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Old 10-04-2017, 02:56 PM
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'84 suspension removed, including brakes since those will be part of the swap.

Total time, including chasing after the dog, some coffee and some work items to deal with on a day off, was around 90 minutes.

Both the tie rod and and ball joint took some additional time since I got the nuts loose but didn't fully remove them and then hand tighten them back on, so when I went to remove them the nuts where spinning the shafts too. Lesson learned for the other side.





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Old 10-04-2017, 03:03 PM
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When you want to make the joint just biff it with a rubber mallett and that will seat the taper sufficient to enable the nut to pull it in.
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Old 10-04-2017, 03:13 PM
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Assuming the motor is still in-situ, did you have any difficulty undoing the UCA nuts?
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Old 10-04-2017, 04:08 PM
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Assuming the motor is still in-situ, did you have any difficulty undoing the UCA nuts?
Hi Fred, they actually came off without much fuss. Bonus of a Southern California car I suppose, we'll see how the S4 treats me later today.
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Got the S4 lower suspension mounted, went on quite easily. I just roughly positioned it in place, used a floor jack to off it up, got a couple of nuts threaded and then tightened and aligned as I went.

Refitting time was under 10 minutes.

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Old 10-04-2017, 08:28 PM
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Done, and got the suspension bits from the '84 mounted on the S4 so I can move her around.







Tackling the other side swap tomorrow.
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For heavens sake get the S4 calipers painted red!

Well done.
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Old 10-05-2017, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by FredR View Post
For heavens sake get the S4 calipers painted red!

Well done.
Ha, will put that one the list.

Holy cow - the UCA bolts on the S4 are such a pain to reach.

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Old 10-06-2017, 05:35 PM
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Personal taste but on a red car the S4 calipers look better black.
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Originally Posted by 85euro928 View Post
Personal taste but on a red car the S4 calipers look better black.
There's no accounting for personal taste!

Looked superb in red when I had my Guard's red S4. On std setup wheels it makes little difference as you cannot really see the calipers but when you have 3 piece 18 inch forged wheels and you can see everything there is no substitute for red calipers. On my Cobalt Blue GTS they are even better [of course].
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It will be a fine day indeed when I can prioritize thinking about the color of my calipers.

Grin.
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