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sixfiveoh
08-11-2010, 10:06 AM
I have the guy at the body shop telling me he will not put back together my car with the new S4 bumper without the S4 impact absorbers because it will not fit on the A4 ones, and that it is a safety issue. I was under the impression that on the facelift A4s this was a straight swap, can anyone confirm this?

nunya
08-11-2010, 10:07 AM
I have the guy at the body shop telling me he will not put back together my car with the new S4 bumper without the S4 impact absorbers because it will not fit on the A4 ones, and that it is a safety issue. I was under the impression that on the facelift A4s this was a straight swap, can anyone confirm this?

No. Stock works.

--dillon

sixfiveoh
08-11-2010, 10:13 AM
Thank you, that's what I thought. Are the parts different? Can anyone get me the part numbers to prove it to this guy? I don't feel like dropping $300 on unnecessary parts...

nunya
08-11-2010, 10:24 AM
Thank you, that's what I thought. Are the parts different? Can anyone get me the part numbers to prove it to this guy? I don't feel like dropping $300 on unnecessary parts...

I think they are different PN's but trust me the stockers work.

--dillon

walky_talky20
08-11-2010, 10:27 AM
FWIW, ETKA does list the bumper shocks separately:

For the driver's side:
Facelift A4: 8D0-807-113A ($40)
S4: 8D0-807-113C ($125)

Interestingly, ECS lists this number for the B5 A4: 8D0-807-271 ($190) - perhaps this is an updated part and my ETKA is out of date.
They also have the Canadian model S4 listed with different shocks: 8D0-807-271A ($308)

Either way, the bumpers (metal part) are significantly similar, just the cover is different really. If the shocks are any different, it is most likely uprated for the extra weight of the B5 S4. In which case it may indeed be more "unsafe" to retrofit the S4 bumper shocks to your lighter A4 chassis. I'd use that argument with your body shop guy.