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Strust brace as standard??

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Defratos, Jan 27, 2005.

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    Hey guys, just wonderin if S3s come with a strut brace as standard? cause I bought mine second hand and there's a black strut brace, not sure if it was Audi who did it.
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    Yes it was standard. Black with half circlular fixing arms.
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    Hey guys, just wonderin if S3s come with a strut brace as standard? cause I bought mine second hand and there's a black strut brace, not sure if it was Audi who did it.

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    Early S3's like mine did not have the strut brace as standard /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif I have one sitting in my dinig room waiting to be fitted though /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
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    oh mistake. all the ones I looked at did but then I was looking at facelift models so this must have come in from 2001.
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    thanks for that guys, mines a 2002 facelift so yeah I guess it's standard, cheers
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    My S3 is an early model (1999) and mine came standard with a strut brace.
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    My S3 is an early model (1999) and mine came standard with a strut brace.

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    Yeah I know of another pre-facelift S3 with the strut brace standard, but it's a Dutch car so maybe it was a standard item here.....
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    Any aftermarket strut brace?
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    Any aftermarket strut brace?

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    No point really as the Audi item does just fine.
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    A sturt brace will reduce body roll, and I would say that if you upgrade the rest of your suspension then a strut brace would be the next thing to do......but whilst the brace will assist on high speed corners I have a feeling that on the tighter turns you may well see understeer occur sooner.

    Thinking about it, the S3's had a suspension change at the time of facelift, so I wonder if the lower end was sligthliy stiffened and this is why the brace was added as standard equipment. So it could be that you would see different effects on a pre and post facelift S3.........

    Just a thought /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif
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    humm, ok fair enough guys, maybe it does a wee bit for the car "body roll", but I'm just thinkin more along the lines of. it's more worth while to fit suspensions rather than anti-roll bars, but the two are perfect companions /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh_roll.gif
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    my 2000 S3 pre-facelift has a strut brace as standard... think mine was built in 99 too... and surely anything that reduces body roll is a good idea!!!
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