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    Thread: Power Steering Part Swap Help Needed.

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    1. Member gregg3gs's Avatar
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      10-07-2012 02:37 PM #1
      I need help verifying if I can swap my power steering with the unit I have purchased.
      I did the test with the magnet, and neither one of the units is magnetic.

      My car:
      2004 Audi A4 1.8 TQ

      Rack Part Number from my car: 8E1 422 066T

      Proposed replacement part (from a 2002 A4): 8E1 422 066S

      So the only difference is the last letter. I can also see that the housing looks a little different.

      Can someone advise me on this swap.

      Image just for s!@# and giggles.

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      10-09-2012 10:03 PM #2
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      hmmm, nobody....

      ok, few more things I found.

      under local dealers page I can see that I can swap the 8E1 422 066S with 8E1 422 066T or that they are replaceable in the 2002 model.

      but under the 2004 model, I do not see 8E1 422 066S as a replacement unit.

      Does anybody know if this will work for me?

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      10-10-2012 08:49 PM #3
      Sorry man, I have an 02 so can't offer any guidance. I had to replace mine about a little over a year ago. Do the fitting locations look to be the same? On my new rack, I had to transfer over the hard pipes that were attached to the old rack.

      I think if the fitting locations are the same, and the bolt holes match up you are good to go. Are you buying new or reman? I got a reman for more than $400. However, then I saw a post for a company that does rebuilds for $250. I would have gone that route, if I found it first.

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      10-10-2012 09:11 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by NFX123JMP View Post
      Sorry man, I have an 02 so can't offer any guidance. I had to replace mine about a little over a year ago. Do the fitting locations look to be the same? On my new rack, I had to transfer over the hard pipes that were attached to the old rack.

      I think if the fitting locations are the same, and the bolt holes match up you are good to go. Are you buying new or reman? I got a reman for more than $400. However, then I saw a post for a company that does rebuilds for $250. I would have gone that route, if I found it first.
      I did not try to see if the fitting are the same. They appear to be, and appear to be located in same place.
      Also, I did remove this unit from a 2002 a4 that had a blown motor, so no damage to the body or accident. It looks oem and should be oem 2002.

      I will research a little more.

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      10-25-2012 10:14 AM #5
      the magnet test is to see if it is a koyo rack or a zf rack, which are interchangeable. the koyo has a steel tubular section on the passenger side of the rack and the zf is all cast aluminum.
      did you try the rack doctor? they were pretty knowledgeable on the racks when i got mine.
      http://shop.rackdoctor.net/A4-SERIES_c65.htm

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      11-12-2012 01:16 AM #6
      Anybody else...?

      I am about to get a replacement unit if I can't use what I have.

      Does anybody know if the rack is backwards compatible?

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      05-24-2014 12:25 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by gregg3gs View Post
      Anybody else...?

      I am about to get a replacement unit if I can't use what I have.

      Does anybody know if the rack is backwards compatible?

      So an UPDATE.


      This rack will work with this A4. I actually have it installed now and it works great.

      However, you should know that there is a better rack out there.
      Consider an Audi S4 rack or even an RS4.
      All these rack have the same mounting positions but different turning ratios.

      In other words, if you track your car, drive it though mountains, or want a more responsive car; consider getting a rack from an S4.

      Don't quote me on this: A4 turning ratio is 13:1 and S4 turning ratio is 10:1.

      Obviously research this farther for your application.


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