lowered suspension

Kent McLean kentmclean at comcast.net
Fri Jun 5 11:47:51 PDT 2009

If you've been following along the "get 3 Audis inspected" game,
the new score is 1 for 3. :(

The V8 failed for 2 reasons.

1) Back-up lights don't work. I knew this before going in, and I think I have
a solution. I just need to get under the car and  run some wires from the
back-up light switch to the wires I found in the automatic transmission 
multi-function switch (gizmo) under the hood.

2) The car has been lowered. This I also knew, but I didn't know it was a
point of failure in NH. As Dave (at Steve & Dave's) said, he's seen trucks
that have been jacked up, but they would fail at his station.

Me: How high does it have to be?
Dave: "Stock."

I'm not sure how he judges that, but my questions now are:

a) How tough is it to replace the springs on all 4 corners? Remove the struts?
Screw up the alignment?

b) Can I get away with putting shims/spacers under the springs, to boost the
ride height to normal?  (To be returned to "normal" after the almighty sticker
has been applied.)

c) Anyone know what ride height is "normal"?

I'd prefer to keep the lowered suspension, but I don't want to have to do this
every year just to comply. Unless I find a "better" inspector. ;)

Summary: '91 200 needs rotors, bads, and an exhaust, '90 V8 needs a suspension 
and back-up lights. At least the A4 is OK to drive.

Kent McLean
1999 A4 Avant, V6 Tiptronic
1991 200 TQA #3, with mods
1990 V8 w/5-speed and other mods
gone: '91 200 TQA x2, '94 100 S Avant, '89 200 TQ "Bad Puppy"

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