[200q20v] Lowering Springs? - or better idea agains side wind impact

Peer Oliver Schmidt pos at theinternet.de
Mon Apr 30 09:35:18 EDT 2001


most of the times your comments are very interesting. Same this time.

I am no fan of lowering cars either, but I do have a problem. Going 140+ mph
frequently in an area where Mercedes Benz is testing there cars for sidewind
impact, I do have a problem whenever I overtake larger cars and trucks, or
get a blast from the side.

What would be your suggestion to limit this problem?!

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


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From: 200q20v-admin at audifans.com [mailto:200q20v-admin at audifans.com]On
Behalf Of Bernie Benz
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 7:26 AM
To: C1J1Miller at aol.com
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Subject: Re: [200q20v] Lowering Springs?

IMO, no one should consider changing the ride height of his car without a
complete understanding of the bump steer characteristics of the vehicle, and
the resultant associated handling problems!  Yet, most contributors to this
and other trivial Audi lists are avocates of both higher rate, shorter
springs and "stiffer" shocks, the constant "feels so good, thinner wallet"
fad, and all this in spite of wives and friends complaints (know the
difference?) about the resultant SUV ride characteristics.

Color is king!  Do you like yellow shocks with red springs, or are two
orange striped black springs with purple shocks the better combo,  what is
the consensus?


> From: C1J1Miller at aol.com
> Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 22:25:39 EDT
> To: brettd at speakeasy.net, t44tq at mindspring.com, 200q20v at audifans.com,
> quattro at audifans.com, s-car-list at yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [200q20v] Lowering Springs?
> In a message dated 4/29/01 12:26:28 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> brettd at speakeasy.net writes:
>>> Finally, does anyone know if '92 UrS4 springs will work on
>>> a '91 200q w/o raising ride height? If they do and someone has
>>> BTDT, please let me know.
>> No.  These transformed Rob Winchell's car into what he called "the
>> 200q20v allroad" ; the S4 is much heavier than the 200q20v.
>> Brett
> The '92 is about 3850# versus the '91 at 3650#, probably fairly evenly
> up front/rear.  It is also a bit lower and stiffer than the '91, so using
> front/rear springs from the '92 S4 in the '91 would likely have a slight
> in height, and an increase in stiffness.  Rob used springs off an S6,
> was higher stock ride height, plus heavier.
> I'm currently considering what to complete for my own suspension mods on
> '91 200q20v sedan.  I've been running stock front springs/boges, and rear
> S4 springs/boges.  My options are:
> Eibach springs for the '91 200q20v, front and rear;
> Eibach front springs, with '92 S4 rear springs;
> Eibach front springs, with H&R V8 rear springs;
> Rear springs/inserts can be easily swapped, so I'll likely try a few
> combinations to evaluate what I prefer.
> For strut inserts, I'm likely using a set of Konis I picked up cheap.
> I believe you can also install slightly different height rubber spring
> up front to help corner balance the car/adjust ride height.
> Chris Miller, Windham NH, c1j1miller at aol.com
> '91 200q20v ==>  http://members.aol.com/c1j1miller/welcome.html
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