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    This weekend i'll mostly be... (with pics)

    Fitting things to/touching up my 1998 Audi A3 1.8T Sport.

    Bought her a month ago and have so far fitted:

    Forge 007p DV
    Green Cotton Panel Filter
    80mm Cold Air Feed to OE Airbox
    REVO
    Golf mkV Rear Aero Wiper

    This weekend she gets:

    'Green' Coolant Temp Sensor (To try and improve my lumpy idle)
    Powerflex Dogbone Mount
    S3 Lower Strut Brace
    Audi S3 Avus 17" Alloys
    Silver Hammerite Smooth painted brake calipers
    Repair of the broken rear window washer

    Fun, Fun, Fun!
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    Cool.. You'l be busy then...
    Dolphin Grey Audi S3 8P

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    How have you found the panel filter? Much improvement in the noise department?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovegroover
    How have you found the panel filter? Much improvement in the noise department?
    TBH it's difficult to tell, i'd say with the cold air feed there is an increase in induction noise. Nothing major though.

    The reason i changed it was that the filter is only 36 and will last longer than the car, the OE air feed runs around the battery with two 90 bends; I've changed it to a flexi hose with one 45 bend and that is twice as wide. I know people will argue until they are blue in the face that this does/doesn't make a differance to performance. But it's not about what other people think.

    The biggest effect on induction noise is the remap. My turbo now screams and you can hear the forge DV dumping air back in to the TIP - Most pleasent.

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    Well, got most of it done...

    Unfortunately the S3 alloys weren't in as good condition as i'd hoped, so they'll be getting refurbed before i fit them. Got the rest done though!

    Coolant temp sensor - Took, oooooh 90 seconds to fit. Can't believe my bro got charged 77 for this by a stealer!

    Rear wiper motor servicing - 15 mins, works perfectly now. Dead chuffed. Shaft was broken exactly as in the FAQ section.

    Caliper Painting - Slow and boring! Cleaned the calipers with a wire brush and brake cleaner spray. Washed them in soapy water, then rinsed and dried them. Painted them with Hammerite Straight to Rust Smooth Silver paint:

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    Then proceeded to fit my powerflex dogbone bush and S3 lower chassis brace. Dead Easy!

    S3 Chassis Brace:



    New Mount:



    Both fitted:



    Whole front end of the car just feels tighter and more connected to road. Impressed with differance for such little cost.

    Can't wait to get the new rims on, then i'll decide if gonna fit FK Highsport Coilovers. I need a FMIC and a custom exhaust too.

    I need more money.

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    "I need more money"

    ......dont we all!

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    Looks really good mate. Do you just paint the calipers in situ or are you supposed to take them off and do it? Might give mine a go. How long before you can take the car out after painting them?
    Once you undo the bolts on the mount does it just slide out and the new one slides in?

    I need more money as well.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert_waite
    Looks really good mate. Do you just paint the calipers in situ or are you supposed to take them off and do it? Might give mine a go. How long before you can take the car out after painting them?
    Once you undo the bolts on the mount does it just slide out and the new one slides in?

    I need more money as well.....

    Rob
    I just painted them on the car. I taped up the bits i didn't want to get paint on. You're supposed to leave it 4 - 8 hours between coats and you really need two coats.

    The mount just slides out. You need to torque the bolts correctly when mounting the new one though, too tight and it won't dampen anything and you'll get a lot of vibration.

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    How much was the S3 lower brace and where exactly does it bolt to, can you post a full view pic of it please

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by concoursneil
    How much was the S3 lower brace and where exactly does it bolt to, can you post a full view pic of it please

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    Can't be bothered to put the car back on axle stands to take a picture!

    It cost 20 from Audi and bolts to the wishbones, it obvious where it goes once you're under there. In the photo of the dogbone mount fitted, the brace is the beam you can see running across it.

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    ok mate nice one 20 sounds ideal

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    Quote Originally Posted by concoursneil
    ok mate nice one 20 sounds ideal
    These are what you'll need:

    Part Numbers Required Description Approximate Prices (exc VAT)
    8N0199403B Strut Brace 13.20
    N10467901 x 2 Bolts x 2 0.36
    N90914701 x 2 Riv Nuts x 2 0.50

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    Ideal will pop up and order that now

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    ive just looked under my s3 and i dont have a lower strut brace ?!!? i think i remember reading a while ago that some do and some dont or am i am i imagining that ?

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    not conclusive but some answers here :

    Strust brace as standard??

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    This isn't actually a strut brace, it's a wishbone brace. That thread is talking about the brace you would fit between the top mounts.

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    Just ordered brace , will be with me in the morn

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    Quote Originally Posted by darko
    ive just looked under my s3 and i dont have a lower strut brace ?!!? i think i remember reading a while ago that some do and some dont or am i am i imagining that ?
    My 1999 S3, one of the earlier examples with an analogue clock and no traction control has a lower brace. It's didn't have the upper strut brace which I have now fitted though...


    99' Audi S3(APY) - Brilliant Black Click>>>Going Sideways vid!
    You've got to have a laugh!



 

 

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