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    Established Member Two Rings DYT937 S4's Avatar
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    Installing lowering springs

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    My Neuspeed lowering springs just came in. Cant find a writeup on how to install them. Anybody know what tools I need besides a spring compressor and some basic steps to follow?

    Thanks

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    Veteran Member Four Rings obijohn22's Avatar
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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    http://www.audiworld.com/tech/wheel.html

    coilover isntallation for A4/S4.

    have fun, it's really pretty easy to do
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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    For me, it was an altogether 11 hour ordeal, but I'd never done it before. All I used were these two articles:

    http://www.audiworld.com/tech/wheel.html

    http://www.audiworld.com/tech/wheel49.shtml

    and the Bentley manual to look up the torque specs. The Bentley can be downloaded from here:

    http://www.socals4.com/repair/ (Thanks to Rated S)

    Just take your time and be patient. The only special tool you need is the spring compressor. If you have friends, get help from one of them.

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    Established Member Two Rings DYT937 S4's Avatar
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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    Thanks that really helps. This Saturday is work on car day. Im doing piggies and springs with the help of a friend.

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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    Quote Originally Posted by DYT937 S4 View Post
    Thanks that really helps. This Saturday is work on car day. Im doing piggies and springs with the help of a friend.

    Then I bet sunday is work on car day too. and probably monday. lol.

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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    Haha Yeah, that's more than a day's worth of work, especially when you haven't done it before. Saturday and Sunday should be fine.

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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    Quite simple, just pay attention and remember to re-torque your control arms at the new ride height. I don't even use a spring compressor for the rears anymore. Got it down to 2 hrs on jack stands in my driveway! Good luck and happy wrenching!
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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    Done it twice before. Its really easy and straightforward, but you need a day or weekend to do it. I Just changed the suspension my MKIII Jetta VR6.

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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    spring compressors and an impact gun ftw. I did the first one by hand. took a few beers to get them done but wasnt bad.
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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    make sure you set the upper control arms to the correct ride height before you tighten everything up. I blew through a set cause mine were still set for the stock ride height.
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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    did my springs earlier this year. lol the hardest part for me was getting the fucking plastic plugs back into the top of the engine bay, very easy job, had all 4 done in less than 3 hours.
    2000- Audi S4, Piggie pipes, SSAC catback, Evoms Intake, Stg2+ Vast tune, 710n's, Eibach sportline springs

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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    Quote Originally Posted by fazda View Post
    did my springs earlier this year. lol the hardest part for me was getting the fucking plastic plugs back into the top of the engine bay, very easy job, had all 4 done in less than 3 hours.
    You put those back in? Mine were MANGLED as fuck.

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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    Quote Originally Posted by jukesandz View Post
    You put those back in? Mine were MANGLED as fuck.
    They were fucking mangled.

    Make sure have all the tools you need or live close to a hardware store.
    If you don't have any friends, hire a day laborer for $40 + lunch.

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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    Quote Originally Posted by scar79 View Post
    They were fucking mangled.

    Make sure have all the tools you need or live close to a hardware store.
    If you don't have any friends, hire a day laborer for $40 + lunch.
    mine were mangled beyond belief too... but i wound up buying new ones at the dealer, cost like $3 each for those stupid plugs haha!
    i was able to read the part number off one of them to read for the parts guy.
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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    How do i go about setting control arms for new ride height? I thought stock control arms are non-adjustable.

    Im sitting here on a laptop with my car on stands and the wheels off, neither links provided are for the S4 which would be ok if the same suspension was in the A4 or A6 but judging by the pics they dont have the same suspension...
    Last edited by DYT937 S4; 10-02-2009 at 02:54 PM.

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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    Quote Originally Posted by DYT937 S4 View Post
    How do i go about setting control arms for new ride height? I thought stock control arms are non-adjustable.

    Im sitting here on a laptop with my car on stands and the wheels off, neither links provided are for the S4 which would be ok if the same suspension was in the A4 or A6 but judging by the pics they dont have the same suspension...
    What they mean is that you need to make sure to re-tighten the bolts you loosened, under a load. If you tighten them all to spec when the car is in the air, you'll tear the bushings.

    Here's what 034 Motorsport says about this on their control-arm page:
    "To ensure a long life for these control arms, when they are installed, it is IMPERATIVE that the suspension be compressed to static ride height before any suspension pivot bushings are tightened. If this is not done, bushings will tear as the twisting forces on them will be much higher than is intended."

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    Re: Installing lowering springs

    K thanks guys the rears are done fronts hopefully tomorrow



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