034Motorsport Front Strut Brace, B9 Audi A4/S4, A5/S5, Allroad, Billet Aluminum
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034Motorsport is proud to offer our Billet Aluminum Front Strut Brace for the B9 Audi A4/S4, A5/S5 & Allroad! The factory Audi strut brace is made of thin stamped aluminum, allowing for lateral deflection of the strut towers and chassis flex under hard cornering. This deflection can be observed as imprecise steering input and a vague, disconnected feeling from the front end.
The 034Motorsport Strut Brace replaces the flimsy individual factory braces to improve the B9 A4's steering feel and handling performance. This robust chassis reinforcement is machined from T6-6061 billet aluminum, and engineered to be a comprehensive upgrade by limiting lateral strut tower deflection and maintaining proper suspension geometry under heavy cornering. The incorporated center brace ties together both left and right strut tower to provide precise, consistent feedback from the front end and ensures that you enjoy a more connected driving experience.
This strut brace was thoroughly tested by 034Motorsport on an in-house B9 Audi A4 Development Vehicle before release. Installation is very simple, can be performed in minutes, and is completely reversible.
Engineered to Enhance Handling Dynamics and Performance
Improves Steering Feel, Consistency, and Precision
Bolt-On Upgrade for Factory Front Strut Braces - Easy, Straightforward Installation!
T6-6061 Billet Aluminum Construction with Clear Anodized Finish
034Motorsport Billet Aluminum Front Strut Brace Chassis Reinforcement
The installation of your 034Motorsport B9 Audi A4 Front Strut Brace is a relatively simple process that will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. You can access our detailed installation guide by clicking the icon on the left.
I installed the 034Motorsport front brace and honestly, installing it was easy. I did face a few problems though. One is that I'm short and had to stretch a bit to comfortably reach the two bolts under the plastic since the hood is pretty long. Another problem is that the plastic trim doesn't come off completely and it can be difficult to unscrew and screw the bolt.
Other than that, it is an easy install and it literally took like 10 minutes at most. I was shocked at how easy it was to remove the bolts (I expected it to be bolted on very tight). I didn't even have to use the PDF guide. It was straight forward. I took HyperS4's advice and didn't tighten all the bolts (it doesn't align correctly if you tighten all the two bolts and two screws.
Anyways. Long story short. The strut brace works.
1. Flex - My driveway is angled and whenever I back out or get into my driveway, I could feel the car flex and creak a bit. It never bothered me though since nothing is perfect.
But post install, I backed out and drove back on a few times and the flex was non-existent. No creaks due to flex either. It also felt stiffer compared to before.
2. There's a nice round about like thing in my community which I use to test the road holding capability of my car (don't worry. It's a dead end and no one lives there/no chances for me running over people). It is a tight turn. With the stock brace, I could only do like 20MPH before I thought the car would ever off course. With the new brace, I did 25MPH easily and could have done more. Car felt perfectly stable.
3. Turns are negotiated better. There are lots of turns in the community I live in. I found out that I can carry a higher speed into the turn compared to stock.
4. The biggest positive is none of those though. I basically live in the middle of nowhere and there are long, unending roads where basically, if you want, you can max out your car. There are empty fields on either side and plus, this being IL, winds are pretty strong. Earlier, I had to wrestle with the steering wheel to keep the car going straight when there were crosswinds. It felt as though the winds would carry my car away. I went on a very long drive today on the same roads and I was amazed to find that there was zero instability. I could hear the wind howling but I didn't have to wrestle with the steering at all. I wasn't expecting that but yes. It seems to have made the car stable (don't ask me how that happened. I don't know the physics behind that). That alone, for me, makes it a worthwhile addition.
5. It makes the engine bay look beautiful. I mean. Yes. It really does. Just one of the metal bars weighs as much as both the bars that came stock with the car. Audi definitely skimped with the stock brace. It felt extremely cheap in the presence of the 034Motorsport brace. The 034 brace is solid aluminium whereas the stock one is hollow and light. I'm surprised it did anything at all. And the clear anodized finish on the 034 brace looks really good.
1. It isn't a con as far as I am concerned but it could be, to some people. You definitely feel the road a lot more now. I could feel almost every imperfection harder compared to before. It definitely isn't bone jarring but it isn't soft anymore. I like it though since it feels like the road is communicating with me. People who want pure comfort and nothing else might find it to be a turn off.
2. You can install only one bar in the engine bay :D