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    Cool R8 Structural Reinforcement Retrofit Done!

    Hey guys,

    Here's a quick overview of the structural reinforcement retrofit done today to prevent the dreaded front suspension frame crack.

    The removal/reinstall of the front trims took about 2 hours. The front bumper doesn't have to come off but the front wheels and mag shocks do.

    Sanding, welding, and painting the plate took about an hour. There were almost no sparks but the welder was mindful of the surrounding components and used wet towels to cool things down.

    Very glad this is done. Now I can go over potholes and speed bumps without losing any sleep.

    Here are some photos and a video.


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    Re: R8 Structural Reinforcement Retrofit Done!

    I thought Audi wouldn't sell the bits to individuals? Was yours cracked, or was this preventative?
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    Re: R8 Structural Reinforcement Retrofit Done!

    Thanx Howie, now I can do this confidently when my session comes up!

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    Re: R8 Structural Reinforcement Retrofit Done!

    Quote Originally Posted by Spinnetti View Post
    I thought Audi wouldn't sell the bits to individuals? Was yours cracked, or was this preventative?
    They won't - these parts will NOT be sold even to a dealer without a Certified Audi Aluminum shop (that will do the repairs) being first in the loop and with a pre-approved Audi certified inspection related to a specific VIN... btw, the parts themselves are pretty cheap, IIRC about $35 each ...
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    Re: R8 Structural Reinforcement Retrofit Done!

    So is fitting the same whether the car has the cracks or not?

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    Re: R8 Structural Reinforcement Retrofit Done!

    Audi wouldn't sell to an individual. I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy that helped me source these plates.

    Mine wasn't crack so it's done as a preventative measure. Once the frame cracks, everything on the front end has to be stripped to the frame, jigged, realigned, welded and can cost upwards of $50k.

    I got this done with parts, labor, and calling in a mobile aluminium specialist for a grand sum of $233 bucks. It was a no brainer to do this retrofit.


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    Re: R8 Structural Reinforcement Retrofit Done!

    You're confirmed for next Saturday.

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    Thanx Howie, now I can do this confidently when my session comes up!
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    Re: R8 Structural Reinforcement Retrofit Done!

    Preventative fitting is just prepping the surface and welding on the plates. Takes a total of 3 hours.

    Once the frame cracks, the whole front end including the windscreen and dashboard have to be removed.

    Very labor intensive and a member had his insurance company write off his car.


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    So is fitting the same whether the car has the cracks or not?
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    Re: R8 Structural Reinforcement Retrofit Done!

    Hmm. We need somebody to source these things.. I suppose it would be no big deal to just make up some reinforcements out of plate. If I can't get the bits, I'll eventually just cnc up some and weld them on. Seems like good insurance
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    Re: R8 Structural Reinforcement Retrofit Done!

    It's definitely good insurance to weld them on to prevent the cracks.

    Since you're up to cnc the plates, I'll take more photos of these plates from different angles and post here tomorrow.

    While it's essentially a piece of aluminium plate, it's actually very thoughtfully engineered.

    The plates don't just rely on the welds to prevent the cracks on a flat plane but holds the frame from multiple angles by wrapping around the structure.

    Hard to explain but the photos will be illustrate better. More info tomorrow. Cheers.
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