Does sline and sport suspension have same shock absorbers ?

8v1.8tfsi

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I have a 2014 1.8 3 door s line but it has the normal sports suspension instead of the proper s line suspension, i would like to get it slightly lowered to proper s line height and improve the handling and body roll for as cheap as i can, would it be possible to buy the genuine audi s line springs and just swap them for the springs i already have and would it fit perfect with my original dampers ? And are the dampers just the same for both sline and sports suspension ? And does anyone know the cost for genuine s line springs ?
I know i could get bilstein springs for decent price but was thinking the s line springs might be better if the used the same dampers ive already got
 

Fatbloke

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I read that the S line springs give a harsh ride but check reviews on here. Eibach springs (prokit and sportline) get good reviews. I have sports suspension on mine and will be putting Bilstein B12 / Eibach sportlines on it. That should lower it 25mm - 30mm. H &R springs are also popular.
 

8v1.8tfsi

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I was just wanting the s line springs as was thinking there would be less chance of the suspension having squeaking noises than aftermarket springs, and if the shocks where the same as my sport suspension on my s line car then i would more than likely go s line spring route, my last car was 2011 a3 sline and that was quite firm suspension but i didnt mind it as it felt glued to the road unline my 2014 sline which feels like its more likely to loss control on a fast tight turn.
I would go bilstein b12 kit if i was planning aftermarket spring, its just paying for new shocks i would like to avoid if possible.
What do you think of the sport suspension ? Do you think its quite soft ? Goodyear eagle f1 ‘s are the only tyre if found that makes the a3 handling feel a bit sharper
 

Fatbloke

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No reason after market springs would cause any noise. I have an H&R cup kit on my Skoda VRS and Eibach prokit springs on the Boxster and there are no issues. I find the oem sports suspension soft so its a bit wallowy and bouncy round corners etc hence the reason for the B12 kit. I think the Eibach prokit springs lowers around 10mm - 15mm from the sports suspension height and the sportline springs around 25mm - 30mm. I have gone for the sportlines with the bilstein shocks. I am also fitting front and rear Eibach anti roll bars.
 

Bigjase88

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I am confused here.

sport and sline suspension is the same thing, the a3 sport shares the same suspension as the sline.

so are you saying your sline does not have sline suspension it has SE suspension? I know you can de-select the sport suspension on the sport but i wasn’t aware you could do that on the sline
 

adey12

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we had a 2.0tdi sport sportback in 2014 with 18 inch alloys and i remember the suspension being quite harsh and almost uncomfortable on some roads , then went to a tt sline roadster with 19 inch alloys and was surprised how comfortable the ride was. so when we brought the latest car a a3 sline convertible with 18 inch alloys i was concerned about going back to a harsh ride ,but after test driving was really pleased with the ride looked up the spec and upgrades for the car and it says sport suspension but feels like it has the ordinary suspension its so comfortable , so i would rather stay as it is
 

AlS3BE

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On a 6 year old car I would change the shocks with lowering springs or just leave as is. If you think how the piston goes in and out the shocks, over the years the same couple of inches have been going in and out leaving the rest exposed to the elements. There will be dirt and surface corrosion on what should be a shiny slick surface. With a set of lowering springs those exposed parts is going to be the normal contact points and will wear the seals away quickly. You could find in a year or so time you will need new shocks and fork out the same labour again to sort.
Might as well mod it and get/feel a night and day difference instead of a little difference.
just my opinion though.
Other option might be a stiffer beefier anti roll bar. Probably cheaper than springs+labour.
 

CanadaA3wales

Canadian living in South Wales - Audi A3 8V 150BHP
I have a 2014 Sport and think the ride is great, but I do have 16" so this probably helps.
I thought the Sline only had cosmetic mods, not mechanical, I could be wrong though and probably am LOL,
Therefor sport and sline have the same suspension, but the SE has a lesser version?? Again could be wrong
 
My 2013 car has sport suspension. IIRC at the time there was three different set-ups with three different ride heights, SE, Sport and S-Line.
I found sport suspension with 17" wheels very compliant, a good compromise and passengers preferred it to the harder suspension.
 

8v1.8tfsi

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I am confused here.

sport and sline suspension is the same thing, the a3 sport shares the same suspension as the sline.

so are you saying your sline does not have sline suspension it has SE suspension? I know you can de-select the sport suspension on the sport but i wasn’t aware you could do that on the sline

No i am saying my sline has the sport suspension as standard like most of them seem to do, but other 8v sline cars do have the proper sline sports suspension which is lower than the suspension on the 8v sport models aswell as some sline cars with the sports suspension.

a 8v a3 s line with the proper s line suspension would look similar to s3 suspension height

an a3 sline with the standard sports suspension woud just look the same as the sport model suspension

not talking about the basic SE model suspension i know that would be too high and soft

i would rather it like the 8p model where if you bought an sline it came set up feeling quite sporty like it should when you buy an sline, surely if it was too low and firm for people then thats what the sport and se model is for if you want it comfier
 

8v1.8tfsi

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we had a 2.0tdi sport sportback in 2014 with 18 inch alloys and i remember the suspension being quite harsh and almost uncomfortable on some roads , then went to a tt sline roadster with 19 inch alloys and was surprised how comfortable the ride was. so when we brought the latest car a a3 sline convertible with 18 inch alloys i was concerned about going back to a harsh ride ,but after test driving was really pleased with the ride looked up the spec and upgrades for the car and it says sport suspension but feels like it has the ordinary suspension its so comfortable , so i would rather stay as it is

yes the suspension is very comfortable its just the too soft for what i would prefer and the cornering on it is not the sharpest
 

adey12

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Yes I know what you are saying ,ours doesn’t corner on rails ,but compared to the a3 we had previous it very comfortable , our previous one was to harsh . It’s always a compromise with suspension .
 

8v1.8tfsi

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but is the shocks the same? A mismatch damper/spring combo could make things worse.

The only reason i notice the height is probs just down to just having an 8p s line previous for 5 years where they are quite low

Yes thats all im wanting to know if the shocks would still be exact same if the a3 came with the lower version of sline springs

although my car is 2014 plate it is only on 40k miles so i would hope the original shocks are still in decent condition
 

CanadaA3wales

Canadian living in South Wales - Audi A3 8V 150BHP
I have a 2014 A3 Sport.
I can let you know tomorrow if I can see the model numbers to see if they are the same as your S-line if that helps.
 

8v1.8tfsi

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I have a 2014 A3 Sport.
I can let you know tomorrow if I can see the model numbers to see if they are the same as your S-line if that helps.

i will just have the same shocks as you i think as just the same sport suspension set up as my s line, i would need someone who knows they have the proper oem lower sline suspension to compare shocks with them to see if they match, ive got a feeling they might be very slighty different in set up i cant imagine the only difference just being a few mm on the spring height but could be wrong
 

AlS3BE

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It won’t be just the few mm in the springs, the spring rates will most likely be different as on a lower spring you would want it to be stiffer to avoid the car grounding out on bumpy roads.
 
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