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bundle message: update, thanks, questions (long)
howdy all, i have been away from the list for a while due to an injury
and a busy time, so please excuse me if i bring up an issue or two that
have already been broached in my absence.
1.i'll start with an update:
my previously hobbled 1990 80q is back on the road! a brand new control
bushings and 4 corners of H&R/boge combo later, it handles like a new,
better car. thanks to all of you who provided the various advices that
got me through the jobs ( of course, since it is an early nineties
audi a new problem has already cropped up. argh, wheel bearings!). a
problem that i ran into which any 80 owners out there (maybe 90 too?)
might encounter is that towards the end of production of the 1990 model
year, Audi switched types of control arms. this control arm is not
available from ANY aftermarket suppliers that i have heard of on this
list, but only through AoA to the tune of 285 USD apiece! not only did i
have to shell out a whole lotta money, but i am also left with the PITA
of returning the control arms that did not fit to the place that still
has my $200! MORAL: don't bend your control arms, and GIVE YOUR PARTS
PERSON THE VIN NUMBER WHEN ORDERING THIS PART. I hope that my experience
can help somebody avoid a similar annoyance.
2. thanks again to everybody who guided me through this and in
particular to Kirby Smith for sacrificing a fog light lens to get me a
turn signal indicator.
3. questions: in my absence has there been any headway into the whole
q-list sticker thing? i am going to call the consulate of Qatar in NYC
tomorrow to see about getting an official sticker for the back of my
car. also, my rear passenger BRAND new strut and spring seem to be
making a clunk/scraping noise when that corner gets jolted. it is a
brand new boge turbogas/H&R spring combo and no other corner is making
this noise. ideas?
thanks for reading this long email
-joe "no q-list in the hospital" brown
1990 80q - ACTUALLY ON THE ROAD AND RIPPING ASPHALT DAILY!