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Old 12th January 2017, 05:18 PM
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Default Great MOD for D2: Cover for coolant and steering fluid tanks

For those who truly love their D2s

It is straightforward mod that took me only 30 minutes to accomplish with Audi OEM parts. Got satisfaction from having a bit of good company with the car

Audi made amazing things for their 3.3 V8 Diesel cars, for example D2 transmission undertray and wheel arches side panels,
which were not available on other D2 models, but still can be easily retrofitted: http://forum.a8parts.co.uk/showthread.php?t=6546

Now this is just another example of 3.3 V8 treasure -- decorative cover for coolant and steering fluid tanks. Audi calls it sound deadener.
It neatly hides both reservoirs and creates a nice balanced picture under the bonnet, decorating the horrible unused space on the nearside (left side).

The cover can be fastened and unfastened real quick with a coin.
In unfastened position the fasteners won't be lost since they are held in place by nice rubber washers.

Parts:

1 x 4D0 805 583 E -- cover
1 x 4D0 805 784 D -- bracket 1
1 x 4D0 805 691 A -- bracket 2
2 x 8D0 805 121 B -- quick release fastener
4 x 4A0 805 137 -- rubber washer
2 x 8D0 805 960 -- quick release bracket for fastener

£162 from TPS.

One thing you need to add to this list is one M6 nut (ideally 'washer nut' with a bit of a shoulder or simply a nut and a washer, don't know part number).
Audi or TPS will be more than happy to supply.

This M6 nut attaches the front bracket to pre-existing black bolt that sticks out of steering fluid reservoir bracket and is specifically designed to hold the cover bracket.
I believe that black bolt pre-exists on all facelift D2s (perhaps pre-facelifts will need a hole to be drilled in the bracket for the bolt, but I'm not sure).
That M6 bolt and M6 nut are clearly shown on 1st picture.

Second (rear) bracket is attached via existing Philips screw that holds coolant reservoir. Can be seen on picture 3.

The 3rd fastening point is a clip on the back of cover panel that attaches to air conditioner pipe.
Not clearly seen in the corner of picture 5, but it'll be bleeding obvious when you install the whole thing.

Everything fits nicely. Parts are pleasure to work with.

Alternatively, the kit can be found on German breaking yards much cheaper, i.e. here:
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Audi-A8-Kunst...-/302082188416

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P.S. Here's how to retrofit full size steering fluid reservoir in case you noticed it: http://forum.a8parts.co.uk/showthread.php?t=12262
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Old 12th January 2017, 05:31 PM
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This is a great mod mate and I'm well impressed with how clean your engine bay is which is something I'm anal about.
On the other hand coolant reservoir was annoying me as well, especially the yellowish plastic which has discoloured over years so I've replaced it and it looks lovely - nice clean white reservoir with pink coolant which you can actually see thru. This is the look I prefer personally, but your version is great and I can already see local TPS branches getting lots of phone calls
I could even bet my money on first 3-5 guys on here making them phone calls

Well done mate
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Nice one!

Definitely on my list of must-do jobs!

Thanks for the part numbers


I'll have to ask my mechanic to get the parts for me .... Or does anyone know a way to order from TPS without an account?

Also, how do you get your R8 oil cap to sit neatly inline with the engine cover stripes? Mine sits diagonally when fully tightened. Is it adjustable?
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how do you get your R8 oil cap to sit neatly inline with the engine cover stripes? Mine sits diagonally when fully tightened. Is it adjustable?
http://forum.a8parts.co.uk/showthread.php?t=8737

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Brilliant. Thanks!

Actually, I think I prefer that Porche oil cap now. Presumably that cap needs no modification?
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AFAIK Porsche cap needs no modification
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Nice - looks like a mod that even I could manage .
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This is a great mod mate and I'm well impressed with how clean your engine bay is which is something I'm anal about.
On the other hand coolant reservoir was annoying me as well, especially the yellowish plastic which has discoloured over years so I've replaced it and it looks lovely - nice clean white reservoir with pink coolant which you can actually see thru. This is the look I prefer personally, but your version is great and I can already see local TPS branches getting lots of phone calls
I could even bet my money on first 3-5 guys on here making them phone calls

Well done mate
I will be ordering coolant reservoir for preventive maintenance next time I do something with the car. They are prone to leakage where the header pipe enters the reservoir from top. The weak point is steel pipe to plastic junction. The places wears out eventually due to temperature stresses. I heard some horror stories about sudden leakages. So you done the right thing.

The new reservoir is not mutually exclusive with this cover.
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I will be ordering coolant reservoir for preventive maintenance next time I do something with the car. They are prone to leakage where the header pipe enters the reservoir from top. The weak point is steel pipe to plastic junction. The places wears out eventually due to temperature stresses. I heard some horror stories about sudden leakages. So you done the right thing.

The new reservoir is not mutually exclusive with this cover.
That's exactly what happened to me, top pipe section and to my mate. Fact this was on my list, this issue just speeded it up.
Coolant reservoir isn't as bad horror as on R8s. They leak directly on the engine and can't remember how, but coolant gets into the engine, messing injectors as well. Seen three of them with stripped down engines last year. Horrible scenes.
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