MSS SPRINGS IMPORTER AND PRODUCT INFORMATION

Excelerate Performance is proud to announce that we are officially the North American Importer and Distribution Partner for MSS Spring Kits. This page has been designed for use by our customers, wholesale and retail, so that they can understand how Excelerate Performance and MSS have partnered up to provide the best suspension solution for the European market. If you have questions and are potentially looking to purchase an MSS kit this will be the source for information. The team at Excelerate has spent countless hours using, installing, researching, and driving on MSS products. We know what MSS is all about and we are excited to be the North American importer for MSS.

MSS Spring Kits & Excelerate Performance

We are extremely pleased to announce the signing of a 4-yr partnership between Excelerate Performance and MSS Spring Kits worth $10 MILLION USD. The commitment to the MSS brand by our team enables us to service customers based in North America in a timely fashion. We are now stocking hundreds of kits for the current market of MK2 TT/TTRS, MK5/6 Golf, GTI, R32 , Golf R, MK7 Golf, GTI Golf R, and MQB 8v Audi A3, S3 and RS3 platforms with many more new applications on the horizon. MSS is stretching their legs into the BMW F3x and F8x platforms too.

Currently Available Applications

  • VW MK5/6 R32, GTI, Golf R
  • VW MK7 Golf, GTI, Golf R
  • Audi MK2 TT/TTRS
  • Audi 8v MQB A3/S3/RS3

Current Projects Under Development

  • Audi B8 A4/S4 Platform
  • Audi MK3 TT
  • Audi B9 Audi A4/S4

WHO IS MSS KITS?

Owner William Blankson created to market a range of automotive adjustable modular suspension spring kits he designed to address the road and track performance handling issues on his Audi TT-RS roadster  whilst retaining the Audi MagneRide™ semi-active suspension system optioned when ordering the car new in 2009.

“The ride was harsher than I expected and handling was not surefooted which lead to the car being easily unsettled on poor roads. On race circuits, the front end tendency to push onwards in a tight corner (technically referred to as understeer) was a frustrating trait. Dive on braking and squat on acceleration were the other undesired traits which took away from the driving enjoyment.

After trying a premium aftermarket non-adjustable lowering spring kit with stiffer  aftermarket anti-roll bars on the front and rear axle for over a 6-months period, the issues remained unresolved. The next step solution available and proposed to me by my local tuning shop was a premium passive Coilover kit however that would have meant losing the ‘in-dash’ Audi MagneRide™ functionality, which I felt was unacceptable not to mention the investment in time necessary to setup a premium Coilover kit correctly was a sticky point for me.

My aim was a simple yet effective modular solution which will not require further ‘tweaking‘ to enable enjoyment driving on open roads or race circuits, safely.

It was at this point that I started researching a low cost changes which will be effective to bring the best out of the factory shock absorbers. What became apparent was that I was not alone in wanting a simple yet effective solution that would just work. The fact was that, there was no solution in the market for owners of factory fitted active suspension system who wanted to retain its functionality whilst enhancing the handling capability of their cars without compromising on ride comfort.

R&D took 3-years to arrive at a solution, supported by Eibach. The end result is a well calibrated set of adjustable modular springs that enables the factory shock absorbers, be it active or  passive, to perform effectively when the car is driven at pace in the wet or dry on smooth or poorly maintained roads. The enhanced the ride comfort, reduction in dive and squat were all traits that were welcomed and all contributed to enhancing the driving experience.

The fact that the solution is a direct replacement for the factory springs without any other modification to the vehicle was also a welcome bonus as reverting the changes is also a simple affair without any modification to the vehicle. All were my design goal and with support from Eibach, am glad we achieved the goal.

MSS SPRING KIT ADVANTAGES

Working with Eibach, we have developed a simple solution that has made a big difference to the handling and ride comfort of vehicles whilst making the change easily reversible. With the modular design, we have ensured that upgrades are a far more cost effective affair enabling you to build on your investment in our products – that was a personal goal and pleased we managed to achieve this at the design stage.

We are often asked what the difference is between our products and lower cost non-adjustable lowering spring kits? In response, the main differences are as follows…;

  • Our adjustable full kits are supplied with a minimum of 13 components > compared to the 4 springs of comparative non-adjustable lowering spring kits;
  • Our products offers fully adjustable (front and rear) option and are all modular as standard, making upgrading easier and cost effective;
  • Works with factory passive and active shock absorbers without requiring any electronic disabler for the active shock absorbers;
  • Uses race technology spring raw materials and offers advanced setup such as corner balancing, rake setup, track setup;
  • Calibrated to bring the best out of the factory shock absorbers by reducing squat/dive/harsh ride;
  • We back all of this up with a Lifetime Warranty;

MSS SPRING KITS • HOW THEY WORK

THE PRINCIPLE BEHIND OUR REAR STACKED ARRANGEMENT DESIGN

Think of MSS Spring Kits as a ‘Speaker system’ with dedicated speaker components.

– Tweeters to handle high frequencies.
– Mid-woofers to handle mid-range frequencies.
– Subwoofers to handle bass that can be felt, and in some cases heard many blocks away.

Each speaker component is specifically designed to operate at its optimum within a focused frequency range. Our spring kit solution, with its triple-rated stacked rear springs arrangement, acts exactly in the same way as the ‘Speaker system’.

– The low rated springs in the stacked arrangement, rated from 100Ibs, are the ‘tweeters’ and therefore handles smaller road bumps.
–The middle springs rated from 300Ibs can be thought of as the ‘mid-woofers’ handling medium road bumps.
–The heavy duty springs rated over 2500Ibs can be thought of as the ‘subwoofers’ handling big compressions such as going over speed humps or curbs on a race circuit

The different compression load handling capabilities, illustrated above with the 3 states of compression, and the rebound capabilities of each selected spring ensures the following…;

– Stability is maintained during high speed cornering or braking to ensure that the car is not unsettled easily. These are attributed to the middle and heavy duty springs resisting and keeping sudden movements to minimal.
– Ride Comfort is retained over rough tarmac mainly attributed to the smaller and middle rated springs though the heavy duty spring also play a subtle role in ensuring sudden compression such as driving over a pothole is contained with a muted/subtle ‘thud’ sound through the cabin which replaces the prior shudder of the cabin .
– Composed and Balanced handling is evident during spirited street driving or use on race track in advance driving class or competition and this is mainly attributed to the heavy duty springs working in unison with the middle rated springs.
– Squatting is greatly reduced under acceleration, especially beneficial exiting a corner as the car remains controlled. The benefit of the heavy duty springs becomes apparent during this driving scenario. It really does a great job of handling high loads which is evident during acceleration.
– Dive during hard braking, attributed to load transfer from the rear axle, is minimised due to our progressive stacked rear arrangement counteracting against the rate of load transfer from the rear axle.

Settling Process

These spring kits require a rough roundabout of 2,000 miles to settle in to their final ride height resting place. Most end users find their advertised ride height lowering capabilities are not as advertised after a fresh installation. This is normal. Due to the metallurgy of the spring, the coil wind diameter, the height and distance between each coil of the spring will settle with time, driving and weight exposure. This is not a process that can’t typically be rushed, but generally the full effects are noticed right around 2,000 maybe a bit sooner if heavier and more powerful applications are putting them through their paces and maybe a bit later to the weekend warrior or daily driver.

Fresh Installation

2,500 Miles Post Installation

Fresh Installation

Settled 2,500 Miles

Post Installation

MSS Kits Configuration & Spring Rates

MSS Fully Adjustable Kit

Adjustable Front AND Rear
10-30mm Lower from stock

MSS Standard kit

Fixed Front Spring – 10mm front lower than stock
Rear Adjustable 10-30mm lower than stock

The MSS Street kit is aimed at and best suited for those that do not have electronic ride control like Audi MagRide or DCC or do have ride control and are looking for the most comfortable option in ride quality. The MSS Street Kit is the softest of the bunch but it still packs a punch. You can expect flat cornering, decrease in body roll, and a significant improvement in ride quality. Crashing over bumps is now gone thanks to the softer front spring rate and stacked rear spring arrangement. This spring kit opens up a whole new level of comfort and performance for a capable platform that just needed a little help.

On FWD cars you can expect to see elimination of wheel hop on the front axle, not something you get from competing suspension systems. Cars that are driven more aggressively ie: spirited street driving or track/autocross, you might want to look at the sport kit.

The MSS Sport kit is best suited for 98% of our client base. These springs work best with cars that have electronic ride control like Audi MagRide or  VW’s DCC because they are stiffer in a steady state in the middle setting on the suspension. If you don’t have ride control  this kit might be slightly more uncomfortable than the street kit, but it is still very comfortable and well mannered providing you with better than factory ride still!  Like the street kit, you can expect flat cornering, practically elimination of body roll, and a significant improvement in ride quality. Crashing over bumps is still gone thanks to the softer front spring rate and stacked rear spring arrangement.

On FWD cars you can expect to see elimination of wheel hop on the front axle, not something you get from competing suspension systems. Think this kit suits you but feel that you are a maniac on the track and you track the car as much as you daily it? Take a look at the track pack.

The MSS Track Pack Shares much of the qualities found in the Sport Kit, but the track pack takes it a step further. You will experience a similar ride on the street between the Sport kit and Track pack, but the Track pack really shines when the shock is experiencing full load. When will you experience this condition? Likely only on the track in extreme conditions. If you don’t have ride control this kit might be slightly more uncomfortable than the sport kit, but it is still very comfortable and well mannered on the street, so if you like to have the greatest support but ride quality isn’t as much of a concern, this kit is ideal.  Like the previous two kits, you can expect flat cornering, elimination of body roll, and an improvement in ride quality pending conditions. Crashing over bumps is still gone thanks to the softer front spring rate and stacked rear spring arrangement.

On FWD cars you can expect to see elimination of wheel hop on the front axle, not something you get from competing suspension systems.

Which MSS Kit Compares to Other Suspension Setups?

What Kit is Right For Me?

Installation Orientation

Installer Notes

MK7 | 8V Audi | MQB 

This orientation uses a 64mm OUTER DIAMETER rear adjuster. In which case the Black spring goes on top and Orange on the bottom. (MK7, 8v A3/S3/RS3 MQB Platform) All Spring text markings will be upright as normal.

Failure to measure and install properly can result in clunking. The springs and adjusters should have a snug fit, if there is excessive play, than you might not be assembling them in proper fashion. We highly recommend using a pair of digital calipers to verify which kit you have to make sure orientation is correct.

This orientation uses a 60mm OUTER DIAMETER rear adjuster. In which case the orange spring goes on top and black on the bottom. (MK7, 8v A3/S3/RS3 MQB Platform) All Spring text markings will be upright as normal.

Failure to measure and install properly can result in clunking. The springs and adjusters should have a snug fit, if there is excessive play, than you might not be assembling them in proper fashion. We highly recommend using a pair of digital calipers to verify which kit you have to make sure orientation is correct.

Testimonials

My observations of the MSS Kit.

  1. The ride is just as comfortable as stock (really!) but the damping rate is much more closely matched to the springs. It is much tighter-feeling, and there is no bounce over a bump, just one compression and back most of the time. There is no noise either! I’ve had cars with lowering springs, and the reduced travel of the struts and stiffness help cornering, but don’t feel anywhere near as good as the MSS system. It’s like having your cake and eating it too. I was hoping for this!
  2. The majority of squat and dive is gone–the car just accelerates without tires chirping and it brakes in a turn without understeer or too heavy of a steering feel. This should greatly help putting more power to the ground later after a tune.
  3. Handling in corners is ridiculously predictable. There is little body roll, but not too little. Most of the understeer is gone, but the rear does not feel like it will break loose. It feels about as balanced as a FWD car can be without a track setup.
  4. Perhaps due to the wheels being moved out more to the corners, and possibly partly due to lowering as well, the car feels so much more planted. I haven’t driven a Golf R, but I imagine even it would struggle to match this suspension in stock form.
  5. Road feel is much better. No doubt the Michelins are responsible for this.
  6. The car looks awesome! Way more aggressive but not overdone.

I have been driving my 2016 Golf R for a few months now and have a good idea of how the car handles, responds, and reacts in certain scenarios with the stock springs and DCC shocks. I drive on city roads, back roads and do a fair amount of highway driving.  Overall I thought the car rode okay, a bit harsh over certain road conditions, and had a floaty unstable feeling on the highway and high speed cornering. I began to notice more draw backs than I initially thought. Another thing I noticed is that the three settings of the DCC don’t change much, you can notice small differences in how bumps are absorbed but I found myself driving in “Race” mode 100% of the time. I heard a lot about MSS Spring kits and twas unsure at first, but after reading reviews of other spring manufacturers I thought this was the most educated choice I would make. I had my Fully Adjustable sport kit installed and the difference was night and day. The characteristics most noticeable we immediate. So I started in comfort mode because I felt that this was where this car was lacking on the DCC. I was amazed with how smooth, soft and refined the car felt. It was still stable, but the bumps were 80% quieter than before and the car no longer made a “shimmy” motion over expansion joints on the highway. Next I tried normal mode, it had very similar qualities to comfort mode but the compression and rebound were more aggressive and the car immediately felt more planted. I drive the car everyday in this mode and LOVE it.

The car is so stable and confident, I find it unnecessary to use race mode on the street because the ride quality gets a little firm, but this is perfect on  the track and autocross track.  Steering wheel feel is so direct, alert and accepting almost as it predicts my movements. The car feels neutral and flat while cornering, 100% of body roll is eliminated, delivers instant response to steering wheel input, virtually all dive and squat under hard braking/acceleration is gone. My car is transformed into a race car that can be daily driven like a refined German Car.

THIS IS EXACTLY THE WAY THIS CAR SHOULD HAVE COME FROM THE FACTORY!!! WOW! 
Total cost was $1100 for MSS, $200 for spacers, and $620 for Michelins plus labor, so for a little over $2000, I have a completely different car. Seriously. I cannot believe how easy it is to push this FWD car hard in the corners. This is how I always imagined a GTI would feel like before I got one. It’s my daily driver, and it still feels comfortable on harsh roads. I had been salivating over the prospect of a tune, but the way this car drives, I’ve almost forgotten about my need for speed for now. I would heartily recommend tires, good spacers, and the MSS kit as a package. If I had known what I know now, and these mods had been an optional package from the factory, I would not have bought the car without it.

Greg! I should’ve listened to you from the get go. YOU WERE SO RIGHT!!!!! The car feels amazing now. It really outshines my ED springs and this is only with the MSS sport rear kit! I just got them installed yesterday and I can’t stop thinking of driving my car on some twisties. The car feels planted, neutral and steering even feels better. My car in dynamic mode feels great and not harsh like it did with just the springs. Note that I also have upgraded sway bars and end links.

I’m seriously “pimping” this system out to my S3 friends now. Now I am very much contemplating buying the fronts but I am loving the feel of the car at the moment.

Regardless just wanted to say thanks, I should’ve done it sooner hahah.

When I added the DWS tires I was on stock suspension originally. It was a huge improvement in handling because the tires were more capable than the suspension.Now the suspension is more capable so I can find the limits of the tires before the suspension starts to give up. When the tires have maxed the grip in a corner I’d say I’m at 50% of the capabilities of the suspension.

It’s like playing football without cleats. Sneakers will grip but your limited

Going off our VWR talk one of my main gripes with VWR was the ride height and their “limit” in behaviors. The tires I was running were Pirelli Pzero Rosso 235/40/18. A Solid tire and good fun but i was rubbing like crazy in the rear. It seemed that this car really started to sink in the rear and for good measure. Braking hard, say from 90-20 would cause the car to dip so far forward it was uncomfortable.

Braking with confidence and cornering at high speeds was sketchy at best. Roll was very noticeable. Basically if i tried to do anything silly above 65+ it was going to take some balls. The rubbing was stupid in the rear. Any road bump, or dip taken at speed and you would hear the scraping. now this may have to do with my tires being meaty and wide, true but I knew it was not needed.

I first heard about the MSS concept on this forum but I wasn’t paying it much attention as i was adamant that i was NOT going with coilovers as my car needed to be HIGHER in order to function at speed. I liked the idea of a modular concept. If you look at proper racing vehicles these cars aren’t slammed to the ground and they raise/lower as needed. Knowing the TCR spec GTI’s don’t really run anything too special by way shocks (Bilstein shocks and springs) I knew I didn’t need to drop $$$$$$ to get great performance.

The setup from MSS is designed to be used with the OEM stock shocks and dampeners. Installation was super simple. Swap out VWR and slide in MSS in the correct positions and adjust as needed. I went with an adjustable SPORT rear and the standard (non adj) fronts. I specifically wanted to save cost and my car is a Daily Driver… hence why i went for standard fronts. I haven’t reached an arena where i need to lower the front of my car for performance reasons. not without some serious testing to follow.

To say these springs delivered is an understatement. No more crazy rubbing at speed, no more bouncy feelings at speed. PLANTED. I was able to have the rears leveled by a shop with the included tool and things have been smooth sailing.

Ride is amazing around town, no harshness at all and great response to steering input. They are hands down the best aspect of tracking the car. For the price its well worth it and it makes sense concept wise. Couldn’t be happier.

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