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    Senior Member Three Rings JRutter's Avatar
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    UNIbrace XB-3 installed

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    I installed the recently released Unibrace XB designed for the A3. It looks clean and feels good. Reduces (but does not eliminate) open sky creaks when in closed position. Back end feels solid. Removes pretty easily with 5mm hex wrench (I keep one in the trunk). For me, it was worth the time and $. On to the pics:





    still no turbo - other mods here

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    Site Moderator Four Rings Stubek's Avatar
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    Wow, quite nice. Do they make one for the A4 Avant?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubek View Post
    Wow, quite nice. Do they make one for the A4 Avant?
    I'd be willing to lend my B8 S4 as a beta tester for that piece of kit... Looks solid.

    Mike
    B8 here... not missing the b6 anymore

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    Site Moderator Four Rings Stubek's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikejsully View Post
    I'd be willing to lend my B8 S4 as a beta tester for that piece of kit... Looks solid.

    Mike
    I emailed them yesterday about that, but no response yet. I think they are in China.
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    Senior Member Three Rings mikejsully's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubek View Post
    I emailed them yesterday about that, but no response yet. I think they are in China.
    Too long of a drive for me... If you get anywhere let me know, Happy to be #2 on that list.

    Mike
    B8 here... not missing the b6 anymore

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    Senior Member Three Rings JRutter's Avatar
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    China?!? Bruce Levin is in California and these get built there as well.
    still no turbo - other mods here

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    Site Moderator Four Rings Stubek's Avatar
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    NICE! I was guessing since their website is in English or Chinese and a few other things I saw. Do you know where in California?
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    Senior Member Three Rings JRutter's Avatar
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    Bay area I believe. - I didn't save the shipping box to have the return address.
    still no turbo - other mods here

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    Site Moderator Four Rings Stubek's Avatar
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    Sweet, hopefully they will answer my email then about volunteering my Avant since I live in the Bay Area!
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    Senior Member Three Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubek View Post
    NICE! I was guessing since their website is in English or Chinese and a few other things I saw. Do you know where in California?
    @Stubek, the other language for the website says there's also a Japanese version, which is also why Japan is highlighted on your UniMap

    That looks like a very good amp rack for mounting car audio amplifiers and zip tying all your power and signal wires to. I'm pretty interested in the product and it can serve as dual purposes and I can probably mount and show of all my audio gear there. Does anyone how thick (mils) the brace is in case I need to drill holes in there to mount amplifiers? looks like maybe it's a quarter inch possibly.

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    Senior Member Three Rings JRutter's Avatar
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    = 1/4" or very close. I don't have a caliper here at home to check.
    still no turbo - other mods here

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    Great for carrying a set of croquet or a game, curling. Enough space for their own purposes or clubs when the cage to keep losing the balls rolling toward the front.

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    Site Moderator Four Rings Stubek's Avatar
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    No response yet from the Unibrace people to my email...I'll try again.
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    bruce is in San francisco. he used my car to measure

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    Site Moderator Four Rings Stubek's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by tpliquid View Post
    bruce is in San francisco. he used my car to measure
    Hmmm, no answer to two emails through their site, if you know him, feel free to offer my A4 avant
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    Stubek, PM and maybe email sent [I'm not sure it was you] Sorry for the delay! Bruce

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    Site Moderator Four Rings Stubek's Avatar
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    Bruce, PMed and emailed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubek View Post
    I emailed them yesterday about that, but no response yet. I think they are in China.
    They are somewhere in CA. IIRC, Bay Area.
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    Senior Member Three Rings JRutter's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianDrives View Post
    Great for carrying a set of croquet or a game, curling. Enough space for their own purposes or clubs when the cage to keep losing the balls rolling toward the front.
    Hi LWNY
    still no turbo - other mods here

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    Site Moderator Four Rings Stubek's Avatar
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    Made contact with Bruce and have the ball rolling....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRutter View Post
    Hi LWNY
    lol, not my post here, maybe just my quote.

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    Site Moderator Four Rings Stubek's Avatar
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    JRutter,
    Did you have to drill holes into the body for mounting?
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    Senior Member Three Rings JRutter's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by LWNY View Post
    lol, not my post here, maybe just my quote.
    lol

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    Senior Member Three Rings JRutter's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubek View Post
    JRutter,
    Did you have to drill holes into the body for mounting?
    Yes - Cliff notes: remove back seat, loosen/remove trim as needed, pull back carpet liner to expose chassis, mark & center punch, drill pilot holes, enlarge holes to 1/2", install nut serts using tool (much easier than DIY tool), put carpet back and drill holes in carpet for screws, put seat back in, install brace, buy hex wrench for trunk for removal on the go. PM me if you want to see the MK4/MK5 instructions in PDF.
    still no turbo - other mods here

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    Site Moderator Four Rings Stubek's Avatar
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    Thanks JRutter.
    I have been in touch with Bruce now. We are talking a little about an A4 Avant version, but he is in Japan right now and I am leaving for South Africa for two weeks on Thursday, so it might be a bit slow
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