MSS SPRINGS PRODUCT INFORMATION

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MSS Spring Kits & Excelerate Performance

This page has been designed for use by our customers, wholesale and retail. As a result, this should help you understand how MSS aims to provide the best suspension solution for the European market. If you have questions and are potentially looking to purchase an MSS kit, this is for you! The team at Excelerate has spent countless hours using, installing, researching, and driving on MSS suspension. As a result, we are now stocking hundreds of suspension kits for the current European market. This includes 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.

 

WHO IS MSS KITS?

 
Owner William Blankson created to market a range of automotive adjustable modular suspension spring kits. He designed these to address the road and track performance handling issues on his Audi TT-RS roadster. When doing so, he designed these to retain the Audi MagneRide™ semi-active suspension system optioned in 2009.

“The ride was harsher than I expected. 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. As such, this took away from the driving enjoyment.

Thus, a premium aftermarket non-adjustable lowering suspension kit was installed. Even with aftermarket anti-roll bars on front and rear for over a 6-months, the issues remained unresolved. The next step solution available and proposed was a premium passive Coilover kit. However, that would have meant losing the ‘in-dash’ Audi MagneRide™ functionality. As a result, I felt was unacceptable.

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 then that I started researching low cost changes 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. Owners of factory fitted active suspension system could not retain its functionality. Enhancing the handling capability of their cars meant 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 solution is a direct replacement for the factory springs without any other modification. This is a bonus as reverting the changes is also a simple affair without any modification to the vehicle. As a result with support from Eibach, I’m glad we achieved the goal.

MSS SPRING KIT ADVANTAGES

 
Certainly, working with Eibach has made a big difference to the handling and ride comfort of vehicles. These changes, however, are 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 suspension 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.

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’.

 Tweeters to handle high frequencies.

As a result this translates to the low rated springs in the stacked arrangement (black spring) rated from 100Ibs, are the ‘tweeters’ and therefore handles smaller road bumps. 

 Mid-woofers to handle mid-range frequencies.

The middle springs rated from 300Ibs can be thought of as the ‘mid-woofers’ handling medium road bumps. 

Subwoofers to handle bass that can be felt.

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/braking. 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.

MSS Kits Configuration & Spring Rates

MSS Fully Adjustable Kit

Includes Adjustable Front AND Rear Setup

MSS Standard kit

Includes a Fixed Front Spring & Rear Adjustable Setup

The MSS Street kit is aimed at and best suited for those looking for the most comfortable option in ride quality. Compatible with active shock absorbers such as the VW DCC; Audi MagneRide; Porsche PASM; BMW EDC or passive shock absorbers. 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. Therefore, crashing over bumps is now gone thanks to the slightly stiffer 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 reduction 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 improves slightly on the OE ride comfort and being well-mannered, provides you with better than factory handling still!  Cornering is flatter compared to the MSS Streets kit, offering reduced body roll and greater body control especially over rougher roads/tarmac. Crashing over bumps is reduced thanks to uprated springs all round with the stacked rear spring arrangement.

On FWD cars you can expect to see reduction 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 is comparable, but firmer, to the OE ride comfort. However the kit is well-mannered, which provides you with better than factory handling. Cornering is flatter compared to the MSS Sports kit, offering reduced body roll and greater body control especially over rougher roads/tarmac or on a race circuit by offering composure when riding the curb at higher speeds. Crashing over bumps is reduced in steady state thanks to uprated springs all round with the stacked rear spring arrangement. Steering reaction is improved compared to the factory setup with less input required during cornering phase, which is particularly beneficial on a race circuit.

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

INSTALLATION

 

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.

Settling Process

These spring kits require a rough roundabout of 2,000 miles to settle in to their final ride height resting place. Because of this, most end users find their advertised ride height lowering capabilities are not as advertised after a fresh installation. Nevertheless, 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. Typically, this is not a process that can be rushed. Ultimately, the full effects are noticed right around 2,000miles, a bit sooner if heavier & more powerful applications are putting them through their paces. Break in can be longer for the weekend warrior or light daily driver.

Fresh Installation

2,500 Miles Post Installation

Fresh Installation

Settled 2,500 Miles

Post Installation

Ride Height Recommendations

Front Fully Adjustable Kit

  • First, raise front axle and support on jack stands at each side (driver and passenger) – both sides needs to be on jack stands to equalise the sway bar.
  • Secondly, remove wheels for easier access.
  • Afterwards, use a spring compressor to take load off the springs.
  • Meanwhile, use a crayon to mark a line from top to bottom on the adjuster to indicate current point – use this marker point to determine a full adjustment.
  • Next, hold the rotatable adjuster part that sits against the upper strut bearing (see image attached and it is the part to the left) steady so that it does not move.
  • After, twist the lower rotatable part (see image attached and it is the part to the right) which sits against the springs as follows to adjust…;

To the left to raise or to the right to lower. Note that each full turn is 3mm. Lastly, adjust either side by the same amount for equal height. This may vary on vehicle.

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