[200q20v] Warped UFO's - not anymore!

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Tue Jan 30 10:02:28 EST 2001

Hi Paul,

Please tell us why you replaced the control arms, and not just the inner
control arm bushings.  Nothing to wear out on the control arms.  I have also
had to replace the sway bar to control arm bushings on my 250K 5KTQ, but not
the 200-20V yet at only 130K.

When you free up the tie rod ends, take them off the rods and lube the
threads and the taper clamp washer with waterproof grease.  You'll never
have the problem again.

All brake rotors tend to wear true so, short of a major thermal trama, well
used rotors are better performers than new or newly machined.


> From: "Paul Waterloo" <pwaterloo at compuserve.com>
> Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 08:40:00 -0600
> To: "200 list" <200q20v at audifans.com>
> Subject: [200q20v] Warped UFO's - not anymore!
> Just got done dumping some major cash into the car, had bought a bunch of
> new front end parts last summer that I just had installed (didn't do it
> myself, it was kinda nice!).
> Replaced the control arms, struts (with Boge gas struts), and sway bar
> rubber bushings. The control arms have new rubber bushings where the sway
> bar goes through them.
> The car is much tighter (everything was original including the struts) and
> the sway bar rubber bushings (under the front of the car) were way worn. The
> whole car handles better, I don't have a heavy push anymore, it's much more
> balanced, and my relatively new UFO rotors don't shimmy like they use to! I
> can tell that they are still a little warped, but I'm sure that they'll
> straighten out after a month or so. The old suspension pieces couldn't hold
> them straight under braking.
> BTW, make sure you install the left control arm on the left side and right
> on right, 'cause they can be installed backwards! :-)
> Now I have to bring my original control arms back to Blau because they sold
> me the wrong ones, the correct ones are 19 mm shafts at the lower knuckle,
> not 18mm. The invoice says they are for our car (which will also fit the V8)
> but they weren't right. Bought them last June, I hope they give me a credit!
> Paul
> P.S. I also have to unlock all of the tie rods (front and rear) with heat so
> I can bring it in and get it properly aligned.
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