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Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by Arrkon, Oct 1, 2012.

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    Arrkon Midlands regional Moderator Regional Rep

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    What size ball joint might my car be? I understand there are two sizes?

    Car is a 2000 1.8T Sport FWD.

    thanks
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    All B5 A4's are the same.
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    Hmm... keep finding different size ball joints referred to... 24mm and 28mm iirc
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    Not for an A4.

    Late S4's and RS4's had alloy uprights and those use smaller balljoints on the front lower arm.

    B6> also use the same smaller balljoints as they all have alloy uprights.


    All B5 A4's have the same lower front arm.
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    How do you guys go on about the lower arms when replacing the uprights is there any that accomadate the original balljoints ????

    Also looking to replace the front wheel bearings when i get round to replacing the control arms, can anyone recommend where to get them from ??
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    Get the bits from All German Parts, they come with a guarantee.

    Do not buy lower quality bearings, I did, and ended up fitting 8 to the Avant over 2 years!! (They weren't the cheapest ones either)

    Why would you want to keep the original balljoint? If the bushes have gone, the joint won't wont be far behind. I have chopped out the joint from old ones, and the steel ball sits in a plastic socket!

    I did a how-to guide on suspension bits - it's in Scotts sticky.
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    Sorry paul i dont think i explained myself properly i was asking about the lower arms for when upgrading to Alloy uprights as i may be considering it in the future as i want some bigger stoppers at some point was asking as i will be getting a full kit and when the time comes i will be curious of how to get round this !!
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    Are these the correct ones from allgermanparts - Wheel bearing kit (26568) 8D0 598 625
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    Either use S4 uprights which are steel, or use B6 A4 uprights, and an RS4 front lower arm.
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    So S4 ones will use my exsisting front lower arm ??
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    Steel upright (a4/s4) requires this type of front lower arm ball joint
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    Alloy upright (b5 rs4/b6/b7) requires this type of lower arm ball joint
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    Which type are the wheel bearings on the TQS are they press in or bolted to the upright. Just curious also can anyone confirm this is the correct one for my car.

    Wheel bearing kit (26568) 8D0 598 625
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    TQS and S4 are pressed in.

    thats a fwd rear bearing in your link though!

    you need:


    Meyle 1004980037
    Replaces OE Ref: 4A0498625
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