After 5 years of waiting, my S4 is going to get a nice well deserved upgrade.....
What did I get?
First I got a complete front control arms kits. No, I didn't go with any "HD" kits as the price is just insane for them. Let face it, for most control arms kit the only major difference is how long they are going to last. I have a very short commute to work, and living outside of Seattle, the environment is not at all harsh to my car. This low budget kit is likely going to do me very help. Not to mention, I'm likely not going to have this car longer than another 3-4 years... assuming my stock turbos hold out until them.
As for the coilovers, I went with the Solo Werks S1 Coilovers. I first read about them on the Audizine.com forum a little over a year ago and have been tracking all the user reviews very closely. These coilover are said to offer a stock like ride quality and a great range for the ride height. For the most part claims like that aren't backed and the poor souls that purchase the kit typically finds out the hard way. That said, every review I've found for these has in fact reported very positive results. The common response was that they are "slightly" firmer than stock, but not at all as harsh or bouncy like other low budget kits. Keep in mind these coilovers are not designed for "race" setups but more the enthusiast commuter. Simply put, this is exactly the quality setup I'm looking for.
I'm going to try and get all of these install sometime this month if time permits and if I can get a open lift from my buddy Erik at I.P.M. Auto Service. I'll post a initial review and lots of pictures after that install is completed. The real test is how they feel after a couple of months of use.. so I'll make sure to post another review after that point. Until then...