[V8] lowered suspension

Ed Kellock ekellock at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 11:54:33 PDT 2009

I think I'd find another inspector.  Seems like this guy is eyeballing a bit
too much.  Sounds rather arbitrary.  It's making me bristle and I'm all the
way out in CO.


-----Original Message-----
From: v8-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:v8-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of
Kent McLean
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 12:48 PM
To: quattro; 200 20v List; V8-list
Subject: [V8] lowered suspension

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
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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