[Biturbos4] new guy on the list

Steve Munk fxstm at uaf.edu
Thu May 3 19:55:08 EDT 2007

Thanks for the comments everyone. I found this discussion very  
helpful. If you go the piece-by-piece route, how hard is it to figure  
out specifically which front suspension links need replacing?

Steve Munk                           http://people.arsc.edu/~munk/S4
HPC Systems Analyst                  '01 Audi S4 biturbo, silver 6-speed
Arctic Region Supercomputing Center  '01 Audi A6 2.7T, gold 6-speed
University of Alaska Fairbanks       mailto:fxstm at uaf.edu

On Apr 26, 2007, at 7:45 PM4/26/07, Grant Lenahan wrote:
> This is always a trade off. In the old days (B2, B3) cars, all the  
> bushings were rubber press-ins and relatively cheap.  On those  
> cars, I would, somewhere in the 80-100k range, go through and  
> replace "every rubber bit I could find". This included the strut  
> top bearings, which, on those cars, were good for, oh, 2 miles  
> (actually about 50k).
> On my S4 (which I had from new --> 80k) I had 1 tie rod end and 1  
> control arm go.  Both were done ~65-70k.  The others showed no  
> signs of imminent failure, so I did not do them.  I cant say when  
> they DID go, since I did not have the car long enough to find out.
> in general, I find the newer cars to have suspension components  
> that last longer than the older ones, but the parts are more  
> numerous and costly.  Pick your poison.
> Good luck,
> Grant
> Mark R wrote:
>> I agree with Grant.  If the money is super tight, can just replace  
>> 1 or 2 links.
>> However: Alignment is necessary if you replace one or all links.
>> And from recollection, separately the links would total around  
>> $800. as opposed to $500. for the kit.
>>  No question Grant is correct- the wear isn't even.
>>  Mark Rosenkrantz
>>  On 4/26/07, *Grant Lenahan* <glenahan at vfemail.net  
>> <mailto:glenahan at vfemail.net>> wrote:
>>     My finding is that the parts dont wear out as a set, and you  
>> should at
>>     least trade off just repalcing the links, tie rod ends, etc as
>>     they wear
>>     out, rather than doing a mass replacement.
>>     There are arguments either way.
>>     Grant

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