drive.  She still 
thought it was great, and better than her
95 Accord EX which I have inexplicably grown
to appreciate.  Yikes.

Insert flash of lightning and clap of thunder delivered
by the Audi gods.


On Wed, 6 Sep 2000 11:45:18 -0400 "Glen Dustin Powell"
<gpowell at ennovatenetworks.com> writes:
> Your requirements are much the same as mine. I went with Bilstein 
> HDs and
> the original springs and it is an excellent comprimise. A bit 
> stiffer Vs
> stock but still a nice ride and no loss of suspension travel or 
> ride-height.
> (big plusses where the sno & mud gets deep and the height of 
> frost-heaves
> limit your speeds)
> -glen
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:200q20v-admin at audifans.com]On
> Behalf Of Forhan, Thomas
> Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2000 10:36 AM
> To: 200q20v at audifans.com
> Subject: [200q20v] H+R/Bilstein Upgrade Revisited - milder options?
> Last month there was a nice thread on upgrades, including 
> suspension, pretty
> much directed at maximization.
> My 200 20V Avant is the primary family car, and I don't want to go 
> all out,
> but at
> 125000 miles the need for new struts, and maybe springs, seems 
> obvious on
> the streets of Washington DC.
> So what would be a good intermediate upgrade? I don't want to lower 
> the car
> a lot, though a little would be ok, and I don't want to hear 
> complaints
> about a harsh ride, though stiffer would be just fine. Eibachs 
> instead of
> H+R? Bilstein HD instead of Sport?
> What do you think? Anyone done something similar?
> Thanks
> Tom F.
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