EMD Auto Audi A3/S3 8V & 8Y Lowering Spring Kit *OUT OF STOCK ETA 10/10/23*
- Lowering Specs
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Installed Photos
- Install Guide
Are you looking to lower your 8V or 8Y A3 or S3, but are concerned with diminished ride quality? Designed with the daily driver in mind, our lowering springs will provide the improved aesthetics of a lowered vehicle, without creating the harsh, bouncy ride that is all too common with typical lowering springs.
Taking our experience on the MQB platform, along with testing on our in-house S3 and MK7 GTI, we have developed what we feel is the best lowering spring option for those wishing to utilize factory dampers. Using a linear design (similar to OEM) with unique spring rates, our lowering springs are properly matched to the factory dampers, ensuring a ride quality that is slightly stiffer than stock, but predictable in nature.
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 coated for corrosion resistance and finished in a gloss black powdercoat for an OEM appearance. The use of high tensile chrome silicon, as opposed to typical commercial grade chrome silicon, allows us to create a lighter spring that can sustain repeated deflection without deformation. High tensile chrome silicone will typically have thinner coil diameters that are spaced further apart, when compared to commercial chrome silicon.
Audi S3 (With Magnetic Ride): Approximately 0.5" Front & Rear
Audi S3 (Without Magnetic Ride): Approximately 0.75" Front & Rear
Audi A3 (Without Sport Package): Approximately 1.75" Front & Rear
"Having come from progressive springs with about the same ride height, I can certainly and immediately tell a difference in comfort and drivability." - Jon M.
"The ride comfort is at or above stock." - Lee N.
"These springs are a must have. Better feel and handling than stock, yet more comfortable. That's a win in my book." - Harith A.
"The car sits perfect and performs like it should have from the factory." - Steve B.
"The car is more planted and settled and greatly reduced bounce/pogo at the rear over bumps." - Ian F.
"I am extremely pleased to be off my H&R's and on ED's springs." - Jon C.
Are these springs compatible with magnetic ride control?
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.
All EMD Auto branded lowering springs are covered by a limited lifetime Warranty to the original purchaser. The Warranty covers the Products against factory defects in material and workmanship, other than coatings, when used on the advertised application under normal use and operating conditions. These Warranties only apply to the original purchaser who retains ownership of the vehicle on which the Products were originally installed (the "Purchaser"). EMD Auto will repair, replace or refund the purchase price of the defective product at their sole digression, which shall fully satisfy and discharge any and all warranty claims.
This Warranty does not apply to any products:
- That have been improperly installed or have not been properly installed by a qualified auto mechanic with experience in the removal and install of suspension products.
- That have been misused, modified, altered or subjected to an accident or collision.
- That have been installed in conjunction with aftermarket supporting items.
- Presented for warranty coverage by a person other than the Purchaser.
- Presented for warranty coverage after being used on a vehicle other than the one on which it was originally installed.
To make a claim, the Purchaser should contact EMD Auto or the dealer/ distributor from which the Products were originally purchased. Any and all returns must be accompanied by:
- A sales receipt verifying the purchase of the Products
- A statement containing the Purchaser's contact information, make and model of the vehicle and a brief description of the claimed defect, along with the circumstances under which the defect occurred.
Warranty claims made without the required supporting documents can lead to delay and/or rejection of the claim. C.O.D. or collect shipments will be refused. Once the returns are received, EMD Auto will evaluate the Products, verify the proof of purchase, and investigate the statement.
The Purchaser is responsible for returning the Products to EMD Auto, including shipping costs as well as costs incurred for removing and installing the Products on the vehicle. EMD Auto does not warranty labor costs.
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