It was a long cold raining spring Pacific Northwest day, but all front lower/upper controls arms are installed, plus JHM lowering springs for all four corners. The wife was worried it would be too much of a drop but after the first drive, I quickly got the seal of approval from her. No rubbing, no issues with speed bump, just a good drop. We made sure to trim the bump stops and preload the control arms to account for the drop. You could hear the bushing snap back into place once each corned was loaded. It really shows you how important that process is. All the clicks and pops from the old failed ball joints and torn control arms bushings is a thing of the past. Car feel tight, sporty, and free of broken suspension sounds. The best I can compare it too is how the SQ5 has a firmer ride. Nothing harsh, but just sporty. Shockingly the car still drives perfectly straight, but we still plan on doing a alignment. As for the look, I think it is perfect! I didn't want to slam the Q5, but really to go for a OEM+ plus look. On the upside, the new 2in drop is going to make cleaning the roof and using the roof rack that much easier for me. I'm 6ft tall, but it seem like the center of the roof was just a few inches of out my reach.... not any more! You got to be excited about the little stuff.
Wheels? Well, I still got a flush kit wheel spacer on order which should be here in a few weeks to complete the look. Honestly I kind of like the stock wheels, but if we were going to do something different we wouldn't go bigger than 20in as I like the meaty tire look. Not to mention it keep the ride comfortable.
For now I'm just so happy with how it turned out. We will have to see how long these stock struts hold with 100k+ miles on them. Fingers crossed!
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