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Had the S5 serviced by my indi and they have reported the rear offside shock as misting. Prob not a MOT failure yet, but will need sorting out in the near future.

As this is common, what have others done?

I can of course replace with Audi OEM, but that just seems boring. I have std shocks so not the dynamic ones, so is this a opportunity to retrofit dynamic suspension, or is that just too hard to do?

The other option is to go to coilovers, and I have started looking at this, but the price range goes from £500 to £2k, is this worth it, will it spoil the ride?

Off topic, leaving the garage there was a RS5 on my arse (test driven by the mechanic I think) and we both gave it beans down the dual carriageway and through the roundabouts.... Let's just say it was very evenly matched ;) pleased with my remap
 

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If by retrofit dynamic suspension you mean the Audi system then it is likely possible, but expensive, and likely not worth it (and I say that as owner of a full ADS S5).
How do you like or dislike the suspension you have now? I found the handling was lacking in my B5 S4 so I had H&R coilovers fitted. The performance was great but the ride was harsh. When they wore out I changed to KW variant 1 coilovers which seemed to handle like the H&Rs but had a better ride. That's why I like my ADS. I put it into dynamic and the suspension tightens up for faster cornering. But I can also put it into comfort and the ride softens - I often do that when I have passengers. I like it, but I'm not sure it is necessarily worth the option cost which is why I doubt it would be worth the retrofit cost.
 

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Discussion Starter · #3 · (Edited)
Yeah was referring to the Audi dynamic system.

To be fair I like the current spots suspension on the S5, not much body roll and not overly firm that it's uncomfortable.

Really was just wondering if there were any real benefits to coil overs. I guess 10-20mm drop would fill the arches a bit better, but I am not sure if it will be too harsh.

I don't track the car so don't really need it, but it is a opportunity for a cheeky upgrade, but equally happy to stay standard.
 

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Hi Tony I had the same advisory on car a few years on my car and have been thinking of changing my shocks for sometime. Don't really drive it that much now as I have an A6 for most of my daily runabout.
I liked the look of smoky Joe's S5 and when I can get a few days off will be buying these :

I had a similar set up on my subaru P1 and it sat just right , without being to firm
 

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@TonyP - it depends which coilover you get - even in my limited experience they will improve handling at the cost of ride comfort - it's a matter of the balance between the two. Reducing height also lowers the centre of gravity but bear in mind that it also risks hitting the bump stops and grounding. When I had my H&Rs replaced with the KWv1s I had it raised a bit - I was getting sick of grounding on the larger speed bumps.
 

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Thanks for the replies, I should probably try and get a ride in a car that has coil overs. I'm not sure I'm willing to compromise the ride quality for handling, especially as I am more than happy with it as it is.

Would you even be able to benefit from the improved handling on UK roads? I guess yes on track days, but this is not something that I indulge in.

Hmmm choices.

Any idea on cost of the OEM shocks?
 

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Would you even be able to benefit from the improved handling on UK roads? I guess yes on track days, but this is not something that I indulge in.
You have answered your own question.
On some roads when there isn’t any traffic I get the chance to enjoy the performance of my car, but it seems to be rare these days.
 

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Thanks Dippy. I think I have come to the conclusion to replace with OEM. I don't want to lower it and don't really need the extra handling. I'll get a quote and see what replacements will be.

Out of interest, are the rears hard to do on the driveway?
 

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So, just had a quote back from my indi, and £390 fitted for the OEM shocks.

Still undecided as I would like a small drop in height and coilovers are cool bragging rights 😂 😂 😂
 
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