[urq] RE : Maybe not : Ball joint boots : type43 parts may fit

Michael Hopton Michael at siliconoptix.com
Wed Jul 25 11:40:36 EDT 2007

While I agree this is a  solution, my concern is should 
the vehicle be sold and a future owner installs an 18mm ball
joint he could have a serious accident.

FWIW an independent audi/vw tech who previously owned my
'84 ur-q installed 4000q ball joints in the front. The
17mm ball joint on the driver side came out in a parking
lot at walking speed.... I was very lucky as it only damaged
the front fender a few weeks earlier the car was at Mosport

Now if Audi made basic maintenance parts available we wouldn't
have to destroy original struts like this, but that would
assume Audi gives a sh*t

-----Original Message-----
From: urq-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:urq-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of Louis-Alain Richard
Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2007 11:13 AM
To: 'steven j'; urq at audifans.com
Subject: [urq] RE : Maybe not : Ball joint boots : type43 parts may fit

Hi Steeve,


I spoke with Brady and the Type 43 BJ boots do fit the urQ ball joints. 


However there is another solution involving some machining, but the solution is permanent and cheap, relatively.


Brady told me that he installed some early Type 89 front ball joints, after enlarging the urQ struts hole to 19 mm (with a reamer), and removing some material off the BJ with a grinder. That way, in the future, BJ will be readily available for less than 40$, 








-----Message d'origine-----
De : steven j [mailto:michellepfeiffersx at yahoo.com]
Envoyé : 13 juillet, 2007 09:30
À : laraa at sympatico.ca; urq at audifans.com Objet : Maybe not : [urq] Ball joint boots : type43 parts may fit


I did notice that the boot retainer springs - in ETKA  are listed as 37mm
and 23 mm top one.   The 37mm seems to small so maybe this 5000 boot won't


I may pull the torn boot off this used ball joint I have and take better measurments but the bottom of a brand new 84 urq ball joint seems to be bigger than the 37mm on the outside based on my sloppy measurement.  


steve Murray 

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