Strut Stop

Christo Atanasov chris at
Tue Nov 9 13:55:32 EST 2004

How about old VW Passat B2 - use almost same front axle?

I'm sure Passat strut bearings are slightly higher than same bearings in
Audi B2/B3 cars, anyway they are interchangeable

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ben Swann" <benswann at>
To: <quattro at>
Cc: "Ben Swann" <benswann at>
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 7:55 PM
Subject: Strut Stop

> I just had an '86 GT Coupe fail inspection due to the excessive space that
exists between the top of the strut tower and the stop that keeps the
assembly from falling out if the car is lifted or would get airborne.  AFAIK
this space is there on all of the 4000 series cars, and I pretty much got
into an argument with the inspector who said this was normal.  He insisted
that it was due to worn parts - the strut bearing had become compressed.  I
am pretty sure this is not the case and regardless of using new or used
strut bearings, they all have this space and in some cases I have installed
some sort of rubber spacer to take up the slack.
> As I rummaged through my garage for a solution, I came upon a set of stops
that were clearly intended to eliminate the excess space.  I installed them
and the car passed.
> Now my question is, where did they come from?   I consulted with my dealer
and all of the 4000s, coupes and even later 80 and 90 series cars used the
same stop:
> part number: 811 412 319
> You can see this as part 26 in the diagram:
> I looked at the rear strut assembly  and saw there may be some
variations - parts 19 and 20:
> Can someone tell me where I got these nice rubber stop spacers?  They fit
as a rubber collar that goes under the stop with a lip at the top that the
stop fits into.  Nice rubber bumps at the bottom alon the outer ring.  When
the strut retaining bolt is tightened, this collar squeezes down eliminating
the gap.
> Did I perhaps have a set of stops I got from the rear of a car I parted
> Ben
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