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Forum: D3 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 29th April 2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,594
Posted By GH77
There's an ever-so-slight chamfer on one side of...

There's an ever-so-slight chamfer on one side of the arms. The bushes only go in without biting if you push them through from that chamfered side. Might not have been your issue but thought worth...
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 29th April 2021, 08:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 268
Posted By GH77
Likely a good shout, thanks. It just looks...

Likely a good shout, thanks.

It just looks though like a part which, without removing, you'll never get fully into and there will be annoying, tiny bits of visible rust.

I'm not even sure if...
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 29th April 2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 268
Posted By GH77
That's kind of what I was getting at MJ :) ...

That's kind of what I was getting at MJ :)

Seed sown . . . . . .

Consider customer #1 secured for your latest product +++
Forum: D2 - Engine Bay 29th April 2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 268
Posted By GH77
Rusty Power Steering Pipe Cooler Brackets

Has anyone else been thinking about a solution to this eyesore which I think we're all starting to experience?

The brackets which attach left and right to the power steering cooling pipe across...
Forum: D2 - Body and Exterior 29th April 2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 11,358
Posted By GH77
Thanks for the inspiration +++ Using some...

Thanks for the inspiration +++

Using some lying-around alloy wheel silver paint I also now have lovely silvery boot and bonnet struts too.

Bonnet struts are the originals, boot struts are SGS...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 1st April 2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,856
Posted By GH77
Appreciate the suggestions, folks. Thanks!

Appreciate the suggestions, folks. Thanks!
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 30th March 2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,856
Posted By GH77
Thanks. Appreciate your confirmation that...

Thanks.

Appreciate your confirmation that they'll fit on a standard pallet. Means I can keep badgering him knowing that I'm not wrong :)

A bit annoying trying to persuade someone to take your...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 30th March 2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,856
Posted By GH77
Excellent, thanks! Now trying to persuade...

Excellent, thanks!

Now trying to persuade the seller that he can 'post' them to me. (His usual courier has said 'no chance')

Eyeballing them, I reckon the pair could fit on a 100cm x 120cm...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 29th March 2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,856
Posted By GH77
That's making much more sense now, thanks. So,...

That's making much more sense now, thanks. So, this brace (fotunately available at Audi Tradition for just 40 for a bit of bi-colour metal should you ever need such a piece of bi-colour metal...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 29th March 2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,856
Posted By GH77
Have done a bit of looking into this. But can't...

Have done a bit of looking into this. But can't quite picture it all. Is this the brace/support of which you speak?

http://forum.a8parts.co.uk/attachment.php?attachmentid=26004&stc=1&d=1617042741...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 29th March 2021, 01:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,856
Posted By GH77
Thank you! Is it possible to simply drill...

Thank you!

Is it possible to simply drill the holes for the 'subframe brace between the gearbox mounts' you mention?
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 29th March 2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,856
Posted By GH77
PF / FL Subframe Differences?

Have got the opportunity to get my hands on a pair of good subframes, only potential issue being that they are from a Pre-Facelift whereas my 3.7QS is a 2000 Facelift.

I'd be transplanting all of...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 28th February 2021, 10:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 15,151
Posted By GH77
Installed mine today. Short test drive along...

Installed mine today.

Short test drive along my daily commute route.

And WOW!

Honestly expected something along the lines of a slight improvement that you'd need to be paying close attention...
Forum: D2 - Interior 28th February 2021, 09:48 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 22,033
Posted By GH77
Filled Botang's hole today

Thumbs up for this thread. Old but still hugely relevant. +++++++++

Mine was still covered by the old seam sealer but it was flaky and not doing its job judging by the ongoing wet p/s carpet. Had...
Forum: D2 - Common Faults 29th January 2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,846
Posted By GH77
I had the same problem with the wipers working...

I had the same problem with the wipers working very, very slowly. Had to run them on full speed to 'loosen' them up a bit to get anything near a normal working tempo.

I removed the whole linkage,...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 29th January 2021, 06:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,551
Posted By GH77
Message sent. Payment sent. Thanks for doing...

Message sent. Payment sent.

Thanks for doing a second batch!
Forum: D2 - Lights 15th January 2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,297
Posted By GH77
Can't argue with that for an improvement!

Can't argue with that for an improvement!
Forum: D2 - Lights 15th January 2021, 09:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,297
Posted By GH77
Don't let the laquer overspray get on the floor!...

Don't let the laquer overspray get on the floor! Proper slippy :ROFL:
Forum: D2 - Lights 15th January 2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,297
Posted By GH77
Actually, I'll answer my own question there. Yes,...

Actually, I'll answer my own question there. Yes, we can. 4F0941293A (No9 in the diagram) and it looks removable from the back of the housing so no need to take the front lens off like in the D2....
Forum: D2 - Lights 15th January 2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,297
Posted By GH77
100% agree. Headlamp washers I have, automatic...

100% agree. Headlamp washers I have, automatic beam levelling . . . . ahem . . moving on :D



I reckon the MOT assumption is that our D2s pre-date the regulations for all the bells and whistles...
Forum: D2 - Lights 15th January 2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,297
Posted By GH77
It seems that the halogen projector lenses are...

It seems that the halogen projector lenses are exactly the same as the original HID projectors so in terms of beam pattern there isn't a problem. My spare headlights had factory HIDs and are the...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - General 14th January 2021, 11:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,346
Posted By GH77
Hello all, Just wanted to say a massive...

Hello all,

Just wanted to say a massive public thanks to those who ordered a box of our wines over Christmas. We did really well with the exercise overall and for me personally it's a real...
Forum: D2 - Lights 14th January 2021, 11:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,297
Posted By GH77
LED High Beam - delighted with results

My D2 came with halogens and yellows all round. So, separate projector lenses for dipped beam and reflectors for the high beam.

I fitted aftermarket HIDs a few years back for the dipped beam...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 8th January 2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 22,821
Posted By GH77
That's really good news @The_Laird. Delighted for...

That's really good news @The_Laird. Delighted for you +++

And very encouraging news @MJ that your future-proofing fix is a success. Very well done and appreciated!
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - Audi / VW car items 16th December 2020, 09:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,487
Posted By GH77
Fitted mine today - excellent!

Fitted mine today. Nobody would be able to tell they aren't factory +++

Only drawback - it took only 4 minutes to do both, nothing broke and nothing went wrong. Not a genuine D2 maintenance...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - General 12th December 2020, 08:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,346
Posted By GH77
Many thanks, Ian. Delighted you recognise the...

Many thanks, Ian. Delighted you recognise the obvious appeal to our masses :)

Wouldn't be intending to make a habit of listing commercial offers but would certainly check-in first were I to be...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - General 8th December 2020, 01:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,346
Posted By GH77
Yes, fair point. One of the projects we've been...

Yes, fair point. One of the projects we've been brought in to work on is our new consumer website. That will have all the card and Paypal processing you mention. It's unfortunately been one hurdle...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - General 7th December 2020, 09:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,346
Posted By GH77
Thanks, Jim. Much appreciated. Just let me know...

Thanks, Jim. Much appreciated. Just let me know what the good lady says. Have received a couple of other notes of interest from folks here already which is encouraging.

Delighted to say these are...
Forum: Daily banter 6th December 2020, 08:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 856
Posted By GH77
Good advice for swapping things about if needed....

Good advice for swapping things about if needed. +++

I've just got in the habit of putting the money aside each month and then I know it's there come December when it all goes flying back out. D3...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 6th December 2020, 08:27 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 20,109
Posted By GH77
Making progess on the rear-end rebuild. Thanks to...

Making progess on the rear-end rebuild. Thanks to Frank's kind loan of the split-bush-pressing-tool and a bit of paint, things are starting to look ready to go on. At some point . . . . .

Used...
Forum: Daily banter 6th December 2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 856
Posted By GH77
Testing times - 2 passes!

I used to have my MOTs nicely spaced out - D2 in the summer and D3 in December. With the Covid extension they are both now due in December. On the same bloody day, December 8th!

Delighted to say...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - General 3rd December 2020, 10:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,346
Posted By GH77
Cheers, Brian. Happy for you take some wine. But...

Cheers, Brian. Happy for you take some wine. But you can keep the hoovering all to yourself!

Sorry to hear about your dad, tintin. We've all had a bad experience at work at some point in our...
Forum: For Sale and Wanted - General 3rd December 2020, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,346
Posted By GH77
Festive Wine Boxes

Evening all,

Hope you are all keeping well despite the various challenges thrown at us this year. Roll on 2021, please!

I currently work for Scotland's largest independent wine wholesaler,...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 1st December 2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 22,821
Posted By GH77
Ah that little bracket to the body. I remember...

Ah that little bracket to the body. I remember now. :mad::mad::mad::mad:

Just not enough room to get in there through/behind the spring with any combination of 3/8" or 1/4" ratchets and...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 1st December 2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 22,821
Posted By GH77
Hi Jim, Sorry to hear the horrible PS pipe...

Hi Jim,

Sorry to hear the horrible PS pipe issue has got you.

Looks like MJ has you covered but just in case you need a backup plan and also for others' info I went down the Audi Tradition...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 13th October 2020, 08:22 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 20,109
Posted By GH77
Have made a bit of progress on pressing in the...

Have made a bit of progress on pressing in the bushes. But mostly used my time at the garage on Saturday to separate the old wheel bearings from my spare hubs to see if the hubs can be resused for...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 6th October 2020, 05:53 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 20,109
Posted By GH77
Thanks, Jim. Blood, sweat and tears mostly :ROFL:...

Thanks, Jim. Blood, sweat and tears mostly :ROFL:

It's a really nerve wracking process sanding your headlights until they're opaque. Then the next pass with finer grit paper appears to do nothing...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 6th October 2020, 12:24 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 20,109
Posted By GH77
Wink Good advice, thanks. What did you use to...

Good advice, thanks. What did you use to lubricate the bushes? Anything in particular to use/avoid? I believe Copper Grease, for example, plays right into the hands of galvanic corrosion.

Got this...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 5th October 2020, 12:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 20,109
Posted By GH77
Having been in PM contact with Frank...

Having been in PM contact with Frank (Spannerrash) he's posting me up his bolts and tools for which I'm genuinely grateful. Both to him and also to the spirit of this forum +++

So, in the...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 4th October 2020, 11:39 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 15,151
Posted By GH77
Count me in for a brake block too, please! ...

Count me in for a brake block too, please!

My D2 brakes are always kept in good order but definitely feel a bit off after driving the D3 during the week.
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 2nd October 2020, 08:22 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 20,109
Posted By GH77
Hi Frank, That's super generous of you and...

Hi Frank,

That's super generous of you and I'll be delighted to accept your offer of the bolts and washers. They're definitely in better condition than my salvaged ones!

I'll send you a PM with...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 1st October 2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 20,109
Posted By GH77
Hi, That's very helpful again, thank you. ...

Hi,

That's very helpful again, thank you.

Completely agree that any refurbing on our D2s is effort well spent. Lockdown and the lovely, dry weather was great for this. Off the top of my head...
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 28th September 2020, 10:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 20,109
Posted By GH77
Not random at all. Looks like a job very well...

Not random at all. Looks like a job very well done. I'm putting myself through the same process at the moment so your picture has given me inspiration to ignore the onset of cold weather and keep...
Forum: D3 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 7th April 2019, 12:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,099
Posted By GH77
Mine was leaking at the top of the strut. Video: ...

Mine was leaking at the top of the strut. Video:

https://app.box.com/s/dg6euepuohhflf2ne80w2k6jkmu5s0fy

Seems like it was coming from around the bonded rubber bush at the top rather than the...
Forum: D3 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 31st March 2019, 12:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,099
Posted By GH77
Replace the air strut this way -...

Replace the air strut this way - https://www.audiworld.com/forums/a8-s8-d3-platform-discussion-60/air-suspension-strut-removal-pretty-fast-pic-heavy-2954502/

No need to tackle pinch bolts etc....
Forum: D3 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 21st February 2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,655
Posted By GH77
Steering rack conundrum

Hi,

I need to replace the steering rack on my 2009 and while Maria at A8 Parts was very helpful today our conversation was inconclusive. Therefore just wondering if anyone else can pitch in with...
Forum: D3 - Lights 24th January 2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 21,936
Posted By GH77
What are these bulbs like a year down the line?...

What are these bulbs like a year down the line? Still good? At 30 delivered for the pair they seem too good to be true!




Gregor
Forum: D2 - Axles, Brakes, Suspension and Steering 17th January 2019, 10:18 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 22,821
Posted By GH77
I've found myself well and truly in this pickle...

I've found myself well and truly in this pickle too. Hence why my D2's sitting weeping PS fluid on Brian's driveway.

My parts guy at Audi confirmed today that the pipes we need are listed as...
Forum: D3 - Engine Bay 13th January 2019, 10:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,526
Posted By GH77
The O-rings were fairly priced, by Audi...

The O-rings were fairly priced, by Audi dealership standards, at 1.64 each inc. What other choice do you really have when less than a fiver will get you back on the road?

The front crank seal was...
Forum: D3 - Engine Bay 12th January 2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,526
Posted By GH77
Not to worry - the 30yr experienced Audi mechanic...

Not to worry - the 30yr experienced Audi mechanic said just to use the old fashioned method of tapping it in with an appropriately sized socket. He said he 'thinks the dealership has those tools' but...
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