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Lowering springs or Coilover kits

It seems it's hard to come by any lowering springs or coilover kits in the US for Q3s.

When I do a search, most, if not all are vendors in the UK. I was looking for Eibach Pro Kit springs but in the UK it shows two options:

1) Q3 TDI FWD
2) Q3 TFSI Quattro

If I wanted Eibach springs, which should I order for our Q3 2.0 TFSI FWD?


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It seems it's hard to come by any lowering springs or coilover kits in the US for Q3s.

When I do a search, most, if not all are vendors in the UK. I was looking for Eibach Pro Kit springs but in the UK it shows two options:

1) Q3 TDI FWD
2) Q3 TFSI Quattro

If I wanted Eibach springs, which should I order for our Q3 2.0 TFSI FWD?
Try H&R, they make higher quality springs IMO. Either way, since you're FWD, I would think it would be safe to go with the FWD spring setup, though I doubt there's any difference...

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Try H&R, they make higher quality springs IMO. Either way, since you're FWD, I would think it would be safe to go with the FWD spring setup, though I doubt there's any difference...
Thanks rs4guy!

I was actually chatting with a guy from the UK vendor and he saying the similar thing. He said it's just the matter of axle weight difference between FWD and Quattro, so I should go with UK TDI FWD version since the axle weights should be very similar to US TFSI FWD.


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It seems it's hard to come by any lowering springs or coilover kits in the US for Q3s.

When I do a search, most, if not all are vendors in the UK. I was looking for Eibach Pro Kit springs but in the UK it shows two options:

1) Q3 TDI FWD
2) Q3 TFSI Quattro

If I wanted Eibach springs, which should I order for our Q3 2.0 TFSI FWD?
I'd go with the solution based on drive platform - if you have a Front Track Q3, go with number 1, if you have Quattro, go with number 2.

There's less (or no) impact from having a diesel vs. gas engine on this -


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I'd go with the solution based on drive platform - if you have a Front Track Q3, go with number 1, if you have Quattro, go with number 2.

There's less (or no) impact from having a diesel vs. gas engine on this -
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...also, while on the subject - and as a seasoned veteran of springs and shocks, IF you just do lowering springs - be it for looks, fine. But - expect NOT an enhanced ride at all, and prolly NOT enhanced handling as a result. Au contraire -

If you want a decent ride (I say decent cuz almost ANY reduction in height will AMPLIFY NOT reduce road NVH) AND enhanced handling, you'll have to really invest in new shocks that take the reduced height (and different load characteristics as a result) into account. This is just the laws of physics, and no pretty paint (blue or yellow or purple) can fix them...


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...also, while on the subject - and as a seasoned veteran of springs and shocks, IF you just do lowering springs - be it for looks, fine. But - expect NOT an enhanced ride at all, and prolly NOT enhanced handling as a result. Au contraire -

If you want a decent ride (I say decent cuz almost ANY reduction in height will AMPLIFY NOT reduce road NVH) AND enhanced handling, you'll have to really invest in new shocks that take the reduced height (and different load characteristics as a result) into account. This is just the laws of physics, and no pretty paint (blue or yellow or purple) can fix them...
You got me covered even before I asked

I'm leaning towards KW coilover now that you also agree on new shocks. My wife is going to kill me when she finds out how much the coilovers are and how much more the installation is going to cost...


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You got me covered even before I asked

I'm leaning towards KW coilover now that you also agree on new shocks. My wife is going to kill me when she finds out how much the coilovers are and how much more the installation is going to cost...
But - it WILL look good, and it WILL handle better, but be prepared for a different ride - even with new shocks, lower is stiffer (nasty laws of physics again) and she may NOT like it. My wife refuses to ride in my low-low, slot car S5, but hey, as MPBQ3 has duly noted, I have plenty of self-included padding.


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It actually depends on the dampers and the spring rates and styles (progressive vs linear). I have my stock DRC shocks coupled with H&R sport springs on my RS4, the ride is stiffer, but has much improved handling and chassis dynamics.

For the Q3 I would just do some Koni or bilstien shocks and springs, C/O's are overkill for a daily driven SUV...
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