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Old 12-10-2011, 02:45 PM   #1
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What is the difference between a model with and without sport suspension? Is it simply different springs that reduce the ride height and stiffen the ride? Looking to purchase an A7 without the sport package and possibly changing out springs later. There are several aftermarket springs already out there. Thanks.
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What is the difference between a model with and without sport suspension? Is it simply different springs that reduce the ride height and stiffen the ride? Looking to purchase an A7 without the sport package and possibly changing out springs later. There are several aftermarket springs already out there. Thanks.
For one, the sports has paddle shifters.
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For one, the sports has paddle shifters.
Yes, was aware of that difference. Was just wondering what the actual difference was within the suspension setup other than ride height/stiffness resulting from new springs.
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What is the difference between a model with and without sport suspension? Is it simply different springs that reduce the ride height and stiffen the ride? Looking to purchase an A7 without the sport package and possibly changing out springs later. There are several aftermarket springs already out there. Thanks.
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Can anyone tell me whether the factory sports suspension has a sway bar or anything that helps with body roll or is it just stiffer springs?

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Can anyone tell me whether the factory sports suspension has a sway bar or anything that helps with body roll or is it just stiffer springs?
I sent Audi a question asking about the difference between the stock and sport suspension option. I haven't heard back from them yet.

I would say that it would be hard to find any vehicle without a sway bar. It's an inexpensive way to improve handling. I would expect a sport suspension to have a thicker bar.
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Yeah, I feel like my A7, without the sport suspension, has a tad too much body roll. Not so sure I want to deal with the while Stasis warranty pro's and con's issue and may look into what Audi would charge.

Can any sport suspension peeps out there comment on your experience with the sports suspension, especially as it pertains to body roll?

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Very limited body roll... And I took the test model on a roller coaster ride lol - Very impressive! Mine gets babied though
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Yeah, I feel like my A7, without the sport suspension, has a tad too much body roll. Not so sure I want to deal with the while Stasis warranty pro's and con's issue and may look into what Audi would charge.
One of your options is to install the sport suspension sway bars if they are a larger diameter. They should bolt in without any modifications. You may want to upgrade to poly bushings while your at it. I would suspect that Stasis bars are larger than the sport sway bars and come with better than OEM bushings.

An easy way to measure your bars is to close an adjustable wrench on them and measure the gap.
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as with tridentnyc I feel the same way with body roll (not mine thankfully) and wish I had gotten the sports suspension; please let me know what the dealer says about replacing the sway bar and the cost...
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I'm actually happy with the ride in my A7 at the moment so I wouldn't want to make it any firmer. What I'd like to find out is if I can just put in a beefier sway bar and leave the softer springs in, wondering if that would do the trick.
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What I'd like to find out is if I can just put in a beefier sway bar and leave the softer springs in, wondering if that would do the trick.
That would lessen the body roll. A sway bar connects both wheels on a axle. When cornering, the outside wheel tucks into the wheel well. A sway bar twists and pulls the inside wheel up. That keeps the car flatter in a corner.

The larger bar twists less and lifts the inside wheel more.
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That would lessen the body roll. A sway bar connects both wheels on a axle. When cornering, the outside wheel tucks into the wheel well. A sway bar twists and pulls the inside wheel up. That keeps the car flatter in a corner.

The larger bar twists less and lifts the inside wheel more.
And the larger sway bar shouldn't affect the ride. Did it on the rear bar on my 2001 A6 for about $250 total back then for the same one Audi used on the sport package. Everything I read was to leave the front bar alone and just do the rear. Made a big difference in handling but no change in ride.
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All great info Tenspeed and Snagitseven, very helpful. I'm gonna call my Audi dealership tomorrow and see what they have to say. They have a mechanic I really like over there, very knowledgeable, very helpful guy. I'll post the outcome of that conversation here just as soon as I have the info.

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Still trying to get a definitive answer on the difference between the sport and non sport sway bar thicknesses. Going to try AoA tomorrow to see if I can get an answer. If anyone has some concrete numbers it would be greatly appreciated.
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Still trying to get a definitive answer on the difference between the sport and non sport sway bar thicknesses. Going to try AoA tomorrow to see if I can get an answer. If anyone has some concrete numbers it would be greatly appreciated.
Couldn't you ask your mechanic to measure the sway bars on sport and non-sport cars and also see if the two mount the same way? If they look different, you could have the parts dept check for part numbers and just order the sport version. I also recall I had to order the appropriate thicker bushings along with the sport version bar.
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