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After doing some pretty serious reading in that thread TechEd posted up, I don't think I am going to bother with the Haldex controller or the sway bars. I think ECU and DSG flashes are the first things to get done.
i like that you have a strategy, however i don't totally agree with all the business in that thread as applied to our R32's in a daily driver context, as that discussion is focused more on handling limits. our R's lend themselves well to modifications, and you can take it in any direction from stock. obviously, if you go far in any direction negative effects in the handling can show. but minor changes can improve other aspects of the car that were not the focus of that discussion... for example: road feel. the theory behind OEM design and setup is based more on safety than anything as it should be. but it is also true -- subjectively speaking -- that your car can be more fun in a close-to-stock setup without negatively impacting safety or drivability.
my experience is that my car drives far better now than when it had the OEM setup. the changes to my geometry are minimal, a 1.2" drop and a little extra camber. but with the coilovers, the RSB, and the Haldex2, it is a much tighter feeling package with a massively improved quality road feel. i have said before that the OEM suspension feels slightly cheesy like a Golf, but after installing my suspension changes, it feels like a much more expensive car with a higher quality of road feel all around. and that, to me, is the gold i seek with my R. some experts somewhere can argue about my car at 9/10's and 10/10th's, but i drive it every day, almost never at 9/10's, so i'm focused on the setup for my driving style. it sticks to the road, rails in the turns, and pushes from the rear like i hoped when i modified it. it is an unquestionable improvement from stock to me. anyone can argue and try to disprove me, but they'll have to take their own car to the track to do it, not mine.
but i should say that i have had to execute some extremely hair-raising emergency maneuvers at high speeds that i would certainly regard as being firmly in the outer limits of handling. and it handling like it was glued to the road. and no other car i have driven, OEM setups included, could have ever pulled off those maneuvers. of this i am certain. safety with my setup is not a concern.
i'm not trying to convince you to do anything to your suspension. i'm only contributing so you don't rule out possibilities.
Modified by cheeebs at 6:44 PM 4-23-2010