Strut tower rip or stress fracture REVISITED 200q20v

SuffolkD at SuffolkD at
Wed Feb 23 13:34:54 EST 2005

Regarding the stress fracture or tear, Mike S has found these items which I 
believe may help stiffen up the front spring towers in a 200 type 44. our 
actual focus was the 200 20V.

A ur-S4 Strut tower brace (Brackets) found for 4A0 (type) Section 8 type 05 
scrolled past the last item number listed in the parts list. 1992 - 1995.5 S4/6 
in the 100 section of the family album.

4A0 805 635 LEFT brace

4A0 805 636 RIGHT brace

Brace bar from Audi
4A0 805 645A

anyone with dealer connections figure out a price?
I'm going to try this in the Spring before track days.  
Its seemingly a bolt on / slight mod affair (maybe new MC reseviour)
but WE HAVE NO BTDT YET............. (Caution) 
-Scott by BOSTON

In a message dated 1/27/2005 12:37:43 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
200q20v-request at writes:

> From: "Sean" <>
> Purchased my 91 200 20v avant this summer for $4k w/ 146k miles from a 60+ 
> -year-old woman named Sheila who'd purchased it with 50k in 1995 from 
> Gertrude, then a woman in her fifties.  The point: car had literally been driven by 2 
> little old ladies for 13 years...and the fracture in the sheet metal webbing 
> inboard of the right strut tower near the firewall existed- about halfway to 
> the hole.  In the past 6 months with a spirited driver clocking 12k already, 
> the fracture has tripled in length- straight through the hole- and continues 
> to grow.
> Five months ago, I brought it to NEA (Northern European Automotive) of 
> Concord, NH and requested their opinion.  They were "willing to weld it", but 
> suggested I do nothing.
> This problem is a source of concern to this owner.  Something must be done.  
> But it seems nobody on this list has tried any method of fixing the problem.
> Perhaps a few listers who share this concern can each try different methods 
> and report back over the miles.
> I'll be guinea pig #1.
> Sean
> Dover, NH

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