lowered suspension

Mike Miller mikemilr at blackfoot.net
Fri Jun 5 12:21:05 PDT 2009

Wow - I woulda thought with the Free State Project in NH, they might be a little less like Kalifornia in their vehicle inspections. 

In our last legislative session here in Montana, we outlawed the use of red light cameras. Doesn't affect me very much as the nearest stop light is about 50 miles away. Now if we could only outlaw the use of radar :-)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Bernie Benz 
To: Kent McLean 
Cc: 200q20V mailing list 
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 1:10 PM
Subject: Re: lowered suspension

Audi originally had 3 different spring shim thicknesses for the  
200-20V and V8, used level the the suspension L to R, NLA. See your  
Bentley. Yes, springs can be shimmed. I’ve cut rubber rings and added  
to the spring seats.


On Jun 5, 2009, at 11:47 AM, Kent McLean wrote:

> 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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