Need a strutbrace for '86 5KCSTQ

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at
Tue Nov 5 11:13:05 EST 2002

Wrong, David.  A/my strut brace, as opposed to a tower abrace, does provide
additional positive camber because it preloads the rubber top strut mount
bushings in that direction and deflects the rubber into a stiffer operating
point.  Further, it divides the latteral cornering forces equally between
the two towers, the best possible condition.  None of which a tower brace
can accomplish.  But tower braces look pretty if painted Fram orange!


> From: "davidb01" <davidb01 at>
> Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 10:11:39 -0800
> To: "1 Quattro List" <quattro at>
> Cc: <200q20v at>
> Subject: RE: Need a strutbrace for '86  5KCSTQ
> Martin,
> In 1999, I couldn't find a ready-made brace to fit. The only ones I could
> find _listed_ for the '91 200q's were from 2B and TAP - had to send 'em both
> back.  I now have the "Benz-brace" installed, and I like it because it
> mounts directly onto the strut tops, as opposed to just the surrounding
> 'body tower'; it's also adjustable.  IMO, it has increased initial turn in
> response, and reduces the amount of strut movement, esp. in turns, but as I
> understand it, is _not_ intended to provide more positive camber than you
> already have.  Maybe Hoppen, Revsport, Matrix Engineering, APR, or some of
> the newer tuners that still will deal in historic Audis?  Maybe there's
> enough list interest for a second "Benz-brace" GP?
> David Brill
> Hillsboro, OR
> '91 200q20v Lago Avant, 140k
> -----Original Message-----
> From:  200q20v-admin at [mailto:200q20v-admin at]  On
> Behalf Of Martin Pot
> Sent: Monday, November 04, 2002 9:01 PM
> To: 1 Quattro List
> Cc: 200q20v at
> Subject: Need a strutbrace for '86  5KCSTQ
> This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
> --
> [ Picked text/plain from multipart/alternative ]
> I got new tires (Dayton H rated) yesterday and had the car realigned. The
> problem I have is that I am having more neg. camber than I like, and the
> strut mounts are more than maxed out, apparently not too uncommon for the
> type 44. I have actually ground the slotted holes to allow for just a tad
> more adjustment. I have noticed over the years that it is slowly getting
> worse but  I don't have any cracks in the webbing, like some have reported.
> I think it is time for this brace now and wondered if someone has one for
> sale, or knows where to get one. I did check Chris Millers nice write up,
> but I am trying to make it easy on myself and want to get a ready made
> brace, to save me some time.
> Thanks, Martin
> 91' 2CTQW prl   '86 5KTQ prl  91' 2CTQ maroon  All cars chipped
> --
> _______________________________________________
> 200q20v mailing list
> 200q20v at
> _______________________________________________
> 200q20v mailing list
> 200q20v at

More information about the 200q20v mailing list