Suspension options

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at
Fri Nov 15 08:28:46 EST 2002

Peter,  Pressurized shocks add their positive spring rate to that of the
suspension.  Unpressurized shocks, such as Konis, have a zero spring rate,
therefore add nothing to the suspension's static ride height.  This appears
to be consistant with your stated experience.


> From: Peter Schulz <peschulz at>
> Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 11:16:43 -0500
> To: Bernie Benz <b.m.benz at>
> Cc: 200q20v <200q20v at>
> Subject: Re: Suspension options
> Bernie:
> Right.
> - theoretically.
> In practice those "slight" changes resulted in the front of the car now
> sitting 1/4 inch? higher than stock.
> _Only_change was the 200-spec'd Bilstein HDs.  Stock Springs. No issues with
> incorrect installation, etc.
> Strut cartridges installed from above.
> You're a Koni fan, right?  Konis tend to be predominantly hydraulic and do not
> have the high pressure gas charge of the Bilsteins.
> - that said,  my actual experience in going from the stock Boge Gas charged
> struts to Koni hydraulic sports on my CQ (stock springs) resulted in an
> approximate 1/4 inch drop in height, using oem strut bearings (my floor jack
> used to easily fit under the car, now I have to remove the saddle to get it to
> fit under the CQ.)
> -Peter
> At 08:02 AM 11/15/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>> Peter, Excepting for slight differences between gas pressurized and non
>> pressurized, shocks have no influence on static ride height.
>> Bernie
>>> From: Peter Schulz <peschulz at>
>>> Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 10:29:28 -0500
>>> To: "Tom Mullane" <tmullane at>
>>> Cc: <200q20v at>
>>> Subject: Re: Suspension options
>>> Tom:
>>> I live in Chelmsford MA and have 1 Avant with Bilstein HDs, stock springs
>>> and
>>> stock rims.
>>> Ride height may actually have increased with the HD installation.
>>> I also have another avant with Bilstein Sports, Eibach springs, stock rims.
>>> Drop in ride height is negligible compare to the HDs
>>> Paul Royal (NH) also has this setup and is pleased
>>> Dan Simoes (stock struts and springs) has driven the Avant with the HDs and
>>> may be able to give his opinion.
>>> -Peter

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