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Re: Suspension Upgrade on Audi 80
> > >My complaint is that the ride is much harsher than in the past.> It now
> > >has a boy-racer feel to it that I graduated from years ago.
> > Well, you can't have the cake and eat it too, can you? Your newfound
> > handling performance came at a cost -- loss of ride comfort. There is
> > really no magic to this.
> I beg to differ. There was a significant change in ride comfort from my
> two setups, and I'm sure I can find a happy medium point. Fortunately, Audi
> dialed in lots of ride comfort from which a little can be sacrificed in the name
> of improved handling. As stated earlier, a similar setup I had with progressive
> springs/Bilsteins improved the handling AND ride of my old Rabbit. A
> Bilstein upgrade on a 2002 had the same effect. I do agree with you-my
> problem was most likely selecting too stiff of a damper. I'll most likely
> keep the progressive springs and either adjustable Konis per net recommendation
> or to Boges. Anyone want to try a set of front Bilstein sports for an
> Audi 80?
I had adjustable Koni on my old scirocco (83) and I loved them. The car
would not dive and squat as much and the corning was improved. As far
as I could tell it did not have much of side effect on ride quality. The
shock was set at the normal setting.
On the other hand I had bilsteins on my 2002. The handling was great but
the ride quality was extremely harsh & choppy. I think part of that is due
to the car being too light for the shocks and the narrowness of the car. Within couple of months I switched to Boges (sp?). I find the handling
My recommendation would be to switch with adjustable konis. If you do, please
let me of your impression as I am contemplating the same upgrade for my
newly acquired 90.