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Aluminium Spacer On Suspension

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by kingalA3, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. kingalA3
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    [Oct 10, 2009]
    Hi guys,

    I have some bilstein B8s and some H&R springs and will be looking to fit them in the next couple of days.
    For the front dampers and springs I have ordered from audi:
    - Spring Disc
    - Aluminium Spacer 'Distance Piece'
    - Threaded Bush
    - Bearing
    - Strut Storage

    I have had a look at a couple of MKIV Golf guides and they say not to bother with the aluminium spacer - for those of you who have replaced your suspension did you use it or leave it out?

    Cheers
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    [Oct 11, 2009]
    Here are a couple of pictures:
    First one without the aluminium spacer and the second one with the spacer

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    To me it looks too big but is it needed?
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    [Oct 11, 2009]
    pics not working ?
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    [Oct 12, 2009]
    Sorry have updated the links!
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    [Oct 12, 2009]
    I dont think my car had those fitted.
    But im not 100% sure. it was 2 year ago now
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    [Oct 12, 2009]
    Cheers - anyone else do the same?
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    [Oct 12, 2009]
    Without the spacer it looks very close to the end of the threads.
    .. may possibly prevent the bush from fully collapsing.

    however without it, it should sit a few mm lower
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    [Oct 13, 2009]
    Yes your right without the spacer the top bearing is sitting on the end of the thread - the only other thing I can think of is to get a slimmer spacer?
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    [Oct 13, 2009]
    i have just replaced the bearings and the top mounts on my 2000 S3 APY and there was no spacer there....this is the first time ive seen one there actually. (i have changed the top mounts on Bora's and Golfs before).
    Im sure that with the spacer on, you would struggle to get enough thread through the top of the housing to fasten the retaining plate/nut on.
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    [Oct 13, 2009]
    Another tip - don't fit those dumbbells as it will ruin the handling.
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    [Oct 13, 2009]
    Haha :weight_lift2: Today I fitted them without the spacer i saw that the old shocks didnt have one fitted but it showed up on ETOS originally so thats why I ordered them!
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