All of the North American cars had the Quads..
The only thing with the '85 cars..and the single '86 car was the "sloped" front end.
The grille matched that of the 4000/CGT, and the headlight surrounds were redesigned for that year only. They are sloped as well, to match the slanted grille profile.
I'm not sure why they didn't go with the 1 piece 4000/CGT lights the final year....left over parts?
Regardless, the sloped headlight surrounds are mondo rare, and quite expensive to find.
According to the owners manual, these can be alternates.
Beru RS 39
Champion N 6 Y
Nowadays, the guy/gal behind the parts counter will give you more choices, with the new advances in technology.
The electrode gap should be 0.028 + 0.004 inch
I've actually run both.
The tri-electrode do work great...maybe better than the originals?
The car didn't seem to have any gains/losses with either.
My 5cyl S4 LOVED the tri electrodes....
I'm currently running the original single electrode. (the pic above)
Not much URQ action lately, mostly because we bought this:
Which means having to fix up this :
so we can sell it
I did find an almost new radio on eBay though
to replace the bling thing that's in it now:
I may have an opportunity to drive the car this week as a friend of mine wants to barter a drywall job for a drive in the car! Not a bad deal hey?
An original stereo! Nice!
I've never had mine "on" even once in 10 years!...but I'm glad it's there, and original nonetheless.
Took the UR quattro out for one last blast today before I put it away for the winter. Strange concept for me this. Not used to it at all. Car performed flawlessly again and was a joy to drive I took it to say "Au revoir" to Francois' URQ which is off to Maryland then home to say "Bonjour" to our new A3. Not much family resemblance here IMHO.
After this little rendevous I filled it with gas, added a bottle of Stabil, took it back to the shop and gave it a good wash. Tomorrow I will wax it and put it away As it will be down for a fair few months I intend to do some serious work on it. Stay tuned for developments
They are a total blast in the snow, but yours is so nice, I wouldn't drive it in the wither either!!
Ohh yeah, I'd do that.
I would just stay off the streets because (as you well enough know)
Salt did a number on my poor car. Luckily it's all weld-able.
I tried putting the new-old radio in before I put the car away but got flummoxed by the unusual (to me) mini DIN speaker sockets on the back of the unit (top left)
Apparantly the plugs that go into them look like these:
But of course, mine are long gone, replaced by some fatter, after market speaker wire. I did get the thing to power up and make noise by touching bare wires to the terminals so that's a good sign.
We had a bit of fun before we put the car away, test fitted an 18" BRAID Winrace A off a customers A3. I think it looks, er, interesting. Offset is all wrong and the tire is an inch to tall but it looks kind of cool IMHO
HEY, WHERES IT GONE !!
Ah, there it is. I think this is called "hibernating"
I also been doing a bit of "aquisition" on the parts front. Snagged this huge workshop manual and lug bolt covers from eBay UK.
Did these cars come with lug nut covers? Lug nut heads are certainly ugly affairs. Still need a removal tool though.
My sister made me this lovely canvas of the car for Christmas
and then I bought myself this to get me through the long, dark winter nights
Not much URQ action lately though, with the current weather conditions I am tempted to sneak it out for a play. Just have to move too much dead car out of the way to get to it or I believe I would. I did take the dust cover of for a little wheel test fit photo shoot last week though:
They look kind of OE don't they? What do you think? Tires are a re a little tall. These are BRAID Winrace A 17x8 with +45 offset. I used some 20mm spacers on here to make them effectively +25, almost stock. They have winter tires on as they are my wife's A3 winter setup. Hope you don't feel too lead astray by the heading for this post now LOL. Before I played with them on the URQ we had them on a friends S4 for a week as he and another friend were kindly tearing around northern Michigan last week spectating at the Sno*Drift rally with their cars resplendent in BRAID wheels and decals. Maybe you saw them.
We also had a four car team and provided one of the lead cars as well as displaying at all the service areas.:
Here's the wheels in their final resting place. They are quite dizzy by now.
I also received some more inspiration in the mail from ebay. Not quite the right color but way closer than my black one. Anyone want to buy that BTW?
I also bought all Francois's spare parts after he sold both his URQs earlier this year.
I'll have to go through them and see what I can use. Getting excited about getting the car on the hoist to rebuild the front and rear suspension but first I have to work on our Jeep, Sprinter and race car. PHEW!
lucky sod for finding that original stereo. I want something aswell, but at the same time PO installed aftermarket 6x9s...
Never seen a typ 85 with lugnot covers, sorry. Not urq, sport or rallye cars - only the centercap from Ronal.
And so it begins, pre-season refurb. Just a few items to take care of before spring gets going (even more):
*heat stuck on
*Relay head lights & Main beams
*Ignition rotor arm
*Perished breather hose
*Upper strut mounts front & rear
*Rear brake lines
*Replce ball joints
*Lower control arm bushings
*Timing belt cover reinstall
*Gear box play, mounts?
Perhaps I should have gotten started sooner.
First task, finish putting an original radio in. I found some old style speaker connectors on eBay and spliced them into the aftermarket speaker wires, Works too even with the tape adapter playing from my Iphone but only 80s music comes out. Rear speakers appear to be blown. No bass but front work fine.
Next I turned my attention to rebuilding the suspension. Soaked all the fasteners with PB Blaster. Started by removing the front anti-roll bar.
Maybe I didn't allow enough time for the PB Blaster to work as I broke one of the end links. Where can I get a new one?
I felt this was enough progress for the first evening especially as I am now fully committed to replacing the suspension components rather than driving the car round in its compromised condition. More to follow..........
Something from this box should work
Like this perhaps
Now I have to tear this apart.
The parts haul so far
I also discovered that my right side engine mount is collapsed so that will have to be replaced too. And, my right side hub is very loose in int housing. Is that normal or should I be doing wheel bearings too?
More unbolting today.
I was advised to remove the tie rod ends so I could free up the adjusters as I will need an alignment when I'm done.
So I did, then sprayed it with PB Blaster.
This is where it bolts to the rack. Interesting arrangement.
I took a gearbox mount off to change it but it looked new so I bolted it back on and crossed it off my list.
Have an exhaust leak from here. Had to cut the bolts with a hacksaw blade. Going to need a new donut.
Drained the coolant and flushed the system.
Removed the heater valve as I have constant heat. Seems to close though. I think I will replace it anyway.
Monday I shop for parts and do my taxes.
Disassembled both front struts today. Wasn't too hard.
The only problem is the free Bilsteins I have aren't going to fit. They are off a later model. So, I need some inserts. Koni or Bilstein. Can't seem to find them in stock anywhere. Anyone have any sitting around?
Need quite a few parts before I can put this thing back together. namely:
Blue upper mounts
Dampers, Koni preferred
Front 86-2086 sport 2-6 weeks
Rear 86-2087 sport in stock at Koni
Front Strut bellows
coolant G12 or regular green stuff?
Koni inserts are on their way from a fellow URQ owner. Thanks Martin. I've found nice German top mounts and wheel bearings and most of the other parts I need. Still looking for the anti roll bar bushings and I'm not sure if I want to spend over $200 on an OE ball joint.
Took my struts and control arms to see my Freind Mat at MCE Tuning. He pressed out the wheel bearings for me no problem.
Old worn out bearing on the floor.
Inner race stayed on the hub! Mat got ot off.
Then cleaned up the wheel bearing hosings so the new bearings will go in nicely.
Next I start working on getting the control arm bushings out.
With parts sourced over the weekend it's time to tackle the rear suspension but I'm clearly not going to get at these from the trunk. Not with an impact gun anyway.
Had to take the back seats out. Looks like a race car
Had to use my bendy and impact gun to get the strut nuts off.
Everything loose, legs hanging. Had to use the ball joint tool kit again but now I'm an expert they just fell off.
My quattro is now "legless"!
The wheel bearings are better than the fronts but I think I'm going to change them anyway. Ball joints and tie rods seem ok so they can stay. Not excited about removing the strut inserts on these though. A lot rustier looking than the fronts were The left handbrake cable looks a little worse for wear but I have a pair on the way.