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terraflata
12-06-2010, 11:19 AM
I took apart my rear end. Sandblasted EVERYTHING, repainted everything and when I went to put my rear suspension mounts back on one of the notches prevents me from putting my mount high enough to align the holes with the two lower bolts. I know I could simply cut the metal stop out and be done with it, just wondering why they wouldn't fit.

To answer a couple questions anyone might have:

They are the same mounts that were on the car since forever
They were only sandblasted and repainted
They can't be mixed up from one side to another, I even checked.

Mounts in question. The metal stop that is preventing it from going higher is the one that goes in the "A" notch.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs586.ash2/150803_467302644233_504729233_5692733_2796602_n.jp g

TIA

Seerlah
12-06-2010, 11:58 AM
I think this is one of those situations, that you will finally get it to fit after like your 3rd "real" attempt. And by real, I mean for a minumum of 30 minutes before you get mad, say f*ck it, call it a day, and try the next. Then when it finally does fit, you sit there bewildered of why it didn't fit the first couple of tries. But alas, you no longer care because the mother f*cker's back in[cool].

But mine bolted right back up when I did mine. Might have been a paint to get it to get everything to align, but it did.

BlackLock_A4
12-06-2010, 12:05 PM
And by real, I mean for a minumum of 30 minutes before you get mad, say f*ck it, call it a day, and try the next. Then when it finally does fit, you sit there bewildered of why it didn't fit the first couple of tries. But alas, you no longer care because the mother f*cker's back in[cool].

lol This is exactly what happened to me when I put in new springs & shocks. We went around and did other one's and came back to it and it went right in.

GL Terra - it look's awesome!

NeedingAnAudi
12-06-2010, 12:37 PM
Crap I have to go through this again with my coilovers, forgot about that being a pita. Seerlah is right, at some point it'll just go in. I like your dedication to sandblast and repaint everything though.

revolution337
12-06-2010, 01:14 PM
there wasn't anything left to paint on mine, the back was completely rusted through

terraflata
12-07-2010, 05:15 AM
Mine was pretty close to being rusted through. But now they are probably good for another 12+ years. Everything got sandblasted, primered, few coats of paint, and I even shot like 4 layers of clear over everything......it didn't cost me anything to do so I took advantage and went crazy LOL!

JUst a few pics to give you an idea.

Primered Up
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs403.snc4/46669_426248364233_504729233_5002936_4324810_n.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs423.snc4/46669_426248369233_504729233_5002937_5753517_n.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs155.ash2/41065_426248409233_504729233_5002939_371932_n.jpg
All bad bushings were replaced, everything painted (industrial paint) all new hardware.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs630.snc4/59044_426248494233_504729233_5002947_3065764_n.jpg
Engine is much further along now. 2.0 build, block sandblasted/painted. every bolt/washer/gasket replaced with new sweetness.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs153.ash2/40978_426248559233_504729233_5002951_6447431_n.jpg
Gold FTW!
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs155.ash2/41065_426248414233_504729233_5002940_275541_n.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs207.ash2/46976_435909929233_504729233_5206153_4057137_n.jpg
Here you can see where the backs started rusting out. Was suprised it wasn't worse.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs698.snc4/63827_435909974233_504729233_5206155_1171056_n.jpg
Even painted the coils from my KW's. The shocks are getting rebuilt.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs358.ash2/63827_435909989233_504729233_5206158_2629247_n.jpg
Some love in the form of 034 Aluminum Subframe Bushings.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs718.snc4/63827_435909994233_504729233_5206159_5350303_n.jpg

ThatA4T
12-07-2010, 07:42 AM
cant wait to see everything back together... pics of the car?

NeedingAnAudi
12-07-2010, 10:04 AM
All that work is awesome! Think I have some new projects to think about now

terraflata
12-07-2010, 12:07 PM
cant wait to see everything back together... pics of the car?

Sadly she's not worth seeing at the moment, she's sitting on jackstands in my driveway covered in about 2 feet of snow (it just wont stop!!!!) still completely stripped down...I was gonna send my order in for my carbon fiber RS4 panels but a recent accident with a deer cost me my job and about a LOT of money, Im working now but just catching back up. Should get the ball rolling again next month.


All that work is awesome! Think I have some new projects to think about now

It's really great to do and big relief knowing that the chassis is maintained. But it's damn expensive. OEM bushings cost something like 70-80$ for each joint you want to redo. There is hundreds of dollars of bolts to replace on that rear end, plus bearings and mounts and so on. Had I had to pay for the paint and sandblast work this would have cost me a couple grand.

I won't even recognize my car when I drive it again. Last I drove it, it was on coils and chipped. Now its gonna be Fully built 2.0 HTA35r running standalone, W/M later on, with every mount and bushings being race density, no interior, no A/C, EVAP Delete, etc etc. It's gonna be uncomfortable LOL. But it's what I wanted. An insane track car that is streetable.

A4Rob
12-07-2010, 12:24 PM
What standalone did you go with? I just undercoated all my undercarriage to prevent rust. Yours looks 1000X better however [up]

Seerlah
12-07-2010, 12:44 PM
I am pretty sure painning the coils voids your warranty for them. ST told me that they would not honor my lifetime warranty if I painted them. So, they are still the green monsters. But really, how often does the actual coil cause an issue? Only thing I can think of is rust over time, from the factory plastic sheathing being compromised.

terraflata
12-07-2010, 01:02 PM
What standalone did you go with? I just undercoated all my undercarriage to prevent rust. Yours looks 1000X better however [up]

Thank you Rob! Usually I am sending the compliments your way. Everytime I paint something gold it makes me think of your car.

I need to take pics of my engine, EVERYTHING got painted (besides mounting surfaces and ground points!) it looks real nice. The power steering pump, all the pulleys and gears, oil filter bracket, even bolts (like the ones for the oil pan) were painted gold with everything else a nice glossy black! It's super bad ass!

On a side not to let you guys know just how insane I am on doing things right the first time. I even dismantled my alternator so I could spray it instead of just brushing paint onto it!

Oh and I am going with the AEM Standalone (Universal one 1900-30 I beleive) JK35 really sold me on it. Traction control, anti-lag, 2-Step, 4-02 inputs for fuel balance control and so on and so on. He's making like 480+ @ the wheels with a GT3076. Looking to make an easy break past 500WHP with this setup. And if at all possible getting her as far below 3000LBS as possible.


I am pretty sure painning the coils voids your warranty for them. ST told me that they would not honor my lifetime warranty if I painted them. So, they are still the green monsters. But really, how often does the actual coil cause an issue? Only thing I can think of is rust over time, from the factory plastic sheathing being compromised.

Couple things. The coils were on the car when I bought it. Not being the originally buyer I beleive the lifetime warranty does not apply to me, so it moot. And your second point was my "go-with it" deal. I gambled on never having a problem with these coils and if I did the day I need to buy new coils will most likely be the day I buy a full coilover set.

stack
12-07-2010, 02:47 PM
red and gold
looks nice

are you building iron man??

terraflata
12-07-2010, 03:27 PM
red and gold
looks nice

are you building iron man??

LOL. Only the suspension mounts are red. I only really did them in red because I was growing very impatient waiting on my gold paint to arrive and it was lying around so I figured...why not. Turns out since all the body shops changed to water based paint colors, gold is not sooo easy to come by. Couldnt even custom order the damn color from NAPA. I found another source for my gold paint though. Rear diff assembly was painted that as well as the axles and subframe. The rest is painted black. Those uprights will literally be the only red pieces.

stack
12-07-2010, 06:09 PM
that looks really awesome
great idea.
i shall do the same after this snow goes away