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Hi guys!! Brand new here, just want to say I’m excited to be a part of this community!

Figured I would post up what I have going on! Back in November 2019 I got into an accident on my way to work and my whole front end was smashed in. After going through everything with insurance it made the most sense for me to hang on to the car and rebuild! Now obviously I’m rebuilding to get it mechanically sound, but I’m also going to start with modifications as well 😈😈😈. That being said I’ll share a photo of where I was at day 1:
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So I don’t have much space in my garage and have to do the work outside, so being in New Jersey we had a wet and cold winter so I really had my project on hold until about 3 weeks ago.

So week 1 was as follows: First thing up was stripping the entire car down and removing all the broken parts. So I could really get into the engine bay and asses the damage:

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After removal of all of the busted body parts (bumper, grill, headlights, radiator support, radiator, condenser, radiator fan, intercooler) I was able to get a good look at the engine bay and see what was going on internally. What I found was luckily only a few things: cracked intake, cracked turbo solenoid, cracked oil sensors, broken radiator overflow tube, and cracked oil dipstick tube:

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So now with all the damage assessed, i put my parts order in and get all the small components to replace in week 2. Week 2 consisted of rebuilding my whole radiator core off the car (radiator, fan, and condenser), installing the solenoid, new plastic tube, oil sensers, and new diverter valve (GFB diverter valve) as well as an Injen Cold Air Intake. Now maybe you guys have some comments about it, from what I read its just a good part to add as it replaces plastic valve on the solenoid with a much more reliable metal one for better throttle response. Obviously I have no opinion yet as my car is far from driving. Also fresh oil filter and oil change as well. Once the components were replaced, intake installed, and oil change was done I fitted the radiator support as well as the frame extension braces for the front end to bring me in to week 3:

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This week I am hoping to have the entire radiator assembly back on the car and connected so I can test and see how it runs, also check for leaks. Also hoping to get my fenders and hood from a nice gentlemen up in MA that has a 2013 black audi a5 with its rear end smashed in. Once I can mechanically test, I will be able to start piecing the body panels on, and then last thing to do would be to rebuild and reconnect the headlight assemblies! Also once I can put the new fenders on, I can start to fit the hood and bumper. I have a black Audi S-line/S5 bumper that i am very excited to see how it looks.

Once I can get it mechanically sound, I am thinking of after market exhaust (prob AWE unless any other suggestions), catless downpipe once I re-up on inspection, some megan racing coilovers to drop it about 1.5", set of wheels, light tints, and then a nice little tune. Would love to hear thoughts and tips!
 

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UPDATE***

After working in the rain yesterday, I was able to get the entire cooling system remounted and connected. Tested the motor, no oil or engine temp warnings, and also no coolant leaks as far as I can see right now. However I did find a few lights on the dash. Check engine light, TPMS light, and traction control light. Will have to wait until i get my Foxwell nt510 Elite OBDII reader to check the codes and diagnose. Outside from that I am pretty happy. Going to tighten everything up tonight. Next step will be locating some headlight assemblies and mounting brackets for the front end.
 

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Hey Jake well done mate it sounds like you are really making good progress!!! What engine is your car, and auto or manual??? I admire yer spirit so please keep us updated.
 

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UPDATE***

After working in the rain yesterday, I was able to get the entire cooling system remounted and connected. Tested the motor, no oil or engine temp warnings, and also no coolant leaks as far as I can see right now. However I did find a few lights on the dash. Check engine light, TPMS light, and traction control light. Will have to wait until i get my Foxwell nt510 Elite OBDII reader to check the codes and diagnose. Outside from that I am pretty happy. Going to tighten everything up tonight. Next step will be locating some headlight assemblies and mounting brackets for the front end.
Excellent!

Great to see one of probably a handful of people willing to take a project like this on! Most would settle for a few K and be done with the thing!

I'm also new so hello.

Good luck.

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Hey Jake well done mate it sounds like you are really making good progress!!! What engine is your car, and auto or manual??? I admire yer spirit so please keep us updated.
Appreciate the support! Will actually have some update pictures shortly! Car is a 2013 so comes with 2.0t and it is an automatic.
 

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Excellent!

Great to see one of probably a handful of people willing to take a project like this on! Most would settle for a few K and be done with the thing!

I'm also new so hello.

Good luck.

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Hello to you too! Wasnt ready to take a beating by the insurance company and still owe money on a car i no longer had. I will definitely be having some fun with this thing moving forward!
 

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UPDATE****

Over the last week I was able to get the cooling system reattached, tested, flushed, and then refilled with the Audi Spec coolant from the dealer. Engine seems to be running smooth with no overheating issues. Did take it on a test drive for a few miles the other day and she ran great. Since the cooling was done I started the body rebuild process. Got the front bumper brance mounts and brace attached and secured on. It is basically as far as I can go right now as I am waiting for the fenders and hood to come in from Massachucetts, hopefully will have those parts by this weekend. I do have the front bumper cover (2013 s-line/s5) ready to go on, but cannot mount without replacing both fenders first. Outside of that my project is pretty much at a stop. I having been searching daily for some replacement headlight assemblies but they are difficult to come by in good shape. Mine are the two ballast system so I believe there are surprisingly less of those available. Once I can locate some headlights, I will place an order for the headlight mounting brackets and can then tackle those once the body work is done.

One question I do have for everyone on here is that my drivers side seatbelt has been fully extended and will not retract. Is it something where I can just pull the seatbelt out of the car, unlock, and replace? Or do I need to purchase a whole new seatbelt from the dealer? Any help would be much appreciated!

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Great job!

Regarding the seatbelt reel/retractor, I would imagine since you had a collision the pyrotechnical unit inside it fired and locked the reel? I believe those things are one time use once fired and your safest bet is to get something factory fresh and in a known good condition seeing how elementary it is to your safety?

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Jake. These days, when you hit something, the seat belts lock up and, like the fookin air bags, you then need to replace them at massive cost. Indeed, these days, if more than 4 airbags go off then the average car is a write off cos new ones cost a fortune, parts plus labour. That why these days you either purchase new, in which case you MAY be obliged to purchase two, OR you go to Copart. BUT Copart will not sell you loose bits, they will only sell you the front of a car, in other words dashboard complete with airbags and stuff. And they charge you alot, generally about half of the new prices.
 

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Great job!

Regarding the seatbelt reel/retractor, I would imagine since you had a collision the pyrotechnical unit inside it fired and locked the reel? I believe those things are one time use once fired and your safest bet is to get something factory fresh and in a known good condition seeing how elementary it is to your safety?

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Gotcha so Im best off just getting a whole new seatbelt and motor from the Audi Dealer. Ore one that is fully intact off of a parts car. Thanks for the lesson!
 

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Jake. These days, when you hit something, the seat belts lock up and, like the fookin air bags, you then need to replace them at massive cost. Indeed, these days, if more than 4 airbags go off then the average car is a write off cos new ones cost a fortune, parts plus labour. That why these days you either purchase new, in which case you MAY be obliged to purchase two, OR you go to Copart. BUT Copart will not sell you loose bits, they will only sell you the front of a car, in other words dashboard complete with airbags and stuff. And they charge you alot, generally about half of the new prices.
Luckily no airbags deployed so they are all still intact and just need to be reset. As for the seatbelt it does seem that it was fired and is now shot. Looks like I will have to be finding a replacement!
 

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WILL HAVE THE HOOD AND FENDERS ON MONDAY. Big news for me. Means I can continue on with my build. Hoping to have them here for monday morning so I can place them on the car and have the bumper lined up. Once I can get that done, its just headlights and shes back on the road! Stay tuned everyone!
 

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You dont mess about mate well done.....
 

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***UPDATE

Sorry for not posting guys. Hood and fenders were delayed but they will be arriving today. They are in beatiful condition and are the exact color spec. Very excited to get the hood and fenders on and one step closer to the finish line. Placed an order for an OEM replacement seatbelt so that will be a quick fix when it arrives. Outside of that Ive been trying to find my headlights off of another car like i did with the hood and fenders....but mine are the standard two ballast system with non AFS bulbs so they are difficult to find. May just have to bite the bullet on a set from the dealer.

Honestly once the body work done, I think the most difficult part will be mounting the front bumper. Ive ordered brackets from the dealer so I believe I have all the right parts...but finding a diagram where everything attaches is difficult. If anyone has any photos of their B8.5 without the front bumper that would be super helpful as I can use it as reference. However trial and error is never a bad option...just time consuming. Will get pictures on here as soon as the body work is done! Thanks for sticking with me through this process!
 

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Here is how she looks so far!! All body work done. Just waiting on the headlights and mounts to come in and then final step is a windshield replacement. Honestly it’s been a ton of work but I think it’s well worth it.

let me know what you guys think of how she looks!
 
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