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Just ordered mine this morning but the dealer didn't know the correct bolt torque. Anyone else here already fitted one?

I've asked Audi UK, if I get an answer I'll post it here.
 

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[:)]Jim Cotton at Awesome once said to me "set the torque wrench to 'FT'". I will leave you to guess what FT stands for nut its not Finacial Times.[:)]
 

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Feebly Tight?

Fairly Tight?

Fantastically Tight?

[:p]

If I don't get an answer from Audi then I'll make it 50-65 Nm in line with the average for those parts of the suspension, or at least until the mushroom captive thing does its collapsing thing. Don't want this thing working loose at speed and impaling itself in a tyre [:|]
 

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  • A8N0 199 403 B, SUPPORT (1x) ?14.30 each
  • AN 104 176 01, SCREW (2x) ?0.69 each
  • AN 908 106 01, CAP NUT (2x) ?1.42 each

?21.76 inc. VAT

I asked my local VW parts centre if they could get Audi parts and the chap said no, so I had to go to an Audi dealer about five miles away, but I picked up the parts this morning and they have Volkswagen Group Picking Slip labels and the strut bar itself has the standard Volkswagen/Seat/Skoda/Audi logos on a label and is marked Volkswagen AG.

So before you make a long trip to an Audi dealer, give those part numbers to a Volkswagen dealer if you have one nearby, see what they make of it.

Still nobody knows the correct torque then? [:D]
 

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Yeah I got my lower one from VW....but upper ones are only available from an Audi dealer.....Hmmm weird....(guess the lower one must be fitted as standard to another VW model?)

again not sure of the correct torque setting....but you can feel the captive nut collapsing as you tighten up....once it pinched right up I gave it another half turn or so....

Nick
 

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Hi mate, I've just taken my brace out of the packing and it has a thick section slightly off-centre. Which side does that go? Driver or passenger side? It's obviously made that way for a reason. I've already found out that the foam side faces down. Cheers.
 

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Should have a L marked on one end of the bar......mine did???......[*-)]

Anyway........yeah foam side down...[Y]...(this is to stop it knocking if you have a full undertray fitted)...looking at the foam side of the bar....

the end with the most metal showing...ie the end where the foam dosen`t go right up to the hole......and also the end that is fattened for about 6 inches.....

that goes on the passenger side......the flat piece is there to give clearance for the dogbone mount.......

Hope this makes sense mate......

Nick [:D]

Your going to the Richmond meet tom afternoon aren`t you mate????

Ill be there so can show you if you haven`t already fitted it........[Y]
 

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Cheers Nick [Y] Yes mine is marked with "L" at one end. If I don't manage to fit it tonight then I'll bring it along tomorrow and we can fit it in the car park [:D] Probably need full lock to get inside there, certainly can't otherwise, now that I'm lowered!

Ooh, full undertray, another OEM toy?

The bar is quite substantial, so I'm going to be even more nose-heavy now. Might have to empty half the washer bottle to compensate [;)]
 

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the end with the most metal showing...ie the end where the foam dosen`t go right up to the hole......and also the end that is fattened for about 6 inches.....
Umm, can I just check, do you mean "flattened" or "fattened"?

On mine, it is flat on the side with less foam, and FATtened for about 6 inches on the other side (where the foam goes up to the hole).

Thanks again.
 

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the end with the most metal showing...ie the end where the foam dosen`t go right up to the hole......and also the end that is fattened for about 6 inches.....
Umm, can I just check, do you mean "flattened" or "fattened"?

On mine, it is flat on the side with less foam, and FATtened for about 6 inches on the other side (where the foam goes up to the hole).

Thanks again.
Oops.......[:$][:$].......there is always one crucial letter....and thats the dam one I left out...LOL.........sorry mate.......was "Flattened".....

A picture speaks a thousand words.......[:D]

yeah no worries can help ya out tom at Richmond if needed....[Y]...see ya there.....

Nick
 

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do you boys use a drive on ramp or jack with axle stands?

I'd quite like something more stable than jack and axle stands, was wondering if someone could recommend something!
 

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I spent today fitting my upper and lower strut braces and the dogbone mount.

Along with my front brakes (black diamond drilled/grooved and predator pads) i am very impressed!

I was only able to use 1 of the poly bushes as the bolt holes wouldn't
line up with the holes in the gearbox due to the size difference in the
poly - stock rubber bush.

So i'm gonna get a few mm taken off the poly bush and refit it at a later date.

But even with one bush fitted it feels so much tighter! Now i know what
you guys rave on about! The engine just didn't seem to move as much
when the key was turned. It felt great.

The steering feels a lot more responsive due to the braces and i'm
looking forward to giving my new front end a proper try out tommorow if
its dry.
 

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Thanks for the advice, Nick, and good to see you at Richmond. The bar is now fitted, and is the best ?20 piece of metal I've ever bought [Y] Ironed out a few creaks from the front end when driving one side over bumps, and feels tighter overall.
 

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I spent today fitting my upper and lower strut braces and the dogbone mount.
Along with my front brakes (black diamond drilled/grooved and predator pads) i am very impressed!

I was only able to use 1 of the poly bushes as the bolt holes wouldn't line up with the holes in the gearbox due to the size difference in the poly - stock rubber bush.
So i'm gonna get a few mm taken off the poly bush and refit it at a later date.

But even with one bush fitted it feels so much tighter! Now i know what you guys rave on about! The engine just didn't seem to move as much when the key was turned. It felt great.
The steering feels a lot more responsive due to the braces and i'm looking forward to giving my new front end a proper try out tommorow if its dry.
Rich,

Best thing to do is put a jack in between the subframe and the gearbox then you can open up the jack which in turn brings the holes into line with one another......no need to reduce the size of the poly bush then......[Y] (Thats what`s suggusted on the most of the "how to guide`s")

Shiuming,

Nice to meet ya mate........yeah 65Nm should be fine.........[Y]

Nick
 
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