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Non TDI Upgrades A collection of non TDI engine upgrades, but upgrades for TDI vehicles

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Old August 5th, 2002, 11:08   #46
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Default Re: Lift pads for Audi TT fit the JETTAS, GOLFS, New Beetles and Passat B4\'s!!

Thanks - yes if you could dig up the p/n that would be great - worth a try. Regards, Ted
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Old August 5th, 2002, 13:48   #47
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Ok, based on the pictures and what I've seen under my car, I know where the rear lift points are... BUT... where the heck are the front ones at??? I think I damaged my underframe this past weekend when I placed the jack under what I thought was the front lift point... Basically between the regular lift "edge" and the fuel lines, there are two plastic plugs that I saw... one tiny and thin, one big and round, like the one in the picture. I placed the jack under the bigger one, put some thick cardboard in between, and lifted the car. Well, after removing the jack, I noticed that the sheet metal is bent! I don't think it's just my imagination... could someone post a pic of the front lift pads? I'm just trying to figure out where to place my jack, and where to install the new pads (which I just ordered). Thanks!
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Old August 7th, 2002, 17:43   #48
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Default Re: Lift pads for Audi TT fit the JETTAS, GOLFS, New Beetles and Passat B4\'s!!

Mike
I got the the last lift pad in today I had to do some bodywork on the undrpan.
My problem is that my little walmart floor jack comes up to high to contact the pads
I have to drive up on something so I can get the jack on the pads.
They are great though! no more messing up the underpan!

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Old August 8th, 2002, 07:37   #49
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Default Re: Lift pads for Audi TT fit the JETTAS, GOLFS, New Beetles and Passat B4\'s!!

Can someone post pictures of the front lift points, I too would like to see them, as I am a little confused.
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Old August 8th, 2002, 09:47   #50
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I don't have a pic, but I also can't understand why this would be confusing. THere is only ONE hole that is the correct size that these will fit into on the fronts and rears.

Yes, the fronts are the most forward plugs that you will see underneath the car.

Yes, there is another plastic plug nearby, but you can't remove the plug, at least I couldn't and it's oval shaped and these won't fit.

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PS. I will try to take a pic tonight when I get home

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Old August 10th, 2002, 10:40   #51
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Hrm, well, I installed the pads... all went smoothly... I even found the correct place for the front ones... BUT... I still noticed that the sheet metal bent a bit when I lfited the car by the front driver side one (up until then, I didn't, since the passanger side bent too...). So... I'm a bit worried about lifting it by the front points in the future... a local VW mechanic said I should be lifting it by more solid parts of the frame, like where the front suspension arms attatch etc... I dunno. Any comments?
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Old August 11th, 2002, 00:45   #52
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It seems to me the lift pads are designed for a 4 point lift, like the ones in a commercial garage. If you are going to lift one side, at one lift point, you should be using the rocker panel at the pinch weld just aft of the front wheel well, or just forward of the rear wheel well. These points are stronger than where the pads are supported. Use a piece of 2X4 with a groove cut into it to straddle the raised pinch weld.
It could be the Audi TT has more support where the pads are mounted.
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Old August 18th, 2002, 08:46   #53
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I had the same experience as Mr. Metal, which is partially why I posed the question about where the front pads should be installed. (I hadn't expected the metal to bend.)

I must admit that after doing this upgrade, I find myself a bit disappointed. I really hate lifting cars from the side rails--it's just not a beefy enough part of the car to feel safe. I was hoping that this would give me a good place to put a jack or jack stand when doing tire rotations, etc. but in fact it doesn't. The first time I tried to lift the car from the front drivers' side pad, the base metal bent. Now the lift pad isn't slightly crooked w.r.t. the ground and I'm not sure it's safe to use, even in a 4-point lift.

People who consider this upgrade in the future might want to keep this in mind. I'm sure it is good to prevent dealers/shops from removing your cars undercoating, but I'm not sure it provides much of an advantage to the shadetree mechanic.
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Old August 18th, 2002, 17:44   #54
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jtroyce,

I agree the pads are mounted to a weaker part of the unibody on our cars. Since these pads are for the Audi TT, I think the TT unibody is designed to be lifted from the points where the pads mount.

As for not wanting to lift our Golfs and Jettas from the outer rails, that is where we are supposed to lift from. Just aft of the front wheel wells and just forward of the aft wheel wells. When I lift at these points, I see no bending of the pan.
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Old August 18th, 2002, 18:10   #55
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These fit the B4's as well?
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Old August 18th, 2002, 18:32   #56
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YES!
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Old August 18th, 2002, 18:51   #57
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jtroyce,

As for not wanting to lift our Golfs and Jettas from the outer rails, that is where we are supposed to lift from. Just aft of the front wheel wells and just forward of the aft wheel wells. When I lift at these points, I see no bending of the pan.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">OK - this is going to sound dumb. Are we supposed to put the jack on the outer rails? It looks like lifting on the thin rails would cause it to bend? Or, do we put the jack some place else? I'm coming up on an oil change and don't want to bend anything on my new Jetta!
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Old August 18th, 2002, 20:06   #58
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For all you doubting Thomas' out there, on the A4's(I can't speak for the B4's) take a REAL good look at your underbelly, especially the front part.

I had the car up on ramps yesterday(bleeding brakes) and you know what I saw?

THE FRONT LIFT POINTS ARE REINFORCED WITH SEVERAL PLEATS WHICH RADIATE FROM THE FACTORY LIFT POINTS

These pleats are there for strength and reinforcement. Much stronger than just other parts of the underbody. The side pinch rails are strong, but that doesn't mean that these factory points are NOT as strong. Those reinforcing pleats aren't there by accident. They certainly wouldn't have done this and included the holes if it was dangerous to lift your car from these points.

VW can't include a jack that will work from UNDER your car.

Don't take my word, put your car up on ramps and look for yourself. If I get a chance to do it this week, I will take a picture.

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Old August 18th, 2002, 20:10   #59
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I'd be willing to bet the rears are reinforced in the same way. I'll look there too.

You know, I didn't catch the last few posts on this thread or I would have taken a picture of it yesterday. I did see see them (reinforcing pleats) and found it intersting but I wasn't surprised to find them.

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Old August 19th, 2002, 05:59   #60
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i'v been lifting from these pads for a while now . . . not a trace of bending or deformation

The fronts are recessed to begin with and that can be confusing for some.

To use them with my 2 ton floor jacks I put a puck of wood in them to get a flat but high friction interface between the jack and the nylon insert on the lift point. No slippage - works perfectly - and if you get the jack positioned right you can use a jack stand at the factory pinch weld!
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