2013 Audi B8 A5 S-line quattro H&R coilovers ecodes Parts Score Scottsdale

2013 Audi B8 A5 S-line quattro: Coils & E-Codes

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Ever since the Audi 80 coupe ended production in 1996, Audi’s had a space to fill in the executive/sports coupe segment. It would take over a decade to return to form with the A5 and it’s hard to imagine what Audi’s line-up would look like without it. The A5 is such an inspirational automobile that Walter de’Silva, the A5’s accomplished designer, has been quoted as saying that it’s “his most beautiful design ever”.

When our client contacted us wanting to upgrade her H&R Spring setup to a height adjustable H&R Street Performance Coilover System, we jumped at the opportunity! We knew that we’d be able to improve the handling and appearance, but we also were able to supply the coilover system below retail and save her a good chunk of change in the process.


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H&R Spring Set vs. H&R Street Performance Coilover System

Our client came in wishing to upgrade from the H&R Spring Set to the H&R Street Performance Coilover System. As with all springs, you are bound to the height that they were designed for. With a coilover system, you have a range of heights to work with so that you may dial in the ride height to perfection based on your driving needs and wheel/tire choice. As you can see on the top (with springs installed) the drop is significant over the stock ride height. However on the bottom (with coilovers installed) we were able to go even lower to get that perfect fitment and wheel gap.

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H&R Street Performance Coilover System

There’s nothing better than that new parts smell!

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H&R Springs vs. H&R Coilovers

The left side shows the springs with the stock struts. The right side shows the coilover system replaces the springs and struts with a height adjustable package.

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H&R Street Performance Coilover System Installed

The term “coilover” is short for “coil spring over shock”. In this picture you can see the threaded shock body (silver) along with the threaded spring perch (red & black). This perch is adjustable up and down the shock body which affects the spring and translates to your ride height.

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We knew that we’d be able to improve the handling and appearance, but we also were able to supply the coilover system below retail and save her a good chunk of change in the process.
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Our client also acquired a set of European Xenon Headlights (aka E-Codes) that she wanted installed in place of the original USA spec headlights. These headlights are practically identical except for one important feature: they have clear side reflectors instead of the USA standard amber reflectors. While the average person won’t necessarily pick up on this mod, enthusiasts will notice it immediately. Clear corners are one of those “street cred” mods that show your attention to detail and willingness to celebrate the origins of our European autos.

Replacing the headlights require more than just swapping the headlight housings since the ballasts, control units and gas discharge bulbs need to be transferred from the originals. Of course you can choose to order those parts as well, but they tend to be costly and ultimately unnecessary.


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The USA Spec Xenon Headlights (Amber Reflector)

Every car sold in the US is made with an amber reflector visible on the side of the car and an amber turn signal. This forces all European manufacturers to change their designs for the US.

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The European Spec Xenon Headlights (E-Codes/Clear Corners)

In Europe, there are no such requirements and so the original design is much cleaner and streamlined. Enthusiast that choose this mod are making a statement that they wish to have the car as the original designers intended.

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Once everything was buttoned back together and we delivered the car, our client was speechless! European enthusiast tend to err on the side of “less is more” and a well-executed drop and European headlights perfectly embody this philosophy. Keep it clean, simple and classy.


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Coils & E-Codes

  • 2013 Audi B8 A5 S-line quattro
  • 2.0 TFSI Engine| I4 Turbo
  • Manual Transmission | 6 Speed | quattro
  • Ibis White Exterior | Black Leather Interior
  • H&R Street Performance Coilover System
  • European Spec Xenon Headlight Set (E-Codes)
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