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    A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    As subject is there a strut brace available for the FWD 1.8T?

    Also how would you go about fitting them as there are no bolts for the struts.

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    Mark, your best bet and most cost effective is to go for the S3 item, infact, there's one for sale on ukmkiv's forum

    here ---> Strut brace

    Of course you need to drill holes to fit it on, which is why mine is still lying in the living room waiting to be fitted lol. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    That's what is putting me off the drilling [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

    Might do the suspension, ARB's etc.. and see if it needs it [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    If you want to fit one then you have to drill. No way around it.

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    be careful, problems have been mentioned about clearing the engine cover, most ive seen for sale say you have to remove the engine cover for it to fit.

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

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    be careful, problems have been mentioned about clearing the engine cover, most ive seen for sale say you have to remove the engine cover for it to fit.

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    mine's on fine [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    Damn you what one have you got???? Ive been trying to find a good one for ages.

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    lol - S3 one [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] will try and get some pics for ya if ya want. it's a bit of a bugga having it at the moment as I want to get access to plumbing for the rear water sprayer, as everytime I use it to wash the rear window water [censored] everywhere...just so awkward getting to it with having the strut - so I just keep putting it off! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/lol.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    I've seen these but I've no idea if they are any good or just cheap and cheap looking.

    http://www.strutbracer.co.uk/tables/audi.htm

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

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    Stuart_A3_Turbo said:
    be careful, problems have been mentioned about clearing the engine cover, most ive seen for sale say you have to remove the engine cover for it to fit.

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    mine's on fine [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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    We need pictures [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

    Also was it hard to fit?

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

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    I've seen these but I've no idea if they are any good or just cheap and cheap looking.

    http://www.strutbracer.co.uk/tables/audi.htm

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    How does that attach I wonder?

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

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    Also was it hard to fit?

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    Mark, i'd imagine it was VERY easy for AmD to fit [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/lol.gif[/img] otherwise I'd have no idea [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] I will get a few piccies for ya once I pick up my digicam from my relatives - hopefully today at some point [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

    Rob

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    Ok - here's mine,



    will get some more close ups soon!

    Rob [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    Yeah, aside from the drilling, fitting the S3 strut brace was fairly simple. In fact, I took pics during my install. They're on pages 2, 3 and 4 Here [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif[/img]

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    I fitted one to a mates A3 and the one thing i would say would be great is to use 'nutserts' instead of using nuts and bolts. Its a pain in the backside to tighten up the nut in the arch as all the suspension is in the way. Nutserts would make it a half hour job to do. They basically push into the hole and then grip and you tighen the bolt into it, and than makes it grip in the hole even more. a much easier way!

    Rich

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    I used nutserts on my old MK2 golf for a front strut brace, and they do work well.

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    Re: A3 1.8T Front strut brace?

    I drilled and tapped mine M10 dead easy and only need a 8.5mm drill hole, or was it M12 cant remember but easy anyhow its a 10.2mm hole if M12 bolts are used and no need for nuts if you use spring washers and loctite.
    Cheers "Bingo"

 

 

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