b.benz at charter.net
Fri Oct 29 17:38:01 EDT 2004
> From: Ken Keith <auditude at gmail.com>
> Are there part numbers associated with these different thicknesses? I
> might want to put the thinner ones in my car. Anyone know of any
> websites about this subject?
They are identified by moulded lugs on the part, 1 to 3 lugs, 3/4", 5/8",
and 3/8" respectively. The 5/8" is 441-411-109. Don't know about the
others, or if still available.
> I didn't realize the T44 control arms also needed to be tightened with
> the suspension loaded (I'm sure it probably says so in the Bentley).
> I guess that would be for forward-aft alignment of the control arm,
> since up and down is designed to flex at the bushing.
No, but Any and ALL rubber angular flex bushings should be anchored down
when in the center of the full flex angle, or they will be over flexed in
one direction and will fail immediately, if not sooner.
> I might loosen and retighten those with the car on the ground or on
> stands. I didn't have the right size socket and couldn't get an
> alternative tool onto the outboard rear transverse link bolt to do
> this in the rear, so I left it. Anyone know what size socket would be
> right for that one? (another tool I don't have yet is a caliper to
> check stuff like this)
> I ended up ordering the 20mm rear ECS spacers to correct the rear of
> my sedan being too low relative to the front with the Eibach 1529.140,
> Bilstein sports and whichever thickness front damping rings my car
> has. I wonder if the front will come down a bit from the weight
> transfer of bringing rear up a tad.
> Bernie Benz b.benz at charter.net wrote:
> Audi made three different thicknesses of damping rings from 3/8" to 3/4" to
> adjust front ride height. These could be further shimmed if necessary, so
> could the rear springs. Did you tighten the lower control arm to subframe
> bolts with the full weight of the car on the suspension?
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