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A few of you probably wondered what it has taken me so long......to attach a random piece of ABS plastic to my pride and joy to keep the decals company.

Well, fret no more. Having taken delivery on Friday of my new rear spoiler from Caractere (http://www.caractere.com), supplied and painted courtesy of UK distributor Road and Sport developments (RSD), I fitted it it today and here's some pics.

The Missus made the usual comment 'That's why they're called 'spoil-ers' - oh, and and you're such a chav' but I have to say, it works pretty well - probably better in the flesh than in the pics, reasonably subtle but 'toughening-up' the rear end and adding to the sense of purpose created by the quad pipes.

Spoiler-fitment tends to split opinion - you either love 'em or hate 'em and I know that really, I should let well alone. There's nothing wrong with the A5 rear end that the S5 bootlid alone didn't cure. But it's done and really, the rear now has far-improved 'f*ck-off-ability' about it.

Right, guess it's Spinner's brake mods next, then probably some 20"s. Is there an end to all this?
 

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Not bad.....
 

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Looking good Ess5ive - does the extra weight of the spoiler affect the auto-opening boot lid?

Oh, and I guess this explains why you didn't get to APS yesterday with Spinner - you were too busy fitting it. :)
 

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Thanks Reb - I'm a bit surprised - expected a tirade of abuse and castigation! To your question, nope, it's made from lightweight ABS and bootlid still pops up with its usual vim and vigour.

Re. yesterday, all of my own doing I'm afraid. Had a rare Friday night pass 'cos the Home Secretary was supposed to be out (in the event, she was unwell so stayed in - I didn't...) and spent it in the pub on one of those bizarre nights where nothing is as it seems.....

Saturday dawned, I was in the spare room, upside down in the bed and it was 10:30 am. Son had phoned about 10 times to find out where I was (how paradoxical is that? Number of times I've turned up to collect him and been unable to drag him out of his cave...).

Was in terrible distress so persuaded him to get off my case for the day whilst I concentrated on me. Didn't feel a lot better this morning so cancelled our proposed reccy trip to Bristol Uni and instead watched the GP with him. Think he's just about forgiven me. Missus is clearly just resigned to it.

Anyway, excuses out of the way, was disappointed I didn't make it. Your Milltek looks awesome (for some reason, seems to look even better on a silver car?) and I was very much wanting to see Spinner's brakes in the flesh/metal.

Hope you're pleased with the mods - sounds like you are, and the car at least has the squat stance and sense of pupose - it's looking good!
 

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Thank you Auto and welcome to the Forum. Could you update your profile to reflect your location please? It helps later on as you post/respond more.

Are you and A/S owner, or soon to be?
 

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I kinda like it... It isn't Toooooo Much imo :)
 

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Phew. I'm getting a few 'not bads' and a few 'kinda likes'. Dunno why you guys opinions are important to me but guess they are!

Mind you, I'll be seeing Spinner/Ian on Weds and that's when the flak will start to fly. S'pose if I give it, I gotta take it.......
 

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I like that spoiler ! :) I may put it on my car too
what was the price?
 

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Looks good Ess5ive.

You've also answered my ongoing question:

"will an A5 boot-lip spoiler fit on a S5?"

I've been looking at the Caractere spoiler as well but until now thought it couldn't be done. Even better for me, we have the same coloured cars, so now I know exactly how it will look.

By the way, did you consider the Abt boot-lip spoiler?
 

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Nice spoiler.......I'm thinking of installing the same one ;)
 

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Sorry I don't like any plastic on the S5, it looks excellent the way it is.
 

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"will an A5 boot-lip spoiler fit on a S5?" I've been looking at the Caractere spoiler as well but until now thought it couldn't be done. By the way, did you consider the Abt boot-lip spoiler?
It's a good question and one I asked the supplier. There's just the one version for the two cars - essentially, it's moulded to the 'S' bootlid and on the A, which has a less-defined lip, there's just more air underneath once fitted.

I did originally look at the ABT piece, which was released first, but I think the three-piece approach looks a bit 'fussy' - plus I think the Caractere unit looks better on a car with no other adornment. If you went the ABT route, I feel you may have to balance the impact with front apron/side skirts.

Thanks for the feedback!

AWP, to answer your question - not cheap! About £450 supplied and painted - I didn't charge myself for the fitting.......
 

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Hey Ess... All you need to do now is to swap the 4.2 V8 for a 1.8 4-pot and the conversion is complete! ...all bar the wheels that is... they're still far too stylish and sophisticated... need some chrome or gold on there... or red!!! ;)
 

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Hey Ess... All you need to do now is to swap the 4.2 V8 for a 1.8 4-pot and the conversion is complete! ...all bar the wheels that is... they're still far too stylish and sophisticated... need some chrome or gold on there... or red!!! ;)
Ah, Ian! Wondered when you'd be along......:rolleyes:

thanks for the tips mate - rest assured, I'm working on 'em!
 
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