<blockquote type="cite" cite="mid:002d01c0d0b2$58399a20$d97afea9@noone"><pre wrap="">Another post from Taka...<br><br>Can you relate your experiences with H&R lowering springs<br>on a type 44?<br><br>I am debating whether or not to do it in conjunction with<br>Bilstein Sport shocks. How did the handling improve/worsen<br>with the springs?</pre>
<pre wrap="">Taka,<br> Last Fall I installed H&R #29800 springs (the only spring specifically made for the '91 200 only, as far as I know). I matched them with Koni yellow sports (#86-2149 front - set at 3/4 of a turn out from minimum, and #80-2630 rear - set at 3/8 of a turn out from min., about 2 1/4 turns out is maximum). This lowed my car 3/4" in the front, and 1 1/4" in the rear from stock. I was worried about the lower suspension in winter, but so far have not been standed high and spinning. Worked well with above normal snowfall this winter in MN and at 3 ice events - only cracking the plastic brake air scoop when getting into a very deep ice grove while getting on the lake for the event - we also lost a few S4 front plasic parts. <br> IMHO this set up was outstanding at the track last fall but also went from stock 15" Michelin tires to 17" Sumitomo HRT II's. The 200 is now well balanced in the turns, with very little body roll (horrible with origina!
l worn stock setup) and is rock steady above 120 mph. I also had the car aligned by someone who does many of the Audis for events in MN. I think he set all wheels at about 1 degree neg. camber (enough so it is noticeable when the car is eyeballed from the front) and am sure that this and the wider tires contributed to the stability and balance. As I stated last fall the set up passed the wife daily driver test ... it is not a harsh ride - just firmer. She did notice small bumps, tar strips etc. that were not noticed with the stock setup, ... but feedback over rough payment changes may be more a factor of a lower profile tire giving more road surface feedback. She liked the way it was more stable when she turned and she found she began to carry higher speeds into turns (she still doesn't want to go to an Audi event, but her driving confidence and skills have improved so ...time will tell). I have concluded from the discussions I have had about suspension set ups that it!
is important to compare each spring/shock/tire/wheel/car set up as a unique data point - in other words you can't compare just spring types unless all other variables are the same (shocks/tires....). That makes it very hard to for us (non professionals) to pick a best set up for our vehicles - too many goodies (variables) to pick from and not enough resources to test them. You are the best judge as to what is too harsh/well controlled so try to ride with as many people who have tweaked their 200's as you can - if that's not possible good luck with your roll of the dice. <br> The Konis have so far performed very well for me and they can be replaced (lifetime warrantee) without taking off the struts and decompressing springs - unlike Bilsteins I'm told. Also the rebound response can be adjusted within limits .. set totally soft they are suppose to be softer than the Koni reds.<br>Good luck, I hope you end up with something you like.<br><br>Steve</pre>
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