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    TQS rear shock upper mount

    Hi everyone,

    ok I've started stripping the rear suspension on my TQS to rebush it, but I've found that the upper shock/spring mount(the metal can thingy (part number 8D0512341/2)) has quite a bit of rust on it ie some non standard holes. LOL.

    Question is : should I just go and buy a new pair(approx £220 from dealers) or is a decent non rusty secondhand set a possibility considering the age of these cars now? Plus, what sort of price do you think I should pay for a used set?

    TBH I'm tempted to go for new, means they should last another 12 years, and I wouldn't have to do any work to them before fitting etc. Route of least resistance and all that.

    Any opinions/help greatly appreciated.

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    depending how bad they are you could always just weld it up and give it a good coat of paint.

    I've seen photos of people cutting out the whole rear of the mount, and then welding a new piece of sheet steel onto the back of it.

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    They're not totally knackered. Just a couple of holes as far as I can see so far. So they could probably be welded as you say.

    The real problem is me, I just hate doing stuff like that(call me a lazy sod).

    I've done lots of rust removal and welding on previous cars, and just get depressed now when I see it.

    So easy way out, albeit expensive, is favourite.

    It's also one more thing I'd don't need, as rebushing the rear is going to be a fair amount of work, plus I'm still waiting on my Bilstein B12 suspension kit, still 3 weeks to go til it arrives. So much for German efficiency eh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aragorn View Post
    depending how bad they are you could always just weld it up and give it a good coat of paint.

    I've seen photos of people cutting out the whole rear of the mount, and then welding a new piece of sheet steel onto the back of it.
    Holy crap that is spooky!

    For why? Well I've just done abit more investigation as to the condition of the mounts(tapping with a hammer to get the rust off) and those couple of holes turned into a completely knackered back plate. So I would indeed need to cut out the whole rear piece and weld in a new plate.

    Looks like new ones will be the quickest/easiest option.

    Bugger.

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    Thanks for the link, exactly what I was expecting to see after playing about with the mount and an angle grinder last night.

    I had a closer at the mounts and all the strength is in the front face ie very thick metal. I think the back plate is just to close it off and and tie the two sides together, as the metal used is very thin in comparison.

    So , since there is basically no rot in the front, I've decided I'm not giving Audi anymore of my money just yet, I'm going to weld a new back plate on.

    I'm not a lazy sod afterall.

    Thanks for the input/inspiration.

    PS : do you know if B6 alloy rear calipers could be used on my B5? I think mine are starting to sieze.

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    Not sure on the caliper. They'll probably bolt on, but wether the handbrake cable alignment and the offset is correct is a different matter!

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