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RS4-Ebrake-CoverThe 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.

E-Brake Handle Install

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.



About the author: Nick Roshon


Nick Roshon is a blogger who is passionate about Audis and European cars in general. He owns a 2006 S4 and before that had a 2006 A4. His driving experience includes numerous track days throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. In his day job, Nick is a digital marketer and lives in San Diego, CA, USA.


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  1. Nick – I wouldn’t sell it. You’ve got this pretty darn near perfect and I once had a car like that also. I sold it and have regretted it ever since! If you do decide to sell and part out ANY of your stuff Please give me a heads up – just email me anytime man – tonys1832@hotmail.com.

    We’ve chatted before on a few things and like always – thanks for another good DIY. I’m using your plasti dip one tonight.

  2. Thanks Tony – I’m sure it’d be a heck of a part out :) I don’t think I’ll do it, just going through my periodic “I wish I had a v8 phase” haha

  3. Wise move. It’s too good to get rid of….making rs4 fog grills tonight, plasti dip time!

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  5. I wouldnt do it. You have a great car. I used to have a B6 A4 Oettinger, until an EX(keyword) girlfriend totaled it on me. I got a new Wrangler for the harsh summers here in NY. But your website is great. And since ive read your site a few times ive been at a Audi/VW dealer “prowling” 5 times. Thanks….not sarcastic a bit.

  6. Sorry to hear that Anthony! The A4 is here to stay, don’t worry :) And happy hunting for a new Audi, there are some great deals out there for B7s IMO.

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