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RE: Anyone use 4kq rear strut assemblies/suspension on a urq?
if anyone is interested in photos of the suspension setup on an rr, drop me
a line and i'll email. jpegs.
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 11:27:23 -0600
From: email@example.com (Fluhr)
>Our urq is an early model with the rear swaybar. I noticed that
>urqs have the 4kq style rear suspension. Was this a cost saving
>Audi or a performance improvement?
I read in a book that the rear suspension changed because of concern
about the car becoming difficult to handle at its limits, and a few
q-listers have mentioned the same thing. The only large visual
I noticed about the 4Kq versus the urq rear suspension is the
location of the tie rods on the rear subframe. The urquattro mount
much higher up and on the inside of the subframe, while the 4Kq
more horizontal and on the outside of the subframe. I haven't
out the geometry, but it sounds like the older suspension design may
have had an issue with the rear tires changing toe-in/toe-out as the
suspension compressed/uncompressed. I think the 4Kq suspension may
been designed to mitigate that, although it is speculation on my
Now the question becomes, "Is the 4Kq suspension good enough to
for the lack of a rear sway bar?" Not having driven a 4Kq enough to
compare to my urq, I cannot comment on that.