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lovely build!! so much done to that car! respect!

can I ask what figures you got after the stage 2 map with no back/silencer dpt down pipe etc etc ?

I recently did that and got 320hp ; more than what I was aiming for :)
I haven't dyno'd yet but hopefully in excess of 400bhp with the FMIC and turbo, would've been about 300 before.

LOVING the skirting board.

Both hilarious and total genius!

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I've always gone by if its stupid but it works, it aint stupid ;)

I've swapped them out for some proper abs plastic ones now - see below post soon!
 

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Haven't updated in a while!

Christmas period:

Xenonz-UK LED side sills
Finally! Been after these for a while, and they are awesome! Fairly easy to fit warm the old ones up and pull them off, bit of glue and tar remover just to remove all the residue then line the LED ones up and slap them on. Wiring as a little tricky for me as normally you wire these straight to the foot well lighting so they turn on soon as you open the door however I have my foot well lighting programmed to stay on all the time so that wasn’t a option for me. Instead I had to run some cables up the A pillar to the courtesy light and take a signal from there, works a treat and they look so good!

Dyed floor
One day I decided that the carpet was looking a bit tired so I did a bit of research and found some Autobrite fabric dye at a good price so I gave that ago and it was brilliant. Removing the seats is easy 4 m12 bolts and unplug all the connections and they’re straight out, give the carpet a hoover and spray the dye straight on. See attached photos of test area under the seat to see how good it is – you can’t miss it! Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo after I did the whole thing, but just know it was well worth doing and looked like a factory finish for the cost of about £12!

Powerflex Transmission mount insert
After reading some reviews of this product I decided for the price it is I would give it a go, the difference is night and day! Everything about what my left hand is doing feels stronger (no funny jokes there please, I’m right handed anyway…). Only slight issue is it does cause a little bit of vibration through the gearstick, I’m not bothered about that at all! Super easy to fit part A, haven’t got round to fitting parts B yet. No photos again…

Lowering ride height
This might sound like a easy job for those of you that have coilovers or springs, air suspension is a nightmare because you’ve got two heights to work out and you have to compensate on one to achieve the other. Same with coilovers everything is exponential so many adjustments need to made trail and error to get a good result. I wanted to ride lower so that I wasn’t braking my back sitting on 100 psi of air, problem with lowering the ride height and having it tracked means as you air out to park up because your already half way down you don’t gain as much camber meaning yes I couldn’t air out without bending all the fenders, back to the drawing board. Lucky air lift have accommodated for this problem but giving you adjustment just like you have on coilovers, you know the spinny thing. Well aren’t they another nightmare to adjust you have to remove the mount bottom of the strut, undo the locking collar and then spin the mount up or down – this gives you either a higher or lower drop height. I had to do this 5 times on the front because of them being exponential meaning turning down 1mm didn’t give you 1mm of drop. I wound min most the way down to increase the drop height meaning is chassis would sit higher and that gave me just enough that meant when I aired out I could tuck the wheels inside the arch and run a lot lower pressures so the ride was much softer and meant that I wasn’t laying the subframe on the floor when I aired out. So after adjusting and fine tuning I finally cracked it, riding lower and softer and still tucking!
Bi-product of this exercise meant the lift height of the car at 100 psi on each corner is insanely high to the point where I don’t even need jacks to perform an oil change now! Its tight granted but its high! Front splitter easily sits a good foot of the floor when lifted. See attached photos

Gtechniq Crystal Serum Light
I’m very into keeping my car clean so I invested in some ceramic coat and spent two solid 10 hour days in the workshop polishing the old girl to an inch of her life and then protecting it. At first after application I wasn’t sure what the coating had made a difference, but I’d just spent 20 hours looking at every minor detail of paintwork so I knew in great detail what I was looking at. The thing about ceramic coatings is not that then enhance paintwork, they protect. It’s a month down the road when you wash the car, pre wash, snow foam, two bucket method, rinse, pure water rinse, which takes about a hour and it looks like you’ve just spent the 20 hours polishing and correcting. 100% worth spending the time and money, looks outstanding!

February 2018

Xenonz UK lip kit
It was only a matter of time before I replaced the skirting board for something a little for substantial, Xenonz UK lip kit made of abs plastic – big, bold and wide, exactly what I wanted. Not to everyone’s taste but hey, I aint building this car for anyone else!

Air tank
Took a chance and picked up a cheap air tank for £25 horrible condition hasn’t sure if it would hold air. I conducted a leak test which passed with flying colours – pressurized upto 150 psi and left for 3 days and it lost 3psi I’m happy with that for the price I paid! Sanded the whole thing down by hand and resprayed it and looks very good. This will be a part of a new boot build I am doing very soon, hopefully I will remember to take more photos this take!
Watch this space!
 

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28/4/18

Boost gauge

I've wanted a boost gauge for ages but never done anything about it until it hit me, i brought the app DashCommand a while ago (which is a brilliant app btw) which can show you what every sensor is reading and you can design your own gauges. I brought one of those mag-mounts from eBay for my phone to sit on my dash connected it to the obd reader (again eBay £5~) and thatch it, boost gauge done! screen shot attached! reacts very quickly no lag in communication at all!

screen shot attached!
 

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5/5/18

boot build V3!!!!

wanted to change up the boot, I dont use the boot anyway! twin tanks = more air = more fun! and getting the sub in a box rather then the floor, so it would actually make some noise rather then just vibrate the floor! I think its loads better happy with how it came out. Bass is so much better and air tools last so much longer just need a regulator now! started at 6am Saturday morning and finished 4am Sunday morning... 22 hours straight! i cant leave things not completed ;) i'll let the pictures do the talking
 

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Nice build! Let us know how you get on with the hybrid turbo. The diffuser looks like a Rieger style to me?

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I want to get mine done by him but I need to get the hardware sorted first.
100% worth it!

Nice build! Let us know how you get on with the hybrid turbo. The diffuser looks like a Rieger style to me?

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Thanks! I will post more about it soon - still have yet to go on the dyno. I don't think it is, i think its a cheaper version off I had to use some epoxy to get it to stay on the bumper square! but dont tell anyone ;)

Fantastic result, Jack!
thanks! :)
 

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1/7/18 Raceism

So my holiday this year was a driving trip to one of the biggest shows in eurpe - Raceism. For those of you who don't know Raceism is held the stadium in Wroclaw, Poland. Foe me thats nearly 2000 miles and 32 hours of driving and it has 100% worth it! the show was amazing both the stadium and the level of cars. if you ever get a chance, go!

Also stopped by a audi garage in germany to take a few pictures! :)
 

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7/7/18

no time to waste after the show straight back at it, next up: retrim the headlining and all the pillars! got carried away and did the door cards too and a little carbon fibre on the dash!

looks good, enjoy doing interior stuff for a change!

New steering wheel on the cards i think?
 

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no time to waste after the show straight back at it, next up: retrim the headlining and all the pillars! got carried away and did the door cards too and a little carbon fibre on the dash!

looks good, enjoy doing interior stuff for a change!

New steering wheel on the cards i think?

That's so awesome Jack! Did you do that retrimming all yourself!?!???
 

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That's so awesome Jack! Did you do that retrimming all yourself!?!???
Yes I did, i found it surprisingly easy and therapeutic actually :smile2:

Steering wheel is on its way! watch this space...
 

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Steering wheel in, will get some better pictures soon. Literally the easiest modification ive ever done.

Picture below showing wheel and door trim, along with a red led door open warning light i decided to do while the cards were off :)
 

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Great build jack, just looking at getting my water cooler sorted then mapped ( I have stage 2&3 done already) it will be awhile until I have the pennys for a hybrid turbo , just got quoted €1800 Euro ? Fitted and 2 weeks of the road , is that around the price you paid ( sterling difference) let us know , keep us posted on all your great work .
 

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Great build jack, just looking at getting my water cooler sorted then mapped ( I have stage 2&3 done already) it will be awhile until I have the pennys for a hybrid turbo , just got quoted €1800 Euro ? Fitted and 2 weeks of the road , is that around the price you paid ( sterling difference) let us know , keep us posted on all your great work .
To be honest that seems cheap for the turbo fitted and tuned?

anyway,

please enjoy the first properly decent picture of the steering wheel :grin2:

Upcoming plans:

Split headlights - tint reflector, blackout chrome surround, fit demon eyes
retro fit full rear sequential indicators
tear the boot build out in way for a cleaner install
possible removing back seats to make way for a huge sub install

watch this space!
 

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1/10/18

fresh boot install, a lot cleaner then previous! think i might actually keep this one... ;)
 

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2/4/19

Been very recently and neglected this thread a little, so here’s a huge update which probably won’t be in order lol
EMTuning’s projector retrofit

A pillar twin gauge pod
2018 S5 big brakes
Gearbox rebuild and upgraded clutch and flywheel, Powerflex transmission insert
AEM water methanol injection
Powerflex adjustable camber bush


EMTuning’s projector retrofit

Everyone knows the standard projectors in the B8 a5’s are very poor, so I decided to go about to swap them out – spoke to emtuning and got some hella g5 projectors with brackets ready to fit. I spent hours; and I mean hours, researching online how to tear the headlight apart and nothing… turns out the easiest way is to cut them open with a dremel! Sounds a bit savage, but it turned out alright! While I had the headlights open I painted all of the inside chrome black and frosted the DRL’s with 40 grit paper to make them blur into one solid line. Fitting the projectors is also a lot of work with a dremel cutting back a lot of the projector holders so the new projector would fit – that was very savage! Whilst I was putting the projectors in, I also included a red demon eye which is wired into my fog light circuit with a resistor so when I unlock the car the demon eyes and DRL’s turn on – might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I love it! Anyway, took me around 7 hours to complete one headlight, bearing in mind id never even seen the inside of a headlight before! So I did one light one weekend and one the next weekend, so for a week I drove around with one of EMTuning’s projectors and one of Audis and the truth of it is, I couldn’t even see the standard one at all, EMTuning’s projectors are insanely good – it would put some of those off road light bar things to shame!

A pillar twin gauge pod

I’ve been wanting to make a pillar gauge pod for some time, while I appreciate again that’s its not everyone’s cup of tea, I think they’re awesome! Brought a universal twin gauge holder from eBay and a spare a pillar just inside I really messed up lol, picked up a 30psi boost gauge and EGT gauge pretty cheap. Anyway, stripped the spare a pillar of its trim, Audi put on their very very well by the way lol, put the garage pod holder over the pillar and warmed it up with a heat gun so it would take the space better, epoxy resin it in place and fibre glassed over it so it was smooth, trimmed over it and done! Wired everything up and looks ace!

2018 S5 big brakes

Had my eyes on some big brakes for a while, all seemed so expensive! Until a good friend of mine offered me a set from a 2018 S5. Big, red and 6 pot! They were not a straight fit and required a custom spacer to be made but they fit lovely now. The difference between sliding callipers and X pot brakes is unreal – before now, I’d never driven a car with big brakes so didn’t really know what to expect but ohhhhh damn they stop! No difference in feel still being OEM, but when you need them you definitely know they’re there!

H&R front and rear anti roll bars and whitelines rear brace

Yep over Christmas I decided to work a little bit more on the chassis side of things, did a bit of research looking at what I would change to improve handling and decided on the H&R roll bars and a whitelines rear brace. I did also notice the CR-15 front strut brace online and could not pay the money for it when its essentially a bit of inch bar with a 3mm wall – so I made one, lucky I had a bit of 25x25x3 bar a metre long laying around, so I cut some bits out exactly the same as the CR-15 and it fitted a treat! Roll bars in (Rear ARB is a **** to remove btw), rear brace fitted and homemade front brace in – it was a different car! Hiding as low as I do and having all this new chassis equipment the car literally handles like a go kart!

Gearbox rebuild and upgraded clutch and flywheel, Powerflex transmission insert

For a while now I’ve been slowly loosing second gear up to the point where I could only engage second if I rev matched at a certain speed and that’s no way to enjoy a car like this. I had the gearbox removed by a professional, this is not something I was willing to “have a go at”, sent to a gearbox specialist to be rebuilt. While it was out, I also ordered an uprated clutch and flywheel kit from Darkside developments and had that fitted along with the Powerflex transmission insert both part A and Part B. All back together and still on braking in miles so can’t comment just yet – what I can say is, my wallet is so light now I can’t barely feel it

AEM water methanol injection

For Christmas, my other half brought me a methanol injection system! She’s keeper aye  very easy to fit just time consuming. All the hardware is hidden under the passenger side scuttle panel and the controller is mounted in the boot, so unless you’re looking for it you won’t find it! Have yet to test meth on/off ect yet, all installed while the gearbox was out – still bedding in

Powerflex adjustable camber bush
Sat on my desk, ready to install – just need the time! Come back soon for more 
 

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