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Old 02-28-2014, 05:12 PM   #1
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Default 2014 Q5 TDI H&R spring installation (before and after)

Finally got around to installing the springs

H&R Springs - Sport Springs (29001-1)

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Front Lowering : 1.6in (1.7 actual measured)
Rear Lowering : 1.5in (1.5 actual measured)

Unfortunately the lighting conditions weren't the same for before and after pictures.

Initial impressions:
- Not a whole lot of difference in ride feel versus stock. But I just drove home from the shop in stop and go, so I didn't have a real chance to test it out.
- Ride feels much lower. It doesn't feel like a truck any more. I like that.

More later after I drive my normal commute with it.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:04 PM   #2
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Looks a lot better I'd say lowered!
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:20 PM   #3
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Really does look so much better. It's the last mod on my list. Can't wait for the update on your driving impressions. Wondering what kind of difference the lowering might have on gas mileage, if any. Would expect it to be very slight but even 1 mpg would be welcome (lower car = less coefficient of drag).
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Really does look so much better. It's the last mod on my list. Can't wait for the update on your driving impressions.
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Looks a ton better - the US-spec springs are so wretched. Does swapping out to the H&Rs affect the adaptive suspension?
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Fantastic!

I'm very interested in doing the same soon to my SQ5.
Please report back with your impressions after you've driven on them for a while. :-)
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Fantastic!

I'm very interested in doing the same soon to my SQ5.
Please report back with your impressions after you've driven on them for a while. :-)
JaXeN, I checked the H&R website: it seems the springs are not available for the SQ5. I know I was as vocal as any about the ride height vs what AoA initially stated but I'm kinda used to it now. Steve
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JaXeN, I checked the H&R website: it seems the springs are not available for the SQ5. I know I was as vocal as any about the ride height vs what AoA initially stated but I'm kinda used to it now. Steve
I suggest you live in bliss and never seek out any pics of the Euro SQ5.
Everytime I see one, I get overwhelmed with jealousy and feel the urge to lower as soon as spring hits.
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Very tempting- the euro models have a different shock to go along with the shorter springs.

Would it matter over time with the US spec shocks (adaptive as I have the S- line as well) with the euro height springs??

Assume you had it re-aligned as well. Did you change the specs?
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JaXeN, I checked the H&R website: it seems the springs are not available for the SQ5. I know I was as vocal as any about the ride height vs what AoA initially stated but I'm kinda used to it now. Steve
Seems like they have it now over at Achtuning. Would love a set

http://achtuning.com/new-products/hr...-for-audi-sq5/
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Seems like they have it now over at Achtuning. Would love a set

http://achtuning.com/new-products/hr...-for-audi-sq5/
The drops indicated by Achtuning seem off though. Maybe they're referencing the drop from the European SQ5? They would have to be different springs though for the US spec SQ5 as the weights are different.
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With the H&R springs installed, did it affect the steering wheel on/off axis positioning?
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The technicians definitely did an alignment after install. In fact, the repetitively ran it on a dyno and loosened and tightened the bushing bolts until they were satisfied minimal load was being placed on the bushings. When done, recheck to make sure alignment still in spec.

(BTW, if you're in Tampa, I definitely recommend the guys at Cars and Concepts for BMW, Audi, Porsche and VW: http://carsandconcepts.com)

Further thoughts about the drop:
- Very happy with the appearance. It's the perfect drop to make the wheel gap isotropic.
- on Comfort mode drive select, the car feels a little stiffer, especially on turns. However it still rides over RR crossings and minor potholes easily.
- on Dynamic mode, I can't say I notice a difference. Maybe the dampening was already so much that the springs didn't play into it too much. Or at least the difference between stock springs and H&R is insignificant
- I can't say anything about the wear on the stock shocks. I guess I'm just hoping...
- After 4 drives, I'm already adjusted to the difference sight picture. So that difference is already a non-issue.
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With the H&R springs installed, did it affect the steering wheel on/off axis positioning?
I'm not really sure what that means. Can you explain?
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With the H&R springs installed, did it affect the steering wheel on/off axis positioning?

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I'm not really sure what that means. Can you explain?
After the drop, is the steering wheel still square/level with the front wheels pointed forward?

It's been a very long time since I dropped a car, which the mechanical steering linkages were sometimes affected and the steering wheel turned off axis.
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So just sport spring doesn't involve any complications with dampening suspension / electric related matters?

Sorry for a newb question
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After the drop, is the steering wheel still square/level with the front wheels pointed forward?

It's been a very long time since I dropped a car, which the mechanical steering linkages were sometimes affected and the steering wheel turned off axis.
Yes everything appears nice and square. No significant effect to the powered steering either.
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So just sport spring doesn't involve any complications with dampening suspension / electric related matters?
It was a straight spring replacement. None of the electronics were modified. I don't think the dampers care what the underlying spring rates are and no codes were thrown.
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It was a straight spring replacement. None of the electronics were modified. I don't think the dampers care what the underlying spring rates are and no codes were thrown.
Thank you for the answer!
Just got my car a few days ago and I am definitely considering these springs.
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amstrad, thanks for letting us know about these springs; now on my to do list.

Anyone know approximately how much a shop charges to have these 4 springs installed?
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