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You mentioned fitting winters to a pair of wheels, are you running mixed summer and winter tyres?Last week I fitted a set of new 185/50/16 winter tyres onto a pair of SE alloys I had for the next few months. Just this change from the normal 205/40/17's made a big difference to comfort.
Unfortunately I haven't yet reached the time of life where I am sensible enough to go for function over form so better suspension will have to be fitted instead.
I know, none of my business though had to check(only 'cos I care). On the plus side, will be great for oversteer.Yes I am, and I know your not supposed to, but I only use the car for 6 miles back and fore to work every day so they are just there to get me home if it snows.
Great sum up and yes your right ..but if all of our roads were like they are in France yes H&R I have them on my 911 turbo s ..but where I live country lanes lots of pot holes not a pleasant experience until I get out onto A roads when yes car is like on rail tracks ..but in an Audi a2 even with standard suspension and 16” wheels it’s not the nicest ride where we are which is why I like the 15” pepper pot and larger profile tyres ..horses for courses I think a lot is dependent on were you live ..
I am using Weitec springs up front with the B8s and Bilstein rear springs with B4 dampers. Very happy with the ride and stance on my TDi 90
The shorter B8 is designed to suit lowered (therefore shorter) springs. B8s are shorter, due to internal stops, as lower/shorter springs have lost the first 20-25mm of suspension travel. They should not be fitted to standard sprung cars, as the longer springs will have a high pre-load (ie compressed at rest), giving a harsh ride. So, B6 for standard suspension, B8 for lowered suspension.By way of a summary for those confused about the different Bilstein offerings - as I was, I found this ( modified ) guide:
B2's are oil filled, plain boring dampers often oem.
B4's are a step up, just plain standard gas dampers, little firmer than stock.
B6's are the sports version, monotube technology, brilliant.
B8's are B6's but shorter.
The shorter B8 is designed to suit lowered (therefore shorter) springs. B8s are shorter, due to internal stops, as lower/shorter springs have lost the first 20-25mm of suspension travel. They should not be fitted to standard sprung cars, as the longer springs will have a high pre-load (ie compressed at rest), giving a harsh ride. So, B6 for standard suspension, B8 for lowered suspension.
With the A2OC jolly to Scotland upcoming, and the fact that Sam will be 8 months pregnant on the journey, it’s got me thinking about ride comfort.
I’ve already replaced the rear shocks on Frankie recently with KONI FSD’s on standard springs and the back feels great and I’m happy with the ride height.
The front shocks are not leaking or showing signs of damage, but they are the originals and have now done 100k so there is definite room for improvement.
I always feel that the front end of the A2 sits too high when compared with the back and so would like to bring the front end down a little but not at the expense of comfort.
I’ve previously had Monroe shocks with H&R 25mm springs on a previous project and found it to be very very firm. I also had coilovers on my last project and whilst better than the H&R springs they were still very harsh.
Does anyone have any personal experience of other brands of lowering springs eg ST etc and can comment on their comfort when compared with standard springs/shocks.
Any comments gratefully received.
I haven’t run an A2 on coilovers for a few months now, but Jom blueline coilovers are just as comfortable as an A2 with 100k mile suspension albeit much more controlled.
On their highest setting they don’t look out of place at all because the A2 rides quite high as standard anyway.