quattro digest, Vol 1 #3770 - H+R shock choices

Larry C Leung l.leung at juno.com
Mon Aug 5 10:48:58 EDT 2002

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I have H+R's and Bilsteins on my 200Q. The ride is slightly stiff, but by

no means harsh. Admittedly, the 200 has a few pounds on the 5KQ
but I doubt that it would be significant enough to matter. In fact, I
that the Bilsteins are still, ever so slightly, underdamped, which would
be a lesser factor on the lighter 5KQ. In fact, as discussed in a rather
long thread awhile ago, the biggest factor of ride harshness is actually
whether or not the springs and shocks match, rather than the supposed
"stiffness" of the shocks. BTW, I DO recall people having success using
Turbo Gas with the H+R's, check the archives to be certain.


> Date: Sun, 04 Aug 2002 16:09:45 -0400
> To: quattro at audifans.com
> From: Ameer Antar <antar at attbi.com>
> Subject: Audi 5kT: Shocks for H&R springs
> So this car I'm working on ('85 5kT FWD) is gonna need a suspension
> rebuild
> too. So while the block gets cleaned up, I figured it would be a
> good time
> to change the struts and springs. I'm planning on getting the H&R
> 1.5"
> lowering springs, but I'm not sure what shocks to get. I assume the
> OE Boge
> (Automatic?) shocks wouldn't keep up w/ the springs, so I was
> thinking of
> getting the Boge Turbo Gas shocks. Any comments on that? Also I'm
> not sure
> where to find 'em, although I saw the rear ones advertised on a VW
> site.
> Any sources?? I want shocks w/ lifetime warranties. All Boge shocks
> come w/
> that. Bilstein's are too, but I'm a little hesitant, as I've heard
> the ride
> can be harsh, and they're WAY more expensive than the Boge units. I
> was
> thinking of KYB, but I don't think they have quite the heritage as
> the
> other brands, and I couldn't find any warranty info. Forget Monroe
> shocks,
> even though they're lifetimes. Any advice or experiences welcomed.
> As
> always, TIA!
> -ameer

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