Poli84’s Sprint Blue S3
Since I have finally begun getting the mods done on my car, thought I would begin a build thread.
I purchased the car in December 2010, the specs are as follows:
· 2009 MY10 S3 Sportback
· Sprint Blue
· 6 Speed Manual
Open-Sky Panoramic Roof
In Australia we get Bluetooth, auto light/mirrors, cruise, etc as standard.
The only disappointment I had was that a FBMFSW was not fitted and I have standard circle MFSW.
Car had 22k kms when I purchased it.
Pictures from the dealer and my first snaps on the way back to the office.
First small mod was full interior light upgrade.
Some shots after clay, Poor Boy’s Pro Polish and P21s Carnauba Wax.
Met up with some fellow S3 owners.
After running the Revo 6 hour trial tune, I decided that although the difference between stock and Stage 1 was noticeable, it was not enough to knock my socks off (like others make it out to be).
Perhaps this was because I spent most of my 6 hour trial on the track so didn’t get to experience the extra grunt in normal driving conditions.
Non the less, I decided that I would go straight to Stage 2.
After speaking with my local specialist (also my Revo dealer) who is a Miltek supplier, he
suggested that he could build me a Miltek Dumpipe using parts he had around the shop.
A Miltek flange and flex joint were used with an OEM cat. The remaining sections are 3” stainless straight pipe.
The finished product is a work of art and sounds fantastic!
Such attention to detail in getting the angles and joins correct and they have tapered the end section so a cat-back can easily be added at a later date.
Love the sound my car makes on cold start now. Wish it was like this all the time.
OEM vs 3” DP
At this time, I also added a Forge Twintake.
Installed this myself and was proud of my achievements as it is the first mechanical mod I have done myself.
Took about 2.5 hours but was happy with the finished job.
Matched this with a TTS engine cover and R8 oil cap.
(Thanks to Boydie for his help in getting this right.)
LOVE the sound the Twintake makes, although at first, some of the sounds it makes made me doubt my DIY skills and I thought I had some leaks.
Turns out, that is the unique “Darth Vadar” sounds of the Twintake.
BFI dog bone inserts were also purchased and installed at the time of the DP.
Honestly can’t tell any advantage, certainly more NVH at idle.
The last track day I did burnt out my already worn pads so a change was in order.
Wanted Ferodo DS2500s but after issues in sourcing locally, I went for EBC Yellowstuff.
Nothing intrinsically wrong with them but don’t love them at all.
They are very quiet and have less brake dust than OEM but they lack the bite I want.
Will swap these back out soon and go for the Ferodo’s as I originally wanted.
I guess I will upgrade the discs and lines also at some stage.
If a second hand BBK comes up and I have the free cash then that is also an option for me.
I get employee prices from Audi Australia so it’s hard to turn away from dirt cheap OEM discs!
The new kind of track days I was doing meant I needed a fire extinguisher in my car.
Through the design of a fellow Club Audi Vic member (and engineer), I had this great footwell extinguisher bracket made.
Over-engineered and excessively strong but looks great and allows the seat to slide over it (mostly).
Need to paint it black still!!
I also picked up a set of Toyo R888 semi-slicks for the track.
Was looking for a pair of used OEM wheels to mount them to but given my time constraints, couldn’t find any at a decent price.
Ended up buying some used Lenso wheels off a mate.
I know they are cheap and probably heavy, but they are track wheels and do the job.
Besides, I think they make the car look tough with their aggressive offset and I got heaps of comments on the day.
Great day on the track.
Knocked over 4 seconds from my PB at this track and the car drove absolutely brilliantly!
So much grunt and pull and the sounds!!!!
Finally got around to tinting the windows (almost took me a year).
I went with 35% front (darkest legal here in Australia) and 20% rears for that privacy look.
Didn’t like it at first. Felt too “boy racer” with my Sprint Blue but now love the tint.
Next small mod was Xenon white front fog lamps.
Went with Hoen Xenon White (might look at changing these to something that matches the DRL’s a bit better).
I then finished off my white light with some Xenon white rego globes.
As you know, LED’s for the MY08+ are hard to come by due to the DIS error.
Am 100% happy with these Halogen Xenon white globes as they offer the same white light as LED without lighting up the rear of my car!
Finally had the balls to ask for car parts from my girlfriend as a Christmas present and my wish came true.
H&R spacers with longer bolts – 10mm front and 12mm rear.
Ideally I’d love to change the wheels to 19” Speedlines but considering I fitted brand new Conti CS3’s within the last 9 months, I want to get some wear out of them.
I hate the offset on the 8P but the S3 wheels have really grown on me and I really like them now.
Hoping these spacers will help them sit even better.
Will be fitting them this weekend as well as cleaning up and painting the rusted hubs and brake discs.
That’s it for now…
The list is long but dates are set.
March will see an Autotech HPFP fitted and the tune upgraded to Revo Stage 2+.
I’m hoping the OEM clutch will last but obviously this is an issue so a Sachs upgraded clutch is also in the pipe line.
I’m not one for launching the car but I do enjoy a spirited drive and my track days so will see how long it lasts.
Coilovers are in the pipeline and are very near.
Was going to go with Weitec but an opportunity has arisen so watch this space…