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Re: 5kTQ swaybar upgrade?

On Thu, 30 Sep 1999 11:03:09 -0400, Mike Guidotti wrote:

>> Try your local Audi dealer ... the 4.2L V8s came with a 30mm front bar (as
>> compared to your 26mm bar) along with a pair of heavy-duty cast aluminum
>> mounting brackets.  I paid approximately $300 for everything from Linda @
>> Carlson and it bolted right onto my '89 200q
>I have been wanting a stiffer bar for my 87 5KTQ since I have owned the car.
>Thank you so much for the info!!
>I tried looking up the part # for the bars on the V8 but the biggest I could
>find is 28mm (which would still be an improvement over the 26mm)
>Do you have the part #'s for the 30mm unit and the aluminum bracket? the
>ones on the "family pictures" all seem to use the same clip.

I hope I don't go down in flames on this one, but I believe that the bar
JG is referring to is, in fact, 28 mm and that he would agree after checking
the parts bin.  Since torsional stiffness increases with the 4th power
of diameter, those 2 mm add up to a significant increase in roll stiffness.
The heavy bracket P/Ns are there in the fiche too. Don't forget to order
the rubber mounts and longer bolts that go with. Maybe you can
just reuse all the old stuff but I figure there must be a rationale for
the bracket change beyond the extra 2 mm.

DeWitt Harrison
Boulder, CO
88 5kcstq
87 635 CSi