printing NLA parts

Huw Powell audi at
Wed Oct 28 18:43:41 PDT 2015

Yup, same part numbers.

The key "customers" are of course those with Coupe Quattros - at various 
levels of S2ification.  Nice cars with a lot of $$ dropped into them.

I wonder how long the part was still in use?

On 10/28/2015 9:32 PM, Huw Powell wrote:
> I have 3 sunroofs from/for my '88 90.
> Out of six of those plastic "wedges", 4 or 5 are broken at the mounting
> screw hole.  So I have good templates, and have wanted to print some for
> a while.
> If I can talk Marc into it, perhaps we will try.
> It's a simple part, and all it does is push down the airfoil as the roof
> shuts.  When they get cockeyed the drive gear tends to skip a tooth or
> three on the control cable thing.
> I'll check the part numbers to see if they are the same as yours tomorrow.
> Now... how much could we expect pricing to be to offset the development
> costs?  There must be a market for at least 4 or 5 pairs of these...
> - Huw
> On 10/28/2015 8:02 PM, DeWitt Harrison wrote:
>> On my car's sunroof, there are two (L&R) bits of plastic trim, little
>> black
>> fin-like pieces roughly 8 1/2" long, which visually hide some of the
>> unattractive lifting mechanism bits which would otherwise be seen when
>> the
>> rear edge of the sunroof is tipped up. The original parts are "rotten"
>> and
>> disintegrating due to heat exposure and age. Although these parts still
>> show up on Audi Tradition with pricing, they are, in fact, NLA, as you
>> would expect based on Audi's "get lost" philosophy on old cars.
>> So I'm casting about for options. One would be that good used ones exist
>> somewhere in the world. If anyone has knowledge of such, I would
>> obviously
>> love to know. Unfortunately, this parts issue is probably too small
>> potatoes to attract the attention of our main go-to guy at Force 5.
>> Another might be having the parts 3d printed. The downside there is the
>> cost of either having someone generate a CAD drawing or doing a 3d
>> scan and
>> then doing the work of correcting the scan file for age-induced
>> distortions, cracks and imperfections. This cost could be amortized by
>> printing a number of parts if there are other Audi owners with the same
>> need. The parts are found on all type 44 sunroofs after a certain date,
>> which I do not recall at the moment, and, the Audi Tradition catalog
>> suggests, other Audi models of the late 80s and early 90s. The part
>> numbers
>> are 321 877 781 and 321 877 782.
>> It would be great to hear from any qlisters who have an interest in this
>> problem.
>> DeWitt Harrison
>> '88 5ktq
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