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Grinding noise when cornering - ARB on driveshaft even when turning left?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by JDover, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. JDover
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    When i turn full lock to the right, i can hear the ARB on the driveshaft, not too much of a problem right now but, when i turn to the left, i also get a similar sound except its higher pitched and louder, i happens when cornering normally but not on full lock.

    My first thought was worn bushes or the ARB again but i just don't know now, It never used to do it, i only noticed it last night.

    Until Tuesday when i can get under and have a butchers, does anybody have any obvious signs to look for or know what the problem is? I think i need to replace the lower wishbones as well, wheres the cheapest place to get them from? Euro car parts? or Audi direct?

    What ARB's would people recommend? i don't have shed loads of money to throw at ARB's. i did hear somewhere that you can buy adjustable drop links that will take the ARB further away from the driveshaft? if this is true, where can i get them or is it better just to change the ARB's for upgraded units that solve the problem?

    I have been searching and only got more confused, If anybody could help me out here it would be greatly appreciated.
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    Nobody?

    I don't want to waste money on adjustable drop links if there not going to work and for the next couple of months i cant afford new ARB's so i need something to get me outta trouble for a bit, I know i could just raise the car up but..that's not the way its done :)
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    Save your money, adjustable drop links DON'T work.

    I recently fitted a set of coilies to an A3, the owner supplied adjustable drop links as well. I found they had to be at their shortest setting to clear the ARB, making them longer made the problem worse.
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    as for ARB's, the best for the A3 without question is the eibach kit, 22mm front and 25mm rear. available from venom motorsport.

    Anything with a smaller rear bar isn't worth getting, as it simply won't be as good!
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    sounds like the power steering pipe
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    Power steering pipe :s Easy fix?

    will the eibach kit defiantly stop the ARB humping the drive shaft? if so i'll get em ordered.
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    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    I completely agree with Prawn - except I would go with the Whiteline ARB available from DPM Motorsport.

    Anyway, thats academic.

    ARB bushes? Audi dealer. £2 each. Job done.
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    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    Yes, as will the Whiteline. The Whiteline ARB is desgined on the S3's ARB which goes UNDER the shaft, not over.
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    ok cool, last thing, If i order the whiteline ARB from DPM can i only change the front for the time being? OR do i have to change the rear as well?

    And where is this power steering pipe? the noise does not sound good :(
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    JD09 I'm not modding, I'm improving

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    From what I've been told, it will muck up your handling if you just fit one or the other.
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    I just fitted the front one on my A3 and she still handles like a beast! In fact the handling was far superior to the standard ARB with just the front one fitted.
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