The stock Audi A4 or S4 E-Brake handle doesn’t have perforated leather, but if you have S-Line, UltraSport Package or the S4 package your steering wheel and shifter probably do – adding the RS4 E-Brake Cover is a nice way to make everything match – it’s all in the details.
Installation is super simple – all you need is a smaller flat head screw driver and about 10 minutes. Finding the E-Brake cover is pretty easy, although it is a little expensive for such a simple item. I generally see them for between $80-120 on websites or through the dealer – ouch. However, if you look on eBay for “RS4 handle” you can probably find one for $49.99 shipped – it is shipped internationally and took about 30 days to get to me, but I was willing to wait for such a good deal.
To install, first pull up the e-Brake handle as high as it will go.
Step 1 – Remove the Old E-Brake Cover:
do this by pressing in the metal tab on the underside of the cover – you can see what the tab looks like in the picture above. Once you pop out the tab, the handle will slide off (you will have to tug at it a little, its a snug fit)
Step 2 – Install the New Cover:
Once your old hand brake cover has been removed, you can simply slide the new one on – make sure the metal tab clicks into place so that it stays on securely. That’s it!
Step 3: Admire The Results
You’re all done! You can see here the RS4 E-Brake cover looks great and matches the other OEM air leather/perforated leather parts very nicely. It’s a subtle detail few will notice, but if you’re anything like me, the subtle details really add up to make a big difference.
For more details on the installation, there are a few good DIY threads on Audizine (1 and 2) for you to check out as well – but compared to most modifications you’ve done, this is going to be about as simple as it gets – just a little tougher than installing a pair of tube socks.