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!
All parts installed:
Automotive detailing is my happy place... I know it's weird, but its calming for me... Put on the some music, get out all the supplies, and start cleaning. At the end you are tired and sore, but the results make it worth it. That said, I'm been putting this off because the previous owner did a terrible job and left dried polish/wax in hard to reach corners like between the door handles and body of the car, and in-between the letters in the emblem. Rather than taking the time to tape off areas you don't want to get polish/wax on, some people just go crazy every where. Oh well, looking way way better now.
Up next, looking for a SQ5 flat bottom steering wheel, 034 Motorsports lowering springs, and the RSQ5 front grill. I'm always looking for new wheels, but at the same time, I'm going to loose that comfort you get with the 19's if you go bigger. Don't think I would do anything bigger than 20's as I like that meaty look vs the super low profile tire.
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