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Torsen rear diff (NOT), but...?

>>>Phil: this contradicts what I've seen other places; where in Bentley did you
>>>find the reference?
>>>Thanks, chris miller, windham nh, c1j1miller@aol.com
>>>You wrote:
>>>According to the '89-'91 100/200 series Bentley manual, the ('89-'91)
>>>models are equipped with locking Torsen rear differentials.
>>>Phil Rose

>Yeh, I'm seriously confused about the rear diff., since no one else seems
>to think it's a torsen.
>In my Bentley, there are two _rear_ final drive schematics: In one, on
>page 39-109-1 the diagram shows item 3--"Torsen differential", and on page
>39-240-1 in another view, the diff is item 10 and labelled --"Torsen
>However the latter diagram also refers to "dissassembly/assembly section
>39-290", which clearly shows an _open_ (not Torsen) differential. Gadzooks!
>Soooo....is this a matter of US versus European models? Audi changing its
>mind (but not its manual)? Just a Bentley goof-up?
>Seems to be an example of needing a good dose of salt when reading the
>Gospel According to St. Bentley.

Well, no one venturing to comment (or speculate) on ol' Bobby Bentley
managing to misidentify (in two different places) the '89-'91 200q rear
differential as "torsen"?? Yes, I realize the facts appear to be otherwise,
so this is a pretty major error-although I guess it's not likely to lead to
any grief. I know the Bentleys are infamous for lack of "how-to" detail,
but are they typically so "off the mark"?

Trying to place a more positive spin on it (groan...no pun intended), might
this be a clue that Audi actually had some (limited) production of rear
Torsens during the '89-'91 period--or that they had _intended_ to do so? I
gather from a recent post that this (Torsen rear) was present in some years
of S4/S. Or was that some other form of LSD?


Phil Rose		Rochester, NY
'89 100			pjrose@servtech.com