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    Rice's S3

    About time I introduced myself and my car, so here goes…. This is copied from my local site, so some bits might not make sense.

    Few basics about the car, 114k, remapped to 260bhp, 5 paddle clutch, resrayed in 2006, used to be silver, not a bad paint job, with all the shuts etc painted. Powerflex on dog leg mount and low arms.

    How i bought it, on 19" RS4 wheels



    First thing i did was to wet and dry the headlights;

    Before



    After



    Front brake discs were looking slightly worse for wear!



    Wondered why there was a dodgy noise coming from the n/s/f brake!





    So ordered new front Pagid discs and pads.

    In the mean while i took all the callipers and carriers off...



    One carrier prep'd for paint



    Sprayed in VHT black barrel paint, finished in engine enamel







    The rears got the same treatment, also painted the rear discs in slimjim style as they had minimal wear but ruined the look of the fresh calipers being all rusty round the edges.

    Took the sump off to clean out the pick up (well advised olly), glad i did it was quite dirty! Also found that where one of the gearbox bolts goes into the sump that the thread was stripped, with the bolt barely hanging on in there!

    Ordered a helicoil kit... Ebay £9 bargain!



    Took it to work to drill, tap and helicoil, few boring pictures i took of the process....



    Drilled



    Tapped



    Helicoil'd



    Bought some H&R -25mm springs, havent bothered with shocks yet, not sure why, i was feeling tight at the time and didnt want to buy any, standard shocks ride fine and shouldn't leak for some time with being only 25mm lower.



    Went to fit, ****ing pain in the ass it was!

    One ****ed lower ball joint, two bolts snapped, one i cut off, same with the other side, so i replaced both... obviously.



    Also took off and sprayed the rear boot lifters as they looked manky



    After



    And the door catches



    After





    Bought some new wheels for it too, Cupra r wheels, need a refurbish as they're chipped to ****, despite what the seller said, couldnt check what condition as they were filthy when i picked them up!! Thinking of gun metal grey, probably get them done after christmas.

    And now some pics of what it looks like now!







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    So got the wheels refurbed. Look a ****e sight better! Got some jetseal on them, and have the car a quick go over with some chemical guys mirror finish, then a couple coats of poorboys nattys wax. Got some spacers I ordered on too! Oh and some of dem wheel nut caps !








    Ordered an lcd display replacement for the dials as the old one was fuuuuuuuucked! Dead lines all over the place, literally could make no sense from it, was like trying to read wingdings font.
    Asked a guy at work if he could fit it as hes been in the electrical repair game for 30 odd years, he said no problem (before seeing it). So i took it in yesterday for him to look at once id got the display through, and he was very skeptical about doing it, he'd not done one like it before, but hes pretty good with the soldering iron so i let him have a go, he managed to do it, just. But he ****ed one of the tabs, removing it off the ribbon, so wasnt sure if it would work. Got it home plugged it in.



    ****ing awesome! Was well chuffed. Started assembling it, and 3/4 of the ****ing tabs de-solder. Was well pissed. So i took it back in today for someone else who works on circuit boards to have a go at it. She managed to do it, and i got her to glue it with circuit board glue just to be safe. Then when i was looking at it during my lunch i realised that some of them had popped back off. Was ready to buy a new one off ebay at this point. So i thought **** this, ive watched a video on youtube of how to solder it. I'll have a go, so i borrow a Weller digital temp adjustable soldering iron. Took it home, soldered it just like the video, and it works perfectly, MUCH better connection that before. ****ing genius i am.

    This is what i had to solder :|





    :D !

    Also bought some snow foam. Although i wasnt expecting it to come in quite so many bottles lol.




    Last but not least, i also replaced the rubber seal that runs along the top of the windscreen, the old one;



    I know, ****ing disgusting right. Ive been meaning to replace it for ages!



    My snowfoam attachment sucks. Would like to buy a proper one at some point.
    Got a couple bits done Saturday morning. Fitted a new abs sensor as mine was buggered and so was putting the abs and traction control light on. And fitted a new door mechanism, as mine didn't like to shut.







    Comparison shot! Glad I've got rid of that ****ty filter finally.



    Also got a delivery today



    Started on Saturday evening

    Day went pretty well. Til some of the jubilee clips broke. ****ing annoying. But got it all done, but need to replace a couple of them and re fit the bumper.



    Used some ali angle to support it, and some bent stainless strips underneath... Don't want it all going rusty.



    Hacked away bumper bar to fit



    Pipe work all fitted. Just had some adjusting to do on the o/s.
    And had to cut the bumper a bit to fit.



    Got some jubilees to fit yesterday, got them on, and fitted the bumper J





    Pretty happy with how It looks. Cant really feel a lot of difference speed wise though…. But maybe its just because im used to it.

    So yeah that’s you up to date, hope you enjoyed looking through J

    Oh and this is my discovery if anyone is a fan of land rovers/off roading

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    Rices S3

    Gorgeous looking car mate and a great garage
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    The black and white looks so fresh and clean, nice mean looking front end.

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    Welcome riceicales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westy View Post
    Gorgeous looking car mate and a great garage
    thanks mate, yeah, I'd be so bored in the evenings if it wasn't for it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemelongtime View Post
    The black and white looks so fresh and clean, nice mean looking front end.
    Cheers dude!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottB5 View Post
    Welcome riceicales.
    Oh no not you!! Lol. Ta mate. How do you multi quote on this forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rice View Post
    Oh no not you!! Lol. Ta mate. How do you multi quote on this forum?
    Oh no you don't know Scott do you!?

    Multi quote is next to normal quote button.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rice View Post
    Oh no not you!! Lol. Ta mate. How do you multi quote on this forum?
    Click the little + symbol next to the main quote button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westy View Post
    Oh no you don't know Scott do you!?

    Multi quote is next to normal quote button.
    Quote Originally Posted by ScottB5 View Post
    Click the little + symbol next to the main quote button.
    Ahh this is easy to use! Haha yes I do. From swdubs, and being my online computer technician lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westy View Post
    Oh no you don't know Scott do you!?

    Multi quote is next to normal quote button.
    What's wrong with that?


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    Thats my new favourite forum car. I would whore out my little sister for a white s3
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    Why why why didn't Audi do the S3 in white. Look at it its glorious!

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    Rice, thought about silvertech indicator bulbs or facelift head lights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowcoach3 View Post
    Thats my new favourite forum car. I would whore out my little sister for a white s3
    wow thank you very much!...... Pics or gtfo. Haha.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason.s View Post
    Why why why didn't Audi do the S3 in white. Look at it its glorious!
    Thanks ! Someone told me that they did do a few in white... But you've got to take everything he says with a pinch of salt so I'm not sure I believe him.

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottB5 View Post
    Rice, thought about silvertech indicator bulbs or facelift head lights?
    i hadn't actually. That's a good shout. I quite like the square look of the pre facelift lights on this. Plus facelift lights are pricey!

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    They did do white ones elsewhere in Europe just not in the UK. I'm sure there use to be a guy on here that had one in Spain I think.
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    Love the neatly-arranged bottles on the shelf in the garage - nice.

    Also liking the black & white theme of the car & garage walls/doors - very co-ordinated! Just not sure about Cupra R wheels on the S3 (just my opinion).

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    very nice car buddy like the black touches!! facelifts look like this to give you an idea on choice

    a bit of a comparison:


    full facelift headlight upgrade:
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    Nice one avlo ! I like yours with the facelift lights

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    cheers sean im grateful for your comment but i dont want to spam rice's thread!

    thanks
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    After black, that has to be my favorite colour on a S3! was tinkering about wrapping mine in white a while back, would love to see what it would look like with the normal silver avus wheels? Beaut as it is..

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    Lol, I'm in two minds now. Carry on with the hybrid build and rag the bejesus out of it or spray it white and sit and look at it...
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    Very nicely done. Nice and tidy.
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    My gosh, only see this thread now, Truly in love with your car mate, nothing looks better than a white S3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Doctor View Post
    Love the neatly-arranged bottles on the shelf in the garage - nice.Also liking the black & white theme of the car & garage walls/doors - very co-ordinated! Just not sure about Cupra R wheels on the S3 (just my opinion).
    Thanks! I'm pretty OCD when it comes to arranging things in my garage lol, I'm not sure why I half sprayed the door, I was probably bored. And keeping the audi clean. Well that's fair enough, would be boring if everyone liked the same thing .
    Quote Originally Posted by AVLO View Post
    very nice car buddy like the black touches!! facelifts look like this to give you an idea on choicea bit of a comparison:full facelift headlight upgrade:
    Ah yeah, looks good. I quite like the look of them on mine though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzer View Post
    After black, that has to be my favorite colour on a S3! was tinkering about wrapping mine in white a while back, would love to see what it would look like with the normal silver avus wheels? Beaut as it is..
    Thanks! That would be interesting yeah. Not sure it would go with the black and white theme though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sam_ View Post
    Very nicely done. Nice and tidy.
    Ta, much appreciated .
    Quote Originally Posted by Sidey View Post
    My gosh, only see this thread now, Truly in love with your car mate, nothing looks better than a white S3.
    Ha well it was only last night I uploaded it . Thanks very much though. It's nice to have people appreciate what you've done.

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    Car looks fantastic after you changed just a few things I like the alloy wheels they from a seat cupra r?

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    Thanks mate, yeah, seat Leon cupra r wheels.

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    Took another picture last night.


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    nice car rice.
    i saw avlos white s3 last week and it was *****ing.

    how did you replace that seal at the top of the windscreen?? mine is looking weathered

    p.s. i got your pm last night, but was then forced to empty my inbox so ive lost it, but i've updated my ad in the classifieds anyway.

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    Cheers . With great difficulty. Pulled the old one off, that was easy. Putting the new one on was fairly tricky, just used a screwdriver to gently push it on. Ok no worries.

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    really nice car mate i think the Cupra R wheels work well...

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    Great thread, thanks for your time putting this together, the photos are great. Keep up the good work.

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    really like the car in white - I'd do mine that color if I could

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    Quote Originally Posted by L55DSW View Post
    really nice car mate i think the Cupra R wheels work well...
    Ta, me too :D
    Quote Originally Posted by vfr800 View Post
    Great thread, thanks for your time putting this together, the photos are great. Keep up the good work.
    No problem, ill try to keep it updated with lots of pretty pictures, everyone loves a picture to look at, reading is boring lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Squirrelofdoom View Post
    really like the car in white - I'd do mine that color if I could
    Thanks .

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    MAJOR UPDATE!!!!!













    I changed the number plate bulbs. They were a bit dim, so popped in a couple of new bulbs...

    Old and new



    Cant really see a massive difference in this photo.




    And some photos with the proper camera after cleaning it.







    Going to go to halfords tonight i think and get some silvertech bulbs as scott suggested .

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    There's a lot to like about this car, but I personally would get those I/C hoses in black instead of silver. Personal preference, I wouldn't have them on show even, but that's me.



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    Cheers. Yeah I looked for black hard pipes when I bought them but couldn't find any. Might buy a couple more and get them anodised. See how I feel when I'm used to seeing it.

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    What's the motor lurking away in the garage behind the S3? Old Jag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by superkarl View Post
    i saw avlos white s3 last week and it was *****ing.
    was this meant to say shocking karl????
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