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    1.2 tdi front suspension died!

    Hello everyone

    On my way to the store a loud "CLUNK" from the front right of the car. Steering started pulling heavily to the right. On my way back jacked the car, removed the wheel, ball bearings raining and this:

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    The front of the car has been nose diving when braking since I have it so I was thinking of replacing everything(shocks, springs and...). Is that a do-able job if I'm having the struts assembled somewhere (i don't have anything to compress the springs)?

    From this part list:
    http://www.oemepc.com/audi/part_sing.../919582/lang/u
    Should I replace everything from 1 to 11 or I can re-use some parts without a problem?

    I will order the parts from here (they also do business in the Netherlands):
    https://www.buycarparts.co.uk/audi/a2-8z0/14402

    Any suggestion on which parts brand to use? I would like to restore original ride/quality.

    Thank you for your precious help

    G
    Last edited by grimchuck; 19-03-2017 at 02:53 PM.

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    Replacing the front struts becomes slightly awkward on the UK drivers side of the car due to the position of the brake fluid reservoir. It has to be unbolted and set to one side to gain access to the top bolts. I replaced all items 1 to 11... it seemed to make sort of sense with it all in bits. I did use genuine Audi nuts and bolts as it is advisable to replace them with new... they were not too expensive.

    The original Audi springs are colour dot coded which denote the weight and specc of your car. My dealer came up with the correct ones but they were expensive and other members may be able to help you with alternatives.

    Munroe or bilstein shock absorbers seem to be popular... it is a personal preference though.

    Cheers
    Dave
    Last edited by Special edition; 19-03-2017 at 02:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Special edition View Post

    Munroe or bilstein shock absorbers seem to be popular... it is a personal preference though.
    There are very few shock absorber options for the 1.2Tdi.

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    Thanks Dave

    Rab, Wich option would you suggest?

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    I'm sure Bilstein list shocks and springs for the 1.2
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    As Rab suggests, the options are limited with 1.2 suspension options. I came to the conclusion that when I renew mine, I will be sticking to OE shocks at least, and probably OE springs too.

    Cheers
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    there are a couple of options, listed on the German forum. Try this thread: https://a2-freun.de/forum/forums/top...comment-276898

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    short:
    Dämpfer vorn: Bilstein B4 VNE-4476Dämpfer hinten: Bilstein B4 BNE-A957
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    I went to the Audi dealership this morning, Springs: 125€ each and shocks 245€ each (front only)... So with bearings, small parts, etc. It's ~850€ (21% taxes included) job. I ordered the springs, bearings, and struts mount but the shocks were just too much for now...

    I looked at the options on the german forum, The Bilstein would have been an interesting option since they are:200€ for the four corner but from what I understand the original front springs don't fit with them. The guy used front spring from a Polo 86c 2F. I just bought 250€ springs so it's kind of not option for me I guess...

    I'm still hoping to find a good bolt on alternative... Anyone?

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    Not sure if it's relevant, but soon after converting to Bilstein, the owner (Wulfi) sold the car!

    RAB
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    2001 A2 1.2Tdi Silver, bought in 2007
    2001 Lupo 3L Red, bought new, the first registered in the UK
    1999 Lupo 3L Silver (Wifey's car)
    1946 MG TC owned since 1971 (my first car!)



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