Ok, so, the brake pads and rotors are going to get installed next week. I've already gotten the new tie rods and camber bolts installed. Next on the list is transmission mounts, diff mounts, a timing belt kit, new hydraulic lifters, and a SPEC Stage 1 clutch kit. Those parts are all pretty much set in stone and will be installed in that order. 505Turbeux is also sending me a box of random parts at some point, but those are more of the electrical and cosmetic variety. Overall, pretty standard stuff.
However, I'm hoping that by the end of September I'll be able to order new shocks and springs, at which point I'll also install the new front control arm bushings that Whiteline so kindly provided for me. However, I'm feeling oddly nervous about the shocks and springs and wanted some second opinions on my parts choice.
B&G Sport progressive rate lowering springs. They appear to be direct competition against H&R, which obviously has better name recognition. They're priced somewhat lower, but just barely. Looking into them, they seem to use the exact same materials and tolerance specifications as H&R, but they lower the car an additional .25" and come powdercoated from the factory. Reviews for them online seem very positive overall, but I was wondering if anyone on here had any personal experience with them. The only options for my car are either the B&G's or the H&R's- there literally are no other springs available, haha.
Koni Sport Adjustable. Front are externally adjustable, while the rear are internally adjustable. Since I drive a classic Audi with the inline-5, I plan on leaving the rears pretty stiff and the fronts a little softer to help combat the turn-in understeer so known with the older quattros. This is the only adjustable suspension kit for my car. It's one of four suspension kits available for my car at all, the other options being KYB, Monroe, and the one that's niggling at the back of my mind, Bilstein Sport.
Now, I know Bilstein Sports are the go-to shock for many older german cars, namely BMW's, especially the E30. But the E30 has a much more balanced weight distribution than my quattro, so I'm afraid that they won't be able to combat understeer as well, due to their inability to be adjusted. However, Bilsteins are known for their durability, but then again, the Koni's come with a lifetime warranty, so...I don't know. I'm still leaning towards the Koni's, but I was just hoping for some personal feedback from anyone on here who has had any experience with either kit.
For those wondering, my primary plans for driving environment for Herr Quattro are public roads in the country and well as in the mountains, with a healthy dose of city driving from time to time, as well as the occasional autocross. It's also going to be my daily driver for some time until I can afford a Saabaru. As far as regional, here's my general area where I spend my time driving:
I generally do most of my driving in the foothills on sweeping country roads, with a healthy amount of time in Greenville, S.C. which, despite being a larger city, is still pretty hilly and curvy versus being a grid like NYC or something. Recreational driving takes place farther up into the mountains, where the roads are more technical and have more severe camber changes. No matter the environment, the roads are often pretty bumpy, as my numerous failed attempts at dashcam filming have proved.
Also, I'm wondering about camber- particularly in the front. It's a very nose-heavy car and spirited driving on the stock suspension and alignment left me with a lot of outer tire wear, especially on the front tires due to the understeer. With the new camber bolts and alignment, I'm running about 1.5 degrees negative camber in the back and 2.5 degrees in the front. I know that lowering the car will increase negative camber a bit more, so I'm wondering if anyone here has any experience or ideas on the proper amount of negative camber I'm going to need once I get the new suspension installed. Currently the car has a ton of body roll, so I have very few reservations or doubts about my current amounts of negative camber, but once the car is lowered and stiffened, there won't be as much body roll, but I know that doesn't necessarily mean I should run lower negative camber than I am now. Then again, it may mean I run a lot less, or hell, still run more. I have no idea. Any input from you guys would be very helpful.