4kq needs new suspension; spring q

R Mangas porter_dog at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 3 07:20:20 EDT 2003

Luke, Huw, thanks for the replies!

  Luke, Huw suggested that it might require an upright swap- did you do that
or did you just use your stock bits with the 80/90 springs?


>From: <lrickert at covad.net>
>To: <porter_dog at hotmail.com>
>Subject: Re: 4kq needs new suspension; spring q
>Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 15:02:36 -0700 (PDT)
>this has lead to some contentions debate in the not so distant past (one
>person with the idea that they don't work right and many of us having
>actually done it knowing that it does in fact work.) put 80q fronts in the
>front and move the stock 4kq front springs to the rear. (this is what I
>have on my car) It raises the car a bit and works well although I might do
>it the other way (80q fronts in the back leaving the stock fronts alone)
>to keep the back up bit higher.  I suppose you could also just swap both
>front and rear 80q springs in, I am not exactly sure how this would sit
>but I imagine it would work fine and probably ride a little better.  While
>you are there adapt an extra front sway-bar to the rear suspension (easy
>$10 one hour project) http://home.covad.net/~rickert/Audi.html for
>pictures of what I did.
>Good luck
> >
> >    Greetings.  Been away for a while, new house, two cars, dogs,
> > girl....
> >
> > My '87 4kq is still running on stock bits.  Only 75k, so they're not as
> > shot as one might intially imagine, but shot nonetheless.  My biggest
> > question at this point is the springs.  The rears are really sagged, so
> > I want to replace them but most of the aftermarket units drop the car
> > ~1.5".   The 4kq is my winter car, so that's not very appealing.  I have
> > the ground control coilovers on my Miata, and like them just fine but
> > I'd rather not spend 4 bills on springs.
> >
> >    Are there crafty options that will allow me to uprate the springs
> > some
> > and retain stock travel and ground clearance?  I could certainly buy the
> > aftermarket units and install spacers (kludge!), but I'm hoping someone
> > will tell me that "The 5000 turbo diesel wagon rear springs will fit.
> > They're 1.87x stock and add another half inch of ride height." or
> > something similar...
> >
> > I can dream, can't I? :)
> >
> > TIA,
> > Robert
> > Detroit (Rock City!)
> >
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