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Cost of replacing ARB

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by vishal, Jul 27, 2006.

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    My Anti- roll bar needs to be replaced, along with the bushs also, i find this a lil strange as my car has only covered 27k miles, its a 2001 S3.

    What kind of cost do you think i would be looking at to do this job?

    Ive had 2 S3's prior to this, and this same fault has occured on all 3 S3's ive owned! Time for Audi to reconise this as a fault i think!

    Anyway, have been quoted about 160 to have this done, and also been told that the car does not need 4 wheel alignment afterwards either by a specialist, do this sound right to you guys?

    Thanks for the advice
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    Its a 2hr job to replace the ARB's and you don't need to do a 4 wheel alignment unless they drop the wishbones too, which isn't the best idea in the world. Unless your charging by the hour. To change just the bushes, may not need to drop the subframe, you don't even need to remove the wheel on the drivers side.
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    Will going for an uprated ARB, make a huge difference to the handling? To be fair, its pretty spot on already
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    I personally think it does improve it but if your happy with it at the moment then why change i suppose!
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    Are you on standard suspension? If so you have got to be kidding.

    B.
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    how do you no when your ARB needs replacing i sometines have a knocking noise over speed bumps but the garage have cast there eyes over it but cant tell me what it is. Sometimes its fine, its definately nothing to do with the suspension. Is it more likell to be a bush somewhere?
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    makes a massive difference if you go for the H&R's. Tranform the car, will not roll at all, great fun watching BM's almost tipping over trying to keep up lol.
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    yeah, im on standard suspension, so u guys think the uprated ARB will be noticeable?
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    ok the rear arb is a doddle 30 min job,

    the front is harder and you have to drop the subframe, not so for the bushes but then the bushes is only a 1hr job tops. 4 wheel alignment is recommended if you drop the subframe but if your carefull it should go back where it was.

    ive done both now to R32 arb the rear was the most noticable, the front has made the car better at speed.
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    how much do you have to drop the subframe???

    is it just a matter of undoing the 4 main bolts and allowing the S.F. to drop an inch or two....

    or does it have to be removed completely?
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    hi. could you please quote me on a Forge FMIC and the H&R ARB's, for my 2001 210 bhp S3
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    thanks Damian.


    i will have to leave the FMIC for now, its a bit too rich fro me at the moment.

    I will probably have the ARB's off you. Does the quote inc P&P & VAT.

    How would you want paying?
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    ... and is it possible to ship to my company address, but pay with my private CC?
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    Yeah the FMIC aren't cheap! Not a problem mate, all the details are in a PM that i've just sent you! :beerchug:
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    remove the rear bolts, loosen but don't remove the front bolts. Remove at the steering rack bolts. You lift the rack and pull the ARB out underneath it.
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    also the passenger side arb bracket also holds a pipe, this is a 10mm nut irc, cab be a swine to get to.

    the front dog mount bush/arm has to be removed this is easy.
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