No issues with mine so far. They are much lighter in cross section than the steel ones but that's expected due to their different manufacture.
Re the closed sticky thread suggestion, it's important, indeed potentially lifesaving information - I see no problem in making such a thread sticky and Locking it.@Special edition / @Proghound, let me know if you think it would be valuable to take up @Andrew’s suggestion of a sticky, I must admit it took several hours of solid reading/ googling / general concentration to get all the info into my head so I knew what was what on this topic!
I appreciate the effort which has gone into this. If it does become a sticky, can we please review the term "cast".Hi all,
It would actually be really useful to have a summary of which parts are cast, for diesel (in my case!) and the part numbers. Can anyone help with this?
EDIT: I took the time to answer my own question and have come up with what I believe to be the ultimate cross-reference resource for A2 diesel cast TCA / wishbones! Here are all the part numbers from brands I’ve heard of:
Manufacturer Driver Side Passenger Side Audi / OEM 8Z0 407 151 L 8Z0 407 152 L Lemforder 27036 27037 TRW JTC1140 JTC1141 NK 5014736 5014735 Febi 39644 39645 Meyle 116 050 0098 116 050 0099 Optimal G6-864 G6-869 SWAG 30 93 9644 30 93 9645 ABS 210783 210784 Vaico V10-7234 V10-7233 Triscan 8500 295042 8500 295041
Note that as mentioned above, the petrol arms are different only in as far as the rubber bush that comes supplied with the arms is different (lighter duty), however the consensus is that all arms will physically fit all cars. For completeness, the petrol Lemforder arm part numbers are 27034 and 27035.
Personally, thanks to what seems like a general consensus that either Lemforder or TRW are worth paying out extra for, after doing some reasearch I’ve just found a pair of old stock lemforder arms being advertised on eBay by a supplier I have used extensively in the past called KMS in Birmingham for £189 the pair posted, so I’ve “snapped” them up
KMS just had them marked up as “top quality” brand, so I checked with them first on the brand and part numbers - they always seem to have the best stock and often they’ll be heavily discounted to clear (highly recommend them for responsive customer service too).
One thing, on some sites these arms are marked as being manufactured from steel rather than “cast steel” or simply “cast” like some others; I take it Lemforder only did cast arms and not pressed steel as well under the 27036/7 part numbers? Either way I am interested to see what I end up with.
Other necessary info needed for this job that I’ve mined from this thread for the benefit of myself and other members:
8Z0407183A - bonded rubber bush (The big one mounted on the console fixed to the subframe that the plain end of the control arm locates into)
Bush removal / installation tool: as per the above post by Mike
"wishbone / wheel bearing housing" diagram
"engine mounts" diagram
steering rack diagram
Is there any chance you attach a picture of that WHOLE console from Etka - to understand what is involved?Yes didn’t take the risk and changed mine to a set of cast ones I had here last week. It’s obviously a lot easier when you are changing the console as a whole