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Whats wrong with my side skirts?

Discussion in 'A4/A4 cabriolet/S4 forum(B6 chassis)' started by barker196, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. barker196
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    Hi, i bought my A4 1.8T before i understood the different body kit options. As much as i love my car i can't stand the side skirts. Should they really bow like this in the middle? Anyone got the same kit? It's a 2003 model.

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    The bottoms of the doors need painted, its easy to take them off and leave them in somwhere to get painted, then she will be sorted.
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  3. AudiSport
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    I think he's more worried about the drop in the middle?
    Perhaps you have some fixings screws missing along the bottom - have you had a look underneath? Although those kits (Vortex I think?) are not to my taste I think they are very popular amoung this forum and should fit correctly!
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    Yeah it's the actual side skirt not the door blades. Here's some more photo's which show things a bit clearer. If anyone has the same kit could they please post or link me a photo and maybe look if there should be something fitted half way along. I am the secons owner of the car and it came with the kit fitted. The previous owner as far as i was aware was a lady and it was a lease car so don't think they would have fitted them themselves.



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    Close up of skirt looking from rear wheel

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    A strange recess in the bottom of the skirt half way along

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    The bottom of the car. The skirt is in the top of the pic and i believe is attached to that clip. From feeling underneath it seems that the screw is not attached to anything but i will have to jack her up and look closer.
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    Nickynibbles Damn it where's 7th gear when you need it?!

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    Here's my old car with the Votex kit on it, its not quite as close a shot but you can still make out the droop in the middle.

    What im more intrigued with is the s-line badges on it, didnt think the s-line variants appeared on an '03 plate, plus there's a badge missing from the rear drivers side door. Does the V5 call it an s-line? Reason for my suspicion is that i've never seen a votex kitted A4 that has the matt black lowers to the door still there? Makes me wonder if a votex kit has been added post-factory?

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  6. AudiSport
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    Those bits have been added by the last owner. The S-line front bumper looks different and the S-line trim option did not come with that kit.

    Nice looking car though, although the kit should also be bonded on so it would be hasssssssssssssle to remove.
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    Ive got that kit, my sides dont droop like that though!! very strange
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    Sorry for the slightly cacky pictures, but my car also has the skirt-bow. Never noticed it until now!

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    Ok you got me. I added the S-line badges myself ahemm... That was after the first photo was taken.

    Anyway i believe the kit was almost certainly fitted from new and i'm probably right in saying that when this car was made the lower parts of the A4's were that grey plastic stripe, hence the bottoms of the doors being grey.

    Thanks for confirming your skirts don't droop chris. Any chance of a pic or looking to see how it's held up? I think the screws in the picture need screwing to the body to pull the skirt up. Just have to be carefull where i drill i guess. Thanks to those that pointed out this is a Votex kit also. I've now found more pictures on the internet and none of them seem to droop either. I'll try and remember to post a new picture if/when i pull em up.

    I spent a lot of time looking for the right model when i bought this car and i was sold by the body kit, leather interior, sunroof and Audi FRIDGE in the glove box! Someone had a field day ticking the options boxes when they ordered this car.
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    J7USS Shuddup Foooool!!

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    Couple of screws will sort it out!
    Ive never been a fan of the votex because I dont like the way it sticks over the existing.

    Id like to see a Flush fitted votex though, thought someone would have done that by now...
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    I have to agree - my car is a 2003 and does not have the grey coloured plastic door lowers.

    chris_20 - does your car definitely have this same kit? If it's the car in your avatar it looks slightly different. Is it the s-line?

    Ade
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    Mine is a 2003 and does - :uhm: earlier model perhaps, registered May I think

    EDIT Ignore that I should have read it fully, I dont have the Votex kit d'oh!
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    Which is what is causing the confusion - the standard body kit has the grey lowers, and so has the grey door lowers. The votex kit is colour coded, so cars that had votex fitted from the factory should also have colour coded door lowers - most people can confirm this but barker196 seems to have a car which contradicts this. The only cars I have seen with a bodykit AND the grey door lowers have had the kits put on after market. But I guess it is possible that some cars came out the factory like this?

    Anyway, we are losing the OP's original point. So far, 3 people in this thread all have the droopy middle section of skirt, and one (who may indeed have an s-line not votex kit) does not. So, it seems that there might be nothing wrong (or at least, nothing unusual, it still maybe should be considered wrong!) with it.

    Ade
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    Nickynibbles Damn it where's 7th gear when you need it?!

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    Mine was an '02 plate so an earlier model to the OP's so its not an age thing. You can check with an Audi dealer by giving them the reg or VIN number & they will tell you if the car had the Votex kit from the factory.

    Chris, your kit was fitted aftermarket so wonder if your fitter adjusted it so there was no droop? Could explain why you havent got a droop!
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    Hi Guys, mine droop just the same, 02 plate fitted by dealer when
    vehicle was new.

    Looking under car it seems to me that you need to cut away some
    of the under body soundproofing to ensure the screw, as shown above,
    pulls right up to bodyshell.. I have not bothered but still find it
    quite annoying.
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    See: http://audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?t=59089

    Then you / we will all know for sure.
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    Ok i've done that site:

    E0A = No special edition
    7A0 = Without CD changer/CD player
    4UF = Drivers and front passenger air bag with front passenger air bag deactivation
    6XD = Exterior mirrors: electrically adjustable/heated
    5SJ = Left exterior mirror: convex
    6TS = Right exterior mirror: aspherical, large viewing field
    1KP = Disc brakes, rear
    J0L = Battery 340 A (70 Ah)
    1LT = Disc brakes, front
    1BE = Sports suspension/shock absorption
    3FE = Electric slide/tilt sunroof with sun screen/sunblind
    5TD = Decorative aluminum inserts
    7X2 = Park distance control, front and rear
    4R5 = Power windows with comfort operation andcircuit breaker, mechanical window regulators rear
    F0A = No special purpose vehicle, standard equipment
    8GL = Alternator 120 A
    0G1 = Gearshift lever
    0YG = Weight range 7 installation control only, no requirement forecast
    0JF = Weight category front axle weight range 6
    T0L = 4-cylinder gasoline engine 1.8 L unit 06B.G
    3ND = Rear seat bench/backrest, unfolding
    8JK = Ellipsoidal headlight for driving on the left
    U1B = Instrument insert with mph speedometer, clock, tachometer and trip odometer
    X2B = National sales program Great Britain
    1N1 = Power steering
    2PV = Leather trimmed sports steering wheel
    8Q1 = Headlight-range adjustment
    9Q3 = Multi-function display, without on-boardcomputer and check control
    8Z5 = Not hot country
    D7G = 4-cyl. gasoline engine 1.8 L/120 kW 20V turbo base engine is T0L/TF2/T8C
    7Q0 = Without navigation device
    C1X = Alloy wheels 7.5J x 17 5-arm spider style, offset 45
    7K0 = Without tire pressure warning light
    4X3 = Side air bag front with curtain air bag
    2K1 = Reinforced bumpers
    6R2 = Leather gearshift boot
    3L3 = Manual height adjustment for front seats
    4KC = Side and rear windows in heat-insulatingglass
    3Y0 = Without roll-up sun screen
    4K4 = Radio remote controlled central locking
    5D1 = Carrier frequency 433.92 MHz-434.42 Mhz
    1SA = Without additional engine guard
    0GG = Emissions concept EU 4
    Q1D = Sports front seats
    4GP = Windshield in heat-insulating glass withsunshield and viewing window for vehicleidentification number

    Doesn't mention the body kit, front arm rest, glove box fridge, leather seats. I guess it doesn't cover everything. A4Ade or nickynibbles what is your reading showing?
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    Thebowing is a common fault. And as for the grey sills. some Audis do have the kit fitted after the car has been bought. I'ts an optional extra ( A bit like the Golf Votex)
    It depends on the dealer who paints it. The rear exhausts trims also sometimes are left matt black too.
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    no thats not my car in the sig mate- i got mine fitted by a bodyshop so yer they may well have sorted the droop, they are the genuine audi skirts though not replica's
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    Hi Guys,

    Did we get to the bottom of this?

    Is there a quick fix for "The Droop"!

    Photo of correct fitting would be handy,
    as I would like to try>

    Cheers for now.
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    Just to bring this thread back up the list.

    Did anyone with the "droop" fix it?

    If so how?

    Look forward to hearing from someone!
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    I think that the car should have had the matt grey anti-scratch door mouldings and skirts. Then a dealer of aftermarket garage has glued the new kit over the plastic sideskirt probably not removing the existing grey moulded on parts. I think best course of action is to have the skirts removed to see what is underneath, then re-fit them correctly using Silkoflex adhesive and proper mounting screws.
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    Thank you AndymacA4,
    I will have a look underneath and around,
    as they say, as I feel you may have
    provided both the answer and the cure.
    Thank you.
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    Need to bring this up again as mine seem to have come
    unstuck by rear door on one side.

    Does anyone know where to get a copy of fitting instructions?

    Thanks in anticipation.
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