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Old 06-09-2018, 09:25 AM
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I checked the Suspension forum, but it didnít seem too active or current so Iím asking here. I put a deposit on a 2018 SQ5 equipped with the S Sport package. One of the reasons for that car is its least SUV like ground clearance look. But Iíd like to take it a step farther. Iíve read about or seen mention of lowering by

1) Links. A $200 kit that replaces stock links with ones that can be shortened by twisting connections. Claimed to be easily installed and adjusted (although I assume any adjustment would lower the car a set amount in all modes, and only changed by getting under the car). Some comments do not recommend this, but Iíve seen none that explain why theyíre not a good option. Sold in Europe by vendor who ships to US.

2) VAG-COM. Reprogramming the car to Ďtrickingí it to think itís higher than it actually is. Either by buying the needed hardware and software, or finding some who has it to make the change.

3) plug in module. Iíve read that TAG Motorsports has a module for ~$1,800 that connects to the rear fuse box easily and can adjust height down about 1Ē- 1 1/2Ē. Their website does not list the SQ5 as an available implementation.

Right now, option #2 seems preferable. Although I donít think I would do much else to justify the cost of buying the kit just to change the suspension. Anybody in the Eastern PA area that can do this for a reasonable charge?

Opinions on the other two options. Is the plug in module even available (or identical to a listed car)? Seems like a good choice other than the high price. Any other companies making a similar device cheaper?

Any thoughts of some DIY trickery that would move whatever sensor that determines the the ride height (distance of car body from the ground), and relocating it an inch or so higher?

The only reason Iíd ever want more ground clearance is for heavy snowfalls on unplowed roads; which is almost never. So Iíd have no issues with a solution where the only difference is reduced ground clearance, and the suspension remained the same as the stock modes allow.
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Option 2 can't be done with VagCom or OBDEleven. It can only be done with the factory scan tool, so likely a dealer or independent shop is your only option.
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Option 2 can't be done with VagCom or OBDEleven. It can only be done with the factory scan tool, so likely a dealer or independent shop is your only option.
Are you sure? It was the dealer that suggested getting someone to do it with VAGcom. That it was a relatively easy process and could be adjusted about 2cm. Is this related or relevant to SQ5:

https://www.audiworld.com/forums/s6-...-vcds-2869689/

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While I'm not 100% positive, I'm pretty sure it isn't possible on the new sq5. I know it was on the older cars, and have OBDEleven and have tried it unsuccessfully on my sq5. I would love to be proven wrong however, if someone knows how. I do know you can lower a Max of 40mm on either end.
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I went with links. Mine are custom made and fairly high-end, so not the cheapest. Produced locally based on exact measurements of the OE links on my car and guaranteed for life (plus, because my shop installed them, I can have them adjusted as much as I want for free). The VAG-COM hack doesn't work on the B9.

Mine is adjusted to sit about 35mm lower than stock, using Dynamic as the base line (i.e., it's shown here at it's lowest position). I could easily go lower -- the links had more adjustability in them yet -- but this is exactly what I asked for. I might adjust down another 10-12mm (1/2-inch) next time I'm in just to see how that looks.

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Wow that is excellent! Exactly the look I'd like to achieve as well!
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Perfect look. I might go for narrower tires with higher profile though to achieve the same look. Any chance your shop might make the links available to others now that they’ve got the design down?
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Wow.. you have a handsome look SQ5 there. Plus the no sales tax burden... man I missed Portland.
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Perfect look. I might go for narrower tires with higher profile though to achieve the same look. Any chance your shop might make the links available to others now that theyíve got the design down?

Though I don't have them or know anything about the company, Airmatic from the UK sells them for $200. I've seen a few guys running them.
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Any chance your shop might make the links available to others now that theyíve got the design down?
I don't see why not ... Give 503 Motoring (in Beaverton, OR) a call. They know me well, so just reference my name.
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