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Old 11-05-2002, 11:30 AM   #1
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I'm thinking of getting a ride height setup and was wondering if there was any availible. I would like to able to raise the beyotch when I'm going off roading.
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Old 11-05-2002, 11:51 AM   #2
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Sorta, in a way, in that some coil-over setups have a manually adjustable spring perch height, which will change ride height. Its a long way from 'push a button to go off-road' kind of deal.
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Old 11-05-2002, 11:58 AM   #3
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Old 11-05-2002, 12:12 PM   #4
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Tien has a electronic height controller for the Flex coil overs. You can change the height on the fly.
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Old 11-05-2002, 12:24 PM   #5
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Tien has a electronic height controller for the Flex coil overs. You can change the height on the fly.
WOW!!!! This is really cool stuff. I know all about EDFC where you can electrically adjust damping from within the cockpit (they accomplish this by using small motors on top of the shocks) but ride height adjustment is new.

Please give me a link or at least a description. I'm really inderested in how this works.
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Old 11-05-2002, 12:37 PM   #6
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where can I find some of this stuff????


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Old 11-05-2002, 12:43 PM   #7
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Old 11-05-2002, 01:00 PM   #8
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OK, Like I said before, EDFC is cool, but ride height adjustment it isn't. So where is the remote ride height adjustment stuff?
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Old 11-05-2002, 01:39 PM   #9
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the ferrari f50 has remote ride height adjustment =)


greg -your going to have very few options if you want coilovers that can go from the stock ride height and lower.

there are some DMS50s you can get setup to do that.
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Old 11-05-2002, 01:43 PM   #10
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greg -your going to have very few options if you want coilovers that can go from the stock ride height and lower.

there are some DMS50s you can get setup to do that.

Hmmm.... I'm kinda looking for maybe 2-3" over stock height and 2" under stock height. Anything out there?
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Old 11-05-2002, 02:22 PM   #11
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Hmmm.... I'm kinda looking for maybe 2-3" over stock height and 2" under stock height. Anything out there?
NO

If you want 4 -5 inches of adjustment out of a coilover you need much more than a threaded spring perch.
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Old 11-05-2002, 02:33 PM   #12
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If you want 4 -5 inches of adjustment out of a coilover you need much more than a threaded spring perch.

Well what then damnit? I WANT HEIGHT!!! and low
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Old 11-05-2002, 03:16 PM   #13
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Well what then damnit? I WANT HEIGHT!!! and low

you dont need to be higher than stock to do most offroading.

the WRC cars arent that high.

and you dont need to be 2 inches lower than stock either

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Old 11-05-2002, 03:38 PM   #14
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If you serious about taking your WRX offroad then your going to need something that can take a pounding. A street coil-over kit won't last one hour on a hard rally. Get your hands on a subaru works suspension setup shouldn't be too hard to find considering the number of WRx in prorally. I have an ex-audi rally suspension with the Sachs/Boge custom uprights with the adjustable fluid and rebuildable internals. They can go up and down about +4" and -1" from "nominal" with adjustable spring perches on the coil overs. You want the car as low as you can even off roading. +4" would be the Audi setup for Kenya or something severe like that. -1" would be an asphalt rally.

Why reinvent the wheel? You've got good competing WRX on the rally circuit. Just get what they use and put it on your car. Might take some custom work, but its not impossible. DMS makes a pretty reasonable suspension for rallying and its not too expensive. Some guys have converted their Audis over to DMS with good results after trying a Koni setup that lasted about one hour.

Do WRXs have control arm braces that go from the hub/axle area of the control arm forward to the frame so that you can take jumps and hit ditches without breaking off control arms?Try these on for size..

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Old 11-05-2002, 04:25 PM   #15
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Adjustable ride height?
Get you some airbags and a hydraulics kit! Crazy stylee!
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Old 11-05-2002, 04:28 PM   #16
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you dont need to be higher than stock to do most offroading.

the WRC cars arent that high.

and you dont need to be 2 inches lower than stock either

=)
Yup. Most rally cars are not much higher than stock height. They are just way stiffer.
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Old 11-05-2002, 04:57 PM   #17
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you dont need to be higher than stock to do most offroading.

the WRC cars arent that high.

and you dont need to be 2 inches lower than stock either

=)

It's not need Jack, but more want

No seriously, about 1"-2" higher than stock would be great. But on the street, I would like my -1.5" drop
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Old 11-06-2002, 01:30 PM   #18
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I'm pretty sure the answer to your question is "yes." Definitely in the rear not so sure in the front.

Excuse my ignorance but is your car is similar to a '83 Quattro?? I dated a girl in college who had one of these. Really cool car.


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Old 11-06-2002, 02:10 PM   #19
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I'm pretty sure the answer to your question is "yes." Definitely in the rear not so sure in the front.

Excuse my ignorance but is your car is similar to a '83 Quattro?? I dated a girl in college who had one of these. Really cool car.

I would expect them in the front before the rear. When going off road the more typical failure is for the front tires to plow into something causing a rearward force on the control arm instead of the typical up/down. The brace is essentially a long tension rod from the tip of the control arm to the frame. Its essentially for off road rallying. Otherwise hitting a dip could rip the control arm off the subframe

You dated a girl who drove an 83 quattro? Very cool. Thats a high maintanance original supercar. I have an 83 street Quattro in original form and an 83 quattro rally car. If you want to see them check out www.austinaudiclub.org
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http://forums.audiworld.com/quattro/msgs/732.phtml
http://forums.audiworld.com/quattro/msgs/780.phtml
http://forums.audiworld.com/quattro/msgs/834.phtml

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Old 11-06-2002, 03:17 PM   #20
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Cool pics. I'd like to see it first hand.

A tension rod just seems like a better design to me. My old 240Z had (has) a compression rod design which always seemed a little goofy to me. But I guess it's probably lighter (since it didn't require heavy structure near the nose of the car to react the loads) and Z's aren't exactly rally cars. I do remember seeing some old picture of one in a safari rally though.

The girl I dated was very proud of that car. Her daddy bought it for her brand new as a H.S. graduation present. She let me drive it a couple of times, very nice.

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I would expect them in the front before the rear. When going off road the more typical failure is for the front tires to plow into something causing a rearward force on the control arm instead of the typical up/down. The brace is essentially a long tension rod from the tip of the control arm to the frame. Its essentially for off road rallying. Otherwise hitting a dip could rip the control arm off the subframe

You dated a girl who drove an 83 quattro? Very cool. Thats a high maintanance original supercar. I have an 83 street Quattro in original form and an 83 quattro rally car. If you want to see them check out www.austinaudiclub.org
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http://forums.audiworld.com/quattro/msgs/732.phtml
http://forums.audiworld.com/quattro/msgs/780.phtml
http://forums.audiworld.com/quattro/msgs/834.phtml

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Old 11-06-2002, 05:25 PM   #21
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The girl I dated was very proud of that car. Her daddy bought it for her brand new as a H.S. graduation present. She let me drive it a couple of times, very nice.

Ross

Ross, where are you at? Anywhere close to Austin?

Audi only imported about 600 original quattros from 1983 to 1985. They're very rare cars and were all handbuilt. New in 1983 they cost more than a new Porsche 911..... Interesting factoid cause its the first all wheel drive turbo supercar which puts it solidly in the top 20 of the 50 greatest cars of all time.

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Old 11-07-2002, 02:03 PM   #22
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Houston .

Wow, didn't realize it was such a special car. Makes sense though, her daddy was very wealthy, Shell big wig, river oaks house, bla bla.

gregung: sorry for hijacking your thread.
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Wow, didn't realize it was such a special car. Makes sense though, her daddy was very wealthy, Shell big wig, river oaks house, bla bla.
You still have her number, right?
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greg, did you read your pm's??
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Old 11-08-2002, 05:40 PM   #25
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Yea, right! But it did take her a while to realize I was a loozer. I'm not sure but I think my beat up toyota pickup and lack of beer money gave me away. .

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