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This is in reference to my Audi TT FWD, which, I gather, came from the factory with Monroe struts. I haven't checked mine. I have noticed, I assume due to mileage and due to the fair number of bolt-on mods I've done, that the limitations of the stock suspension are alot more apparent than they used to be, when the car was brand new, and without mods.
I am thinking of doing something to improve this.
I drive mostly around NYC and environs, where the roads are typically mediocre to bad. Good ones are the exception. I'm not looking for ultimate handling or a sharply-lowered look, not even if the roads here were much better. I don't need the former, I don't want the latter. I am riding on 17 wheels, the stock size with OEM tires. the car only has 12K miles or so.
I've noticed that over irregularities in the road - bumps, rough pavement, joints, holes, whatever, at high speed, the car is not as controlled as I'd like. It will bottom out at the front over hard dips at 100+mph, and it gets unsettled at the rear over rough stuff, especially if the road is not quite straight. I'd describe the travel of the rear as following a "corkscrew" motion if you know what I mean. It lifts a little too much under acceleration, dives a little too much under braking. These are symptoms I've associated with worn or inadequate damping in the past.
So: slightly firmer is OK, better control is really what I'm looking for. I'm thinking that there must be a replacement shock out there that fits the bill. I've always thought of Bilsteins and Konis as being seriously stiff. I'd like to avoid a gas shock that'll jack up my stock springs, if possible, since, as I say, I'm leaning towards not changing the springs because I don't want to go lower. 1/2 in. drop might be ideal to my eye, but I don't know if that's an option.
So what does everyone think? Is there a shock that fits the bill, or a kit that will do the job even better but provide minimal lowering? I read the lengthy post involving the positive review of the Eibach Pro kit; any other recommendations?
Thanks in advance.
 

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Re: Suspension people give me a recc., please! (GTItraveler)

Thanks, figured there might be more voices of reason here, actually...on the TT forum, for some reason, "if it ain't coilovers it ain't them". I don't know how they do it, maybe I'm just getting old! There's only a few people who would respond over there anyway, touting their coilovers or insisting on Bilsteins. On the Vortex you tend to get more opinions, and more discussion. On the TT forum, there are several knowledgeable people posting, but the people asking the question tend to have less of a knowledge base going in it seems, and the reuglars tend to give them absolute answers instead of talking about pros and cons, and stressing the need for assessing those in light of the driver's personal needs. There seems to be little recognition of the "different strokes" factor. Suspension seems like one of the most subjective mods you can make to your car, within limits of course.
Guess I'm done slamming the TT forum where I hang out now, sorry...


Modified by John Y at 4:52 PM 1-13-2004
 
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