[BiturboS4] S4 Frustrations - Suspension

Kjos' fastwheels3 at attbi.com
Sun Oct 13 18:17:43 EDT 2002

Troy & Group,

I just installed some 225x40x18 S03s on 8x18 Oettinger wheels with a 35mm
offset and am experiencing the same exact problem. I'm going to take off my
H&R springs (1.4" drop but ride height adjusted to about 1" drop by using
height adjustable NeuSpeed/Bilstein shocks) and reinstall the factory
springs at the lowest height setting on the shocks. This will lower the car
about .5"-.7" from the original factory setting. It should solve the

BTW, I just took off my Pirelli P7000s (same size). I was not having any
rubbing problems with them. Even though the S03s are the same 225x40x18
size, the tread width and tire width are both wider than the P7000s. Your
problems would be worse with the wider tires.

John Kjos

----- Original Message -----
From: "Troy Smith" <tgs210 at mindspring.com>
To: <biturbos4 at audifans.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2002 10:54 AM
Subject: [BiturboS4] S4 Frustrations - Suspension

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> Hello.  Please help if you can...
> I recently made the following modifications to my 2001 S4 Suspension with
> slightly frustrating result.
> * Changed wheels to OZ Racing Superleggera 8X18 w/ Pirelli P7000 225,
> 40, 18 tires.
> * Installed MTM springs.
> * Installed MTM 3 degree negative camber kit on the front of the
> vehicle.
> * Installed rear 19 MM swaybar.
> The result:
> * Handles like it should.
> * Looks great.
> * Upper shoulder of front tire rubs the very inside edge of the lip on
> the fender and the wheel well liner during turns while driving style is
> aggressive and when a 'bump' is encountered while driving straight at
> in excess of 40 MPH.  The 'rub' is only for a brief second but audibly
> noticeable in the cabin of the vehicle and certainly not good for the
> At this point tire damage is minimal but frustrating.
> After much research, debate, and everyone involved assuring me all parts
> should go together very well - 'this rim is made for the S4', 'MTM works
> directly with Audi engineers and all parts are made to Audi spec' -
> to say I am at wits end!  I recently used the local Audi dealers shop to
> 'roll back' the inside of the front fenders (some progress but still
> a little).
> Here is my question:
> Do I a) go a  very stiff shock (ie - Billstien) and basically lock in the
> suspension or b) is there an aftermarket flair for the wheel well I can
> put on (I am referring to the RS4 fender which appears wider).  Keep in
> I live in Colorado and the roads while not terrible are certainly not the
> best in the country.
> Any experience in this matter or advice would be appreciated.
> Sincerely,
> Troy G. Smith
> Denver, CO
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