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Re: Type 44 rear sway bar (and some bitching)
In a message dated 10/24/99 5:58:21 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< Many of us listener's to the different threads at the Audi-fans "round
are not proffesional considering cars. But we have the interest.
We don't have the possibillity of just trying different brands of springs,
or sway bars. We don't have a garage to do the exchanging of components
so every "hopefully" improvement have to be paid for and the choose of
components depend on our own private vallet and what we thought to be
And we don't have a slaloom track to veryfie and document the results but
to believe in "feelings" when we are cornering on publich roads.
I find that the different information from all participants are valuable to
We don't have to make the same errors again and again and the mind is
for solutions never thought about.
Yes, I agree. I am as you are. But I have learned, when concerning
automotive knowledge, that cheating does not work. When I started becoming
an Audi enthusiast, I bought a 4kq. A week later I went down to the junk
yard, saw a complete 5kt motor, and asked a shop if they could install it.
When they said no, I considered doing it myselt. At that time (about 7 years
ago), conversions were extremely rare, if not at all. A letter in European
car at that time said that they had never seen or hear of one. Well, I
figured the turbo should just bolt up, since they looked interchangeable (in
my ignorant state, I thought the intake manifold was the turbo!). However, a
week later when I needed to change the thermostat, I took it to a shop to
have them perform it because I did not have the first clue.
It was then that I realized that if I ever wanted to do a turbo
conversion, or even install a cam, that I would need to learn the most basic
functions, and go from there. I hear people asking about doing turbo
conversions (including some on this list), and they do not even understand
the most basic functions of the stock motor and peripherals. In fact, these
characters can often be spotted when they say, "I'm thinking of _throwing_ in
a turbo". Some have even made the same mistake as I had in thinking the IM
was the turbo. It is kind of a joke, and it makes me chuckle.
My point was, and is, that it is ok to take the BTDT experience of others
(as I even offered in that posting for my CGT rear sway bar), but use it as
one aspect or variable of your overall decision. The problem is that some
are saying do it, and others are saying don't. What are YOU going to do now?
I say try it and LEARN something. If you dont have the time, then keep
working and buy a car that already has what you want on it, or pay a shop
tons of money to blindly do it for you (often reffered to as 'blank check" in
the stereo world).
Mark this, however: There is no cheating. You either put in your time
or stand on the side lines and take advice like a sheep. Ask those on this
list who contribute the most, no one told them what they know. They know by
experience, and so should you all...
Still learning, and a long way to go...