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After much anticipation, we are pleased to release our lowering spring kit for the 2017+ Audi RS3 (8V) sedan. With the success of our 8V S3 spring, we have been eager to apply our experience to the RS3 platform. Similar to our other spring offerings, we went into the development process with a goal of maintaining OE ride quality and characteristics, while offering an aesthetically pleasing and functional drop. After testing multiple revisions on our in-house RS3, we feel that we have met and exceeded this goal.
We specifically opted for a linear spring design (similar to OEM), as in our experience, this pairs very well with the stock dampers. For those who've had a poor experience in the past with lowering springs feeling bouncy, crashy and all around poor in terms of ride, we feel that our lowering springs will be a welcome improvement.
Each spring set is 100% made in the USA exclusively for EMD Auto. The springs are made of high tensile chrome silicon and each unit is shot peened, pre-set and 100% tested to ensure all the critical dimensions and rate/loads are within tolerance. The springs are then zinc primered for corrosion resistance and finished in a gloss black powder coat for a factory appearance.
Specifications for our lowering springs are:
Stock Spring Rate: 260 lb/in (Front) / 270 lb/in (Rear)
eMMOTION Spring Rate: 275 lb/in (Front) / 300 lb/in (Rear)
Lowering (Front): Approximately 1.0 inches
Lowering (Rear): Approximately 0.8 inches
Yes, these springs are compatible with magnetic ride control. They pair extremely well with the adjustable dampening, as they maintain the distinct ride characteristics between the different modes.
Are these springs okay for a daily driver?
Yes, these springs were specifically designed for daily driven vehicles. They were designed to maintain the factory ride quality.
Will lowering springs cause my factory shocks and struts to wear out prematurely?
Our springs are a linear rate design, similar to the OEM units. As such, they are not expected to cause additional wear on the shocks and struts. The spring heights are also designed to stay within the travel range of the factory shocks and struts to ensure longevity of the factory components.
Will there be any rubbing with these springs?
With most wheel and tire setups, there will be no rubbing. We typically recommend a 19x8.5 ET35 wheel for a flush fit without rubbing. We have some customers running up to a 19x9 ET40 with a 255 series tire, with little to no reported rubbing.
Do I need to trim the bump stops?
The bump stops do not need to be trimmed on the S3. On the A3, we recommend trimming them 0.5" front and rear.
What do the rear plastic pads do?
Our reverse rake adapter pads offer some adjustability of the body line of the car. For a level body line, we recommend not installing the rear pads. For an even tire to fender gap (and a slight forward rake body line), we recommend installing the rear pads. The pads go on top of the rear rubber pad, against the body.