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Audi S3 8L upper strut brace

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    Hi again lol,I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction of where I can get a strut brace for my s3 as I can't find one anywhere! I have a 99 s3 apy (if that makes any difference) cheers
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    Have you tried Audi? I manage to source mine as part of a group buy for Audi S3 strut braces on UK-MkIVs a few years back.
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    Seen a couple on ebay in the past, keep an eye on there.
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    Thanks for the replies people!!
    I haven't tried audi yet jojo as i didn't wanna be raped over the counter lol!!!i cant seem to find any so i guess im gonna have to be raped by scaudi lol!!

    Thanks again!!!
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    Get a quote from Stoke Audi, they are one of the forum advertisers on the forum index when you scroll downwards. It's not as expensive as you think!
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    ahhhh right cool mate!thanks very much!!!
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    Let me know how much one from the Stealers is if you will.... I am in need of one since mine has grown little strut brace legs and walked away...

    (pointed out by Jojo @ Ajec!!)
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    I'd rather have the Audi one mate to be fair, on the APY engine there are loads of little nooks and crannies that allow the brace to fit like a glove, not sure one from another manufacturer would fit through those....
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    The factory S3 one clears the plastic thing on the passenger side of the car where all the wiring goes through the bulkhead. APY cars with no strutbrace will require drilling, and there are some vacumm hoses on the driver side which need to be bent downwards for the strutbrace to fit.
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    What do you drill? The holes for the strut brace to fix to?
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    The strut tops, there's nothing for you to drill, your strut brace has gone walkies lol, just buy a strut brace and the correct bolts for the factory studs on your strut tops. APY cars with no strut brace as standard doesn't have the studs for the strut brace.
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    Hi lads, i got a price from audi today and it was £68.57 (or thereabouts) which isnt too bad really from a stealers!

    But i will sat the bloke i spoke to ''advised'' me not to fit one as if the car didnt come out of the factory with it on, DONT put it on? orcourse i asked the question, 'Whats the difference between me or you or whoever putting it on? surely it doesnt matter who does it, the same procedure must take place???''

    I dont know but he reckons he had to tell me this and the choice was upto me lol,loser, just doing his job i suppose!

    The apy doesnt have strut top bolts so will i just drill the strut tops and put some bolts through it an a nut and washer inside or the arch?

    cheers guys!!
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    Audi obviously thought there was a need to fit one onto S3's afterall, we are just speccing our early S3's upto late model spec.
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    how true so i think ill purchase one and ignore the numpty on the phone!!!

    cheers
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    Good plan, think I'll follow suit.
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    i also forgot to add as i was on the phone to him i got a lecture about ' You shouldnt lower the car, it comes out the factory as it comes out and thats the way it should be'
    What a bloody miserable old fossil lol!!!Obv he wasnt keen on modifying so im guessin he was olllllllddddddddd lol!Nevermind!!!Gonna get one ordered asap!! :)
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    You might aswell not drive it mate, it's over 10 years old now, and you will wear the parts out lol, get a new S3 instead.
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    Will check fund availability.....

    I would of politely explain to him that Audi thought it needed a strut brace, as it came with one when it left the factory. Sadly, some git has nicked mine, and thats why I need a new one....

    Either that or told him to mind his own f*cking business and explained that I am the customer and that he should keep his opinions to himself unless asked!!:eyebrows:
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    Hit the nail on the head mate lol!!

    lmfao haha it probably would be made more simple!!
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    Would love too mate but i live in the north east and its a canny distance to you!Thanks for the offer though much appreciated
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