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VasP

Suspension question on RS2

Hello everyone,

among other things that i have planned to do on the car this march i wanted t take the bilsteins off for a service. Now i have the possibility to change them from 'sport' to 'sprint' option by inserting the specific bilstein clamps inside the tubes to give the shorter run than what the sports have.

I also have some modified OEM springs that sit 15mm lower from a certified shop in Leeds.

I basically want the car to sit slightly lower than what it is now, but not the full 30mm that HRs give. So my options are:

1) Service the Bilsteins, leave them on sport and fit the 15mm lower springs
2) Service the bilsteins, make them sprint and keep the OEM RS2 springs
3) Do sprints+ 15mm lower springs.

The only thing that i am not sure is how low excactly will the car end up with the 15mm lower OEM springs, as it has never been tried before. Also on a couple of occasions i may have bottomed the bilsteins on a big dip on the road.

I think option 3 is the lowest and im in between the 1 and 2. By keeping the shocks in their full length of use and putting lowering springs, it is the same as anyone would do if they were fitting HRs etc.
Has anyone ever tried option 1?

thanks
vasilis
smith_s2

Vasilis

what did you do to your RS2 springs? On my old S2 i had it lowered on RS2 dampers with H&R's, sitting 30mm lower. It looked great but dont fancy lowering the RS2 30mm it looks stupid IMHO.

The S2 coupe can get away with that lowered look but an RS2 Avant looks stupid.

If i were you i'd service the bilsteins and leave them on sport.

cheers
John
VasP

i have the rs2 springs as normal. I just happen to have a second set of RS2 springs which i had modified and was thinking of trying out.

but i dont think you are far off. I think i will just keep it as it is.
dest

An RS2 does'nt look stupid lowered?!  

audimad100

i agree that ride height looks great but what does it ride like?
VasP

thats with HRs and from what i hear even for UK standards, HRs are being harsh after a few years of use. Thats why i was aiming for an in between compromise.
dest

My S2 is on RS2 shocks with S2 H&R springs, and it rides fine!
Infact, everyone that has been in it has commented how good/better than they expected the ride is considering how low it sits

audimad100

it certainly sits nice, the colour is superb
dest

I should add, when I got the car it was running RS2 shocks, and the ride was a lot more harsh than with the H&R's!
H&R's are not a harsh ride atall
smith_s2

My old S2 was harsh on RS2 shockers and H&R's springs, I guess it depends on what your use to driving. It looked good though, but some RS2's look awful.

Dest the pictures you posted look great, but some look terrible eg this

http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/...ent=1&make=AUDI&model=RS2

Vasilis  what was your mod? I have a spare set of springs i'd be happy to modify

cheers
John
dest

I agree that one looks bad, Id put that down to the wheels being too small compared to the amount its been lowered
smith_s2

That was going to be my next post, wheel size!
dest

Funnily enough, Ive got this pic of mine after the H&R's were fitted, with original wheels!
It looks totally wrong compared to the one I posted earlier

audimad100

bigger wheels deffinatly transformed the look, are you still runing the same set up?
dest

Yep, still the same

RS2 shocks
H&R S2 springs
18" wheels
225/40/18 tyres
smith_s2

Yup, bigger wheels look so much better.
Jamo

audimad100 wrote:
i agree that ride height looks great but what does it ride like?


Hah a pic of my car, my car is dropped 40mm not 30mm

Soon to be installed are H&R 30mm springs

Ride quality is perfect but I live in a city and it's not perfect for that.
audimad100

the dreaded speed humps, got a few in PZ which i can only creep over as the front bumper grinds on the deck and im not that low lol
VasP

There is a shop in Leeds where it can modify the springs to make them shorter/stiffer etc. So i had a spare springs from an S2 with A/C used, which i gave them and asked them to reduce the height by 15mm only, rather than 30mm that the HRs have. The problem with that is that they are not progressive as the HRs are, and im not sure if that is a bad thing or not.

The other thing that i could do, instead of fitting the shorter springs,would be to just make the shocks from 'sport' to 'sprint'. When you do that, the actual shock becomes slightly stiffer because it has less overall movement, but at the same time, it tends to drop the car a bit.So i could use those with the OEM springs and get the slightly lower effect i like.
However, when i first fitted the bilsteins from new, because of them being quite stiff already, the car was sitting even higher than the OEM configuration(shocks+RS2 springs).Gradually though it has dropped again.

Hence my original question... do that? or just keep the shocks sport and fit the lower springs?

Fitting HRs (S2) and bilsteins is a no no for me, because although it may look nice, the car will be hitting quite a few obstacles both in the UK and Greece where i live, so i had to sell the S2 Hrs i bought.

Even this is a middle solution for me. Eventually i will be making some custom made coilovers, but i have no more $$$ to do so now...
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