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PCVET
03-30-2008, 11:54 AM
It seems everything is snapped in and the bumper is on safe but it is sitting low under the headlights and under the grill. Is there anything I am forgetting? This happen to anyone else?

khj677turbo
03-30-2008, 12:29 PM
Did you put in the 2 like 6 inch bolts in from underneath?

BONFIRE074
03-30-2008, 07:09 PM
Fore-aft alignment is achieved by adjusting the bumper with the 2 long vertical M8 bolts loosened, then tightening.

http://www.audiworld.com/tech/pics/ext46-bumper10.jpg

I used a 10mm in-hex socket (or 10mm allen key) from underneath to adjust once the bumper had loosely been fitted.

from AW, helped me

http://www.audiworld.com/tech/ext46.shtml

PCVET
03-31-2008, 10:03 AM
I dont quite get the adjustment part. Are you tightening something with that 10mm or what? Can you let me know exactly what you did?

BONFIRE074
03-31-2008, 10:17 AM
I dont quite get the adjustment part. Are you tightening something with that 10mm or what? Can you let me know exactly what you did?

Yeah i didnt exactly get it at first when i did mine either but when the bumper is off (maybe you can do it with it on? not sure) take a 10mm allen and right where the bumper bolt goes, it will fit it. Turn it until you see it going up, i had to move my drivers side about 1/4 of an inch up until i was happy..hope that helps

jbrentd
03-31-2008, 10:50 AM
TJ: Are there similar adjustment points on the rear bumpers? Also, how much are used S4 bumpers going for these days?

bloodstar57
03-31-2008, 02:11 PM
So did you buy new bumper shocks or did the stock ones work?

Militant-Grunt
03-31-2008, 02:33 PM
You need facelift bumper shocks to make the gap go away.

PCVET
03-31-2008, 03:18 PM
why do i need facelift bumper struts? I think I have seen 96's mount them right on.

Any the dude who posted that pic and writeup. Does turning those screws make the struts go up some how? How did it work out?

jbrentd
03-31-2008, 03:23 PM
I read somewhere that the pre-facelift bumper shocks are shorter.

PCVET
03-31-2008, 03:30 PM
Yeah i didnt exactly get it at first when i did mine either but when the bumper is off (maybe you can do it with it on? not sure) take a 10mm allen and right where the bumper bolt goes, it will fit it. Turn it until you see it going up, i had to move my drivers side about 1/4 of an inch up until i was happy..hope that helps

Do you just tighten that One bolt? or do I have to tighten all three of them?

al3x
03-31-2008, 04:59 PM
My S4 bumper sat waaay down even though it was attached on the sides. But when I tightened the bolts it moved up into the correct position. Don't know if that works for you though.

I have the pre-facelift bumper shocks.

Siena
04-01-2008, 02:30 AM
I read somewhere that the pre-facelift bumper shocks are shorter.

Pre and post facelift A4 bumper supports are EXACTLY the same. Same part numbers from '95 - '01.

There are only 3 different ones on the B5 platform:

A4 pre and post facelift
S4 pre and post facelift
RS4.

BONFIRE074
04-01-2008, 04:21 AM
no you dont tighten/loosen the 3 torx that go to the radiator support. you take a 10mm allen and where the two bumper bolts go, you put the allen under there, you start turning it and it will either go up or down, in your case make it so it goes up and you should be all good. sorry it looks confusing in the pic

00SantorinS4
04-01-2008, 08:47 AM
so Siena, in two weeks when I throw my s4 bumper on my 96 2.8, I shouldn't have to replace my bumper shocks? Just perhaps realign my supports up/down? That would be excellent.

Poopie
04-01-2008, 09:10 AM
Pre and post facelift A4 bumper supports are EXACTLY the same. Same part numbers from '95 - '01.

There are only 3 different ones on the B5 platform:

A4 pre and post facelift
S4 pre and post facelift
RS4.

When i got my s4 bumper on the pre facelift bumper shocks were 1/2" too long. I had to buy post facelift bumper shocks. Bumper sits perfect now.

docurley
04-01-2008, 09:17 AM
I have been told that the US spec A4's have a slightly longer front bumper but I'm not sure how true that is and I can only think the S4 bumper is the same as the Euro spec S4 bumpers.

PCVET
04-01-2008, 09:20 AM
no you dont tighten/loosen the 3 torx that go to the radiator support. you take a 10mm allen and where the two bumper bolts go, you put the allen under there, you start turning it and it will either go up or down, in your case make it so it goes up and you should be all good. sorry it looks confusing in the pic

Where are the two bumper bolts? What will go up or down? In the picture there are three bolts and it looks like someone is tightening them.

PCVET
04-01-2008, 09:26 AM
I still dont get what to do to raise my bumper. Alot of people on this thread have said that something has worked for them, but between these pictures and all the different responses I still can't figure out what to do.

BONFIRE074
04-01-2008, 09:46 AM
the two bumper bolts that you unscrew to remove the bumper. in the front. underneath you can fit a 10mm allen and it will raise it up.

sixfiveoh
04-01-2008, 10:48 AM
I have been told that the US spec A4's have a slightly longer front bumper but I'm not sure how true that is and I can only think the S4 bumper is the same as the Euro spec S4 bumpers.

I'm pretty sure you're right; the ecode bumper is shorter and doesn't have washer caps?

00SantorinS4
04-01-2008, 01:41 PM
Poopie: What were the part numbers on those "Post-facelift" bumper shocks if you can recall man.

ModifiedA4
04-01-2008, 01:52 PM
there doesn't appear to be any "pre" and "post" facelift bumper supports, correctly stated by Siena:
http://www.modifieda4.com/images/a4-parts/a4_bumper_1.jpg

To the original poster:


I still dont get what to do to raise my bumper. Alot of people on this thread have said that something has worked for them, but between these pictures and all the different responses I still can't figure out what to do.

did you even click the link to Audiworld in the 2nd reponse? [headbang]This pic seems pretty clear to me:
http://www.modifieda4.com/images/technical-docs/ext46_bumper10.jpg

00SantorinS4
04-01-2008, 01:58 PM
Modified, good info there. This should clear up some of the people (Like myself) That keep getting told otherwise. It's kind of confusing actually, some people tell me I need to buy the shocks, others say it'll bolt right up.


"there doesnt appear to be any "pre" and "post" facelift bumper supports, corectly stated by poopie:"

You must be talking about Siena because Poopie quoted him.

ModifiedA4
04-01-2008, 02:03 PM
Modified, good info there. This should clear up some of the people (Like myself) That keep getting told otherwise. It's kind of confusing actually, some people tell me I need to buy the shocks, others say it'll bolt right up.


"there doesnt appear to be any "pre" and "post" facelift bumper supports, corectly stated by poopie:"

You must be talking about Siena because Poopie quoted him.

thanks, and you're right, ill update my post :)

Poopie
04-01-2008, 04:06 PM
well there are definitely 2 types of bumper shocks. I was just as skeptical as you but when i stopped by the body shop, the manager showed me the two and they were definitely different. Since the insurance estimate didn't include bumper shocks i had to front the cash myself.

Poopie
04-01-2008, 04:15 PM
I believe there is an A and a C version.

ModifiedA4
04-01-2008, 05:01 PM
I believe there is an A and a C version.

there sure is...from my pic above "a" = canadian S4 and "c" = USA S4.

NEXT![O_O]

00SantorinS4
04-05-2008, 02:32 PM
Ok, I just slapped an S4 bumper on my 96, no issues what-so-ever.
Guess it's a gamble whether or not it'll work on a prefacelift

PCVET
04-06-2008, 08:39 AM
I tightened those 10mm allen holes and my bumper sits perfect :) 96 pre facelift