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So at my last service the garage picked up a weeping rear damper.
This was actually good news as it gave me a good excuse to replace it all as I've fancied a subtle drop for a while now.
I didn't want to go to the expense of coilovers (well decent ones anyway) and I didn't want cheap either. I also wanted to keep the ride comfort of the stock suspension.
A couple of people recommended the Bilstein b12 kit (bilstein dampers and eibach springs) so I bit the bullet and couldn't be happier.
My originals had 85k miles on them but I thought they still felt pretty good until I swapped them out.
The difference was felt straight away so much more responsive and tight like a new car.
I've not properly tested them yet but I'll give them a couple of weeks to settle down then get a 4 wheel alignment done and report back but so far this is one of the best mods I've done and for not a huge amount of money.
Surprisingly easy job too if anyone else is thinking about doing it.
Here's a pic of how it sits now.
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Your car looks really nice Joe. 馃憣
I had the same advisory from Coventry Audi 3 years ago where they said nsr shock light misting.
However one of my mates who worked there told me Audi always pick that up and the shock was not leaking and it has not been picked up on any mot since then.
I had a bilstein set up on my subaru years ago and loved it - but it was pricey.
Like you I have thought about changing the shocks but I don't want coilovers as I like the general oem ride.
I might consider it now that spring is on the way, as I have probably done 500 miles in the last 6 -7 months.
Nice rear valance by the way lol. (y)
 
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Thanks Ade.
It was also the nsr on mine that got picked up at the service in October so I bought the Bilstein kit on black Friday for less than 500 quid and have just been waiting for the time to fit it. My shock was actually leaking and when I removed it and compressed it, it didn't even extend again so was well ready.
If you decide to replace yours it's a fairly easy job if you have the tools and you don't have to drop the rear subframe like on the YouTube videos I watched.
I took loads of pics if anyone needs any help doing it.
 

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I've got the B12 as well on my 3.0 TDI - I went with just the Eibach springs at the start and found the ride a bit to harsh and someone near me was selling a near new set of B8 shocks so I grabbed them. Couldn't be happier, the ride is pretty much the same as what it was before when I didn't install the springs (the shocks were in need of replacement anyway it seems)!

I noticed on my rear right side, the dust cover for the damper is touching the actual shock absorber and has worn out some yellow paint - has that happen to yours? I only noticed it today and installed them in December.
 

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The ride quality is very good for what is essentially a sporty setup that is slightly lower than the stock s5. It is firm but very compliant and not at all crashy like my old B7's used to be and it feels very planted.
As for the rubbing dust cover, I don't think anything is rubbing but I'll keep my eye on it as it's only been a few days.
 

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Joe mate, like you my old S4 feels great but I am sure that a set of Bilsteins would be magic. When I bought her I fitted a full set of Brembo discs and pads, so I guess that the suspension is next on my list. Thanks!!! Simon
 

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What valence is that Joe, that鈥檚 look absolutely spot on and the height looks awesome as well
I鈥檝e had Audi fit the active sound exhaust to my car sometime back and really pleased with it, just need to look into the quad look as ive been wanting to do this for some time now
 

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Joe mate, like you my old S4 feels great but I am sure that a set of Bilsteins would be magic. When I bought her I fitted a full set of Brembo discs and pads, so I guess that the suspension is next on my list. Thanks!!! Simon
Simon if you are still on the original suspension then I'm confident that changing it would make a huge improvement to the ride quality as these things wear out over long periods of time without being noticed even if not leaking.
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Mr phantom they are based in Lichfield and you can call them direct and if it is in stock they will dispatch straight away.
I've ordered one for an S5 sportback 2 weeks ago and as it was not in stock so they have dispatched one from Germany.
 

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Hey Joe do you have a link for the kit you got?
Hi Ade, I got mine from auto doc on black Friday but it doesn't seem to be available at the moment.
This is what I got,
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Circled in red is the part number you need to look for (assuming you don't have electronic suspension as that is different).
I've found this on ebay just now.
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Thanks Ade.
It was also the nsr on mine that got picked up at the service in October so I bought the Bilstein kit on black Friday for less than 500 quid and have just been waiting for the time to fit it. My shock was actually leaking and when I removed it and compressed it, it didn't even extend again so was well ready.
If you decide to replace yours it's a fairly easy job if you have the tools and you don't have to drop the rear subframe like on the YouTube videos I watched.
I took loads of pics if anyone needs any help doing it.
Hi Joe. How did you go about changing the rears with out dropping the subframe please? And how long did the job take?

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Hi Joe. How did you go about changing the rears with out dropping the subframe please? And how long did the job take?
I just got my spring compressors onto the springs in situ and compressed the springs enough to be able to remove them. (obviously you have to do this to the new springs before you fit them) This is fiddly and takes a while as I could only turn the compressors a bit at a time.
Here's a pic.
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Time wise if you plan for a full day this should be enough to do all four corners.

I did the fronts and one of the rears in between school runs (8.30-3.00) then did the other rear another morning.

It can be done quicker than this if you're in a rush but I gave everything a thorough cleaning while I was in there.
 

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I missed this Joe! Been busy with work so not been on here for a bit!

Looks good! nothing like a new suspension, it does feel like a new car! I felt the same when I replaced just the fork oil on my R6! :)

Your car looks spot on! Just can't see your brake upgrades tho! ;) :D
 
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So at my last service the garage picked up a weeping rear damper.
This was actually good news as it gave me a good excuse to replace it all as I've fancied a subtle drop for a while now.
I didn't want to go to the expense of coilovers (well decent ones anyway) and I didn't want cheap either. I also wanted to keep the ride comfort of the stock suspension.
A couple of people recommended the Bilstein b12 kit (bilstein dampers and eibach springs) so I bit the bullet and couldn't be happier.
My originals had 85k miles on them but I thought they still felt pretty good until I swapped them out.
The difference was felt straight away so much more responsive and tight like a new car.
I've not properly tested them yet but I'll give them a couple of weeks to settle down then get a 4 wheel alignment done and report back but so far this is one of the best mods I've done and for not a huge amount of money.
Surprisingly easy job too if anyone else is thinking about doing it.
Here's a pic of how it sits now.
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Looks really nice.
I replaced the 4 shocks and both strut mounts about a year ago on my 2009 A5. I knew the shocks were leaking as they were mentioned on the previous MOT advisory before purchase. I was ok with this as I negotiated the price to include the parts cost and knowing I will have a fresh suspension.
I was a bit surprised how bad the shocks were..most of them would not even rebound. I went for the stock Sach replacement and yet the car had improved ride quality.

The rear was easy but the front was hard due to the "PINCH BOLT" from hell. Unless you in drive climate the bolt needs to be heated out :(
 

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Car looks great! Can you tell me how much the Eibach kit lowered your car? I've looked at the same kit (it's now back on AutoDoc but not at such a great price) and also the H&R kits; I see they offer a 20-25mm lowering kit and a 35mm. I'm wondering if 35mm is too much for my 'daily driver' S5 ..... :unsure:
 
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